Friday, July 11, 2014

And We Scoffed at the Open Carry Guys

The question of what you would have at hand in the event of a rabid deer attack makes me rethink the open carry question. Because the Texas Open Carry movement that created such a stir recently seems a lot more sensible if there's a rabid deer in the parking lot. Why draw a handgun when you've got a full magazine full of .300 Blackout or 7.62x39 loaded in a rifle at the low ready?

It has to do with perceived risk. I have a good sized fire extinguisher on the wall outside the kitchen doorway. I've never needed it and don't expect to need it today. I bought it "in case". If I could know there was going to be a fire in the kitchen on a certain day at a certain time, I would have the fire department standing by with hoses run and charged, I would have all flammable materials removed from the room, a sprinkler system in place, etc.

I think the day to day risk is fairly low, so I have a fire extinguisher, I practice good safety habits when using the stove, and I don't spend time and money on further safety measures.
We all make assessments based on what we think the likelihood of an incident. If I knew I was going to be in a gunfight, I'd stay home. If I had to go out, I would take my advice from the Marines.
• Bring a weapon. Bring a backup weapon. Bring all of your friends who have weapons. Bring their friends who have weapons.
• Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
• Only hits count. Close doesn't count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
• If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough, nor using cover correctly.
• Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)
• In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived and who didn't.
• If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.
• Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting is more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the weapon.
• Use a weapon that works EVERY TIME. "All skill is in vain when an Angel pisses in the flintlock of your musket."
• There are no rules, always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
• Have a plan.
• Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.
• Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
• Don't drop your guard.
• Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
If I got up knowing I was going to face a rabid deer in a parking lot, or any other feral animal, I would make different choices about my carry weapons. My last post I asked what you would have with you on a typical day. Here's the next question. If you could have a Minority Report style warning, what would you be carrying when Zombie Bambi came charging across the asphalt?


Old NFO said...

Yep, the Marines have learned the HARD way...

Charles Lee Scudder said...

What do you use for Zombie Bambi? ....airstrike..."only way to be sure"

Dave H said...

If I knew a rabid deer was going to come after me and staying indoors wasn't an option, I'd probably carry my AK-47, with a .45 Colt revolver on my hip. My .45-70 levergun packs a bigger punch but it holds only 4+1 rounds, and reloads are tricky when you're dodging.

juvat said...

What do you use for Zombie Bambi?....B-61Y2

Bob said...

Zombie Bambi? SKS with the bayonet extended for finishing him off, should he survive a full magazine of 7.62x39.

Robert Fowler said...

M-4 with extra mags, 1911 with extra mags and a 12 gauge scoped slug gun JIC.

Scott_S said...

Siaga 12ga with a 20rnd drum filled with slugs.