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?

Please Share Your Training Tips Now…

CCW Pistol Gear: STOP Buying This Wal-Mart Special…

ccw concealed carry pistol tips
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Our readers tell us they LOVE our articles on concealed carry and close quarters shooting, so I've resolved to put up more of that kind of material.

I'm always collecting tips for better CCW.

These ideas don't always have enough to them to be their own article, but I figured I would collect 3 tips for today's blog post.

Some of these you may have thought about already, but I'm willing to bet there's at least one you haven't…


ccw concealed carry pistol tips
ccw concealed carry pistol tips

1. Keys In Your Pocket

When you're carrying concealed, your outer garment – your cover garment – has to be cleared before you can draw, right?

Well, if you're wearing a pullover of some kind, you've got to yank it upward.

If you're wearing a more normal jacket, though, you'll basically sweep it aside to get to your gun.

One thing that makes that easier is to keep some weight in the pocket on that side.

Get in the habit of keeping your keys, or something else with some weight, in the pocket on the strong side.

That will help you swing the garment out and away while you draw your gun.

2. What's Your Backup?

Many of us carry more than just a gun – and if you don't, you need to consider a “less lethal” backup.

Whether it's pepper spray, some kind of impact weapon, or maybe a stun gun, it pays to have a weapon that won't necessarily take someone's life.

Some of the altercations you'll have are with people who have “bad attitudes” – from drugs, alcohol, road rage over a “stolen” parking space… whatever it is, it doesn't necessarily mean your life is in danger.

In those situations, you want a “force multiplier” that can help “readjust” the other guy's attitude without killing him.

(That's why police carry pepper spray and tasers.)

Carry it in a location that is just as accessible as your gun, and remember that it isn't “non-lethal,” but “less lethal.”

That means accidents can and have happened, so don't use these tools casually.

3. Stop Wearing Wal-Mart Belts

Most of us grow up wearing ordinary leather belts.

What you find out over time is that the more weight you put on a belt, the more the holes stretch out.

Over time, every big-box store leather belt you'll own will become a stretched out mess.

Well, stop buying those leather belts from Wal-Mart.

If you carry a gun, you need a high-quality gunbelt.

I would recommend something like an off-duty concealment belt, such as the 5.11 TDU.

Not only do these belts offer more support than a “normal” belt, but they don't limit you to specific peg holes, so you can adjust them to fit you comfortably no matter what you're wearing (or eating).

Okay, that's it for today's post.

I'm always looking for more great information for you, so please stop back every day to check out our daily MCS posts, okay?

Stay safe out there.

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MCS 254 – Long Range Tactical Handgun Combat Training

Long Range Tactical Handgun Training For CQC Shooting
Long Range Tactical Handgun Training For CQC Shooting
Long Range Tactical Handgun Training

Most gunfights happen at extreme close range, BUT. . .

. . . you STILL have to train with your handgun not just at LONG range, but at EXTREME long range.

There are LOTS of reasons this is true.

But WHY do you need to do it?

How should you train for long-range handgun shooting?

And how do you change up your drills to keep them realistic and FUN?

The handgun is designed for close-quarters combat, but it's actually accurate to MUCH farther out than that.

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson reviews the benefits of long-distance handgun training — and explains HOW you should be conducting that training for maximum benefit.

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

  • The reasons you might need to engage a shooter who is far enough away that he's NOT actively a threat to you!
  • The critical skills long-distance tactical handgun training helps hone.
  • The specific “mental trick” that this type of training can pull off for you!
  • Drills that will SERIOUSLY change the way you look at handgun training.
  • And much, much more!

Long-distance shooting with a handgun is NOT ideal because a handgun loses accuracy with distance.

When you MUST do it, however, you don't want to be unprepared. . . because being prepared for long-range handgun com at can make the difference between life and death in a real gunfight!

Resources Mentioned In This Podcast:

How Far Out Do YOU Train With Your Handgun? How Do You Do It?

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