Boy there are some opinionated
people ex-spurts out there.
Combat accuracy is the term used by some as to what accuracy is necessary to get the job done, down a person, to stop an assailant.
It’s also very self righteously derided by some ex-spurts as a person who shoots with little accuracy. One of the spray and pray brigade, the “throw enough lead in the general direction and something will hit”, type of person.
Yet it really annoys me when some ex-spurts then say “those who can’t take the centre of a target out at 25 yards shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon”. In my humble opinion such arrogance is stunning (let alone stupid), and here’s why.
What’s the qualifying standard for a police officer with a standard issue pistol?
Hell let’s go further and ask what the minimum qualification is for a service issue pistol used by a serviceman? I’ve no idea nowadays but do you best those figures?
Take a round of applause if you do.
All leading up to:-
If all the above are capable and qualified at 25 yards or whatever with a pistol, why do some use so much ammunition in the field and still miss, occasionally maim, or just take out the bystanders?
Range accuracy means jack-shit if you are forced to deploy (aka draw and shoot) your weapon at short notice or in response to an ambush on the streets while addressing a fast-moving target in less than range conditions i.e. somewhere dark, unsafe, and in a dynamic scenario.
What’s the average range of a gunfight using pistols?
Try under 15 feet and most of the time multiple shots are fired injuring milk cartons or crisp packets in 7-11’s and seldom the bad (or good guys).
When I was taught to use a pistol (and no it was slightly after they retired flintlocks) we all shot little holes into pretty little paper targets, concentrating on grip, stance, grouping, and the mechanics of reloading, clearing jams, fire with movement, from cover, all to the usual rhetoric of ‘centre mass’. I thought I was reasonable at that, so did they, and I passed qualification WHICH MEANT JACK SHIT in real life.
An experienced ‘acquaintance’ once said to me “the best range is no range so just ram the gun into the person and keep pulling the trigger until that person drops”. Know what, that works. He also said “Just keep shooting until the bastard drops. Then keep going until he doesn’t move”. Know what, that works too.
25 yards to a couple of mm, if that.
Correct me if I’m wrong here but I believe that some people (probably not ex-spurts) still teach that a weapon is best kept covert until deployed. Just like a knife. They also teach that you only deploy if someone is armed and/or invades your personal space or social space if they are running at you.
A challenge (but only for the ex-spurts).
I haven’t fired a pistol for many, many years.
My eyes are old and tired, arthritis is in my trigger finger.
My mobility is bordering on shite.
BUT I’m perfectly happy to have a go, AT 50 YARDS,
IF YOU WILL HOLD THE TARGET.
After all I should miss. No practice and all!
Only $10 says it’ll get ‘interesting’
for you by my second shot.