Not over…

Further proof that handguns sucks:

Mettinger (bad guy) absorbed nine rounds from Borders’ (police officer) .45—six of which hit him in the torso and two more of which literally severed his right foot—without any significant effect on his fighting ability. This would have been remarkable even if Officer Borders had been firing marginally effective rounds, but he was using .45 caliber Gold Dot ammunition, which is considered by many to be the best man-stopper on the market.

Also, something else to think about:

Even multiple hits to vital areas may not incapacitate an assailant as quickly as expected, so we must be ready to respond accordingly. Become as proficient as possible with your firearm so you can make every shot count, but also be prepared to keep shooting until your attacker is no longer a threat or to do whatever else it takes to win. If necessary, charge him and crush his throat with your empty gun, stab him through an eye with your pen or smash in his temple with your walkie-talkie. Do something. Inaction is your worst enemy, so doing something is always better than doing nothing. In some cases, your wisest option may be to retreat. Remember, there is no shame in making a tactical withdrawal that allows you to continue the fight, regroup, call for assistance and/or plan your next move.

Deadly force is deadly force, no matter what you use. If your authorized to use deadly force to shoot someone, that same authorization covers you if you bash their head in with a rock.

This firefight was a particularly long one, Officer Borders shot all 3 of the mags he carried on him. When the suspect finally was killed, the officer was down to his last round. No magazine, round.

Another important option in an extended gunfight is a backup gun. Although Officer Borders didn’t need one in this case, he came dangerously close. Had it not been for the fact that he noticed that he was running out of ammunition when he did (which is not easy to do in the stress and chaos of lethal combat), he would have been facing Mettinger with an empty gun after just two more rounds. In that case, he would have been able to keep shooting because he always carried a Chief’s Special on his ankle, but anyone less prepared would have been virtually defenseless.

But, the thing to remember, back up guns (BUGs) have more than one use. In this incident, it was the ability to keep shooting, to keep fighting, despite being out of ammunition. In another situations, particularly a violent close range incident, it is a great alternative to attempting to fix a jam with your weapon. A double feed is one of the most time consuming malfunctions to clear. Rather than take the time to try and clear it, it may be easier to draw your BUG and keep shooting.

But, in the end, it all comes down to training:

Officer Borders credits his firearms training for much of his success. He scored 10 hits out of 39 rounds fired, for a hit ratio of 26 percent, and seven of his hits were to vital areas. Although a 26 percent hit ratio is only about average for a police shooting, Borders’ accuracy was far better than his hit ratio seems to indicate. Besides the fact that Mettinger was often more than 20 yards away, never closer than eight yards, and moving or behind good cover for most of the gunfight, Borders also expended a large number of rounds in his successful effort to keep Mettinger from reaching the 00 buckshot stored in the back of the garage. In addition, Borders had to deal with the blood flowing into his eyes, which distracted him, blurred his vision and forced him to pause several times to wipe it away. Under the circumstances, Officer Borders’ accuracy was exceptional and that kind of proficiency cannot be achieved without good training.

Read the full story of this incident here.


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