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Armed Robber Stopped by Armed Customer

This armed robber thought he was going to get an easy score, but an armed customer really changed the day! He did a great job of ending the threat posed by this armed robber effectively and efficiently.

 

 

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Details on the armed robber and the armed customer, who was an off-duty MP: https://get-asp.com/gf3z (Google Translate required)

 

Second news story with more details on both the armed robber and the armed customer: https://get-asp.com/0a4n (Google Translate required)

 

What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against 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. Because the armed customer was paying attention, he was able to save the day!

 

  1. If your awareness is solid, you may get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker. If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Look for people lurking and not doing what everyone else is doing, or covering their face or head when that’s not necessary (like inside or when it’s warm out). Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety.

 

  1. Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched. The armed customer did a great job of counter-ambushing this armed robber!

 

  1. The rules of firearm safety apply whether you’re training or fighting for your life. One of the most difficult to follow in a real life gunfight is Colonel Cooper’s Rule #4: be sure of your target and what lies beyond it. It is exceedingly difficult to do, but self-defenders must stay aware of what is behind their threat so that they take minimal risks to innocents when defending themselves. The armed customer here did a good job of adjusting his position to get a better backstop against this armed robber.

 

  1. The goal in any defensive firearms use is to stop the threat. Never draw a firearm if you’re not willing to use it, but if the presence of the firearm stops the threat, don’t pull the trigger! If the bad guy flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal. If your first shots stop the threat, don’t take more shots that can turn a defensive encounter into charges for you. Shoot as many times as you must in order to stop the threat, and once the threat stops, reassess and stop shooting. The armed customer here used his defensive firearm perfectly in this instance, and that’s a great reminder to all of us.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Armed Robbery Shows the Importance of Knowing Your Backstop

Armed Robbery Shows the Importance of Knowing Your Backstop

This armed robbery was stopped pretty definitively, but let’s learn some Active Self Protection lessons here about the importance of knowing our backstop and making sure that we put our shots where they need to go!

 

 

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What does this armed robbery teach us about protecting ourselves and our family?

 

  1. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can. In this armed robbery the robber didn’t care one iota for the kids or the danger; that’s mostly definitional in fact. Only you can protect your family when the balloon goes up.
  2. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Notice how quickly this armed robbery happened, because the robber used the transitional space to launch it without warning. This is incredibly common.
  3. Parents must consider their children in their defensive plan against armed robbery or mugging or kidnapping. The younger the child, the more the parent(s) must consider how holding or dragging their child will affect their ability to protect both of them. Naturally, the more children you have the more you’ll be constrained in retreat or running, and the more you’ll have to “stick your foot in the ground” and defend yourself without retreat.

 

  1. In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in. The defender definitely put enough shots on target to end this armed robbery!

 

  1. Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched. Here the defender ended the armed robbery because the armed robber wasn’t expecting him to be a defender; the counter-ambush pretty much worked to perfection because it was from obscurity.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

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Suspect Disarms Officer, Shoots Bystander

Suspect Disarms Officer, Shoots Bystander

This officer made some critical mistakes, and points us toward considering equipment and skills as both essential elements of our Active Self Protection!

 

 

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Original video of the suspect disarming the officer is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story of the suspect taking the gun from the officer, with details: https://get-asp.com/82yo

 

What does this officer teach us about defending ourselves against a gun grab?

 

  1. Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up! The suspect here is a known problem and known to be unstable, and that might have colored the issue of the officer letting him in close like that.
  2. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker like this suspect. The officer had cues if he was looking! If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Look for people lurking and not doing what everyone else is doing, or covering their face or head when that’s not necessary (like inside or when it’s warm out). Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety.
  3. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The suspect leads with his hands.

 

  1. Always remember that while good people practice firearms safety at all times, criminals do not. If they cared about firearms safety, they wouldn’t use firearms to hurt people! They will endanger a bystander or a crowd to get what they want. They will take reckless shots. They will flag everyone in the place to threaten them with harm. They will negligently discharge their firearm. That is a prime reason that we need to smartly end the threat, because as long as the attacker has a firearm out, everyone is in danger. This suspect shows that clearly from the moment he takes the gun from the officer.

