I wondered when I was young what I would do under pressure; I think all boys wonder. I found out at age 22 on a submarine experiencing a fairly big fire - I headed straight for the fire and was (to my shock) the senior officer present until the fire was out. I have faced several other dangerous situations, but I never wondered again. I know the answer, and it’s always the same. I will face danger if that’s my job/responsibility, including when firearms are involved.
The flip side of that question was my first encounter with union goons. I was undersized and underage (needed school permission to work a job) for my job and had not joined the union. On a technicality, I thought I could avoid that wasted expenses. Two very big union thugs “enlightened” me. They gave me a clear choice: join the union, quit, or broken bones. I quit the job minutes later. I don’t run into a fight I can’t win, but those goons motivated me to make sure I could win the next time around. I practiced, trained, and learned. I can handle most threats.
I was 19 and underground in an ICBM silo when something similar happened. My other crew partner and I had to not only divert from the printed tech data to fight the fire but we also violated orders about such emergencies. If we had not done so a very large missile with a nine megaton warhead may have burned and exploded. We saved the entire complex and were given commendations.
Had several other extremely dangerous things happen as well, including the immediate threat of WWIII. In every instance we did our duty.