Since handguns are projectile weapons, it’s easy to assume that if you were to fire at an assailant who posed a deadly threat, it would be from a distance far greater than arm’s length. While distance is generally favorable to the defensive handgunner, it’s a luxury we don’t always have, and close quarters combat takes a different set of skills.
Any number of factors can affect the distance from which we are attacked and, therefore, the amount of time we have to respond. It could be we’re less attentive than we should be and fail to recognize a potential threat until it is upon us, or maybe the crook’s behavior doesn’t telegraph his intent to accost us. After all, a mugger would starve to death if he demanded an intended victim’s money from so far a distance the potential victim had time to draw a gun or escape.
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