 

  1. Firearm retention is an important skill to have as a self-defender. In a real-life defensive encounter it is quite possible for an attacker to have the opportunity to try to take your firearm from you, so training in firearm retention is critical for every firearm carrier. (even CCW holders) If you are open carrying your firearm, I can’t say enough that I recommend a holster with active retention and a passive release (http://amzn.to/1n684Pu is the only one I recommend). But having a retention holster does NOT mean you can ignore good training on keeping your firearm from being taken.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this armed robber, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

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Security Guard Shoots Himself

Security Guard Shoots Himself

Ay, Caramba! This security guard just makes me shake my head. The rules of firearms safety are ALL THE TIME rules at Active Self Protection, and this is why!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this security guard? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the security guard is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

What does this security guard teach us about firearms safety?

 

  1. Whether you prefer to articulate them as Colonel Cooper’s four rules or the NRA’s three rules (I have a discussion of my preference here: https://get-asp.com/cfgf if you want to read it), the rules of firearms safety ALWAYS apply. They are never inappropriate, and this security guard shows us why.
  2. Administrative handling of your firearm is always a dangerous time. This security guard shoots himself not while protecting himself, but while working on de-cocking the gun repeatedly! One of the ways to minimize the risk of shooting yourself is to minimize your administrative firearm handling. Leave your defensive firearm alone!

 

  1. Always, always, ALWAYS keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Note to self: your thigh is NOT a safe direction. Period. End of subject. Had the guard simply pointed the gun in a safe direction, he would have had a negligent discharge (a bad thing to be sure) but not a trip to the hospital.

 

  1. Always, always, ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire. This looks like a double-action revolver, and so it doesn’t NEED to be cocked and de-cocked to be used effectively. This means the security guard was putting his finger on the trigger just to play with his gun. That’s dumb.

 

  1. Always, always, ALWAYS keep firearms unloaded until they’re in use. If a firearm is being used as a defensive tool it should be kept loaded because it’s in use. But the second you’re going to administratively handle your firearm, UNLOAD IT. Had the security guard unloaded his firearm before working on his hammer release, he wouldn’t have shot himself.

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. This security guard needed first aid immediately!

There are 3 class starters for Instructors from this security guard, so please join us in that program to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

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Bystander Hurt in Defensive Encounter Caught on Camera

Bystander Hurt in Defensive Encounter Caught on Camera

Do you think about what might happen to a bystander if you’re in a gunfight? Especially when the bystander is a loved one, you have to think about them as part of your Active Self Protection so that you don’t expose them to harm!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like these armed robbers getting their just desserts? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the defensive encounter is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story on the incident from local news: https://get-asp.com/ii3y

 

The bystander who was hurt spoke to reporters: https://get-asp.com/8xkq

 

A video reportedly shot by the man with the AK pistol says more from his perspective (it’s not verified to be him, though, so take it with a grain of salt): https://get-asp.com/vyes

 

What does this defensive encounter teach us about protecting ourselves against an armed attacker?

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! The officer here defaulted to his training, and that saved his noggin for sure.
  2. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Gas stations are absolutely transitional spaces, and defensive encounters happen there with frightening regularity. That doesn’t mean that you should be paranoid while getting gas, but it DOES mean that you should be more ready there!

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The attacker here flashed the gun, and that’s when the defensive encounter really started.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t. Neither the bystander nor the defender here could afford to wait for police!

