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JohnSilver 07-19-2007 03:37 PM

Yelling at your attacker
Does anyone think that if you were to yell at the top of your lungs in the correct way at an attacker it can give you a psychological edge over them or would it make you lose your nerve and concentration in the situation?

Jay 07-19-2007 09:37 PM

...bullets will work on more people than yelling in the "correct" way. By the time you think to take a deep breath and yell, the attacker can be on you from 15 feet. You'll have more time to take a deep breath after you shoot 'em than before.

ScottG 07-20-2007 12:08 AM

The army seems to like using noise when attacking, I don't see why it wouldn't work on a one on one confrontation.

Varro 07-20-2007 02:28 AM

A strong command in your voice instead of the yelling...However, make sure you really mean business about "pulling the trigger" if need be....
Unfortunately, a few of my acquaitences have admitted that their carry is "strictly a bluff". They wouldn't pull the trigger even to protect their family...How sad....:o

Spartan 07-20-2007 03:24 AM

battle cry
ditto, it catches them by surprise, gives you an extra half second to close range so you can make sure you dont miss...also good for closing to ka-bar range if you like it a bit more personal.

Spartan 07-20-2007 03:26 AM

for those a little less experienced
for those a little less experienced in confrontation, urinating on yourself is also a great deterent, people tend not to want to get too close to people who have peed themselves, defecating all over yourself takes that whole philosophy to the next level, the smell is usually a dead giveaway. plus, if it was an intended rape, you can be sure it will never happen at that point.

cnorman18 07-31-2007 06:10 PM

Yell, schmell. Focus on two things: (1) front sight and (2) squeezing the trigger. If you have time and energy for anything else, you're not doing it right.
The Army uses telling in the context of an offensive action, when it maximizes shock and surprise. In a defensive situation, it's much less useful. It's much more likely that you'll be dealing with the effect of your attacker yelling at YOU.
Hit your target. Nothing else matters.
...I might very well urinate on myself during a confrontation, but I doubt it will be a conscious tactical decision...

robocop10mm 08-01-2007 02:27 PM

From a LE stand point I have found that your brain can only do one thing at a time (very well). Giving commands while shooting usually results in unintelligable commands and innaccurate shooting. Do one thing at a time, yell then shoot, shoot then yell, shoot then shoot some more.

ranger_sxt 08-01-2007 05:00 PM

I have to agree with robocop10mm, up to a point. Yelling while shooting, is going to be very difficult. Most police officers aren't up to the standard to do that.

Yelling before bringing the gun into play is a different manner.

Many training organizations have begun to suggest yelling at the attacker, prior to bringing the gun into play. It is not so much to gain a psychological edge, but to cover you in a legal liability. By yelling things like "Stop!" "Don't touch me/him/her!" "I have a gun!" you give any surrounding witnesses the idea that you were in fear of your life, and gave this goblin the ability to escape. Obviously, the guy must be crazy if he attacked you, after you told him you had a gun.

Likewise, yelling is preferred to merely talking in a normal voice. The physiological reactions to a life-threatening encounter often include auditory exclusion or magnification. If one doesn't yell, the voice may not be audible, although it sounds like you are screaming in your ears.

In short, yelling before is good. Yelling during is difficult, and you should instead concentrate on your fundamentals.

Gearguy10 08-04-2007 06:54 PM

Just never yell, "Stop, or I'll shoot you!" You can can be darn sure if you do the little old lady that witnesses the confrontation will only hear you say, "I'll shoot you." And will swear to it in court.

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