Combat Mozambique


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11xray
January 19, 2003, 07:05 AM
A short time ago, on a thread far away, someone questioned the validity of the Mozambique as a defensive technique, and made some rather disparaging remarks about IPSC and race guns.

Having given myself some time for some sober (and sometimes not so sober) reflection, I wish to address those remarks, although I will not single out the offending poster.

Before being adopted and corrupted by IPSC, the Mozambique Drill was developed as a defensive technique to be used in a very specific set of circumstances, as follows:

You are faced with an imminent and deadly threat. The use of deadly force is justified.

You draw your weapon and place two rounds center mass of the triangular target in the chest area of the assailant, as quickly as possible.(The Hammer)

This is usuallly a fatal application of deadly force.

But wait!! You are still being assailed. You are still under the the threat of death or grave bodily injury.

Does'nt this guy know that he is dead? Is he on PCP? Is he wearing a bullet-proof vest?

In a deadly encounter, we have no time to stand around and engage in such ratiocination. We must act, or else perish. Thus the Mozambique Drill.

Threat. Draw. Bang-Bang. Pause to see if the threat has stopped while taking a refined sight picture on the head. If the threat is ongoing, take the headshot.

There is a pause to evaluate, which will certainly cost points during a IPSC competition.

This pause is taken so that the headshot may be avoided if the two chest shots have done thier job, and to refine the sight picture if they have'nt.

As to assertations that this cannot be done under pressure, and the center of mass of the torso is the only valid target I say this:

Just because YOU cannot do it does not mean that others cannot. I suggest more range time if you cannot execute this drill in three seconds.

As for the race gun remark, I have never owned one nor will I ever. If others wish to turn tools into toys and serious training into play, that is thier lookout. I do not wish to participate.

And finally, the legality and legitimacy of this defensive technique may be easily explained to any jury that has ever heard of PCP and bullet -proot vests.

I hope this clears up any mis-understandings of this perfectly valid defensive technique.

Best wishes.

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DFBonnett
January 19, 2003, 10:08 AM
FWIW, a dirtbag shyster from around here got waxed that way a few years back. Rumor has it that the caliber was .25 ACP. The technique obviously works.

Tamara
January 19, 2003, 10:20 AM
Just because YOU cannot do it does not mean that others cannot. I suggest more range time if you cannot execute this drill in three seconds.

I think some people have (reasonable and valid) concerns that "more range time" shooting cardboard at sunny, warm, dry gun skul in the southwest may have very little correlation with trying to shoot the bobbing, ducking, weaving dimly-lit head of the man who is trying to kill you in a cold, wet, dark, icy parking lot.

two rounds center mass of the triangular target in the chest area of the assailant, as quickly as possible.(The Hammer)

I always thought that "The Hammer" was what one does with the butt of an unloaded revolver to a nail, but then, I haven't been to Gunsite... ;)

Shooter 2.5
January 19, 2003, 10:23 AM
OK, I must have missed something.

Why should I have to pause and evaluate? If the person's body hasn't disappeared below my sights and isn't on his way down, I'm going to continue shooting.

The reason for this is if you're close enough to successfully do a head shot, this person is more than able to kill you after he is "dead".

People can not assume just because a person is "close" that there isn't a reason to shoot accurately at the areas on a bad guy's body to put their lights out NOW and not a second later. Center of mass is too low and the IDPA targets have corrected that with the eight inch center where the heart line is.

If two shots to the chest and one to the head without pausing doesn't do the job, empty the mag. He can still kill you on the way down.

critter
January 19, 2003, 10:35 AM
Mo drill just sounds like a refinement of 'keep squeezin till they stop wheezin'!

triggertime
January 19, 2003, 03:37 PM
"I always thought that "The Hammer" was what one does with the butt of an unloaded revolver to a nail, but then, I haven't been to Gunsite... "

Remember the sage advice of Easy Andy?

'That .38. - it's a fine gun. Some of these guns are like toys. That .38 - you go out and hammer nails with it all day, come back and it will cut dead center on target every time.' ;)

4v50 Gary
January 19, 2003, 03:56 PM
It's a valid technique. Officer Guelff of SFPD, an excellent shot, died because he wasn't trained in the "failure" drill.

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