While no two shooting incidents will ever be exactly the same, most of them have similarities and it’s possible to do a rough rehearsal of what may happen at any given time.
How you act, what you say, and the moves you make have a dramatic impact on the outcome of a stressful encounter. Are you dealing with opportunistic muggers, or more calculating and wary criminals? Does your attacker know that you are aware of their presence and intentions?
Or is it a cat and mouse game, where you attempt to conceal your knowledge of their possible intentions and “play dumb,” while still maintaining your ability to react?
The good news is there are training classes available that rehearse common attack situations like ATM robberies. These tactical courses can go a long way towards preparing us for unexpected shooting incidents.
Many of these artificial classroom situations have roots in attacks that have actually happened. Those who take these classes come to realize that knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do.
Glenn E. Meyer, PH.D says it best in his article “The Cutting Edge of Force on Force Training” on USConcealedCarry.com:
“In one class, the driver came out of his car, got into a firefight with my partner; both took rounds. For some reason, the folks in the first car, rather than keeping their heads down, had to observe. One young man stuck his head out to see what was up and got shot. The other hid behind his hood and got into a firefight.
“What’s the lesson? Keep your head down; don’t join the firefight if it isn’t yours. The illustration shows a hijacker taking control of a victim. One mistake is to get out of the car to fight. It is better to duck down and drive–-even on a flat.” (Find more class re-enactment scenarios inspired by real world shooting incidents here.)
As Meyer notes, a destroyed flat tire and rim is nothing compared to being hurt or killed.
Consider taking the next step and learning the skills you need to be able to calmly assess potentially violent situations, which lead to shooting incidents. Distancing yourself from the melee may mean the difference between life and serious injury or even death.