Victim Seizes the Opportunity to Take the Gun from an Armed Robber

The first time I watched this victim outsmart this armed robber, I laughed out loud. He practiced great Active Self Protection! Would you have driven the armed robber off like this clerk did, or would you have used his gun to shoot him?

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Original video of the armed robber getting owned:


What do we learn here about fighting off an armed robber?


  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. The victim here waited for the right time, and seized his opportunity!


  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, as this armed robber drives home, 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. You might need to take his gun and use it!


  1. As a firearms user you must be able to effectively use your firearm to protect yourself from various dimensional stages of action. (there’s a great article on the basic, no nonsense draw stroke here and here) The most common use is position 4, or the “press out” position where your arms are extended and you are accessing your sights. But you must know how to use the gun in position 3 (compression ready) and in position 2 (retention ready) as well! That takes practice and training with a competent instructor, and it should involve force on force also. The armed robber had a chance in this instance to fight for the gun if he really wanted to because the victim used the press out position rather than compression to keep the gun away from him. Know all three firing positions!


  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. The armed robber fled when his gun was taken, and that’s a successful defensive gun use (DGU) in my book.


Attitude. Skills. Plan.


(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at


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