While training the other day I put in 20 rounds on the tried and true Mozambique or “Failure to Stop” Drill.
After I ran through the drill once I realized something: I had trained myself to PAUSE between the transition from the two shots to Center of Mass to the shot to the Cranial T (Head) Why?
When this drill first came on the scene back in the day via Jeff Cooper, it was being taught primarily to Federal Law Enforcement who, in turn, after a while, begin to teach it to Armed civilians. The drills’ origins centered around an armed suspect who was HIGH on drugs not going down immediately after being shot twice in the Center of Mass. Therefore, putting a shot through the brain stem and severing all motor functions was necessary.
The “Pause” between the transition shot from the body to the head was mainly a Force Continuum/Use of Lethal Force aspect Cops were being trained to follow. “Use only the LEAST Amount of Force necessary to subdue the suspect” or, in other words, don’t shoot the son of a bitch in the head if you don’t have to.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and we now have Criminals like the Dallas mass shooter Brian Isaack Clyde and the Ohio Mass Shooter Connor Betts just to name a couple suited up with body armor making the Mozambique/Failure to Stop more of a necessary skill than ever before for BOTH Law Enforcement and the Armed Citizen.
Bottom Line: Training to give the shooter ANY advantage in the fight is STUPID, even if that advantage is a one to two second pause in our cadence of fire.
Therefore, eliminating the “Pause” between the transition from the body to the head in this drill is a practical refinement we all need to adopt when running it.
Greenville, SC – On June 13th at around 11:49 PM, a Greenville County Dispatch Center Received a call from an alarm company regarding a panic alarm activation from the residence of 305 Eastcrest Drive. The alarm company attempted to make contact with the owner of the cell phone but did not receive an answer. The alarm company then notified the Greenville County dispatch center. The county dispatcher also attempted to make contact with the owner of the cell phone without success.
A deputy was then dispatched to the home at around 11:54 PM.
Just after midnight, the first deputy arrived on scene and rang the doorbell but was unable to make contact with anybody inside.
As the deputy proceeded to walk off the front porch to begin a perimeter check of the home, he noticed movement from inside the home and returned to the front door to further investigate.
As the deputy returned to the front door, he noticed a man through the window on the left side of the door.
The man who was later identified as the homeowner was seen on the deputy’s body-worn camera and observed by the deputy holding a gun.
According to the deputy, after noticing the man inside, he illuminates him with his flashlight and as he did so the man who was initially walking away from the front door turned and cornered his gun at him.
In an effort to defend himself against a perceived threat, the deputy fired his issued weapon as he retreated off the porch and subsequently struck the individual multiple times.
After a brief communication exchange between the deputy and homeowner, the deputy entered the residence and began to provide medical attention until EMS arrived on scene.
The individual is recovering from his wounds.
Lesson to be Learned: Communication is key. If the Homeowner would have spoken to the alarm company after the Panic Alarm had been triggered, all of this could have been avoided.
I always tell family and friends regardless of the situation, if police come to your house thinking a crime is being committed, DO NOT be the one with a gun. Also, if it is a 911 Call tell the dispatcher your EXACT Location in the house and what you are wearing so you don’t get shot in your own home by a nervous cop.
Cops are way too nervous and scared in this day and age, so don’t be taking chances!
This incident is a good lesson to Armed Citizens everywhere.
First, it is important to point out that although the MULTIPLE attackers were UNARMED, legally, a person has the right to use DEADLY FORCE when they are OUTNUMBERED or a DISABILITY or AGE puts them at a Disadvantage. This is called DISPARITY OF FORCE.
Secondly, In the litigious society in which we live, it is not enough to PROVE you acted in Self-Defense, you must also PROVE that your COUNTER-ATTACK did not go past the point which is considered Legally Reasonable.
In the video you will see the Defendant fire numerous rounds at the attackers as they were FLEEING.
Can’t Do That.
As Armed Citizens, this is a VERY difficult situation to train for because of the chaos and adrenaline of combat.
Suffice to say it is better to learn from other peoples mistakes than make it Yourself.
Vids like this make me reassess my Combat Pistol Training.
A crazed nut with a butcher knife charges you.
You shoot him four to five times center of mass from a distance of less than 10 yards. He gets back up and charges you again.
I am not a Cop, but there were some questionable choices made here, the biggest one being why go to tazer after you have already shot him five times? You think Electricity trumps the Kinetic energy of a bullet? I mean it was already a lethal force incident, why go down a notch on the use of force scale when you and your partners life is on the line? He had a clear shot for like 30 seconds after he got up, empty the mag, reload and empty that mag if necessary!
At any rate, as an armed citizen it makes you consider the importance of “Shooting them to the Ground” every time, without fail.
Do you have a drill that practices this scenario? If not, rectify it now!