This thread is primarily for those gun owners who have have tactical training/experience with firearms and hostile situations. As someone with some tactical firearms knowledge and experience in situational tactics, what I noticed about this altercation between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin is that Zimmerman was not tactically trained to handle a situation like the one he was in. In particular, the physical altercation itself. Should Zimmerman have gotten out of his vehicle? In hindsight, no, I don't think he should have, but he still had every much a right to be on those sidewalks as Martin did. That said, Martin basically ran away and eluded Zimmerman and made it home, told his girlfriend on the phone that he was "already home", and somewhere within the next 3 - 4 minutes, Martin left that residence and returned to find Zimmerman returning to his vehicle and decided to physically attack him. Zimmerman could have avoided an attack that led to the fatal shooting of Martin IMO, if he'd been trained how to handle a situation like that. If someone came back to look for you, and you have no training in handling a physical confrontation, then he should have quickly backed away and gotten into the safety his vehicle. My main fault with Zimmerman is allowing Trayvon to invade his safety zone (mine is six feet), and committing the most cardinal sin of obviously taking his eyes off of him to allow him to sucker punch him. When you are carrying a firearm and you have room to, you back up some when someone enters your safety zone and try to diffuse the situation by demonstrating a non-threatening posture. Usually, you take a couple of steps back to keep a good field of view of your opponent and keep them out of arm's reach. Holding your hands up, elbows bent, palms forward and stating you want no trouble can help a lot is pacifying an aggressor. Your arms up in this manner can also help you counter a lot of possible punches if necessary. if they continue to threaten you, you reach back and place your hand on your weapon, do not draw it, turn the non-holster side of your body towards your aggressor and keep you free arm up to protect yourself with and keep them from getting to your gun, and in this situation you also tell them "I am armed, please stand down and back away". I guess we all know what happens when the aggressor continues to threaten you. It also gives you the chance to draw your firearm too if the aggressor continues to threaten your safety zone, and use it in a manner to demonstrate that you are armed and will use it if necessary. Martin's attack happened very quickly but Zimmerman could have benefitted from some tactical training in this situation. When Zimmerman was punched in the nose, he was basically defenseless and blind and he really had no choice to use deadly force. I still stand by the not guilty verdict as Martin obviously back-tracked and find Zimmerman after Zimmerman had disengaged, but perhaps if Zimmerman had had some tactical situational training he could have prevented Martin from harming him and maybe Martin would still be alive today. Just such a tragic story.