View Full Version : Average gunfight analysis.

12-07-2012, 12:23 PM
Just out of curiosity I've been looking for some statistics on the average CCW self defense incidents. I've been an avid follower of the NRA's armed citizen for decades, and always keep a mental note of every self defense situation I read about.

But someone has already done a compilation of the data from 1997-2001. So here is a summary.

In 72% of the situations were shots actually fired. 28% of the time the production of a weapon by the defender ended the encounter.

The average and median number of shots fired was 2.

52% of self defense incidents took place in the home, 32% were in a place of business, while the remainder out and about or near your vehicle.

Handguns were used in 78% of incidents while long guns were used in 13%; in the balance the type of firearm was not reported

The range of most incidents was slightly beyond arms reach. Generally close enough for handgun effectiveness.

80% of the time the situation was with an individual attacker, while 20% involved multiple attackers.

While your mileage may vary, and I'm sure there are many self defense incidents that are not reported, but of those that were reported, I thought the statistical info was kind of interesting.



The preceding data compiled by Claude Werner, Director of Firearms Training LLC