True sir, in a military situation shots fired usually indicates the start of a battle and that is going to be more than one assailant...
I cannot say, for certain, how to handle multiple assailants with any firearm as the individual situations vary greatly. In a hypothetical confrontation fire two into the nearest threat, two into the second nearest, all the while you should be “getting’ outta Dodge” and pronto.
One has to operate at their perceived threat level or as an old instructor said “everyone has their own reality”. If I were an inner-city detective serving felony arrest warrants I certainly would not be carrying a 5-shot snub-nosed revolver. Then again as “Joe Everyman” living in a Podunk town, it is probably all I would ever need. Conversely there is that one-in-a-billion occasion that, no matter how well you are prepared, you are just plain screwed.
I prefer to asses my perceived threat level and move up one notch i.e. where I live and with my lifestyle, statistically I will never need a gun. Therefore, moving that up one, a 5-shooter, a reload, and a good folder will serve me in my reality just fine.
The members at ICCF, most of whom are much more knowledgeable than “yours truly”, and I came up with a list of our key mindsets. Note the fact that equipment selection is not on the list.
ICCF Key Mindsets
Listed in order:
2. Self control (Coolness)/Acceptance (of the situation)
4. Willingness (to do whatever it takes)
6. Self confidence/Know your yourself (abilities and limitations)
7. Know your enemy (criminal mind set, attack indicators, etc)
9. Speed/Surprise (of action)
10. Knowledge of the law
People tend to focus on objects and equipment and elevate them to a much higher level of importance than they deserve. A $300 .38 revolver will “kill ya jist az dead” as a $2900 custom race gun will. We are the real weapons….and that is my point entirely.