Tactical Shooting: Cop Gunfight Tips For “Terminator” Attackers

Best CQC Gunfighting Tactics For Invulnerable, Invincible, Or Drugged Attackers

Officer Timothy Gramins pumped bullet after bullet into his attacker…

…but this human “terminator” simply would NOT go down!

As bullets hit the front of Gramins' squad car, he realized he was in the fight of his life.

Gramins' attacker, Raymond Maddox, was determined to KILL him.

And no matter how many .45 slugs Gramins pumped into Maddox, they seemed to do nothing!

Gramins had encountered the type of attacker most cops KNOW exists out there, but who they hope they'll NEVER meet.

He was up against an “invulnerable” bad guy.

There are all kinds of shootings involving criminals who just won't go down no matter how many times they get shot.

But if you, as an armed citizen, come up against one of these super-predators, you can rely on Officer Timothy Gramins' lessons for…

Cop Gunfight Tips For “Invulnerable” Terminator-Style Bad Guys

Best CQC Gunfighting Tactics For Invulnerable, Invincible, Or Drugged Attackers
Best CQC Gunfighting Tactics For Invulnerable, Invincible, Or Drugged Attackers

It was August, 2008, in Skokie, Illinois, and Officer Timothy Gramins was looking for a black male driving a white sedan.

The suspect, who turned out to be Raymond Maddox, was wanted for a bank robbery in nearby Northbrook.

When the eagle-eyed Gramins spotted Maddox in his white Bonneville, he tried to pull him over… but Maddox wouldn't stop.

After a car chase into a residential neighborhood, Maddox hit the brakes and leapt out of the car with a Smith and Wesson 9mm in his fist.

He was gunning for Officer Gramins!

Faster than it takes to describe, Maddox was on top of Gramins' patrol car, ready to fire through the driver's side window of the vehicle…

…When BOTH the Smith and Wesson and Gramins' own Glock .45 went DRY at the exact same moment!

Officer Gramins dumped himself from the car and swapped magazines as Maddox circled, now firing a .380 back-up gun.

Then, like something out of an action movie, they started trading fire from both sides of the vehicle.

Before it was over, Gramins had pumped no less than SEVENTEEN .45 SLUGS into Raymond Maddox.

But it wasn't until Gramins fired THREE TIMES into Maddox' skull that the man finally died!

Several more of those .45s hit Maddox in what were supposed to be “fatal” targets, but it took him FOREVER to go down.

“People don't die the way we think they do,” Gramins said after the shooting.

And today, Officer Gramins lives with the lessons he learned from that incredible encounter… lessons that, if you borrow them, could help YOU in a real gunfight.

Let's run them down:

Carry More Spare Ammo

In a lot of real gunfights between criminals and armed citizens, a couple of shots are all it takes.

But in some of them, being able to keep the bad guy pinned down — or pumping multiple rounds into him — is what it takes to win a fight.

Before he met Raymond Maddox, Officer Tim Gramins used to carry 47 total rounds with him.

Today, he carries 145.

If you encounter a seemingly “invincible” attacker, you need enough ammo to get the job done.

There is NO SUCH THING as too much spare ammo.

Protect Your Eyesight

In the close-quarters fury of a real gunfight, there will be bullets flying everywhere.

Officer Tim Gramins learned that, because while he wasn't hit with a bullet…

…he was injured by flying debris from all the gunfire.

If just a single chip of glass had hit him in the eye, he would have been unable to see Maddox to fight.

And he might be dead today because of it.

Legendary gun expert Massad Ayoob once recommended wearing safety glasses when driving for the same reason.

Buy yourself a pair of protection-rated glasses, either for your prescription, for your sunglasses, or for shooting.

Your eyes are your only means of seeing the target that's trying to KILL you.

Train To Hit The Eye-Box

Without a doubt, the most important lesson Officer Gramins learned was the importance of accurate head shots.

An attacker, particularly a man high on drugs, might absorb round after round but NOT GO DOWN.

“Early in the fight, I didn't see where my rounds were going,” Gramins told interviewers after the shooting. “…I didn't have my front sight. You need to find that front sight as fast as you can.”

If Gramins had made that head-shot to the eye-box earlier, he might have been able to put the monster Maddox down much faster.

He made a mistake that too many armed citizens make when it comes to training what REALLY ends gunfights.

For example, even though some shooters do train for head shots at the range…

…that training doesn't look ANYTHING like a real gunfight.

In a real gunfight, the head is moving around.

It's a SMALL target.

And making an accurate head shot on a guy who's trying to kill YOU at the same time, all while he's running and gunning to get you, isn't easy at all.

