Engaging high angle active shooters at distance. Can you? Should you?

On the 4th of July, an active murderer started shooting at people along a parade from an elevated position in Highland Park, Illinois.

Fortunately, it’s not incredibly common for active murderers to purposely take the high ground and use it to their advantage, but it does happen.

1966 – Texas Tower Massacre

2008 – Mumbai India attacks

2016 – Dallas Police ambush

2018 – Las Vegas Harvest Festival

2022 – June 30th Floyd County KY police ambush

2022 – July 4th Highland Park, IL

What are the realities of engaging an elevated active shooter at a distance?

What are the holds for a high angle shot?

How much do the bullets drop from your carry pistol at 50-100 yards?

What is the accuracy of a carry pistol at 50-100 yards?

Even if you can make the shot…should you?

We’re going to look at that in this video…


Three huge takeaways:

  1. Know your limits.  That means (safely) exploring and pushing your limits in training.  There is no growth without struggle.
  2. Imagine, visualize, game out, or sand table different scenarios when you’re calm and safe so that you can act faster in the heat of the moment.
  3. Unless you know the time and date when your skills are going to be tested in the real world, you need to train smart rather than doing “bulimic” gun training where you do occasional binges of training where very little gets absorbed.  One of the smartest things you an do is to get a copy of my book, “Real World Gunfight Training” for free (just help with shipping) >HERE< OR order a 10-pack to donate to your local law enforcement agency.

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So…what would you do?  What conditions/factors would change that? (who’s with you, distance, elevation, backstop, presence or absence of concealment, presence or absence of cover, etc.)

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  • phillip

    Reply Reply July 16, 2023

    my 1st reaction would be “take cover” possibly keep moving if able , BUT, to draw/fire might lead onlookers/witnesses to mistake you for the/another shooter , when the fear/panic is high and bodies are dropping , i would create distance/angle which buys you time/options , IMO.

  • Bob H.

    Reply Reply July 15, 2023

    Is that a wrist shot timer? Where can I get one?
    Like ur video.

    • Ox

      Reply Reply July 15, 2023

      It is a wrist shot timer called the ShotMaxx, but they discontinued them because they could no longer buy some of the components needed to manufacture it.

  • 11B10

    Reply Reply July 15, 2023

    With a rifle yes I would take the shot…pistol I would not!

    • Ox

      Reply Reply July 15, 2023

      Thanks! What’s the main factor driving that decision?

  • Gerry

    Reply Reply July 13, 2022

    What if you put a few rounds just below the shooter (into the roof’s ledge) to get him to stop his attack and gain cover. Then wait until he pops up, then lay in a couple more rounds to keep him from shooting again. This might gain time and save lives until the police arrive.

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