[. That's it. My heart was prob 180+ beats per minute. I was literally shaking, and I'm a guy not a guy who is easily intimidated! The flashlight flooded my eyesight and killed my nightsight... I have both trijicon lights on my Glock as well as a Crimson sight, and I have to admit I relied almost solely on the laser -- I was just too hyped up to use my sights. And that's after training for 10 years!
Well, I'll add a few comments here. I've been a police officer for about 20 yrs now. In 2001, I had a ex con decide to ventilate my patrol car with a handgun before I could even get out of it. When the adrenaline kicks in, your body goes through rapid chemical changes, which affect your vision, ablility to manipulate things, etc. In my case, the crook pumped about 6 rds. at my windshield, then took off running. He confronted my partner who was coming in the other way, and cranked several rounds at him. Like an idiot, I take off running after him, leaving a loaded 12ga. with OO buck right between the seats..He turned, coming back towards me and I engage the guy, distance about 15-18 ft. I fired 3 rounds from my Glock 21, and I was so focused on him, I never even saw my sights. 2 rounds smacked into a parked car behind him, and one hit home. Point to my rambling is a real shooting is not like shooting at the range. What can be done to address these issues?If you get a chance to train force on force, something like simunitions, can be a big help. Most civilians wont get the chance to do that, so the next best bet is a good class. Most of us love cool guns and the latest gizmos, I'm no exception. But nothing is more important than mindset. When it happens, its fast and violent.