Surviving an Active Shooter Incident

Surviving an Active Shooter Incident

In the aftermath of recent events of mass killings that have occurred I wanted to give everyone some time to grieve and process what has been happening and the tragedies that result before putting some words and thoughts together on this subject.

May the victims of the Orlando massacre rest in peace and may the officers and first responders deal with the demons that will follow them as a result.

Now the intent of this post is not to get political but there are there are some folks in the political arena democrats who suggesting that your rights and liberties need to be curtailed in the name of national security and such…

But we all know that the smoke and mirrors coming out the puzzle palace known as the Senate is simply bovine excrement.

The bottom line is you are responsible for your own personal defense.

Here are a few of our thoughts on how you can improve your survivability during an active shooter incident.


There is absolutely zero shame in getting yourself out of the kill zone if you can. In fact it is the best option if you can. As a concealed carrier you do not have a moral or legal obligation to close with and engage an active shooter and by doing so exposing yourself or loved one to danger.

Get out if you can and survive.


If getting out of the threat zone is not an option you may want to consider bunkering down and holding a position of advantage until the authorities arrive and can extract you out. When hiding consider the following:

  • Know the Difference Between Cover and Concealment. If you aren’t seen you have a better chance of survival. If you’re behind something that stops bullets… even better.
  • Secure the Access Point: If you can lock yourself in to room and deny any other access, perfect. Active Shooters are looking for targets of opportunity and if you make it difficult, you will have a better chance of surviving the incident.
  • Worst Case… Hold an end of a hallway. I would suggest this ONLY if you’re armed.


Engaging the threat should be considered as a last choice, no other option plan of action. Speed and violence of action is the key here folks.

IF you can make a RAPID and ACCURATE shot without exposing yourself or others to undue danger… do so.

Obviously there is much more to this topic and we have developed an entire course on Civilian Response to Active Shooter situations. If you’re interested in this class click the image below and join us on August 6th at King 33 Training in Southington CT.

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There will be blood and people bleeding. You may even be bleeding. You have minutes to stop said bleeding. It would behoove you to understand how to stop bleeding.

Get and carry a tourniquet and clotting agent and learn how to use them. We recommend a kit such the Pocket D.A.R.K from Dark Angel Medical. Here’s a video from Kerry Davis of Dark Angel on using a tourniquet as well.


The bottom line is simple folks… do what you have to do to survive and remember this: The funny thing about heroes is they’re usually dead.

Robert Curran

Rob is co-owner of Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training and is a USMC veteran and active Law Enforcement Officer. Rob is a Sig Sauer Master Rated Firearms Instructor and holds several other ratings from various institutions.

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