Stupid Armed Robber Threatens Clerks with an Empty Gun

What would you have done when you saw that the armed robber had a slide lock problem? One of the benefits of practicing Active Self Protection is knowing how firearms operate and when they are not functional! Clearly these clerks didn’t know what the deal was, or didn’t have attitude, skills, and plan to take advantage of it.

Video of the armed robber with some details from local PD:


How do I protect myself from an armed robber?


  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. This armed robber was in real trouble if either of the clerks was aware of what the real situation was!


  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacker or armed robber, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon. The clerks didn’t have skills and so they complied.


  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. Initially this armed robber looked very dangerous; it wasn’t until he tried to cycle the slide that the victims had a likely opportunity to protect themselves!


  1. As a self-defender you need to know how various common force multipliers function. You need to know how firearms work, and not only to fix your own! That knowledge can come in handy when you realize that the armed robber’s gun was not functional and allow you to seize control of the encounter. Know when a force multiplier is available and when it is actually DELIVERABLE.



Attitude. Skills. Plan.


(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at

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