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Quick Draw McGraw

quick draw has an interesting link adding to the debate regarding the speed of the draw (pistol presentation).  It seems, empirically:

Professor Ross explains that in 90% of the 1,100 cases studied, an officer had less than two seconds to react to perceived lethal danger. (Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 2013, #13(2), p 90) (emphasis Guffaw)

While an interesting factoid (and, to be fair, I’ve not read the study, it costs $4.00) my emphasis is about an officer being the focus.  Most of us gun folks on the Internet, reading this and many other blogs are not officers, not in uniform and not charged with protection of the public at large.

And, I’m certain a civilian carrying discretely doesn’t have the same constraints on their actions.  Civilians probably have more.

Having said all this, it would be ‘cool’ is all of us were Condition Yellow enough to be able to react to perceived lethal danger in less than two seconds.  But, we are not cops, special operators, nor super heroes.  We are just responsible men and women who train for the eventuality.

And hope it never happens.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Quick Draw McGraw

  1. While that might be the amount of time that police have to react, I am pretty sure most of them require more time to react. Getting a pistol out of a highly secure holster alone would eat up most of that 2 seconds. In the various dash cam videos I’ve seen of officers being attacked during traffic stops it would seem that they miss that 2 seconds very often but don’t seem to quit because some imaginary timer went off.

    I believe the armed citizen carrying concealed has an advantage over the police. We are not required to get close to someone that is potentially dangerous. We are not required to physically subdue someone that might pull a weapon once we are in their personal space. We can choose to back off, move to cover, not engage etc. If carrying concealed we also don’t have to inform the bad guys.

    Posted by Matt | September 10, 2013, 8:19 am
  2. +1 to Matt’s comment. The best gunfight, as it’s said, is the one you don’t have.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | September 10, 2013, 8:49 am
  3. Guys, you do of course realize that this is also the same stance used for a pissing contest. Right?

    Posted by Matt -another- ( formerly Tall tree/ Short Rope ) | September 10, 2013, 1:34 pm

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