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Don’t Bring A Gun To A Knifefight **WARNING** Graphic Images!

Posted by Rob Longenecker on September 8th, 2006

“Don’t Bring a Gun to a Knifefight?” 

Sure, you better bring a gun, bring a clear mind and the will to act, so you don’t get cut.

Yes, I know. The old joke is about don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. This is no joke as you’ll see below:

These pictures will wake you up – if you need it.  They will add to your mental preparedness and decision-making by removing the hesitation to act in the face of a knife.  An attacker can cover a short distance from their position to yours faster than you can draw your weapon.

If your weapon is drawn, they can reach you faster than you can fire to stop them if you hesitate for even a fraction of a second. 

I think this is a good illustration of why you don’t want to get cut. You can’t be complacent when confronted by an opponent with a knife. 

Some of the public think that police officers should try to disarm someone armed with a knife but anyone who has had training in knife fighting will tell you that, even if you win, you are going to get cut. Keep this in the back of your mind when confronting someone armed with an edged weapon.  Be forewarned, these photos are graphic.”     

**WARNING!!!**  The images are below this line. prepare yourself first:

 

 

 

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DON’T LET ‘EM CUT YOU!   Comments welcome from you specialists on hand to hand and edged weapons out there.

Here’s a link about the Tueller Drill. You might find this very interesting when thinking about defending against a knife.

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4 Responses to “Don’t Bring A Gun To A Knifefight **WARNING** Graphic Images!”

  1. Blake Shelton Says:

    I train in Krav Maga and I believe the primary reason so many people get stabbed when they have a gun in their hands is that they forget to defend against the knife. They’re so focused on making the shot that when the attacker isn’t stoppped by the first bullet, or two, they just stand there and get knifed. Back in my home town an officer was stabbed to death after shooting a man armed with a knife six times with a .357 magnum revolver. You can never depend on your gun being able to stop the attacker. Sure, make a good shot, but also be prepared to stop or deflect the knife if your attacker isn’t stopped right away. Train in some form of self-defense. Prepare yourself to use your hands and your body, not just your gun. And, again, never underestimate the damage a blade can do. The photos above are gruesome, but consider this: The men in the above photos were actually lucky. If a large enough artery is even knicked you can bleed to death before you realize that you’re in trouble. Any one of those slashes could have caught something vital, but didn’t. Don’t let that be you. Get the training that you need and be able to do more than just shoot.

  2. Hew Says:

    I guess if thier hand is outstreched they dont even have to be alive to hurt you, anyhow, you’re right, i think people should learn how to defend themselves unarmed or with a melee weapon before they lean to use thier guns. As in, in my opinion, it’s a little stupid to rely on a gun 100% of the time, be prepared to use your hands, as said, you can’t draw that quick, and i’ve heard some horror stories about guys on PCP taking a whole 12 round mag from a 10mm to drop them.
    So yeah, that’s scary, but not that gory in my opinion.

  3. Don DeBusk Says:

    “…but anyone who has had training in knife fighting will tell you that, even if you win, you are going to get cut.”

    This is one of the few absolute truths. No matter how well trained you are, you are fighting to minimize damage, NOT prevent it. Oh yeah, assuming the assailant is even 25% your equal, you ARE gonna get cut… Just 75% less than he is. To me, getting cut AT ALL should be avoided at any cost. My training is in Aikido and Krav Maga. Though I feel rather novice in the latter, I am very impressed with its potential. Still, the risk of being cut can NEVER be eliminated.
    My rule of thumb has always been that if an assailant attacks with the knife pointed at me, in line with the forearm, kick his ass and take it away from him. If, on the other hand, the assailant comes at me with the edge pointing backward from the palm, edge out, shoot him fast or run like hell. This man knows what he’s doing and assuming he has the “drop on you” IS gonna hurt you.
    The only advantage of being assailed with a knife, assuming it’s frontal, is that it is almost never immidiately fatal. As Blake aptly points out, a knife is just as capable of causing lethal wounds as a bullet; the bleedout being many times that of a pistol round. However, even with minimal defense, the chance of interupting CNS function is, at best, remote. In nearly all cases, committed persistence with a handgun is critical to survival. Ergo, don’t respond to an edged weapon attack with an edged weapon.
    This said, I underscore the admonition to train in as many martail disciplines as possible. In terms of fighting with a gun, I think too many ignore extreme close quarters training. 98% of shootings happen within less that 5yds. In that distance, all that practice at accute target aquisition is worthless. Furthermore, I personally feel that organizations like IDPA, and most civilain training programs are remiss in emphasizing belly-gun techniques. These are more likely to save one’s life than fine target aquisition and a smooth-as-butter trigger squeeze.

    You make yet another GREAT point, Rob!

    Stay Safe.

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