CCW Tactics For Concealed Carry Pistols: Are You Dirty Harry? Do You NEED To Be?

Dirty Harry: CCW Tactical Training Pistol Tips
Jeff Anderson
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Are you Dirty Harry?

In the movie, Clint Eastwood refers to the .44 Magnum as “the most powerful handgun in the world,” and movie audiences ate it up.

When I first saw the movie, that got me thinking:

What if you pulled the trigger… and the attacker KEPT ON COMING?

That can happen if you don’t understand what “stopping power” is, and a while back, I talked to pioneering self-defense expert Peyton Quinn about just that.

What You Need To Know About Stopping Power

Dirty Harry: CCW Tactical Training Pistol Tips
Dirty Harry: CCW Tactical Training Pistol Tips
Peyton Quinn

There are a lot of handguns and even shotguns and rifles on the market.

When you’re choosing a firearm, one of things you’ll need to think about is whether that weapon truly has the power to stop someone who is attacking you.

But what is power, exactly… and is there a difference between stopping power and killing power when choosing the best weapon for home defense?

There is a difference, and it’s a big one, between “stopping power” and “killing power”.

The Difference Between Stopping Power and Killing Power

Killing power is simply the ability to kill someone hit with it… eventually.

Stopping power, on the other hand, is the ability of a bullet to prevent the person hit with it from continuing to attack you.

The reason this is important is because, even if you shoot an attacker and hurt him badly enough that he eventually dies, if he can still attack you before he eventually bleeds out, shooting him doesn’t help you.

He might still be able to hurt and kill you before his body finally catches on to the idea that he’s been mortally wounded.

The Dead Man’s Ten Seconds

In the Old West, the time between shooting a man, and the time when he finally fell and died, was called “the dead man’s ten seconds.”

In other words, if you shoot someone who is coming at you with a club or a knife…

…He might have a few seconds to stab or club you before he dies from the gunshot wound.

That’s the reason good firearms instructors will tell you that you should seek cover, and increase the distance between you and the attacker, after you have shot him.

Get Off The Attacking Line!

If the attacker is coming at you with a club or a knife, that means you still have to get off the attacking line even though you have already shot him.

Unless the weapon you are using has extraordinary STOPPING power, that is.

If your weapon DOES have good stopping power, then shooting him will neutralize him.

The problem is that most hand guns are pretty much under-powered when it comes to stopping the human body.

They will kill you, yes, and they may even stop you, but in a lot of cases it will take some time for that to happen.

The Last Word On Stopping Power

Just because you shoot a man does not mean he will just fall down and die.

He may not even slow down.

He will almost always have some time, measured in seconds if not in minutes, to attack, hurt, and kill you.

Choose a firearm that has adequate stopping power, not just the ability to deliver a fatal wound.

Once you’ve done that, make sure to train to keep yourself alive during that time between when your bullets strike… and when the attacker actually STOPS.

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CCW Legal Tips: 3 Mistakes Well-Meaning Shooters Make… That Could Land Them In Jail!

Jeff Anderson

Look through the news and you’ll find no shortage of these stories:

Well-meaning “good guys with guns” going to JAIL because they made bad decisions.

A lot of the time, there are some trends, some common problems, that lie behind what sends these shooters to jail.

These are people falling prey to myths and misinformation…

…and now, instead of protecting their families, their lives are essentially ruined.

Recently I spoke with my long-time friend Peyton Quinn about this issue.

Here is a summary of what he had to say to me about it.

3 Mistakes Well-Meaning Shooters Make… That Could Land Them in Jail!

CCW Legal Defense: 3 Mistakes Shooters Make That Could Lead To Jail
Peyton Quinn

You probably already know that you should understand the laws that govern use of force where you are.

But how well do you really know how that translates to what you can and cannot do to defend yourself?

How realistically are you training for shootings in the real world?

The first legal mistake we’ll cover, then, is the most important.

That’s because all other mistakes flow from it.

That mistake is a lack of realistic training.

Apart from the legal problems this make cause, it can also, of course, get you killed.

1. A Lack Of Realistic Training

Simply put, most people have not been realistically trained, if trained at all.

They don’t know what they don’t know.

They don’t understand the real way shooting incidents occur or how the criminal element thinks and operates.

This is compounded by not understanding the law, in terms of using lethal force, or actually any force.

