Please elaborate on why a firearm is no good at contact distances...depends on the range gap, a knife is no good at gun range, but from 6 to ten feet away, the gun is no good any longer, retreating is always good unless the other guy is armed, if he is, then i would close to knife range. if you are going to be shot, you might as well be shot while advancing, i dont plan on being shot in the back, if i go out i take the bastard with me. and the simple fact that the gun hasnt scared the other guy off catches him off guard and makes his hesitate, people are not as accurate as they believe themselves to be at any range when confronted or being fired on.
Oh My God!if you pull your gun when the guy is right on you, and he happens to wrestle it away you are pretty much screwed, i would rather retain control of my weapon in my holster when i have someone on me trying to take control of then drawing it and having it possibly be used against me. i resort to my TDI kabar, effect a stab would to the thigh neck or groin, then step back and draw the weapon. if i can draw the weapon as he is advancing and know i get level it high enough to get off a shot i will, but if he closes range quickly its a threat to me and the knife gives me the added edge of space once its used because the few seconds it takes for him to recover from the stab allows me the opportunity to safely draw my weapon. not sure how many of you have faced a situation when an attacker actually was too close or closed range and you werent allowed the time to actually draw your weapon but i have and its probably the scariest thing in the world. i have seen other officers who while effecting a traffic stop had the suspect actually climb out of the vehicle and put a gun to their throat, what do you do then?