Sunday, April 07, 2024

The Low Ready - And Make the Call

 It's been five years since I was a hull-time cop, but recently I was thinking about defensive handgun use, and specifically, the low-ready position.  It's useful in police work ,and a good idea for civilian carriers. I see that Jim Wilson talks about it in a recent article.

The low-ready position is basically, gun out, both hands on the firearm, with the muzzle pointed generally at a 45 degree angle toward the ground. Your trigger finger should be along the frame of the firearm. You are pointing the muzzle at the ground, and you can clearly see what is going on.

By far the most common defensive use of handguns is that some bozo approaches a citizen.  The citizen becomes apprehensive of great bodily harm or death and decided to display a firearm. The low-ready position is perfect for this scenario. Generally, the bozo will decide he used a flawed victim selection process and depart the area.  In great haste.  The citizen exhales, goes about his business, and all is well.

Where many citizens fail is in the final act of this drama.  They don't call it in.  There are only two roles available in the victim/criminal play.  Whoever calls it in first and tells the police what happened gets to be the victim.  Call it in.  It will take a few minutes out of your day, but it sure beats being arrested later,


Anonymous said...

Good advice !

Old NFO said...

Ah yes, who calls first wins... And low ready IS effective. I had to do it once, and four perps decided the lady and I were 'not' a good target.

Anonymous said...

A good reason to always carry your phone. Though some feel the tracking of smart phones is a double edged sword. Like having a three year old tagging along wherever you go.

Andrew said...

Why Was Hip Shooting Ever a Thing?