 

  1. You must know what parts of your car offer cover, and what parts of your car are only concealment. Car doors and windows are no help against bullets, friends. They are concealment. The engine block provides cover, as do steel wheels and the transmission and axles. If you have to use your car to protect yourself from incoming fire, movement is your best friend and you must be ready to shoot from unconventional positions. Taking a course on using a handgun in a vehicle is much advised.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

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Determined Restaurant Owners Fight Off Armed Robber

Determined Restaurant Owners Fight Off Armed Robber

Would you have fought this armed robber? When an armed robber launches their attack, you better have your Active Self Protection ready to defend yourself!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like these armed robbers getting their just desserts? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the armed robber is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story on the owners fighting off the armed robber: https://get-asp.com/lb85

 

What do these restaurant owners teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robber?

 

  1. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category, as does this armed robber. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. Territorial violence such as this armed robber also provides more time to consider your plan so that you can more effectively defend yourself.
  2. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack as this armed robber shows us. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself.

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robber, 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 carjacking 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.

 

  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.

 

  1. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed robber or other attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed robber. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

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Corrections Officer Shows How Tricky Shooting Backstop Can Be

Corrections Officer Shows How Tricky Shooting Backstop Can Be

This corrections officer was in a terrible, terrible predicament all around. This is why we practice Active Self Protection, though, to see in advance what we would do about a knife-wielding attacker like this. How would you have handled it?

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like these armed robbers getting their just desserts? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video with some detail on the officer and the attacker is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story #1 on the officer involved shooting: https://get-asp.com/4h8c

 

News story #2 with more on the suspect and the officer: https://get-asp.com/makr

 

What does this corrections officer teach us about firearms safety and defending against a knife-wielding attacker?

 

  1. Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up! This corrections officer had a terrible decision to make, but the safety of a lot of people depended upon him making it correctly.

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The hands of this suspect are what got him shot!

 

  1. A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. How many people simply stayed where there was danger around this corrections officer and suspect rather than fleeing the scene?

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz or this one with hemostatic included: http://amzn.to/2b5ALYz) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. Once the deranged man was stopped, this would be a good time for the corrections officer and others to try to render aid to him.

 

  1. Part of your training must be knowing when to use verbal commands, and when to abandon verbal commands and move to physical or deadly force. Many times self-defenders (and LEO) get caught in a loop of issuing the same command repeatedly to no effect. Using verbal commands is an important part of your force options training, and part of that training in verbal commands is knowing when to talk and when to stop talking and act. The corrections officer gave plenty of commands here, and when he lost distance, he knew when to act. Excellent work.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

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Officer Involved Shooting Shows Danger to Bystanders

Officer Involved Shooting Shows Danger to Bystanders

Bystanders do goofy stuff in deadly force encounters, and this video from Love Field in Dallas shows that well. Don’t stand around like these people did during an officer involved shooting (or any other shooting!); practice Active Self Protection instead!

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like these armed robbers getting their just desserts? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video with some detail on the officer involved shooting is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story on the officer involved shooting with significant details: https://get-asp.com/rxqw

 

What does this officer involved shooting teach us about defending ourselves against a threat?

 

  1. Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged or emotional. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up! The threat to these bystanders

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. This officer involved shooting is a great lesson in body language and cues!

 

  1. Part of your training must be knowing when to use verbal commands, and when to abandon verbal commands and move to physical or deadly force. Many times self-defenders (and LEO) get caught in a loop of issuing the same command repeatedly to no effect. Using verbal commands is an important part of your force options training, and part of that training in verbal commands is knowing when to talk and when to stop talking and act. This officer involved shooting clearly shows the time to stop talking and start defending!

 

  1. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. In this officer involved shooting it took NINE shots to stop the threat. Think about that for a minute.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze (these bystanders certainly did), but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. Before your Kung Fu, and before your Gun Fu, you should consider whether your best defense is Run Fu!

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this officer involved shooting, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

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Guard Forced to Shoot Angry Patient

Guard Forced to Shoot Angry Patient

Would you have taken the route that this guard took? Would your other skills have come to the front, or would you shoot him as well? These kinds of encounters are why we post after action reports on Active Self Protection!

Original video of the guard being forced to shoot with walkthrough by the DA: https://get-asp.com/ioiu

 

News story of the shoot with a PDF from the DA on findings on both patient and guard: https://get-asp.com/ox7e

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an attack?

