You are facing the unimaginable, a “Bad Guy” is holding you at
gunpoint. You weapon is holstered, if you have one, and you truly believe that he is going to execute you. Do you know what to do?
During my years as a police officer and later as a church security
officer, I have been introduced to and trained on many different
gun disarm techniques. While some are better than others, many
require a high level of skill and practice to master and maintain the
technique. Others depend on strength, a problem for smaller or older
people. Deoending on the distance, taking the weapon may be a far better choice that attempting to draw yours. This is a vital technique that all of our church security officers must master.
It is best to choose and practice one style disarm for a specific
situation. You can test various methods, but practice one so that it
really becomes effective and you build the needed muscle memory to
preform it in a high stress situation..
Hopefully you will never have to test out your abilities even if
facing a robbery at gunpoint. But if you ever have to face a potential
terrorist situation at close range, or someone intent on killing you
make sure you have chosen wisely. These techniques are a last resort
when you have decided that the gunman will kill you.
Here are a couple of items to think over about disarms:
- If you do not attempt a disarm, will you most likely die?
- Is the technique simple and quick?
- How you practiced until it is second nature to you?
- Does your technique get you out of the line of fire?
- Does the technique require a lot of strength? If the gunman has superior strength you might just get into a wrestling match.
- Does the technique seem to work for you? If it doesn’t, find a different program.
I have detailedlen’s and my chosen methods in a video we ahve available in the store.
The core of this technique is simplicity.
There are three steps to the process
S – Safe the muzzle – make sure the gun in not pointed at you in case of a discharge
C – Control the weapon – Keep your hands on the weapon
A – Attack the attacker – Explode with all your anger in with a elbow or hand heel strike
D – Deploy your weapon – Decide if you have control or need to return fire to continue living.
SCAD will work with the gun pointed at your mid section, head, side or back.
If you decide that you must disarm an attacker, speed is critical
This is a last ditch techinque and there is a significent chance that you or someone with you might be injured.
For additional assistance and recommended techniques please review our training DVD on weapons strips here.
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