In fact, there is a LOT of training you've got to get to be prepared for a REAL gunfight… and there are specific principles for close-quarters gunfighting that can save your life if you follow them.

If you aren't learning and training these principles, you could end up the one SHOT.

(Officer Tim Gramins was a trained cop, and even he forgot those lessons when Maddox ambushed him.)

I know, it sounds like a lot to take in. . . and it is.

If you want to dig deeper on how I train for real attacks, you might want to check out this report.

Just be warned…

I don't follow popular opinion when it comes to firearms training so some of what you read may actually be the OPPOSITE of what you've been taught in the past.

(For example, one of the things I learned in our stopping power analysis of over 6,000 real-world gunfights is that the #1 survivability factor is getting behind effective cover to stop any bullets headed your way.)

All I ask is that you keep an open mind… and be willing to try something completely new in how you prepare for the reality of a street attack.

That's all I want — that, and for you to survive when some monster like Raymond Maddox decides to pull a gun on YOU.

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Close Quarters Gunfighting: Tips For One-Handed Shooting!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Are you training for a real-life, violent encounter with your handgun?

Are are you basically plinking away at paper targets, planted firmly in your comfort zone?

The way you’re training now, and the realities of a violent confrontation with a handgun, are too often very different from each other.

Firing at static paper targets, which is how most shooters train, does NOT prepare you for a real gunfight!

Square-range shooting at 7-10 yards does NOT represent how you will actually engage an attacker.

To fight realistically, you’ve got to be able to shoot with one hand.

Tips For One-Handed Shooting!

There are multiple reasons why you MUST train to shoot 1-handed for real-life encounters:

  • You could be injured and unable to use both hands.
  • You might need to use your support hand for navigating obstacles, opening doors, fighting with an assailant at close quarters, etc.
  • You might need to hold a spouse's hand to guide them, carry a small child, or use that free hand to otherwise care for a dependent
  • Actual picture-perfect two-handed shooting is extremely rare in real-life gunfights. No matter how much you train, your natural reaction in a gunfight will be to fight with one hand.

So when you DO train to shoot with one hand, what should you be focusing on?

Tip #1: Get Distance FIRST

A gunfight will probably be either the result of an escalated argument, or it will be an ambush attack.

It will probably happen without much warning.

Somebody's in your face and, suddenly, there's a weapon in play.

The result is that you need to get distance.

You're going to be in the “bad breath zone” and it will be very easy for him to strike you, often with something you can't even see.

A lot of instructors teach a variation on the “push draw,” where you are striking your attacker at the same time you are drawing your weapon.

Most of the time, this isn't going to happen.

If your attacker has their hands free, or they're busy attacking you — punching you, stabbing you, shooting you, whatever — you're not going to have the mental wherewithal to fight with just one hand while shooting with the other.

You won't have the physical strength, either.

Your body will be in survival mode and you'll naturally use both hands.

Forget, therefore, any idea that you're going to hold off a bigger, stronger attacker with your support hand while you draw your weapon.

What that means, then, is that the first thing you've got to do is GET DISTANCE.

Forget about the weapon.

Forget about doing anything else first.

Take both of your hands and take that person's head off their shoulders.

You're just trying to put them on the defense and get them thinking about balance.

You can push their face, or push up underneath the chin.

No matter how big they are, that's going to give you a little distance so you can draw your weapon.

Tip #2: Learn To Point Shoot

Now we’re going to say that you have your weapon drawn.

It's preferable to use two hands, but if you really need to get off a shot, chances are good you're going to have just one hand, possibly with the attacker on top of you.

It may be a contact shot that you fire off.

The muzzle blast might do as much damage as the bullet going into them, making that contact shot really powerful.

Keep in mind that if you put your slide out of battery, you might not be able to fire a shot at all, and you might not get a second one after firing that first one.

Either way, you're not going to be using your sights.

That means you've got to learn how to point shoot, at least at close range, to blast them off you.

Tip #3: Go For The Pelvic Girdle

This raises the question of where you'll shoot.

With your gun indexed against your body at close range, you'll naturally shoot down and at an angle.

What that means is that you're not shooting for center mass; you're shooting for the pelvic girdle.

What this does is blow their structure out from under them.

It neutralizes them and makes it so they cannot fight you because they cannot move around.

There is also psychological damage that this does, because the shock and trauma of bleeding out down there may help get them focused on the injury done to them, rather than on fighting you.

There's plenty of arteries and other stuff down there that nobody wants to get shot in.

They might bleed out, and they'll definitely be less able to aggress on you.

All of this gives you some time to react, to get distance, and to fire more accurate, more aimed shots as you get the room you need to do so.

