I was looking through the forums a while back and encountered a shootout story from a poster who calls himself Proud Boer (PB). PB lives in South Africa, and was returning home from a formal event wearing a tuxedo and armed only with his NAA .22 magnum revolver. I asked, and was granted, permission to re-post his story here.
Actual Shootout Against Armed Killers
Those of us who enjoy firearms in general and handguns in particular, usually spend a lot of time practicing for the day we need to defend our loved ones and ourselves against attack. I am one of those individuals who have been fascinated by firearms and shooting since 10 years old, starting with my first BB gun. Since 1983, I've been a regular pistol and revolver shooter, competing over the years in Cowboy Action Shooting, Defensive Pistol Shooting and Practical Pistol Shooting.
Cowboys, Boers and the history of the rugged individuals who have invented our great modern world, have always interested me. In South Africa, violent crime is high and therefore I am grateful for my mindset of self-reliance as I now live in the heart of the current day "Wild West".
On the 8th of May 2008, I faced off a gang of three armed goblins who, in the weeks preceding my attack, had robbed and killed numerous victims. These scumbags attacked me in front of my wife and daughter in the drive of my house at 20h00. I had just returned from a formal business function to launch the head office of a new dental insurance in Cape Town and was wearing a tuxedo and therefore only carrying single action .22 Magnum N.A.A. revolver. They wanted my house keys as well as the keys to my new Mercedes Benz SUV I was driving. With their firearms pointed at me, I drew mine (thank God for years of practice), and shot the apparent leader of that gang in the chest - he screamed like a stuck pig and staggered backwards. The first thing I did was run for cover. As the other two were only about 20 feet away, bullets rained down on me as I hid momentarily behind a tree in my drive. In this exchange, I was hit in the left arm (but actually felt nothing) and I returned fire, hitting the first one of the two remaining goblins in the groin. He ran away to the getaway car standing in the road, shouting and crying and shooting into the air like a drunk Mexican officer during the Battle of the Alamo. There was one left besides the one who I shot first still staggering around. He still had his gun in hand and tried to point it again in my direction. I gave him another round to the chest and he disappeared to the getaway vehicle, fatally wounded as I was to find out in the days that followed. The last one had to run past me to get out of my drive and being the coward that these scum normally are, couldn't quite muster the courage. As I pointed my revolver and fired at him, the revolver blew up in my hand and I had no choice but to take him on bare handed. I smacked him to the ground by punching him in the face as the fact that I was now unarmed seemed to give him some courage. As he fell, he pulled off a shot and hit me in the right arm. He then turned and ran as he realised I was ready to fight to the death and he wasn't feeling well with a smashed nose.
My wife, at this stage, had taken my .45 A.C.P. out and passed it to me through the window, giving me clear instructions to finish them off. They got away only with my bullets in them and in pain and I was lucky enough to win the fight.
What did I learn from this?
1. Always carry a gun no matter how small it may be. Even when the last thing you expect is to be attacked, don't let your logic of statistical probability of not being in mortal danger lull you into a false sense of security.
2. Remember that in a gun fight - cover is king!
3. Practice regularly to allow for the advantage of competent surprise,
most importantly, if you want to win a gun fight, the most important factor is resolve and commitment. You have to have the inner courage to decide in a split second that you are going to win the fight irrespective of the consequences and then carry out that plan with determination and courage that surprises and stuns your "would be" attackers.
I hope that the above sheds some light and gives some valuable insight into a real life gun fight. I would like to hear from others who have experienced the same or similar situations.
Proud Boer. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?art_i...lick_id=13&sf=