Don't count on it but luck is a factor in all conflicts.
Originally Posted by dwkfym
One of the guys he was firing at got two rounds in him and ran away. He sustained no injuries. I would say he was very effective.
I don't think its silly; I think its something that anyone who has a weapon in their home or carries it need to ponder. Old man was lucky here. Yes he was armed and he did fire the weapon, I know that alone increases your chances of survival, but the shots, effective in this particular case, would be considered ineffective in most others.
You're making a lot big assumptions.
Old guy was lucky because his attackers were incompetent and unprepared. With any sort of mindset, awareness and determination the old man would have been shot dead; either before he even got the weapon out, or by return fire. I don't care if the shots were lethal or not; what matters is when you fire your weapon, you need to maximize the chances that your shots would stop your opponent. That usually means hitting CNS, and if not, heart and lungs with effective ammo. Hip shot actually may not be that bad if you had ammunition powerful enough to actually cause severe damage, but in this case the perp was actually still mobile; which means if he had not chosen to run away, he would have been able to return fire or come closer.
You know what fucks up all the practice? An adrenaline dump when you come in contact. He did very well that he was able to draw and engage robbers, hit both, and they fled. That's a good thing.
Basically I'm saying, the lesson is practice more with your firearm.
Except for the three times he struck the robbers. Hell he probably wasn't try to to kill them but get them to go away which he did.
The old man did this gun stabbing thing, where he 'stabs' his gun into the target area in anticipation of recoil. It causes misses.
You are making a huge assumption especially if you never took part in a fire fight. Its great to think you will preform adequately but fear and adrenaline plays havoc on even the well trained people perform less than stellar their first time out, I know I did.
Its what lot of people who barely practice with their firearm do. I'm glad he was smart enough to get very close to his opponents and did not cause collateral damage, but its no excuse for bad marksmanship.
That being said, I was never in that sort of situation so I'm kinda playing armchair warrior here. I don't know how good my exercise of judgment would have been but I am pretty sure I'd make either more accurate shots, or more rounds fired on to the perpetrators and most likely both.