While I have some freedom to do as I please for a bit I'd like to take this time and talk about the myths and facts about the good old 21 foot rule. This rule applies to everything when it comes to personal engagements and to just about any fight that you may get into throughout your entire life.
So why is this rule important? This distance is what many refer to as the social zone. I refer to this distance as the kill or be killed zone. I also laugh at people that believe they can actually win a gun versus knife fight at this distance. The average human response time to recognize a threat or friendly is 1.8 - 2.5 seconds (age and training may increase or decrease this but only by .05 of a second). The best way to train for this distance is called the Tuller Drill.
So let's look at some myths about this distance and why they are just that....MYTHS!
1. Guy with a knife versus an individual with a gun. The gun shall always win. This is the biggest myth of all time! I have tested this rule with test after test, after test, after bloody freaking test! I have also gotten first hand experience of this too.
The average person with a knife already drawn can close the distance on a person trying to draw a gun in under 1.5 seconds at a full sprint. Now again, it take a normal person 1.8 - 2.5 seconds to recognize a threat and decide to engage or run away. Now just think, it takes you 1.8 - 2.5 seconds to recognize an immediate threat and respond.
You have to grab the grip of your pistol, release the snap strap / retention strap / press the release button / etc. to your holster. If you carry a secured holster, this is something to consider. Unsecure holster, you'll have a faster draw but there is a downfall to your planning in a fight. That's a different time and a completely different article.
So, where are we? 1.8 - 2.5 seconds = recognize the threat and respond
1.5 seconds for a threat to close the distance at a full sprint. This may be a lot faster depending on the person and if they're wearing armor or sagging pants or not. We're up to an complete time of 3.3 - 4 seconds of time you've been getting attacked. Not good.
Also, depending on how you carry your sidearm whether if you're an on the waist/hip, appendix, behind your back, shoulder holster, ankle, or whatever tickles your fancy, this is something to consider too. Are you concealed carrying or open carrying? This too makes a contribution to the fight's numbers that count.
FACT: You will never draw and fire accurately if attacked at 21 feet or less. This isn't the movies, you're going to get stabbed multiple times or beaten to death then have your life taken by your own gun which will go one to be used in another crime.
FACT: Training for this fight does help but still you'll never win straight out of the draw. So train at 21 feet with everything you do, talking, drawing and firing, closing the distance with an attacker before they make their attack.
2. If I have my gun drawn already and they have a knife I can win
This is another MYTH that has been proven wrong and time and time again. Again, I've got first hand experience with this. You never know how good you really truly are until you're living that moment....you also never know how truly bad you are until that moment too.
Yes, if you're gun is already drawn and you're aiming down the sights, you've got the drop on the attacker....that is until they shift left, right, or something else nabs your attention, I.E. they throw something, someone screams, someone else is now a threat, people begin running and get in to your area of conflict.
At 21 feet, you're best option while having the gun drawn is to tell the person to drop their weapon and back away or to kick it towards you so you know it's in your AO. If they refuse though, this is where you must train, train, train.
So you give the warning, the attacker refuses to comply, and now they're rushing at you. 1.5 seconds or less at full sprint, remember? Trust me, when the fight is on, you're adrenaline does some really amazing things to your body. You may think you have the best shot in the world, but now the adrenaline is pumping, people are in the area, lives are on the line, and you're in the fight or flight mode.
Trust me, the rush you'll have from the adrenaline pumping through your veins while in a fight whether armed or unarmed, is incomparable to anything else you'll ever do. Even that rush you get when having that one night stand with the hottie you just met and have no idea who their name is, all you know is they bought all the alcohol in the bar and it's open house. Anyways, moving on!
FACT: You're going to have to move in a fight, even if it's a few inches here or a couple of feet there. You're going to have to move!
FACT: Distance is your friend! If the attacker rushes at you, keep your sidearm ready, move around vehicles or step to the side of the attacker at the last second and push the attacker away from you. Newton's Law of Motion and Darwin's Theory will take over from there. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction plus an object in motion shall stay in motion until it meets an object greater than or lesser than its own mass. Of course, natural selection is the fight at hand.
3. At 21 feet, you can relax because of the distance.
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!!!
Always trust your gut instincts on this one. If you're walking around at 70 degrees with a t-shirt and blue jeans but now there's a guy approaching you wearing a down jacket or something not meant for the season, there's a sign that something is wrong!
Your gut instincts are 99.9% never wrong, as long as you know what you're looking for and trust them. We as a human race definitely have some seriously weird traits and talents but the sixth sense is what a lot of people take for granted. It's developed over the years to where it's unstoppable and completely undetectable by most other people.
If something feels wrong, looks wrong, smells wrong, and you start questioning everything going on....that's a good indication that something is most definitely WRONG!!! Trust yourself and you'll be okay.
Remember this, most humans can tell whether or not they would actually talk to someone at 7 to 12 yards. So if at 7 to 12 yards you can tell if you'd talk to a person or not, then at 5 to 7 yards things begin to get a little too relaxed, 3 to 5 yards, it's the personal zone and you're officially in the suicide zone of a fight. Anything at arm's length is considered the intimate zone and is the kill zone for anyone looking to do any harm to you.
FACT: Most normal people are okay with you being within arm's reach or out to 5 yards when it comes to talking.
FACT: If you live in an area where there is a lot of people and there's no space, you don't ever think about the 21 foot rule ( 7 yard line )
FACT: If you stay in the WHITE ZONE then you will end up in the BLACK ZONE. No this doesn't apply to race, this applies to your actual level of awareness and trusting your gut instinct.
FACT: Men actually make this mistake more so than women! Yes, attackers go after women more so than men, but that's because they're usually not as strong as a guy. However, men, will let people inside their personal space more often than not because of our genetic make-up of wanting to be dominant over the person we are interacting with.
So what do these three MYTHS have in common? They will all get you killed if you actually believe these MYTHS and refuse to believe in the facts. You're average gun fight, knife fight, fist fight, etc. will most always be at 21 feet ( 7 yards ) or closer. If you refuse to train for the fight then you'll lose. If you let people into your personal zone, you'll lose the fight as well.
So remember to always watch your surroundings, always look for things that don't appear to be "normal", pay attention to the people around you, especially people that you know (these are usually most likely the one that is going to attack you), and never stop training mentally and physically.
Have a good night everyone. Stay safe, stay alert, and always carry. Until next time.
-- LoneWolf --
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