If you’re caught off guard by an armed assailant, the fact that you’re an excellent shot carries little weight. In order to prevail, you will need to be mindful of the fast-paced, unforgiving realm of close quarters combat. In the Guns & Ammo article, Close Quarters Combat Considerations, Richard Nance gives 4 basic considerations you should keep in mind if ever found in a CQC situation:
- Resist the urge to draw your gun without first addressing the bad guy’s weapon. Attempting to draw your gun without first addressing an assailant’s weapon is a good way to get shot, stabbed or bludgeoned.
- Realize the important role of your off hand in the fight. In close quarters combat, the role of your off hand becomes critical because it will be used to defend, control or strike as appropriate. Additionally, try not to let the muzzle of your gun sweep across your arm or hand. Most shooters are taught to bring their off hand to their chest as they draw, which makes perfect sense when the assailant is several feet away, but could be dangerous in close quarters combat.
- Index the gun to your chest for optimal retention and effective unsighted aiming of your handgun. You need to be proficient in shooting with your gun indexed to your chest. In this position, you are more capable of retaining the gun, but you’ll have to “aim” it without using the sights.
- Ramp up your aggression. The final element of your close quarters combat repertoire is aggressiveness. When faced with a deadly threat in close quarters combat, the natural tendency is to reach for your handgun. In close quarters, this tactic is dangerous because your assailant has a head start. Yes, bringing your gun into play is a high priority, but you must negate the attacker’s weapon in order to facilitate your draw.
While distance is generally favorable in a gun fight, it’s a luxury we don’t always have, and close quarters combat takes a different set of skills. For Close Quarter Battle training, check out our 3 Close Quarter Battle Facilities, each different from the other, to present a variety of tactical problems.