[BEGINNERS] Will You Fire Immediately If You Draw Your Gun? The Answer Is Clear, Right?


There are some out there who will tell you, “If I am ever forced to draw my gun, I’m pulling the trigger.” A word of advice; don’t listen to these people unless you want to have a good chance of sharing a jail cell with them.

In the video above, TheFireArmGuy talks about this very topic, and shows us how important it is to make sure we know exactly what we’re doing once that firearm comes out of the holster. Remember that in the majority of drawing in self-defense, the trigger is never pulled. The simple presence of force is usually enough to send the bad guys packing.

Watch the video and share your thoughts below.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • ghost

    I think the main point is don’t draw unless you are willing to use it.

    • Sandydog

      If you aren’t willing to use it, don’t carry it–it’s just a heavy affectation otherwise. If you carry a firearm, ‘willingness’ should’ve been decided long beforehand; ‘Justification’ is what must be decided if the time comes.

    • Beau Toxx

      I think the main point is “willing to use it” and “using it” are two different decisions.

    • Jim Screws

      What I always preach………………
      1. Never touch your weapon unless you intend to draw it.
      2. Never draw your weapon unless you intend to use it.
      3. Shoot to kill………….

      • Jim Screws

        If and or when you draw your weapon, the decision to fire should have already been made……………

  • Daniel J

    doesn’t each state have a law regarding this? In my state you can only draw if you intend to fire, otherwise it’s brandishing.

    • Mike Bassler

      My logic was always this: if you’re being held up by some criminal and you present you’re gun and they flee… are they really going to call the police on YOU for drawing on them while THEY were in the midst of attempting to rob you?

      • Steve

        yes, it happens all the time

        • Josh

          Exactly. It absolutely DOES happen all the time. I just don’t understand with all the CREDIBLE info out there on legal trends from expert witnesses like Massad Ayoob and others why so many people base their decisions on “what if,” “I heard,” and “my logic.” Past court cases are the most reliable indicator of what’s likely to happen in any set of circumstances. Less than 1% of documented defensive gun uses by citizens end with a trigger pull. If you draw a weapon and point it at someone, then leave the scene without immediately filing a police report, you’re likely to be considered the aggressor and assailant. This isn’t based on “my opinion,” but the “opinion” of many juries in many court cases.

        • Reptiles Rule The World

          Can you name cases when this has happened?
          I seriously doubt criminals call the police to say they were committing a criminal act and the victim pulled a gun on them.

          • Beau Toxx

            I agree, that’s absurd

    • Rick Neblock

      If I draw my weapon, I intend to fire. If circumstances change such as the offender runs away, the intent to fire ends and I reholster and stand by.

  • mikekalish

    Good video. The point I got was that the goal of carrying is ALWAYS to “Eliminate the threat”. If you can eliminate it by chasing it away, mission accomplished. If you have to shoot, do so, but recognize you will be dealing with lawyers, detectives, and your life will get very complicated and maybe costly…..even if you had no choice. So….eliminate the threat in the most non-violent way possible.

    • Beau Toxx

      The word “eliminate” in many jurisdictions can be construed as excessive force and get you jail time. The phrase “to stop the threat” is is preferred. If the government can stop gun ownership it tried to stop using it.

  • t_reese

    If the situation warrants drawing your weapon but in doing so, causes the bad guy to run away, call the the police anyway and let them know what happened with a description of the bad guy. If you don’t think the bad guy will call the cops, better think again. As a Deputy back in ’92, I responded to just such a call where the bad guy called and said a guy pulled a gun on him.

  • Sandydog

    Nearly every ruling or verdict on a use-of-force matter relies on justification and a ‘reasonable man’ standard to decide if the act was legal or criminal. Presenting a firearm in a situation where deadly force would be justified, but choosing not to use that force, would surely be ‘reasonable’. To display a firearm when justified Isn’t ‘brandishing,’ which is a broad, often poorly used, and rather bad word to describe simply showing a firearm. If there is no intent to unjustifiably cause alarm, there is no ‘brandishing.’ Most people use the word because they heard it on an old TV show or movie, and think that it sounds ‘legalish.’ It does not mean what they think it means. Pointing a firearm at another person with justification isn’t an assault, either. The key is justification, with reasonableness.
    That said, if you present your firearm to deter a perceived lethal threat, and are not forced into using it, the next reasonable-man step once the threat is gone is to holster and call 911. It is the right thing to do, and what a ‘reasonable man’ would do. The more time elapses, the less valid a justification will appear–and the more time for the other fellow to invent his version.

  • charlie baker

    I read an article where, I think it was at a Walmart, some CCW lady shot at a fleeing shoplifter! Now that is crazy. Made me laugh, though.

    • James Hoppe

      It was near Detroit. The woman lost her CPL because of it, which she should have.