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Years of training helped prepare a Las Vegas gun owner for a shootout last month that resulted in the death of an attacking gunman, he told Fox News on Wednesday.

He said his girlfriend noticed two hooded men pointing a gun at her and charging in her direction from across the parking lot. Once she was able to alert him, the men were 15 yards away with the gun pointed at her and smiling, he said. He said they appeared intent on doing harm.

Upon sensing the danger, Baldwin said he pulled his licensed concealed firearm and the shooting broke out. The gunman fired two shots at his girlfriend and six shots at Baldwin, he said.

"I knew there was a high probability that he would miss because I was returning fire and getting hits on him," Baldwin said. "I wish I wasn't at the wrong place at the wrong time, but I'm glad it was me instead of a less-skilled defensive pistol practitioner."

The gunman died after being hit with 10 shots in a shootout that Baldwin estimated lasted about four seconds.

Each shot Baldwin fired at the gunman hit its target, including nine to the chest and one to "the central nervous system." (The second suspect fled.)

Baldwin said one of the tenets for defensive pistol practitioners is to never use your weapon unless there is no other option. He said his only objective that night was to return home safely. But he said his training and experience in racing prepared him for the exchange.

Earlier this month, the Clark County district attorney ruled that the shooting was a "clear case of self-defense."

The alleged gunman, identified as Joseph Smith, 43, was apparently upset about an earlier issue at a gun store, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a police report.

The second suspect, identified as Smith's brother, reportedly told police he had a feeling Smith was “going to do something stupid."

The brother asked authorities not to file charges against Baldwin for using his weapon, the report said.

Baldwin, 40, said he takes firearms training seriously and hopes that those with concealed-carry permits take inspiration from his story to undergo more training. Baldwin said he trains more than the average concealed-carry holder, often training with tier one military operators and professional sports shooters like his girlfriend, Tori Nonaka, 25. He estimated that it took him about a second to draw his gun and land the first shot.

Baldwin said he feels "sadness" for Smith's family because of the gunman's death but believes  "God may have put this man in front of me for a reason."

The National Rifle Association tweeted out an interview with Baldwin regarding the incident that drew responses from some of the county's top conservative voices, including Donald Trump Jr. and actor James Woods, who tweeted, “Now more than ever learn to protect yourself and your civil rights under the Second Amendment.”

Baldwin told the NRA, “As soon as I started engaging the first person, the second guy realized that I had a firearm, and I was there to fight to make sure I made it home to my family. That struck fear into his heart, and he ran as fast as he could in the opposite direction because he wasn't there to get into a gunfight -- getting in a gunfight was not on his to-do list.”


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You have got to continually train, without it that incident could have gone sideways south in a hurry.
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True that.   Also, as I preach here constantly in you have to train in all conditions.   How many here shoot at night?   Every other training session should be at night.   When does most of this mess happen?  Correct.

How many of you train in the Winter with your carry weapon?   I wait to around 5 to 10 degrees and go out back and shoot.  I don't just run out and shoot.  I am dressed as I would be in winter and with my winter gloves on.  I set up a target and spend some time getting cold.   I do this in day time and night time.   I have learned what gloves to wear and even what holster to use.  I also have become very proficient in these conditions but have learned magazine changes are a challenge with gloves and numb hands.

As a few guys here discussed alternate training methods that can be used indoor like lasers and even Air Soft guns I believe in the benefits of that type of training.   Shooting is shooting and the skills transfer to other weapons so getting any type of trigger time is a position thing.

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