 

  1. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attack like this patient. If you’re know what you’re looking for it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions or escape routes after the attack. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets, or clenching as this patient was. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety.

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. The guard knew an attack was coming because of the hands! They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands!

 

  1. To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way. The guard in this attack needed emotional fitness to stay calm and in the fight until he could get to his force multipliers, not to gas himself out and wear down. It’s not easy, but when you’ve done it on the mat repeatedly it becomes second nature.

 

  1. If you have a partner with you when you’re attacked (be it a LEO partner if you work on a team, or your spouse or martial artist buddy), you want to do everything you can to work as a team. The guard and the other man didn’t seem to work together very much, and knowing how to communicate and work as a team is the key to winning if you have a partner! Communicating clearly will help you protect yourself from danger. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker.

 

  1. Fights are physically demanding, and this guard certainly felt the physical toll of the fight. Sure, a pure gunfight might last 10 seconds and not place a huge burden on you physically, but the vast majority of encounters we see here at ASP involve physical self-defense as well. Getting into a honest-to-goodness fight with someone is incredibly physically demanding, so being physically fit is an important part of maximizing your chances to protect yourself. Fit people are harder to beat and harder to kill!

 

  1. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to protect your firearm from being taken, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial. If you’ve never fought from the clinch with your gun in the fight, on the ground and on your feet, your training has a huge gap in it. This guard really needed empty-handed skills and close quarters fighting skills.

 

  1. You must be able to fight and defend yourself from all different stages of action. One of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, likes to say that we must be able to fight wherever the fight happens to be! So whether we are at contact stage (just able to come in physical contact with our attacker), penetration stage (where attacks can contact and penetrate significantly), or manipulation stage (a clinch or similar where joint and body manipulations are possible), we must be able to use effective technique to protect ourselves. The guard had a hard time with defending his firearm and employing his TASER.

 

  1. You must know how to fight to keep your firearm from being taken from you. If you carry a gun or keep one nearby, you must do what it takes to keep unauthorized people from accessing it and using it against you. If it is on your person, you must be trained and proficient in keeping the gun from being taken from its holster. (yes, that means a quality belt, a quality holster, and if openly carried, at least level 2 retention; the only one I recommend is the Safariland ALS: http://amzn.to/1SjOirW ) If it is not on your person, it must not be accessible to unauthorized people. There can be no workarounds for this rule! Your force on force and empty-handed skills training must include training on firearms retention.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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This is Why You MUST Have Retention on an Open Carry Firearm

This is Why You MUST Have Retention on an Open Carry Firearm

Do you ever open carry? If you open carry your firearm, you must think about retention as part of your Active Self Protection. There’s a reason law enforcement uses retention holsters!

Original video of the open carry firearm being taken: https://get-asp.com/zbtk

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves from having our firearm taken?

 

  1. You must know how to fight to keep your firearm from being taken from you. If you carry a gun or keep one nearby, you must do what it takes to keep unauthorized people from accessing it and using it against you. If it is on your person, you must be trained and proficient in keeping the gun from being taken from its holster. (yes, that means a quality belt, a quality holster, and if you open carry, at least level 2 retention; the only one I recommend is the Safariland ALS: http://amzn.to/1SjOirW ) If it is not on your person, it must not be accessible to unauthorized people. There can be no workarounds for this rule! Your force on force and empty-handed skills training must include training on firearms retention.

 

  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. If you open carry you must know that you have a very valuable item available for all to see, so being aware of who might want it is important. This isn’t really different than wearing an expensive watch.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. Here the perp saw a moment of opportunity to grab the gun, and open carry definitely played a part in that.

 

  1. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it. Fourth, this open carry situation demonstrates that you could conceivably lose the use of your firearm, and in that moment you need to still be able to protect your family!

 

  1. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker. This open carry theft shows that sometimes, we need to know these strategies not to take someone else’s tool from them, but to take our own tool back for ourselves!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

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