Fine, Mac, I get the point... but the fact is you MAY be killed anyway....
As to diversionary tactics like tossing a wallet... or as I would prefer, fumbling it and dropping it... buys time, can buy distance... and can give us opportunity...
That said... the wallet is just stuff... I would rely on my gut to tell me if this was the sort of sick puppy that would off me anyway, even if I comply... And I live with the consequences that my gut could be wrong....
The poster I was responding to stated "...you will likely be killed anyway." I do not believe that to be true at all. In fact, I would argue a mugger is statistcally less likely to kill you than your own spouse. Again, statistically. That's how you have to run your life.
If I assume a mugger is LIKELY to kill me, I will take all kinds of crazy risks to shoot someone who may have the drop on me and get myself killed, while if I would simply comply, we all go on to live another day. A mugger is a strong-arm robber, and not usually looking for a murder rap. Notice I am not making absolute stastements. But to imply you will LIKELY be killed by a mugger, you set yourself up for major problems.
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If you endeavor to grab your weapon to use on someone who has one trained on you, you have already lost the gunfight.
Sorry - wasn't aware I was being non-responsive. I am not sure what you mean when you say doing "something" is (to use your words) a WHOLE LOT BETTER than doing nothing. As a rule of thumb, I patently disagree. Obviously, in this situation there is no one right answer, so it depends.
In the unlikely event I was mugged by someone looking to rob me of my wallet and perhaps my (cheap) watch and they had the gun out and pointed at me, chances are I will simply comply. Everything I have is easily replaceable. My life is not. If someone is simply looking to kill you, chances are you'd be dead long before you could even contemplate what to do. See: Wild Bill Hikok, arguably the best pistol fighter of his age.
Sun Tzu in the Art of War recommends patience. He wrote, "If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by." He was not a proponent of "doing something" is always better. Perhaps you should pick it up and read it sometime. It contains an immense volume of wisdom, not just knowledge.
That's one book I haven't read. I'll have to look for it, thanks.
The problem I have with threads like this is that some folks have a cavalier approach to it. Some make it sound like it is something that is doable (and it is very doable). But very few people really train realistically for CC to begin with. And out of that small group a smaller number is actually proficient at winning a battle if someone has the drop on you. That is not meant as an insult but a reality. Even folks that have attended "advanced courses" lose skills very quickly unless practiced continuously.
The reality is the bag guy has the advantage. If you do not train for scenarios constantly you will most likely lose. Not all BG's are idiots with no skills. I have said this before that folks need to keep up on the local news and see if there is a string off armed robberies and see how they worked out. Were the folks left a lone, were they roughed up. This all adds up to what will be a quick decision on your part. If you are with a loved one you need to factor that in. Throw away the macho bovine feces and remember that if you get the BG and he misses you he may still hit your loved ones or friends. Some folks say that they have talked about these things with their wives and kids and to do x whey they say y. But you are betting that all of you react as a team......just my thoughts
I most probably have hundreds of thousands of rounds advantage on the mugger, not to mention God knows how many draws (most in competitions adrenaline running) over the decades. I practice regularly and shoot regularly mainly getting the hell off the X. I'm pretty sure about my odds of surviving, sans the mugger being the local IDPA champion. Adding Krav Maga (and Systema) to the potential scenario of disarming the perp only better my odds.
Should I have my wife with me, the mugger would get it in stereo.
As many posters have stated, SA is the key. Don't go to stupid places, with stupid people to do stupid things. I have no desire to meet and greet a mugger.
I will happily give my few dollars for the benefit of the community, but I intensely dislike someone pointing a gun to my face - always have and always will.