the 21 foot rule PLUS carrying unchambered



10 thoughts on “the 21 foot rule PLUS carrying unchambered”

  1. I’ve carried a Glock for many years and I always have had a round chambered. I would only display my weapon when I intended to use it. This video is a reminder for those carrying a weapon for defense to always be ready for a threat.

    It never ceases to amaze me when I watch videos that shows a person chambering a round when they’re about to use their pistol. It’s always a hoot to hear or read about someone referring to their magazine as a “clip.”

  2. Besides the whole chambered vs unchambered issue, this video is a pretty good illustration of the disadvantage of relying on the pistol to solve the problem without solving the postional problem first.

    She needs to be attacking the problem, controlling the incoming edged weapon and delivering strikes to her attacker until she has gained enough of a positional advantage to deploy her pistol and stop the fight. She’s cornered here, so just unassing the area is not an option. The time she spends clearing her cover garment and getting a firing grip on the pistol is time the attacker needs to present the knife, close distance, and deliver a potentially fatal stab wound to her upper torso. She’s not going to overcome the initiative deficit, he’s going to win that race unless she makes him reset his OODA loop by aggressing him and making him reassess his plan.

    Of course, any time you’re facing a larger, stronger adversary in a restricted space and he’s armed with an edged weapon, you’re in a pretty deep hole no matter what you do.

    Good video, thanks for posting it.

    1. I remember thinking that same thing while watching it too, but then I noticed there were disclaimers about how the purpose of the video was as an object lesson about chambered vs. unchambered.

      In the larger scope, Tom’s point about awareness in the overall matrix and your point about non ballistic/CQB responses are essential to a complete training system.

      I think the video does a good job of illustrating the bennies of chambered carry.

  3. Given the size of her opponent/assaulter, she could drop back enough to unholster her weapon and shoot him. A quick assessment, the knife, his size and any verbalized threat would take her right to deadly force. Citizens with a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) should also check into liability insurance as pos’s usually have family coming out of the woodwork as soon as their dearly departed loved one becomes common knowledge. That way the attornies can hash out a settlement, because the family will sue and it’s always cheaper to settle out of court

  4. Being in “the hole” is a loosing proposition from the get-go. Our best option is ALWAYS going to be awareness. Becoming aware of a threat so as to avoid the confrontation entirely, or to have enough time/space to take the initiative away from the enemy. Granted, sometimes shit happens, but we shouldn’t take being proactive out of the training matrix either.

  5. Actually I think this was a very good job on the video. Not everything has to be polished up in a white walled dojo. Points were well made.

    I am in the middle of drafting an article on the importance of carrying chambered when lo-and-behold I swing by for a read.

  6. Did anybody notice that in the second..”unchambered” clip that the shooter drew and aimed w/o even trying to rack the slide? It goes to show how important training is. She obviously doens’t carry unchambered and doesn’t drill a draw/rack technique. Under stress she reverts to what she normally does.

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