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FIREARMS TACTICS By Lindsey Bertomen Above: Training for fighting in the hole includes practicing unusual shooting positions and close-quarter shooting. Left: Officers must be able to deliver a decisive strike to an up close adversary and draw while fighting. fire in his defense. Doss explains that these observations were never meant to be translated into a hard and fast rule. We owe Dennis Tueller for restructuring our original view of officer safety. His observations demonstrated a need for officers to heighten their sense of awareness when the 21-foot standoff distance is breached, which is just about any Fighting in the hole time an officer makes contact with any member of the public during the normal course of duty. S tatistically, an officer is most likely to have to make a lethal force decision at contact quickly applies the best template will prevail. For insight on fighting in the Officers knock on doors, talk to people in doorways, run people for warrants and have normal distance more than any other hole, we contacted Wes Doss of conversations while they are just a moment. The problem is, there is Khyber Interactive Associates few feet away. Based on what we often a training disconnect when LLC. Doss also serves as the train- know about violent encounters it comes to preparing officers for ing director of Crimson Trace against law enforcement officers, these incidents. “Fighting in the Corp. According to Doss, Dennis most training programs designed hole” refers to the use of force Tueller made some astute observa- to respond to assaults are distinct at extreme close quarters, within tions about reaction times within from actual reality. a circle no wider than an arm 21 feet between officer and assail- From 1996 to 2005 there w
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