Some people convict themselves at the very scene of the incident.

In other words, the cops arrive and they say, “What happened?”

The person is like the famous “hockey dad.”

The hockey dad had to fight a guy who had six felony convictions.

Of course, the jury can never hear that.

When the cop came, the cop said, “Hey, you outweigh that guy by 85 pounds.”

The hockey dad replied, “I wasn’t afraid of him and he wasn’t afraid of me.”

Well, right there, in saying that, there was no way back.

If he was not in fear of his life, or gross bodily injury, then he was not justified in using counter-force at all.

It’s a key concept to understand.

It’s also the same legal concept that ties right into why you can’t just display your gun to avoid trouble.

Because if you’re displaying your gun, then you are not eminently in fear of your life or gross bodily injury, or you’d have drawn the gun.

It’s crazy, but that’s the way the law works.

2. A Lack Of Use-Of-Force Training

A second very significant mistake that shooters is make is that they are fuzzy — at best — when it comes to knowing the law about the use of lethal force.

As a result, they can be sent to jail for just displaying their gun, even if they don’t fire it.

Because really, the legal standard for displaying your gun as a deterrent is just a hair’s breath away from the legal circumstances that exist to shoot.

So it’s not a one-size-fits-all or clear cut deal, and you’re going to be under high stress.

What I’m saying is also that common mistakes and ignorance of the law can send good people to jail.

Let me go another step here.

There are no cookie-cutter answers, but if you present your gun, I mean even pull your coat back to show you’ve got it in your waistband, well, that can be construed as felony menacing.

Some people will freak out.

They might even be bystanders, and not even the guy who’s accosting you.

Then you’re going to have to justify why you displayed the gun, or the DA is going to charge you with felony menacing or brandishing.

Then he’ll offer you a plea bargain, of course.

3. Square-Range Bad Habits

Finally, one of the biggest mistakes well-meaning shooters make is that they spend all of their training time at the “square range” shooting static paper targets.

You can’t even shoot and move on a firing range.

Most firing ranges won’t allow that.

Some don’t even let you draw from the holster and fire.

That’s understandable, for safety reasons.

You just stand there and try to make good groups.

Just standing there, however, could be fatal in a gunfight.

Most people train for the wrong things, and not the true skill set you need to know in real-world attacks.

To survive a gun fight, both during and after (in the court room), you’ve got to be realistically trained.

You’ve got to know the law and you’ve got to understand use-of-force issues.

You’ve also got to train in more than just a static environment so you’ll be able to stay alive in situations like those… and keep your head so you don’t make a mistake that sends you to prison.

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Tactical Shooting Tips: 3 Ways To Use Scenario Training For Gunfighting!

Jeff Anderson

Scenario training is realistic training that most people don’t even think about.

It’s not offered as much as a lot of other training out there.

Most of us are focused on the fundamentals of using a firearm, basic hand-to-hand, and things like that.

Even the “tactical courses” usually see these guys dressed up like in the military, shooting from behind barrels, maybe shooting out of a car or something like that.

But they’re typically shooting paper targets.

How, then, can we use realistic force-on-force scenario training to make us better gunfighters?

The forefather of force-on-force training has to be reality-based fighting pioneer Peyton Quinn.

Here’s a run-down of what he had to say about it this topic.

3 Tips For Using Scenario Training To Be A Better Gunfighter!

Tactical Shooting Tips: Scenario Training For Gunfights
Peyton Quinn

Realistic training is extremely important.

When you’re carrying concealed, it’s not like firing your gun on the range.

Everything is more difficult.

When you talk to people who’ve gone through a shooting, many of them, including police officers, don’t even remember how many shots were fired.

They’re not lying or forgetful.

Under adrenal stress, they experience things like auditory exclusion.

They don’t hear anything; they just feel the gun bucking in their hand.

This stuff is very real.

But until you experience it for yourself, it’s all sort of theoretical.

That’s why scenario training is so important, to help give you the experience associated with the training.

Tip#1: Blank Guns

A device I found useful and that I’ve used in training is to start out with blank guns.

This gives you a little bit of recoil, a little bit of noise and muzzle blast.

Using a blank gun, you can draw the gun, fire, point it at a human target, and pull the trigger.

The slide goes back.

The shell ejects.