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Best Tactical Tomahawk: 3 Things To Look For When Buying One

Best Tactical Tomahawk Reviews / Shopping Tips

Jeff Anderson

Tactical tomahawks have received a lot of recognition lately, and not just from the wannabe zombie hunters out there.

In today’s tactical landscape, these weapons are being adopted into the arsenals of law enforcement, rescue personnel, and even active duty military.

This begs the question: Which one do you buy?

Recently, I talked tomahawk shopping with the American Tomahawk Company's Eric Fehrman.

Here's a summary of what he told me.

3 Things To Look For In A Tactical Tomahawk

Best Tactical Tomahawk Reviews / Shopping Tips
Best Tactical Tomahawk Reviews / Shopping Tips
Eric Fehrman

The fireman’s axe was long a staple of rescue equipment, and for obvious reasons: It provided leverage and allowed rescuers to make their way through obstacles.

The tomahawk does this as well, while also giving first responders and other emergency personnel a very effective means of defending themselves.

The versatility,  the effectiveness of the tomahawk as both a tool and a weapon, has made it a valuable piece of equipment worthy of a closer inspection for anyone who’s serious about survival in a multitude of scenarios.

Tomahawks are everywhere now:  in catalogs, on every knife website, on social media (where companies do giveaways and promotions) and at gun shows.

(They’re even easily found in sporting goods stores now.)

With all these options, however, there are certain features that you should consider when you purchase a tomahawk to add to your arsenal of survival tools and weapons.

That's because all tomahawks are NOT created equal.

Consider the following, then, when you're shopping.

1. Buy A Trusted Brand

The first thing you should look for in a ‘hawk is a trusted brand, a manufacturer who is well known and has a good reputation.

Because of the rise in popularity of the tomahawk, cheap knockoffs and junk made anonymously somewhere in China is all over the market.

(A lot of the cheap tomahawks look and feel like junk because that is what they are.)

They are cheaply made and will break easily. Many have substandard sheaths, too.

If either the tool or its carry system breaks when you need it most, you are trusting your life to a piece of cheap garbage.

Avoid the no-name brands and go with a tomahawk that comes from an established manufacturer known for its quality.

2. Make Sure It Offers Good Utility

Don’t select a ‘hawk simply because it “looks cool” or even because it looks especially intimidating.

Tomahawks are intimidating and wicked looking pieces of gear, yes, but there are a lot of “fantasy” tomahawks on the market that look scary.

They’re full of strange curves, spikes, and other details that serve no real value other than to make them look fierce.

Chances are a tomahawk like this will break when you need it most, no matter how “bad” it looks.

Don’t buy something because it’s painted bright green and has the word “zombie” on it, either.

Instead, buy a tomahawk that is compact, lightweight, and has the features you believe will be most useful.

Another thing that people often overlook when it comes to ‘hawks is the sheath.

(Some manufacturers offer really terrible “sheaths” with their tactical tomahawks, flimsy pieces of nylon that are really just blade covers.)

Look for one that has a sheath that won’t fall apart soon after you start carrying it.

3. Look For A Strong Handle To Head Join

Most axe, hatchet, and tomahawk failures happen where the handle meets the head.

Look for a good ‘hawk that has a strong, sturdy joining of the head to the handle, so that you know it is a point of strength rather than weakness.

(Some synthetic handles offer better strength than wood.)

Test the head of the tomahawk to see if it shifts in your hand when you grip it and the handle and try to move the two.

Tomahawks are very useful tools.

Shopping for one requires that you pay attention to these details.

If you follow these guidelines, you will find a weapon that is right for you.

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MCS 280 – 5 “Visual” Gunfight Training Mistakes

CQC Tactical Gun Training - 5 "Visual" Gunfight Training Mistakes
CQC Tactical Gun Training - 5 "Visual" Gunfight Training Mistakes
CQC Tactical Gun Training – 5 “Visual” Gunfight Training Mistakes

A real gunfight is life or death.

It happens faster than most of us can imagine.

You may have only fractions of a second to act…

…and if you make a mistake, YOU'RE DEAD.

This makes firearms training one of the most important things you'll ever do.

But there's a problem.

A lot of shooters, including experienced instructors, are making 5 very specific VISUAL mistakes.

Worse, they don't REALIZE these mistakes make training scars.

(And during a gunfight is no time to find out about them!)

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson looks at each of these 5 visual gunfight training mistakes so that you can make your own gun training more realistic and effective.

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

  • The mistake almost EVERYONE makes when using the sights.
  • The one place you NEVER want to look during a stoppage drill.
  • The reloading mistake that even experts make!
  • The well-meaning bad habit that could cause you to miss a real threat after a shooting.
  • A common error to avoid after the threat is down and neutralized (you think).

Don't ingrain bad habits by training incorrectly.

