How to Keep Your Handgun if a Thug Is Trying to Take It

You are legally carrying a concealed handgun for protection, but somehow your "cover" is blown. Maybe somebody saw the "print" of the gun through your shirt, or he saw it when you raised your arms to get something. Or you moved your arm the wrong way and someone caught a glimpse of your pistol in an in-the-waistband holster on your hip. It doesn't matter. Your "situational awareness" just wasn't functioning well in that moment, and now a bad guy knows you are carrying.

And he wants your gun.

When he reaches for your gun, what should you do to retain control and save your life?

1. Secure the weapon.

1. Immediately slam your hand that is on the side of the gun DOWN on the gun, securing it. Your hand might be on top of his hand; good! Don't let him draw that gun out!

At the same time, strike your attacker in the face. A palm heel strike to the jaw or nose is very effective. (See my article "The 6 Best Body Weapons to Defeat An Attacker.") If you can hit the attacker with a strike to the throat or eyes, do so. (My article "6 Best Targets to Strike on the Body If You're Attacked" shows you exactly where to hit.) Your life is on the line, and this is no time to "be nice." Strike repeatedly if necessary.

2. Make him loosen his grip.

Once you have stunned the attacker, with one hand still keeping pressure on your gun, smash your other forearm into your enemy's arm. Your forearm should be crashing into his arm that is extended. This could break his arm at the elbow, or at the very least severely hyperextend his elbow. Either way, this will make him loosen his grip.

3. Do NOT stay in place.

While you are striking his extended arm (or arms if he is reaching for your gun with two arms), pivot and spin away from his body, positioning yourself at an angle away from him.

You want to "get off the X." In other words, you do NOT want to stay in that location and "duke" it out with him. Move away at an angle, making yourself a harder target to attack. This technique will work whether that attacker is using his right arm, or left arm, or both arms. All you need to remember is just this one technique. (And practice it!)

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