You feel the recoil.

When you are fighting for your life, you don’t want that to be the very first time you’ve ever pointed a gun at a human being and pulled the trigger.

You need to experience what it looks like, what it feels like, so you won’t freeze up when it is no longer a simulation.

Tip #2: Point Shooting

The next thing a student should learn is that he or she doesn’t need to use the sights.

Most shootings occur at less than five feet away.

There are laser target pistols, like the SIRT, that fire a laser beam.

You can practice at home in your apartment  and the laser will show you where your shot would have gone.

Doing this practice, there’s no way to fire a real bullet, but you can practice your point-shooting skills.

This is extremely useful for teaching you how to get off a round, quickly and on target, without trying to acquire the sights at all.

Tip #3: Sharing Goals

Finally, a lesson that goes through all of scenario training is the idea of shared goals.

You’ve got to develop some confidence in your ability.

One way to do this is to train with people who all share the same goals.

This is why students in classes like this, that sometimes take place over a few days, will stay in dormitories together.

It’s like military training turning an infantry unit into a cohesive whole.

There’s a bonding that takes place that makes the group effective.

Most people have a natural aversion to shooting people.

Even their firearms training conditions them not to shoot people by accident.

In scenario training, you create a miniature society in which everyone shares the same training goal: stopping the attacker.

This is tremendously helpful psychologically.

Militaries have been doing it for thousands of years.

It’s the same with a shooting.

(It’s not rocket science.)

There’s only a few things you have to keep track of in the instant to do the right thing.

The problem people have is the first time they have to point a gun at somebody and pull the trigger and make a decision, they’re completely untrained.

They don’t know the law.

They’re not conditioned to the total adrenal stress.

Scenario training can fix that problem.

How Do You Work Your Training Into Your Daily Routine?

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MCS 188 – Shoot Or Don’t Shoot? Concealed Carry Defensive Decision-Making With Peyton Quinn

Some people only seem to learn “the hard way”…

(Like my teenage son and… well… teenage “me” as well, I guess. 😉

But when it comes to your decision to shoot (or not) in a potentially violent encounter, it’s always best to learn from other people’s mistakes rather than make a move that could land you in jail!

This week I asked my buddy and “stress-shooting” pioneer, Peyton Quinn, to share his research and advice for making that critical decision to pull the trigger when you’re confronted by an aggressive individual who you feel is a true threat.

And trust me… from the results of our “Shoot Or Don’t Shoot Video Quiz”, 79% of concealed carry gun-owners don’t make the right decisions.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • Vicious “self-defense myths” that too many responsibly-armed citizens fall for – that could ruin the rest of your life!
  • When is it legal to draw – or even show – your weapon to a threat? (The answer may surprise you!)
  • Shooting under stress! What to expect when your heart is in your throat and your hands are trembling like Jell-o!
  • The “Hockey Dad” mistake! (aka – What to do AFTER you’ve defended yourself from an attack!)
  • Beyond the live-fire range: How to train for the courtroom… WITH your firearm!

This topic is one that’s near and dear to my heart as a fellow concealed carry weapon holder… and I’m tired of seeing “good guys/gals with guns” pay the price for not knowing how to make the right decision!

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MCS 134: First Strike Street Combatives

Street Fight Self Defense Training

Street Fight Self Defense Training

It’s a simple scientific fact of “street fighting”…

…”action beats reaction”!

Every time!

In other words, no matter how much “blocking” you’ve practiced in the relaxed environment of the local martial arts school, a street-savvy thug who decides to punch you in your grill will always be able to land his strike before you can identify his attack headed your way and get your hands up to block it.

Fortunately, the same science works in YOUR favor also… IF you know how to get the “1st strike” before your attacker even knows what hit him.

Is it “fair”? Is it moral? Is it LEGAL?

All good questions we’ll cover in this week’s discussion with former “biker bar bouncer” and combatives legend, Peyton Quinn, as we explore the ins and outs of “fighting dirty” when your life is on the line.

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Here’s what you’ll discover in this week’s episode…

  • Why the “good guys” don’t like to take the first punch! (And why good guys often really DO finish last… or dead!)
  • How to know the exact moment to launch your “first strike”!
  • The critical “second strike” that will finish the fight for good before your attacker even knows what hit him!
  • How to break out of the “karate block” mentality and actually TRAIN for getting the first strike in an attack!

