Originally Posted by etbob9
Oh! I totally agree! Just thought I would mention that 21ft. rule when it comes
to an attacker running at you.
That 21 foot rule is an important one to remember, but I have heard a couple different numbers mentioned.
A medic I was talking to from Great Britain tells me they have a 30 foot rule for people armed with a knife. If he's within thirty feet they are supposed to back off and call for help. Their theory is that your reaction time and his momentum makes it too dangerous for you to be within 30 feet.
In my last department we were told 10 feet. I can't post my full answer to that here. It started out along the lines of 'you want me to go out unarmed and let a guy with a knife within 10 feet before I start to run?' It went south from there.
Twenty one works for me, and for many short barrel sidearms it's about the outer limit of well controlled fire in that situation.