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I'd posted this story years ago in that really long singular CCW thread at N/OT.
On Saturday the following video as on YouTube came up in a specific thread post on this gentleman over at
Several of you may recall this story as old news now but for those who do not it is chock full of lessons as related by a citizen who has been there and done that through not one but FOUR events.


Real Gunfighter Lance Thomas on Justic Files


The Ayoob files; An urban gunfighter: The lessons of Lance Thomas
American Handgunner , March-April, 2002 by Massad Ayoob

Situation: A law-abiding armed citizen faces multiple armed robberies and murder attempts.

Lesson: Only the power of lawful force can answer the power of lawless criminal force.

A few years ago, the TV program Turning Point focused on private citizens who had used guns in self-defense. In refreshing contrast to much of the mainstream electronic media, the show for the most part gave a fair and balanced portrayal of ordinary people who had been forced to resort to defensive firearms in extraordinary circumstances. I wrote about it in this space at the time. Among the Turning Point shootings we discussed were the series of armed robberies and attempted murders defeated by Lance Thomas, the owner of a watch shop in Los Angeles.

In 2001, Paladin Press published one of the best "reads" of the year for people who follow the gun culture and understand the principles of self-protection. The author is Paul Kirchner, who has collaborated with Col. Jeff Cooper on previous books, and the title is The Deadliest Men: The World's Deadliest Combatants Through the Ages. It covers figures as disparate as the French swordswoman known as La Maupin, such great American war heroes as Alvin York and Audie Murphy; gunfighters like Wild Bill Hickok and Bat Masterson, and a man named Lance Thomas.

Over a period of less than 3 years, Thomas was involved in four gun battles against a total of 11 known suspects. He shot six of them, killing five. The watch dealer himself was wounded on two of these occasions, taking a total of five rounds. There are many lessons that the rest of us can learn: Lessons of long-term strategy and short-term tactics; of gun selection and ammunition effectiveness; and, above all, of courage under fire in the moment, and of determination over the long haul...

The full and lengthy story can be read at;

- Janq

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Wow... that man is impressive. He embodies, IMO, what a ccw-permit holder should be. Prepared, trained, and willful. He thoroughly understands that for all purposes he was lucky to not have been gravely injured, and that only luck and his training kept him alive. Without one of those two, he'd be dead. Thanks for sharing Janq
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