Street thugs never fight fair… and neither should you.

This week’s training will show you how to survive… and do it legally!

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 What’s “Fair” And “Effective” In A Real Street Fight?

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MCS Podcast #93: Handgun Stopping Power Secrets With Peyton Quinn

handgun stopping power secrets

handgun stopping power secrets

If you only have one shot to stop that gigantic thug charging at you in a parking lot with a knife in his hand…

… will your gun be able to stop him?

Sadly, many firearms owners (yes, even the “experts”) could be woefully under-armed with the wrong firearm… wrong ammo… and false beliefs about what it REALLY takes to defend yourself in a violent attack.

Peyton Quinn is here to help clear the confusion and help you be more prepared than ever with these “stopping power secrets” from our archives.

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Here’s what you’ll find in this week’s episode…

  • The difference between “stopping power” and “killing power”!
  • Does your gun have what it takes to let your ammo do its job?  Discover how every factor of your firearm’s “guts” can make or break your ability to survive!
  • The “Dead Man’s 10-Seconds”!  This one realization alone could save your life in a real attack!

  • “One-Shot Stopping Power”:  Myth?  Or just a matter of knowing these 2 facts?

  • The best weapon calibers PROVEN to stop an attacker dead in his tracks! (This is going to piss off some listeners… but it’s critical you learn these facts NOW!)

Peyton is one of our go-to experts on the scientific analysis of handgun stopping power and the realities of surviving an attack with your firearm.

You’re guaranteed to get several “ah-ha” moments out of this one!

Did YOUR Weapon Pass The Test?

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MCS Podcast #74: 1-Strike Knockouts With Peyton Quinn

How To Knock Someone Out With One Punch

How To Knock Someone Out With One Punch

The 1-strike knockout!

It might surprise you to know that being able to dish out a one-strike fight-finisher isn’t just for the well-trained boxer or MMA fighter.

In fact, in a real street fight, your ability to quickly end the attack before you get tired out or overtaken could decide your fate.

But is a one-strike knockout just a “lucky punch”?  Or a “scientific superpower” that anyone can master?

Reality-based self-defense guru, Peyton Quinn, has some first-hand experience with that answer – and can make one-strike knockouts a reality for YOU as well…

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Here’s what you’ll find in this week’s episode…

  • The “anatomy of a knockout”!  No fancy-schmancy biology lessons to learn here… just plain-talk body dynamics to lay a foundation for your awesome 1-strike skill set!
  • “Boxer knockouts”: Why and how they work!  This common crowd-pleaser is something expert boxers know and train for. Now their secret is yours!
  • The brain-rattling secret of a deep South evangelist minister that could make ANYONE a believer in your magical “knockout powers”!
  • Why the common “punch to the head” may actually be the HARDEST way to knock someone out! (Peyton reveals a super-simple way to take a thug off his feet that even my dear old granny can pull off!)
  • Plus… even more “fight-ending secrets”!

Yes, you will be an absolute badass once you listen to this broadcast!

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MCS Podcast 28: Courtroom Survival With Peyton Quinn

Concealed Carry Firearms Legal Self Defense

Concealed Carry Firearms Legal Self Defense

Too often, gun owners get so focused on their marksmanship skills to survive a real gun battle that they neglect the other “battlefield” they must also survive – the courtroom after they were forced to pull the trigger.

Of course the movie that plays in your head always has you positioned as the hero and the “bad guy” gets what’s coming to him… but real life case studies have shown that the legal system can be a real bitch – and not always in your favor.

This week we talk again with Peyton Quinn to reveal the cold, hard truth about the legal mistakes so many armed citizens make that could land you in a prison cell, even if you were legally justified to shoot in self defense.

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Here’s what’s in store for you in this week’s broadcast…

  • When should you accept a plea bargain offered to you by the DA after a shooting?
  • Why the jury is 50% of your “innocent” verdict… and the rules of jury selection that don’t always fall in your favor.
  • Specific criteria you need to look for when choosing the right lawyer to defend you in a courtroom.
  • Simple “character” mistakes you’re probably making right now that could come back to haunt you if you ever have to face a jury that will decide your fate.
  • How your tactical training can help you (or hurt you) when the DA tries to prove what a “gun nut” you are to a jury. (Some of these common mistakes may be familiar to you.)

