Real Analysis of Close-Quarters Gunfighting: 3 Tips To Stay Alive In A Criminal Ambush!

Real Gunfight Analysis: CQC Gunfight Criminal Ambush Survival Tips for Concealed Carry
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

It's a harsh but very real fact of actual gunfights:

If you stand still while someone is shooting at you, you will get killed.

Some instructors call it “getting off the X.”

It is the practice of getting out of the way so you don’t get run over.

Are you actually training to hit somebody while on the move?

I talked to expert CQC instructor Chris Fry about this issue, and here is a summary of what he told me.

Close-Quarters Gunfighting: 3 Tips To Stay Alive In A Criminal Ambush!

Real Gunfight Analysis: CQC Gunfight Criminal Ambush Survival Tips for Concealed Carry
Real Gunfight Analysis: CQC Gunfight Criminal Ambush Survival Tips for Concealed Carry
Chris Fry

When they picture real-life gunfights, a lot of shooters think they are going to be able to move as fast as they’re humanly capable of moving…

…and shoot accurately at a moving, hostile target the same time.

Everybody in the movies always hits what they shoot at, right?


In a real gunfight, the skills you learned shooting at static paper targets will NOT be enough.

So why is there so much of that type of shooting training out there?

It's because we put too much stock in immediate feedback in the United States.

We like the idea that we can shoot at a paper target and see a bullet hole appear.

But that's not realistic training for accurate shooting under threat!

Here are some things to consider:

1. The Drawstroke Is Critical

You probably think of actually shooting when you think about shooting in close quarters gun battles.

Would it surprise you to learn that just pulling your gun out of its holster is just as important as shooting it?

Getting your gun out of a concealed holster and into action is a critical skill.

You've got to be able to do it consistently…

…and you've got to train to do that while you're in motion.

If you don't, you'll fumble the gun.

You'll fail to get a good grip on it, fouling your shots, or you won't able to acquire your sights, causing your return fire to go wide.

If you can't draw, then shoot, and move while you're doing these things, you will not survive a CQC gunfight.

Remember: Movement is survivability.

2. Lateral Movement Is Critical

You can't afford to fight on railroad tracks, dumbly moving forward or back.

You've got to be able to move off the attacking line.

This means you've got to move laterally, or side to side.

It has been shown repeatedly that offset or lateral movement, just a little bit to the left or to the right while drawing, can cause an adversary to pause while trying to track you.

If you just back up, from his perspective, you're still right where you were — just a little farther away.

If you move to the side, though, he's got to reacquire you.

That split-second in which they try to relocate you buys you just enough time to clear your cover garment and get your own gun on target.

That fraction of a second could save your life.

3. Aimed Fire Or Point Shooting Depends On The Scenario

It takes time to use the sights and deliver aimed fire.

If you don't have that time, you'll have to point shoot.

Can you point shoot when it matters?

Can you also aim and fire at great distance to hit a target accurately… such as the face of a man holding a gun to your child's head?

If you're three feet from your target, do you really need to aim with your sights?

Maybe you do, and maybe you don't; it depends on how much time you have to react.

If you're fifty feet away and trying to pick out a target among non-combatants, however, that's a DIFFERENT story.

It all depends on distance and just what the adversary is doing.

Take all these factors into consideration… and train accordingly.

If you can't both point-shoot and take accurate aimed shots, your training is very much lacking.

Do You Train To Point Shoot, To Fire With The Sights, Or Both?

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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.

What Would You Do If You Shot A Man And He Refused To Stop?

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