Learn the right way to train with a gun… and be better prepared to protect yourself and your family with that weapon.

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Point Shooting? 3 Times When You Absolutely MUST Master Aimed Fire To Survive An Attack!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

I admit it. I talk a lot of trash about “aimed fire”.

Of course this gets me a lot of hate mail from the crusty, old, so-called “experts” out there who get their tighty-whiteys in a wad any time someone tries to slap some reality into how to train for real gunfights.

But actually, I have lot of respect for aimed fire…

…in the right circumstances!

I mean, the reality is, if you’re ambushed in a parking lot by some thug hiding behind a parked car, you’ll be lucky to even get to your gun, let alone ever use your front sight to get an “aim” on your target.

In these attacks, “point shooting” is all you’re gonna to be able to use.

But there are other very specific instances when your front sight is your best friend, and…

Here Are 3 Times When You Absolutely MUST Master “Aimed Fire” To Survive

Tactical Firearms Training: Aimed Fire Vs Point Shooting

Basically, the best time to use aimed fire instead of point shooting is when you’re not the person directly under threat.

Or… you have the time and distance to react to a threat before it’s on top of you!

Let me give you three potential scenarios where aimed fire is your best chance at survival…

1. Active Indiscriminate Shooter

You’re in a crowded area: a shopping mall, a schoolyard, a busy street.

You hear gunfire and screams, see people diving out of the way or dropping like flies.

You’re not in the immediate line of fire, and you have time to assess the threat and take the shooter out.

This is the time for aimed fire all the way.

It's the only way to get that accurate distance shot you NEED to get the job done.

2. Mentally Ill/Homeless Threat

Right now, a vast array of homeless people are “off their meds.”

This means you could easily find yourself in a situation where a disturbed, armed “street person” is threatening you from a distance.

You should feel confident in drawing, giving strong commands to “Back off!” and use your aimed fire skills for all they’re worth if your life is ACTUALLY threatened.

(That's not to say you should be roaming the streets looking for trouble from people who are down on their luck.)

It's a fact, though, that these threats might require you to respond to a credible threat to your life.

When they do, you need to be accurate with your shots.

Especially when you're out in public, you need to remember that you are responsible for EVERY round you fire.

3. Home Invasion Hostage

Your loved one has a gun to their head or a knife to their throat.

The attacker is threatening to kill them – and you believe they mean it.

This is probably THE situation all aimed-fire proponents train for.

Your wife or child’s life hangs in the balance of scumbag’s sadistic whim, and you have to take the shot.

Those are solid examples of true “aimed fire” scenarios – and I’m sure that there are more you can come up with.

But the real question isn’t whether this list is all-inclusive.

The real question is . . .

Are You Ready to Meet These Threats?

The reason I ask is because, while you can certainly get “marksmanship” training down at your local range, trying to get your 1” shot group inside that tiny circle on your paper target…

…These scenarios require REALISTIC training simulations where you’re facing either a live person or a 3-D target.

This is something I learned while conducting our stopping power analysis of over 6,000 real-world gunfights – and this is information YOU need so that you understand when aimed fire vs point shooting is appropriate.

That's the only way you will survive a REAL gunfight.

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Ground Fighting Self-Defense Tip: Striking On The Ground

Ground Fighting Self Defense

Most people have heard of the statistic that “most street fights end on the ground.”

If they stop to picture this at all they think of it as an exhausting wrestling match, or as the typical “ground and pound” in which one fighter mounts the other and just starts punching away at his head.

But punching isn’t really very effective in a ground fight or grappling situation.

There are better alternatives that will allow you to end a fight quickly…

The Best Self Defense Technique For Ground Fighting

Ok, it's hard to say “best” because you have to adapt to the scenario and use what you have with the threat you face, right?

But arguably, while most people gravitate to “punching”, I've personally found (in real street fights) that the best strike for ground fighting is actually a solid “elbow smash”.

The elbow smash is like an elbow strike in traditional martial arts classes, but you’re essentially using the outside of your forearm, the hard bony part.

It’s a six-inch striking surface that starts about two or three inches below your elbow – this is a good, rigid surface.

How To Deliver A Bone-Crushing Elbow Smash In A Ground Fight

The elbow smash is called a “smash” for a reason.

Your goal is to quickly get to the mount position (on top of your attacker) and use the elbow smash to crash your arm into whatever is between you and your opponent.

Trust me, you’ll crush whatever gets in your way if you drive your whole upper body into the strike.

All it should take is one or two strikes… and then get the hell off your attacker in order to escape before someone else jumps you.

Your attacker should be incapacitated on the floor.

Practice this “elbow smash” on a heavy bag on the ground and you'll see why it's so effective for ground fighting self defense.

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