Originally Posted by winds-of-change
Hmmm..........just heard he missed both the bad guys. I think he needs more range time.
Originally Posted by Doc3402
There are two things that bother me about this story, and neither one of them has anything to do with this man defending himself.
The man is not facing charges as police search for the two males, described as a tall male and a short male. Those two face charges.
A tall male and a short male? I would bet anything he was focused on the guns and not the thugs. That could easily explain the misses. This goes back to my training comment.
Anyway, my hat is off to the gentleman who successfully defended himself, and the the authorities that see this as a true case of self defense.
The BEST police shooters can almost reach a 50% hit rate. Most hover somewhere around 30% in real-life, high-stress, adrenaline-filled shootings. Yes, range time helps, because when all the rest of your body is being wracked with fear and adrenaline, your gross motor muscle memory takes over and allows you to repeat what you've done 10,000's of times before. But most people still have relatively low hit rates.
To me, this is one of the logical, factual reasons for large capacity magazines. If you are a realist, you can throw out 1/2 to 2/3 of the rounds as misses based on statistics. So a 15-round magazine gives you just five hits. With two to three attackers, the chance of ending the encounter with one magazine is very low.
As far as describing the thugs, most of us would probably say the same thing, then add the guns they were carrying by make, model, finish, and what ammo they were carrying, if at all visible.
Even though I don't live in Illinois, I watch this development and hope and pray for more stories like this to hit the Mainstream Media. If Chicago, the liberal bastion of socialism, is forced to reverse itself on guns because they start to reduce crime and save citizens, lesser liberal cities will be forced to examine it and we might then be able to start targeting the Gun Free Zones and be done with the disarmed fallacy once and for all.