The time to understand your legal rights (and responsibilities) for using your gun in self defense ISN’T when you’re facing 20 to life for protecting your family.

It’s right now… and this broadcast promises to be a real eye-opener for you!

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MCS Podcast 17: Handgun Stopping Power Secrets With Peyton Quinn

Handgun Stopping Power

Handgun Stopping Power

Stopping an attacker with a firearm is about much more than just buying a big gun and stuffing it full of big bullets.

In fact, Peyton Quinn was hired specifically to test conventional thinking and prove once and for all how certain guns and bullets can work together to save your life in a real-life shootout.

In this podcast, you’ll need an open mind to evaluate your own personal defense arsenal to see how it stands up to the science.

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Here’s what you’ll discover when you listen in:

  • The little-known difference between “killing power” and “stopping power” when it comes to your gun’s performance (and why it matters)!
  • The most important factors you need to evaluate when choosing the best caliber of your personal defense firearm (despite what the macho gun guru’s behind the Cabella’s counter might tell you).
  • Why the length of your gun’s barrel can drastically determine your firearm’s true stopping power no matter what bullet you’re feeding it!
  • “Center mass”? “Head shot”? What’s the most effective targeting tactic to stop an attacker as fast as possible when he’s charging your way with a knife?
  • The psychological factor of a real-life gunfight… and why your brain can either betray you or save your very life!

The best gun to stop an attacker is the one you can get to fast… and use it under stress.

But not all guns (and bullets) are made the same and you’ll see the critical difference in this week’s broadcast!

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“I’m Gonna Blow Your Damn Head Off!” (Should You Draw?)

jeff-andersonNothing like a little testosterone to get the party started, right?

The number of fights (even deaths) that happen as a result of injured pride and heavy threats has to fall into the “insanely common” column and I’m sure you’ve seen your share of brawls break out after harsh words are exchanged, haven’t you?

Threats like “I’m gonna kick your ass!” and “I’m going to blow your head off!” could be enough to get your trigger finger itchy if you have a big beefy bully spitting those words in your face.

But are you justified to draw?

My interview with Bulletproof Defense co-creator, Peyton Quinn, should give you some insight into when you’re justified or not…

Legal Self-Defense Scenario: Are His Threats “Actionable”?

Man Pointing Gun

First things first…

You must understand that if you’re ever involved in a deadly encounter, your actions will go on trial from the moment law enforcement responds to your call, until a jury pronounces you guilty or not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

You could be sent to prison simply for defending those you love from a brutal predator.

It sounds unjust, but it’s the truth.

This type of outcome happens all the time, and it happens because gun owners make certain legal mistakes in the eyes of our very strict system of law.

You may consider yourself morally justified in using deadly force, but if you are not LEGALLY justified, you will suffer the consequences.

One of the “tests” you’ll face in a courtroom is whether the threat you faced was “actionable” in the law’s eyes…

Was The Threat You Faced “Actionable”?

“Actionable” is a legal for, “Can he do it?”

If a person can actualize his threat, it means that a reasonable person, knowing what that reasonable person knew at the time, would think the threatening individual had the immediate means to realize a threat to injure or kill the defender.

Let’s look at an example…

You accidentally bump into some badass bully’s car in a parking lot and dent his brand new Mustang.

Even though you apologize, he tells you that’s not good enough and says, “I’m gonna blow your damn head off!”.

He’s made no gesture toward his car or under his shirt, but the man who is twice your size continues to yell and scream at you while pointing his finger in your face from about 15 feet away.

Would you be legally justified to draw and shoot in self defense?

In this scenario, it’s questionable about how the law will look at you.

On one hand, he’s threatened to shoot you… but you see no gun… so his threat isn’t “actionable”.

In other words, from what you can tell at the time, he “can’t” shoot you.

However, the DID threaten your life and he IS within range of attacking you, even if just with his hands.

What Would You Do?

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MCS Podcast 002: Armed Response Legal Traps With Peyton Quinn

Tactical Firearms Podcast - Legal Self Defense

 

Tactical Firearms Podcast - Legal Self Defense

Owning a gun provides great power for protecting yourself and those you love from society’s predators.  But with power comes great responsibility to legally wield your firearm.  If you don’t, you could be thrown in jail with the same class of society you were defending against in the first place.  Sad but true.

