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Knife Fight – Follow Up with Video

Posted by Rob Longenecker on September 14th, 2006

My blog post Don’t Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight has created a thundering herd of great responses on several forums.  I want you to be better prepared to deal with a knife-weilding bad guy, so I recommend you investigate Dennis Tueller’s methods of close combat and defense against a knife.  This 1983 article will give you a great start and so will this information on the Tueller Drill.

I strongly recommend learning unarmed defensive techniques to complement the shooting skills you already possess.  A method you can learn quickly without years and years of drills is called Krav Maga, developed by the Israeli Defense Force. People who are older or not physically fit can learn Krav Maga and use it effectively. Check it out.

When it comes to using a gun to defend yourself against any threat, you must be able to access it quickly. That requires a “full firing grip.” That means that your holster exposes the entire grip above your belt line (and with no excess leather to block your grip) so that you can get the best grip possible from the get go.  Some holsters ride way to low, requiring you to pick up the gun with your thumb and forefinger to get it coming up out of the holster. Then you have to regrip it under stress as you press to get your gun on target.

Tucker would never put you at risk with a holster that does not ride in the perfect “sweet spot” allowing for a full firing grip every time.  Count on it. You can see what I mean in this picture.

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You are very likely be cut if your attacker is determined, even if you are able to shoot and get center of mass hits. Here’s a video by a police department in South Africa that shows an simulated knife attack on an armed police officer from differing distances. It should wake us all up to what could happen.

Samurai on the Firing Line forum puts it well, “…unless you hit a hard target (bone in the hip, torso, or head), the gun is not going to have the “knock back” effect necessary to stop the charge.” Despite beating the knife guy to the draw you will both be hurt, and you may be hurt worse.”

Tucker was Army Airborne and a Ranger, as well as a police officer.  I asked him what he would do if attacked by a knife. Tucker’s a man of few words.  He said, “I’d block with my left arm and shoot him.”  I guess that says it all.

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