This is a discussion on Defense scenario. legal or not legal? within the Home (And Away From Home) Defense Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; - I once saw a movie where a guy pulled a knife on someone. The victim said, "Knife? That's not a knife. This is a ...
I once saw a movie where a guy pulled a knife on someone. The victim said, "Knife? That's not a knife. This is a knife!"
Now I wear a hat, a leather vest, & carry a really big knife...just in case.
Friends are funny sometimes, no?
"Historical examination of the right to bear arms, from English antecedents to the drafting of the Second Amendment, bears proof that the right to bear arms has consistently been, and should still be, construed as an individual right." -- U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, Re: U.S. vs Emerson (1999)
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
Charging an assailant would definitely mess with his head but you better be DAMN good in hand to hand and weapon disarming. Remember
you're unarmed and he has a knife or gun. Proper response is to move obliquely away from the attack. Yes there is always a risk of tripping
but if you practice the movement, backing away at an angle and shooting, you can certainly greatly minimize the risk. Plus you should be
aware of your surrounding and know where you can escape/evade to. Your number one goal is to put as much distance between you and the
attacker. You also don't have to have a full firing stance to shoot the gun. Up close you can draw the weapon to a close contact position, gun at
your side with your hand/grip on your ribs with the gun slightly canted outwards to clear the slide from your body. Sort of like shooting from
the hip but higher with the gun referenced against your body. At three yards and less you can insure COM hits with practice. This also allows
you to defend or distract with your support hand. Often a quick movement like a flick or jab to the face will make the attacker flinch or
hesitate for just a split second. That's all you need to draw and fire from the close contact position. Your #1 rule is exactly right. You should
have ideally moved through the color conditions before this and avoided the confrontation completely.
At the beginning of the Knife Course, he told us, "If you get into a knife fight, you are GOING to get cut. All you can do is try to minimize that until you shoot them." That was why he advised blocking and running past and NOT grappling with an attacker with a knife. Backing up cannot be done as fast as running forward and you cannot see what is behind you. Anyway, if this happens it is going to be down and dirty.
I have no problem doing my best to avoid the scenario entirely by not getting there in the first place. Avoidance is better all the way around. I also fight dirty and cheat every chance I get if face bad encounters. If you end up in a deadly force situation it pays to bushwhack, surprise, or run away if possible and live through it. (Running is not an option if protecting family or others lives though)
Fortune Favors the Bold!
problem with closing with the guy. Unless your block is totally perfect, you WILL get cut or stabbed. Retreat at an angle or even at 90 deg I think
would be better. It only takes a moment to present to the close contact position while defending with the support hand. Grappling is definitely
not an option, I agree. Tripping and falling is also a possibility. All you can do is train at backing and present/fire. But that's also why I practice
presenting and firing off my back.
Cheating isn't 'cheating' in a fight. It's fighting smart!