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    Default Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    I was just wondering what percent of people on this site could actually use a firearm in self defense. I am sure in actuality it is not 100 percent.

    In the 1980s I was a police officer/firearms instructor. Once a deer was hit by an auto and blocking the roadway crippled and bleeding. An officer was sent and he could not shoot the deer as he felt bad. Another officer arrived who was a sniper on the TAC team and he was the same way. I remember shooting the deer. This happened with a dog as well. No vet was available at 3 am and the dog was going to die and was yelping in pain. These were trained LEOs, who could not shoot an animal injured and blocking the highway. I wonder what if it was a person. By the way, the TAC offer later became a federal LEO.

    What about non LEOs and persons not former military on this site? Many talk the talk but can they walk the walk. How do you know if you are mentally prepared to use lethal self defense? Have you though about this? The fact that you carry that fancy Glock or Sig will not be of any use if you are not able to respond to a lethal self defense threat.
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    Default Re: Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    Well this one time I pulled over where another car had just hit a deer. The driver went and got a revolver from his glove box. I took that as my que to leave. I don't know if he shot it or not. I was gone.

    Take the dog to the vet. I wasn't there. I don't know what you know but you let out some stuff I'd rather not read.

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    Default Re: Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    I will weep for my pets.....I will have NO remorse or hesitation for thugs.

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    Default Re: Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    I'll let you know if it happens. Until then I won't leave anything on the internet that may be used against me in court later on
    Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

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    Default Re: Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    No vet available as 3 am. The only alternative to put it down.

    What I am trying to say is I believe that some percentage of persons could not truly use a firearm even in self defense. Not sure of the percentage but there is a percentage.

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    Default Re: Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2DogsBarking View Post
    I will weep for my pets.....I will have NO remorse or hesitation for thugs.
    Agreed. I've had to dispatch wounded and struggling animals before and it does suck. But that's a far cry (I would imagine) from using force against a person who is trying to harm/hill you or your loved ones. I can't imagine even a moment's hesitation.


    Besides, I generally like animals more than people.

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    Default Re: Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    I could be wrong, but I would think one's ability to decide to pull the trigger on a human that is about to kill them or their family would be much easier to overcome then an injured animal on the side of the road, where your feelings towards animals might come into your mind. I think if I had a guy pointing a gun at me, the thought of its kill or be killed would instantly over ride any issue with *thinking* about pulling the trigger. Just my thought.

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    Default Re: Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    I have zero problem with seriously hurting someone who obviously wants to hurt me, especially if I am reasonably sure the cops and a jury will see it that way too. I fully realize that there will be another side to it that someone attempts to contrive and bring to the table...and I'll admit it does scare me a lot to think that things could be made to look different than they are by some lawyer. That's what would make me hesitate the most. But as far as shooting a predatory human being who is trying to prey on me, I haven't got one ounce of guilt in that.
    I work for the CIA......I think.

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    Default Re: Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    Would I do it or Would I not do it ! I would not state my opinion one way or another ! CYA !

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    Default Re: Could you actually use your sidearm in a situation?

    If you are having a debate in your mind on whether to shoot someone, don't. It has to happen reflexively or it's not self defense.

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