In this last segment of Weapon Retention Part 1, we cover defending your weapon (pistol) while its still holstered. This portion will cover when the pistol is out of the holster, and both you and the attacker has a hand on the weapon.
There are many cases where subjects were disarmed by the attacker killed or injured with their own weapon. With proper training and drilling (practice) will increase your chance for survival.
Upon contact of the weapon or during the struggle, you must:
non-gun hand grab the whole barrel slide part of your pistol and press to your chest
gun hand fingers off the trigger while grasping handle firmly and press to your chest
non-gun hand elbow position forward
upper torso turn sideway
Pistol – using both hands to thrust toward an attacker nose bridge/facial area/throat
While in this position you will maintain balance, mobility, and strike with your elbows (left & right) and if needed fire the pistol from this position if life threatening.
Drilling this technique is about position and holding on to your weapon (pistol). You will find that this drill can have you and your partner scrambling standing and going to the ground. Going to the ground will be another series of articles to follow.
Progressing with this drill is replacing your practice “Red” gun with “simunitions”. In this phase both partners will need to have a protective vest (low level protection w/out the actual plate), some form of face guard.
Depending on the quality of face guard, meaning its ability to absorb impact. The training may need to tailor down to half to three quarters speed to control your strikes. Again everything about this drill is timing, mobility, and positional control = “dynamics of movement”.
There is the “positional shooting” aspect to this, and its all close quarter shooting from this position, please see the picture.
This particular technique is called G-WRAPS (Gulla’s Weapon Retention and Positional Shooting)(founder Sgt Don Gulla, King Co. Sheriff, WA) and “Braced Contact”. The technique was also recorded back in the 80’s but not named from the legendary British Commandos Special Air Services for CQB.
This technique was tested by officers of Arrestling, Black Tiger Tactical and other military units. Testings compared big males against the smaller female with some training in this method. This type of weapon retention is about mitigating your injury and safety. Ease of learning and putting it to use quickly.
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