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Survive Having A Gun To Your Head

A Last Resort

If you are held at gun point, your first goal should be giving the attacker whatever he wants (within reason). This usually means your wallet, car keys, or any jewelry you have on you. If this is the case, give the guy what he wants and consider yourself lucky. However, we all know that there are some circumstances where an attacker wants something we are not willing to give up.

For example, if you are with a loved one (your wife, child, etc.) and it’s clear that the attacker wants more than your money, you may be forced to act. This self-defense gun disarm technique is specifically designed for these last resort situations.

How To Pick Locks. (Who Needs Keys?)

You may find this shocking, but picking open a standard "tumbler" lock, (like the one on your front door), is pretty damn easy when you know how it's done.

And in a "meltdown" survival situation, (once the smash-n-grab crowd has stolen everything not tied-down), the food and water and secure shelter will all be behind locked doors, (which explains why Special Forces are often trained in lock picking... and why they carry a set of lock pics with them).

It's a lot of fun learning this skill, (it doesn't take long)... and kinda nice to help out that buddy locked out of his house after the wife discovered what really happened on that "no money down" real estate seminar in Vegas.

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Don’t Pull Away

In this scenario it is crucial that the barrel of the handgun be touching your head. I know this may sound counter-intuitive, but if it is touching your head don’t pull away. Instead, put more pressure on it. If you know the gun is close but not touching your head, slowly move so that it is touching your head.

This may seem strange, but having pressure on the gun gives you two distinct advantages:

  1. It lets you know exactly where the gun is.
  2. It allows you to more quickly and efficiently roll your body off the target line and move inside the weapon. Both of these are crucial if you want this disarming technique to work.

Breaking It Down

Now that you are off the target line and have closed the gap between you and your attacker you can go for the disarm. Here are the next steps:

  1. When you roll to the inside of the gunman’s shooting arm you must simultaneously bring your inside arm up and over the attackers arm.
  2. Continue by wrapping your arm under his. His forearm will be locked into your armpit while you drive his elbow joint upward, extending his shoulder joint past its range of motion. At this point you have the attacker in a joint lock, but depending on his strength and size this may or may not cause him to lose control of the weapon.
  3. Finally, use your outside arm to drive the attackers elbow upward. This will damage the shoulder joint, causing even bigger, stronger attackers to drop the weapon.

End The Fight

Your job doesn’t stop there. Once the weapon has been dropped it is best to follow up by maintaining the joint lock and striking the attacker with whatever self-defense tools you’ve got. This includes eye gouges, ridge hands to the throat, a leg sweep, or a strike to any other target that presents itself.

Once you’ve distracted him with a sufficient amount of pain, your goal is to gain control of the weapon and create distance between you so that you are not disarmed by him.

Additional Considerations

There are a couple of extra factors to consider about this self-defense gun disarm technique.

  1. When disarming a gun there will usually be at least one round discarded from the weapon. This usually happens as you are turning to clear your own body from the target line. It’s your job to make sure an innocent bystander will not be in danger from the stray bullet (this is especially important if you are with loved ones). If necessary you may be able to slowly move in such a way that you position any bystanders off the target line before you attempt the disarm technique.
  2. For this particular self-defense disarm technique to work the attacker must be carrying the weapon with one hand. Keep in mind, there are countless different self-defense scenarios involving being held at gunpoint and what we’ve shown here is simply one example, not a universal solution to weapon disarming.

Learning From Failure

As with most things in life, these live demos don’t always go exactly as planned, but Bob refused to simply do another take and edit those parts out. Instead he used them to show how thinking on your feet, combining different techniques, and rapid use of weapon malfunction drills can salvage a situation even when things don’t go as expected.

About The Instructor

Every gun disarming technique taught by Bob Taylor has been rigorously tested using simunition (including with wax bullets in the early days). He and his training partner Randy Warner ran every gun disarming techniques they could find through their gauntlet of tests. The result is a package containing gun disarm techniques (including the one shown here) that have the highest probability of success.

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118 thoughts on “Survive Having A Gun To Your Head”

  1. I thought the video on self defense against a gun to the back of the head was great. When I was 52 yrs. old,one evening I was on my way to my parents after picking up a few groceries for them. After getting out of my car at my parent’s parking lot, I was walking up to my parents apt. door with both of my arms full of two large paper bags of groceries. When two men in there early twenties jump out of the bushes from two different directions. The one with the gun, put it to my head and told me to give him my wallet. So I set the groceries down and reached in my pocket to get my wallet. As soon as I gave them my wallet,they both took off. Do you have any self defense for a gun to the forehead?

  2. I’m 64 yrs. old now,retired and on a fixed income. I’m only 5′ 7″ tall and weigh 165 lbs. Most of the guys that make smart remarks or try to start a fight are usually much taller and heavier then I am. 98 % of the time the guys are full of hot air and the other 2 % I had to fight. To be honest I have to say that I lost a few, won a few. It would have been nice if I new more about self defense.

  3. Excellent move but then most of the moves you show on these video lessons are. Thank you again for these handy moves

  4. That’s good information to at least for some to think about. “As some live with their head in the clouds.


  5. i really like all of the info that you send me so please keep it coming again thank you all for doing this god speed .

  6. You all are awesome sharing these videos to help educate us so that we loose the victim mindset that can kick in during these situations!! Thank you very much for all that you are doing!!!!

  7. Nice video, explanations and technique. Does this assume that you know if the bad guy is holding the gun with his right hand or with his left hand, which is at the back of your head

  8. Very good stuff. I wonder what you could do if your in a sitting position. Of course that would be a unique situation.Bo

  9. I love it. I never would have thought of an arm lock.. Wow. Neck, eye and throat punches yeah but never the arm lock. Go figure. So simple, I’d have over thought. me dead him not. Funny.

  10. Excellent technique for self-defense,and to get out of a bad situation. Hopefully one you will never have to use.

  11. Good move. It looks to me it will take some practice but that beats a bullet in the head. Another good move.

  12. I like what you guys are usually up too. This sort of clever work and reporting!

    Keep up the wonderful works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my own blogroll.

  13. Bobs video is very straight and to the point survival in a dire situation. This video will increase the odds of you and you’re loved ones living through a bad situation.

  14. Coming from a typical New Yorker of PuertoRican descendants,I am grateful that this site puts things in layman terms where an individual perspective can be put it to the test. Oh,and, Thank You’ !

  15. Great move, I hope Im never in the situation to have to use this move but I will be practicing it.
    Thanks guys


    looks too easy to be true, but I have seen it with my own eyes and WOW, another useful LIFE SAVING TIP to remember, I hope this never happens, but if it did, I would not pick the gun up, his finger prints are on it, and he would not be going anywhere except the morgue. His prints would prove a case of self defense. Does anyone else agree with that? If so, please feel free to say so.

  18. Was taught run away from a knifeman and run to a gun man i know it sounds strange… running away from a gunman u give him chance aftr chance to discharge rounds but running to him only gives him a second maybe one shot…on other hand if u stay away from knife man he cant hurt u ive been in these dituations many times during irish conflict