It seems I’ve upset someone.
Apparently you can disarm a person with a knife quite easily with numerous open hand methods which are easy to teach. That and a gun will beat a knife every time.
Thus I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Thank you for that DBRay.
(Can’t work out if that’s Mr, Mrs, Miss, or Ms.)
Still I’ve got a scenario / calculation for you all.
A person has a knife concealed about their person, in their hand, ready to deploy.
(The only sensible way to use a knife).
They are at the outer border of your personal space of 4 feet, 1.2 meters.
What would be the time it would take for them to step forward (which effectively halves that distance and puts that them WITHIN your intimate space), simultaneously deploying that knife and making a strike, with no warning whatsoever?
I’d happily say you’ve got about a ½ second if the other person is practised.
BUT being cautious, you are stood there with a gun on him.
How long would it take you to ‘let him have it’?
Dr. Bill Lewinski is one of the world’s leading behavioral scientists whose work has focused primarily on the intensive study of the human dynamics involved in high stress, life-threatening encounters. He has worked extensively with Law enforcement.
According to his research, the average officer response time from taking the decision to shoot and actually pulling the trigger is about .25 of a second.
This does not include drawing the gun.
For the average officer to draw his gun under stress, point the firearm at the target, obtain a sight picture and fire a round averages about 1.71 seconds.
(One of the KEY REASONS why I say “if you see a knife, draw, make ready, safety off.”)
Still fancy your chances against a no warning attack?
On paper you might make the shot but bullets don’t always make people drop on impact.
Thus they may have the momentum, anger, or whatever, to carry through the strike.
Ergo, you get cut!
Tell you what, get your partner to try that on you using only their finger drawn from behind them or from a pocket. (Please don’t hold a gun on them, that’s not nice and could be dangerous). You’ll react after they have struck EVERY TIME because the average time to take a single step is only ½ a second (if they aren’t wading through custard.)
Now some will practice this again, and again, learning the tell of the movement of their partner and eventually they may just be able to block the odd blow or say “BANG” before they get hit.
Which means exactly nothing because, on the street, only a fool concentrates on one thing at the expense of everything else if they have no overwatch to keep them safe. That’s called target fixation or loss of situational awareness.
There again, only a total idiot lets ‘an unknown’ encroach on their personal space.
Distance will always remain king in combat DBRay.
Knives are devastating and almost impossible to stop when deployed within your intimate zone without warning.
Where unarmed combat or whatever occasionally scores is if the attacker is brandishing a bladed weapon and obviously doesn’t know what they are doing.
Even then if you are close enough to disarm them, what if they are just a bit faster or luckier than you are? You get cut at best, dead at worse.
As for fighting systems? Good luck on that.
I don’t practice, I’m too old anyway, and I’m not that stupid.
Against a knife only two things really matter.
♦ Stop them cutting you (using distance and/or barriers) and
♦ Stopping them (anyway you can).