FORCE ON FORCE TRAINING: Bus Stabbing

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is part three of an ongoing series about the Active Shooter Force of Force scenario class offered by QSI Training.

The Scenario

One student faced a bus attack scenario. This mimicked a historical event where an attacker nearly beheaded one passenger and then stabbed other passengers before escaping.

We didn’t know this at the time, but the day before class a similar attack happened on an Amtrak train in Michigan. Four people were injured but all expected to live.

Analysis

That was fast. QSI instructor Gabe went from “slightly creepy” (a common trait of passengers on the light rail in my current city of Minneapolis) to blitz mode in an instant.

The student responded as quickly as possible, and put shots along Gabe’s lower spine area. The student is my friend, so I’m going to nitpick a little:

He staged his draw hand. I didn’t see him do this (I was sitting across the “aisle”), but I don’t know if someone would do this in real life on a real bus or train.

We wear jackets or sweatshirts for at least six months out of the year here in Minnesota. We must be ready to draw under duress while wearing baggy clothes. Despite having an outside-the-waistband holster, the student still got caught up in his cover garment and this resulted in a slower draw than this student is capable of. He’s normally very fast and smooth, but the combined stress plus attire fouled him a bit.

We’re trained to shoot four rounds, not three. In the face of an active threat that already fatally stabbed two passengers, stopping the threat is critical.

I am curious why he didn’t fire another burst when the attacker kept moving, knife in hand. The instructor already demonstrated an ability to move quickly and rapidly deliver damaging strikes. There were still many passengers within his threat range.

It was interesting / amusing to observe people’s flight behavior all day. Students (myself included) did all sorts of panicky things as they attempted to flee different attacks. I thought it was interesting how students naturally clustered together. This means tighter clusters of potential victims for active murderers. It also demonstrates that innocent people may clump up — making it easier for you to identify who is an attacker and clearing a path to engage them.

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