In this drill, we’re going to show you one technique of what to do if a bad guy grabs your gun after you draw it from your holster. Steve walks Brock and I through the steps of what to do in this simulation based on his 20+ years as a martial arts instructor. The goal is to condition your mind and body through realistic training so you can react without hesitation.
You will need a training partner to effectively create the violent attack simulation. Try to find a training partner that is equal to or greater than your own size. We highly suggest only using a training pistol such as a SIRT (or another inert-style pistol) for this drill. Additionally, remove any live ammunition from the room or area and secure it. For realistic training, you should use your concealed carry holster or carry system that you normally use for everyday carry. (Your top/outer layer of clothing should cover and conceal the firearm if that is your normal carry style.) Lastly, you’ll need plenty of room to move around without hurting yourself or property.
Keeping your firearm in your control and out of the hands of the bad guy is of paramount importance for your survival in a self-defense, imminent-threat situation. Steve shows how using the momentum and strength of the threat against him and to your advantage is a very useful skill.
Determine who will be playing which of the two roles (good guy or bad guy). Stand with approximately 4 to 5 feet of distance between the two.
The good guy will start out with his training weapon holstered and concealed. The bad guy should yell his intention to kill and slowly lunge in, simulating a punch to the head. The good guy should raise his support arm to protect his head, with his elbow up and his hand behind his ear or head. Simultaneously, the good guy should access his training pistol and unholster it. When the bad guy sees the gun come out, he should reach down and grab it with two hands. Now the good guy should step forward into the threat, pushing him back. Here is where the bad guy’s strength and momentum can be used against him: The good guy should twist the gun to the support side (to the left 90 degrees if right-handed). This will loosen the bad guy’s grip on the pistol. When this grip is lost, the good guy should pull back and rapidly step away from the bad guy. There is the potential that the pistol is now out of battery due to the struggle. The good guy should perform a tap, rack function to ensure there is a round in the chamber and the pistol is in battery and then place several simulated shots on the threat.
Start by running this drill step-by-step at a very slow and controlled pace. Slowly pick up speed as both you and your training partner become familiar with the steps and movements. Environment and equipment are going to be two of the most important components to safely running this drill. You must have a large, flat area without any obstructions to move around in to ensure no one trips, falls or crashes into anything. The training pistol you choose to use for this drill must be completely incapable of firing a projectile of any kind. (We highly recommend using an inert training pistol such as a SIRT or blue gun.)
Running through simulations where you are faced with a live threat will help condition your responses. When you or your training partner play the role of the bad guy, try to yell and be as realistic as possible with your oral challenges. Get your heart rate up and adrenaline pumping. All of these things will help simulate what your body will go through when encountering a threat.
As always, vary your training. Keep it fun. Keep it safe. And keep practicing.