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Ayoob: 173 yard shot to stop a fleeing felon

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by Deaf Smith, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Have any of you read the latest American Handgunner and the Ayoob Files? That's the Sept/Oct. Issue.

    173 yard shot with a M66 .357 (one shot fired!) and hits and stops a fleeing felon. Standing up firing two handed at that! And considering the shooter, it was no accident or fluke!

    And a month or so ago Ayoob wrote about an Air Force security guard engaging an AK welding shooter at 70 yards with a M9.

    It gives a lesson that long range shooting can defiantly happen in defensive shooting, and with today’s terrorist threat even more so.


  2. itstime


    Apr 9, 2006
    173 is waaay out there. I usually bring out a 45 at the outdoor range with my buddies. It actually isn't that hard to get dang close at about 100 wo any trouble. I hit a gallon milk jug in 3 shots.
  3. And people thought I was crazy for considering carrying a k frame .357 specifically for this reason!
  4. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    If a private individual shoots a fleeing person at 170yds and injures or kills the person, he can expect to be sued and loose. Loose BIG.
  5. BamaTrooper

    BamaTrooper Almost Done

    Sep 12, 2006
    Rocking Chair
    It would depend on who you shot, where and why. A dangerous person, with intent to harm others (a credible threat and belief) that was making his way to do said damage, might be "shootable" (for lack of a better term) by anyone.

    As for shooting a fleeing person, there was a homeowner here in Mobile County, AL that shot a nonviolent fleeing burglar, from over 100 yards, with a scoped rifle. He was charged by the DA but the jury declared him not guilty. I don't believe there was a lawsuit filed in that case. Granted, you can sue anyone for anything.
  6. sarhog

    sarhog Helo bubba

    Feb 27, 2008
    Northwest Florida
    Perhaps, but that's not relevant here. The article in question is referring to a law enforcement officer in the performance of his duties.
  7. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    The first post does not state that so I was making that clear.
  8. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Exceptions to every rule. Your rolling the dice in most states. You need to be able to prove threat in most situations. It's a state by state thing if theft qualifies.
  9. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    Presuming a 'good shoot', I'm impressed with the idea of reaching out and touching someone at a distance if possible. Servicing targets at the maximum feasible range is something worth training for. I'd say 173 yards first shot was ****house luck, and ya'll know that too, no matter if he was good or not, he WAS lucky, and sometime good shooters get lucky too. A lousy shooter would have been lucky to have made the same shot at 30 yards, it's just the luck had more to work with in his case.
  10. The shooter in question, Detective Sgt. Andrew Scot (of Scott, McDougall & Associates fame) was an expert shot, rangemaster, department armor, competitive shot (IHMSA at that) and his M66 was customized with strippled front trigger guard, Houge Monogrips, strippled exposed backstrap, and dovetailed bright yellow insert on his front sight. Even custom holster!

    And the felon, known to be armed, was running toward a innocent woman but she was well out of the line of fire.

    So Scott knew himself, knew his weapon, and knew his enemy. Sun Tzu would be proud.

    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010
  11. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    Deaf Smith nailed it.

    Story should be available online at no charge in the current issue of American Handgunner at

  12. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Wow, thats awesome. Thanks for a better description.
  13. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

    Feb 2, 2000
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010
  14. Guys,

    yes do read the article (I bought the magazine.)


    I’ve read just about everything you have written, from the time you wrote articles in SOF, back in the ‘70s. And ‘The Ayoob Files’ I find are very serious lessons to be learned. And that was why LFI-1 didn't show me much new (but that's ok, it did reinforce it!)

    And many times Mas has pointed out, skill at arms is very important (as well as guts.) And while long range shooting is rare, it most defiantly happens. I can't say I can do reliable 150+ yard shots with my Glock 26 (my chosen carry gun) but 50 yard shots are definite, thanks to IHMSA and NRA hunter pistol.

    Truly, know yourself and know your enemy.

  15. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    173 yards is plenty of time to whip out the netbook with the attached wind direction sensors and perform the bullet drop compensation and wind doping for the shot...

    Puppy Chow...


    Pretty sure I need to *shut up* now and get out to the 200 yrd range and get to work. :supergrin:
  16. Pierre,

    It isn't the wind doping, the compensation table, laser rangefinder, etc... that is gonna do the shot. It's the steady hands, the well practiced trigger control, sharp eye and knowing your gun.

    Scott had none of the above fancy gizmos and he made the shot, off his hind legs no less.

  17. BamaTrooper

    BamaTrooper Almost Done

    Sep 12, 2006
    Rocking Chair
    By state law, he was hung. That is why the charges were brought. Jury nullification saved him.

    As for justifying the threat, yes.
  18. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    A bit of both I imagine. I used to shoot met sil, offhand, 220yds. You can hit a 12"sq plate @ that range w/ a 44mg w/ surprising regularity. Know your gun & load, press, repeat as necessary.
    The 70yd shooting w/ a 9mm, I would say most decent shooters could do that w/ very little practice.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2010