We know we are going to have an adrenaline dump which can degrade our fine motor skills but, will greatly enhance our gross motor skills. Rather than resist this natural phenomenon, let's use it! If the gunman is within arms reach we can jam, deflect or strike, using gross motor skills, to buy time to draw or follow up with empty hand techniques. This is much more efficient than attempting a "speed rock" while standing right in the line of fire. If you're beyond arms reach, you can dynamically explode off the line of fire (gross motor) while accessing your firearm. This is just one of many situations we'll address in this block of material, that illustrates where the "hammer mentality" can get you in trouble.
Another element of close quarter accessing for the LEO is the use of less lethal options. Why go hands on when you don't have to? Even after an altercation is under way, if you know when and where to do it, you can break contact or create an angle to safely access a less lethal option, without risk of being disarmed. No need to go home with bumps and bruises or far worse, if you know how to safely access and deploy your tools. Keep in mind, these same skills come in really handy when the empty hand altercation suddenly escalates to a deadly force situation!
According to the FBI between 1998 and 2007, 549 officers were killed in the line of duty. Of that number 254 (46%) were killed between 0-5 feet from there attacker.
This course will teach students concepts and techniques to reliably access their firearm or less lethal options while on the ground, in the clinch, or against a knife at close range. Students will learn how to defend against a surprise attack and how to use the element of surprise to access their weapons. The goal of this training is not to learn a plethora of new techniques, but rather how to apply a few simple techniques against a resisting opponent. Students should bring a red or blue dummy gun and duty belt with agency approved holster that fits the weapon.
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Many of you have probably studied this video of the murder of Constable Darrell Lunsford. We owe it to our fallen Brothers and Sisters to learn from these situations. This video and the one below with Trooper James Cress illustrate some of the situations officers can find themselves in where weapon's accessing and retention can mean the difference between life and death. Viewer discretion is advised.
Simplicity, Adaptability, Reality
You've all heard the old saying "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Coming from a Martial Arts background, and having career Law Enforcement Officers as instructor, I learned to deal with gun attacks with empty hand counter's first. In essence I didn't have a hammer (gun) to rely on. When I started in Law Enforcement I saw what I perceived as gun solutions being taught for empty hand problems.
If we can be proactive a lot of options open up. Unfortunately, we are often reactive to violence and this is when speed is essential. If the adversary already has his hand on his gun (fine motor skill) and is in the processes of pulling it out of his waist band and thrusting it toward your face (gross motor skill), standing still and accessing your own firearm will not do. To potentially clear a cover garment, get a grip on your handgun and release retention devices takes valuable time.