I have never been in a real fight in my entire life and by God's grace, make it the remainder in such fashion. But to tangle with a firearm on your hip in a situation like that would not likely be a winning solution for someone like me unaccustomed to tangling like that.My friends history, former Golden Gloves Boxer.
One night I had NCO staff duty at the Army Hospital and was talking with the Oral Surgeon. He mentioned my friend was well known among all the Military Oral Surgeons.
They treated many of the Army, Marine, Navy and some Air Force members who had their jaw broken by my friend.
A Marine company commander had my Army friend report to his office. The commander said you're not in trouble, I just wanted to see the guy who knocked out three of my Marines.
My friend is a very friendly guy. Just like a top gunfighter, many wanted to challenge him.
With a bad guy up close, I think a knockout blow would be faster than drawing your weapon from an EDC holster.
Especially, for those who are strong with enough skill for a one punch knockout?
But, if I had to tangle, and unable to get to my weapon, I used to box with my roommate and one of his boxing friends. It was a great deal. They said, you spar with us and hit us, but we won't hit you. I thought I was doing real well with the friend of my roommate until he pulled a punch an inch from my face which would have been a nasty one for sure.
A golden gloves boxer is a different animal than most of us old fogies.
But, at 5'6" with a 46 inch chest, 34 inch belly and about 185 lbs, I don't doubt that I still have a bit of upper body strength left, but not much stamina at all. No golden gloves boxer here, just sparred a few times and thought I was better than I obviously really was. So, I will go with the gun way before getting into a fist fight, but that portends a poor outcome if you haven't noticed someone getting that close before intervening before that if only verbal commands. Body language with these creeps means a lot and they look for someone that they believe will not be able to fight back.
Before getting into my 60's I never had anyone challenging me even walking around Los Angeles. Now that I look older, that protection seems to no longer be present.
But, avoidance is the best tactic and being aware of your surroundings. That is the most important thing any of us can do to avoid the trouble by looking for clues of being targeted in the first place. John Farnham notes that just looking around with your head on a swivel and walking like you can take care of yourself is usually enough to keep you from being a target.
But, to engage preferentially in a fist fight, nope, not my choice God forbid, and only as a last resort but then I still remember what my roommate taught me back in college as a last resort.