First, my apologies for the multiple long replies, but there was a lot to unpack there and your excellent post got me to thinking…
I do NOT think that anyone engaged in their daily routine (outside of a combat zone) is prepared for “that moment”. You can be the greatest gunslinger in the world and there will still be that natural hesitation, that moment of “this can’t be happening!” This is why the attacker has the advantage of momentum.
That is not necessarily a bad thing. I related to you a long time ago, my one and only interaction with law enforcement and how that momentary paralysis and forgetting all of my ingrained reflexes probably saved my life. But the reverse is also true, if it had not been LEOs it could have been very bad.
One of the things I am exploring and striving for is not how to be the fastest gunslinger, but how to avoid situations in the first place, and failing that improve upon the recovery time and appropriate tactical response.
It is a tough issue.
My kid went through the phase where he wanted to jump out from behind doors and scare me. I would jump out of my skin and he caught me flat footed every time simply because it was unexpected.
I don’t care if you can turn splits in the teens…I want to measure recovery time.
Just need to figure out a way to do it safely.