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    Quote Originally Posted by tattedupboy View Post
    Not necessarily so for me. In deciding to draw you still must make a split-second decision on whether deadly force is warranted. You're saying that you can't possibly conceive of any scenario in which merely brandishing the weapon would stop the threat?
    I don't believe in brandishing. As I stated, if I have made a decision to draw, the reason is to fire my weapon. I'm not going to show you my weapon... if you see it, you are already shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MP3Mogul View Post
    I don't believe in brandishing. As I stated, if I have made a decision to draw, the reason is to fire my weapon. I'm not going to show you my weapon... if you see it, you are already shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MP3Mogul View Post
    I don't believe in brandishing. As I stated, if I have made a decision to draw, the reason is to fire my weapon. I'm not going to show you my weapon... if you see it, you are already shot.
    I do believe in brandishing. Ninety nine times out of a hundred, just the sight of a gun (or in the event of a home invasion, the sound of a round being chambered in a pump shotgun) will stop a BG in his tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slade797 View Post
    Sometimes you don't even have to show your steel.

    Last time I had a run-in, a local idiot stood in front of me, telling me how he was gonna knock my head off. I had my hand on my pistol, in a pocket holster. I looked him in the eye and said, "Take your best shot." He looked at me, looked at where my hand was, and walked back to his car.

    Why even bother acknowledging the other guy. He wanted to start a fight, if given a chance, I would get out of there. No reason to take a chance that it will turn ugly. If you did end up having to shoot the guy, witnesses stories, though different will probably in some way reflect you acknowledging the hostile situation and choosing to participate rather than walk away.

    Use of deadly force is only warranted to STOP an attack, not prevent one or to fix something that you had a part in elevating to the "deadly force" level.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock Fan View Post
    Why even bother acknowledging the other guy. He wanted to start a fight, if given a chance, I would get out of there. No reason to take a chance that it will turn ugly. If you did end up having to shoot the guy, witnesses stories, though different will probably in some way reflect you acknowledging the hostile situation and choosing to participate rather than walk away.

    Use of deadly force is only warranted to STOP an attack, not prevent one or to fix something that you had a part in elevating to the "deadly force" level.



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    I agree about retreating, however what if you're old or handicapped and can't run away? I think that brandishing shows that you're able to protect yourself and that attacking you would be a foolish thing to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock Fan View Post
    Why even bother acknowledging the other guy. He wanted to start a fight, if given a chance, I would get out of there. No reason to take a chance that it will turn ugly. If you did end up having to shoot the guy, witnesses stories, though different will probably in some way reflect you acknowledging the hostile situation and choosing to participate rather than walk away.

    Use of deadly force is only warranted to STOP an attack, not prevent one or to fix something that you had a part in elevating to the "deadly force" level.

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    No choice but to "acknowledge" him. We're standing nose to nose, he planted himself in front of me, starts screaming, my daughters are in my truck about ten feet away.... I backed him off without shooting him, and to me, that is the reason for carrying: so you do not have to fire your weapon. It's not the same reason exactly that a cop carries a gun, to apprehend and subdue. I carry a gun to avoid having to shoot, and to be able to if I have to. In the situation I described, I did not even have to show my weapon. I chose to do what I deemed necessary to stop the scenario from escalating. At that point, my goal was to stop the whole deal, which I did quite successfully, and that is the real acid test: did it work? Yup. If it's stupid but it works, it ain't stupid.

    While you may not believe in brandishing, it is a legitimate tool to defuse a poentially deadly situation. Cops do it every day of the world, as do private citizens. Again, the end result is the most important part. That does not always hold true for cops, who have to make every move under the microscope, and avoid rights violations and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slade797 View Post
    No choice but to "acknowledge" him. We're standing nose to nose, he planted himself in front of me, starts screaming, my daughters are in my truck about ten feet away.... I backed him off without shooting him, and to me, that is the reason for carrying: so you do not have to fire your weapon. It's not the same reason exactly that a cop carries a gun, to apprehend and subdue. I carry a gun to avoid having to shoot, and to be able to if I have to.
    I like the way you think Slade797! Only fire as an absolute last resort, but if you don't have to, don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tattedupboy View Post
    I do believe in brandishing. Ninety nine times out of a hundred, just the sight of a gun (or in the event of a home invasion, the sound of a round being chambered in a pump shotgun) will stop a BG in his tracks.
    +1

    Brandishing a weapon is a legitimate tool, just as a rattlesnake's rattle, if somewhat less subtle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slade797 View Post
    No choice but to "acknowledge" him. We're standing nose to nose, he planted himself in front of me, starts screaming, my daughters are in my truck about ten feet away.... I backed him off without shooting him, and to me, that is the reason for carrying: so you do not have to fire your weapon. It's not the same reason exactly that a cop carries a gun, to apprehend and subdue. I carry a gun to avoid having to shoot, and to be able to if I have to. In the situation I described, I did not even have to show my weapon. I chose to do what I deemed necessary to stop the scenario from escalating. At that point, my goal was to stop the whole deal, which I did quite successfully, and that is the real acid test: did it work? Yup. If it's stupid but it works, it ain't stupid.

    While you may not believe in brandishing, it is a legitimate tool to defuse a poentially deadly situation. Cops do it every day of the world, as do private citizens. Again, the end result is the most important part. That does not always hold true for cops, who have to make every move under the microscope, and avoid rights violations and such.
    Now the situation is sounding different from your initial post.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slade797 View Post
    Sometimes you don't even have to show your steel.

    Last time I had a run-in, a local idiot stood in front of me, telling me how he was gonna knock my head off. I had my hand on my pistol, in a pocket holster. I looked him in the eye and said, "Take your best shot." He looked at me, looked at where my hand was, and walked back to his car.
    There's a clear difference between a guy who "stood in front of me" and "standing nose to nose". In my experiences, it's very rare that some "local idiot" would go from zero to "nose to nose". There's usually some dirty looks, possibly hand gestures, maybe some 4 letter words exchanged that lead up to the "nose to nose" state. What I'm saying is that if you look back on the situation, can you honestly say that you had "no choice" but to reach into your pocket with your "hand on my pistol" and have the time to come up with a snappy line like "Take your best shot"? If my child was with me, I'd make every effort to get out of there without doing anything remotely possible to escalate the situation. What if the guy did take a swing at you, then knock you to the ground. Is that something that you would want your daughters to witness?

    I wasn't there, so the only version of the incident is what you've posted so far. From your two different posts, it appears that the situation was changed slightly to justify your actions. I'm not looking for an argument here, simply pointing out my observations. Keep in mind that there are many "anti" folks who visit this site and would love to use examples like this against our fellow pro 2A citizens.

    I used to have a similar attitude. Through my various training experiences, research of previous court cases and talking with a great number of people, I've decided on my course of action and have beefed up my "situational awareness" when out and about. I don't necessarily run from trouble, simply do my best of steering clear of what appears to be an unsafe situation. Here in PRHI we don't have the ability to CC, so I have to make do with the tools I'm allowed to have. Keeping clear of bad situations would be my first line of defense. Deploying one of my defensive tools is always a "last resort".



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