Armed Response: Don’t Shoot Small Groups

Shooting small groups is nice on the range. An effective shooter in a self defense situation, has to consider and find the balance between speed and accuracy.

This series is produced for DRTV by Ralph Mroz and David Kenik.

Feel free to discuss the tips on the forum and below on this page.

Ralph Mroz and David Kenik are the people behind the Armed Response DVD series. These video programs avoid both the simplistic advice that is too often given for armed self-defense, and on the other end of the spectrum, the over-macho “high-speed” “tactical” advice that is also both unrealistic and too prevalent. Instead the focus is on what is realistically possible for most people to do in these extreme circumstances. Mroz was a police officer for almost 20 years, most recently assigned to his county’s drug task force; Kenik is the firearms instructor for the Lake Arthur, NM police department.

3 Responses to Armed Response: Don’t Shoot Small Groups

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  2. John M. Buol Jr.

    January 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

    The accuracy standard of hitting a folded 8.5×11-inch paper presented in this video is almost exactly the same size as the A zone on a standard IPSC target used in practical shooting competition.

    The concept of developing the highest possible speed while generating sufficient accuracy, creating a balance between them, is the core of organized practical shooting competition.

    So this video is telling you that anyone preparing for armed encounters, and certainly anyone teaching those who are, should be capable of shooting well in formal practical shooting competition. A low score there indicates that these tenets have not been adequately addressed or trained.

  3. Ringo

    February 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t worry about shooting too small a group. In the stress of a SHTF moment, most people will be shaking so badly their group size will likely double or triple in size. It will not be too small, it will be good if you can hit the target effectively at all, if you don’t freeze up over the fear of what is going to happen to you if you maim or kill someone and the law decides to prosecute you because you had a gun and you shot someone. In many areas, law enforcement/district attorneys will assume that shooting someone is automatically an attempted homicide, regardless of the circumstances. I don’t see that likelihood being discussed on the defense based TV media very much at all. It’s all, “drop the gun, bang, bang, bang” all in about 1.5 seconds. If you operate like that in the real world, your days of roaming freely will likely be over very quickly. I think more time should be spent on threat assessment and determining if and how deadly force should be used. Being convicted of some kind of homicide will likely ruin your life as you know it. The decision to use deadly force has to be made in a way that will not make you the criminal.

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