In this firearms survival podcast, legendary firearms and combatives expert, Peyton Quinn, shares the little-known factors that could save your backside in a courtroom after a shooting… and the mistakes that could throw your arse in a jail cell if you screw it up.

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Here’s what you’ll discover…

  1. How time and distance play a critical role in your “shoot – don’t shoot” decision in a jury’s eyes!
  2. Why – even if you have a 300lb muscle-bound goon telling you he’s going to slice you to ribbons may not be enough to warrant even touching your gun!
  3. How the jury sticks you under a microscope to look at every step you took up to the point of pulling the trigger… and the most important thing you must demonstrate to give you the best case for a “not guilty” verdict!
  4. When you’re legally justified to draw your weapon based on the rule of “disparity of force”! (Warning: It’s not as cut and dry as you may think!)
  5. How to respond to law enforcement after they show up following your armed defense vs. an attack! (Even your defense attorney would probably screw this one up. Some things you should say… others you shouldn’t. Find out here!)

This ought to be a real eye opener for even the most experienced gun expert out there!

 

Legal Rules For Self Defense With Weapons: “Disparity Of Force”

Legal Self Defense

The decision to use deadly force to protect yourself with a gun or other weapon is very subjective.

That’s why you hear about outrageous stories of honest, upstanding citizens being arrested even though they were defending themselves from an aggressive attacker.

The bottom line is that whether you feel your life is threatened to the degree you must take action – even to the point of using potentially deadly force – may be seen as “wrong” in the eyes of a jury, especially when explained by a prosecuting attorney in “legal mumbo jumbo”.

This is important because if you are not justified in using deadly force, such as in using a firearm to protect yourself or your family, you will have made a very serious legal mistake that could land you in prison for murder or manslaughter.

One of the most important legal arguments involving the use of force, and the legal mistakes gun owners make when involved in use-of-force altercations, involves something called “disparity of force”.

We talked with firearms expert, Peyton Quinn, about how disparity of force affected your deadly force decision-making strategies, and here’s what he had to say…

Legal Rules For Self Defense With Weapons:
“Disparity Of Force”

First of all, disparity of force means just what you think it does…

Let’s say there is more than one person, perhaps two or three assailants, all threatening to kick your butt.

Well two or three to one is disparity of force. It is force that isn’t equal.

You might be justified to introduce a “force multiplier” – a weapon – to protect your life because of this disparity.

Against someone whose force is roughly equal to your own, introducing a weapon could be seen as “escalating” the altercation (and therefore it is a legal mistake).

But when the force used against you is very unequal, or very “disparate,” you could be justified in using a weapon.

Legal Self-Defense Example Of Disparity Of Force…

A classic disparity of force is when a man is assaulting a woman.

The law is not entirely equal where that is concerned.

A woman can get away with self-defense acts that a man would have a hard time demonstrating were anything but legal mistakes.

That’s because the law, and especially juries, tend to see men as bigger and stronger and women, and thus an automatic disparity of force is assumed when a man attacks a woman or gets into any sort of physical altercation with her.

Even if it’s a one-on-one incident between two men, if the attacker is over six feet tall and built like Conan the Barbarian, and the defender is a 150-pound skinny fellow with asthma, that defender may be justified in using a potentially lethal weapon to defend himself.

A Common Legal Self-Defense Mistake You Must Avoid…

One of the most common mistakes made within your legal self-defense claim is the “fight challenge”.

The thing to remember is that if someone challenges you to a fight, like “Let’s take it outside right now!” and you accept it by walking into a fight, you have made a serious legal mistake.

You can’t later claim that you thought there was great disparity of force, so you used a knife or a gun to stop your attacker because you feared for your life.

The fact of accepting the challenge means that you clearly thought you had a chance of winning, which means you, yourself, did not see a disparity of force.

The Bottom Line On Legal Self-Defense…

As we say in this legal self-defense video… our legal system is not a “justice system”.

If you do not learn how it works when it comes to the rules of using lethal force, you will make legal mistakes that could land you in prison for the rest of your life.

You and your family deserve better, so if you own a gun, put in even more legal training than you do range training and you’ll be able to stick around after a deadly force confrontation rather than spending it in prison.

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