Self-Defense Against An Attacker Armed With A Weapon

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Self-Defense Against An Attacker Armed With A Weapon

This section looks at self-defense techniques that can be used against an attacker armed with a weapon (i.e. gun, knife or club). These techniques focus on disarming the opponent. However, be aware that unarmed combat against weapons (such as guns or knives) is very dangerous and should only be used as a last resort. Consider other options first (i.e. run away from danger).

According to the US Army Modern Combatives Program, the keys to a successful unarmed self-defense against an attacker armed with a weapon include "Move the body out of the line of attack of the weapon", "Control the weapon… Maintain control of the attacking arm by securing the weapon, hand, wrist, elbow, or arm by using joint locks, if possible", "Stun the attacker with an effective counterattack" and "Disarm the attacker".

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Reference Sources

  1. Information from Public Domain Document, Combatives - FM 3-25.150 (FM 21-150), http://sill-www.army.mil/428thfa/FM%203-25.150%20%28Combatives%29.pdf, Added - 05/04/15



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