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    Sneaky Weapon Retention When Fighting in Built Up Areas
    February 4, 2010 by Jeff Anderson
    Sneaky Weapon Retention When Fighting in Built Up Areas - Military Fitness Blog | Military.com
    You often have very little room to maneuver when you're fighting in built up areas like urban or suburban environments. Battlefields, defending against a home-invasion robbery and facing off against a violent urban attacker all place you at greater risk because your maneuvering space can be so restricted.

    When you're fighting in built up areas, gaining access to a weapon is one of the most important survival principles. Urban areas should always provide plenty of improvised weapons, including nearby sticks, metal bars, bricks and other objects. Soldiers will probably already have their weapons with them while fighting. In built up areas, however, the confined spaces you're fighting in make it extremely easy to drop or even lose your weapon.

    Tripping, falling, banging into a wall or encountering some other obstacle is easy when you're fighting in built up areas. You have a greater chance of losing your weapon when space is tight, but so does your opponent. Either one of you could drop your weapon during a close-quarters struggle. If that happens, your initial impulse will be to try to get it back. Doing this can be a mistake and actually get you killed. Here's why...

    When fighting in built up areas, almost every fighter, especially one that lacks training, makes the mistake of focusing on the weapon rather than the true threat. The weapon can't harm you by itself, but your attacker can and he's your real threat. Here are some tips to follow if it looks like you'll be in a life-or-death struggle for a loose weapon, especially when your maneuvering room is restricted:

    Weapons Tip # 1 for Fighting in Built Up Areas: Quit being concerned about the weapon and concentrate on your real enemy. Your weapon won't be able to harm you as long as it's still on the ground or the floor.

    Weapons Tip # 2 for Fighting in Built Up Areas: Use your opponent's survival instincts as a weapon against him. Use the loose weapon as bait, because he'll go for it instinctively. You'll be able to target him more effectively while he's focusing on the weapon.

    Weapons Tips # 3 for Fighting in Built Up Areas: Use everything you can fight with. Kick your assailant while he's trying to get the loose weapon. Pour on the hammerfist blows. Slam him with your knee. He'll never reach the weapon but you'll be able to overwhelm him while he's trying.

    Weapons Tip # 4 for Fighting in Built Up Areas: When your enemy is on the defensive you'll be able to get the weapon yourself. Then, either let him escape or finish him off if legally justified.

    The hazards you face might be different when you're fighting in built up areas. Think outside the box with your self-defense training and the environment you usually train in.

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    Jeff Anderson is a 10 year veteran of the U.S. Army, a Master Fitness Trainer, and Master Instructor of Close Quarters Combat self defense. A full time fitness and self defense author, Jeff has trained thousands of men and women in the practical application of advanced military fitness methods as well as close combat tactics for "real life" self defense.
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    Recently, I was out at the local 'Conservation Club' rifle range when the local 'Tactical' unit came to practice.
    I was generally just packing up to get out of their way when one noticed my carbine and asked if I would like to try what they were doing (Friendly bunch, and since I donated a hand full of targets to their training, they wanted to 'Include' me in the 'Fun'...)

    Not being the newest range in the world, I snagged my front sling on a nail protruding from the framework and immediately defaulted to the pistol in the holster of the guy next to me rather than trying to free the sling.
    This AMAZED EVERYONE that a 'Civilian' would drop his carbine and default to a pistol,
    And have the presents of mind to reach for the 'Partner' position for that pistol since I didn't have one on my belt.

    Kind of surprised the guy I took the pistol from, but it was a timed event with targets coming up I could not engage without freeing the rifle.

    On a later run, I ran out of ammo in the carbine, and threw the empty rifle at the target about 7 feet away, finally 'Killing' it with a strike to the face with a fixed blade knife that is on my 'Equipment' belt.
    Under 21 feet, a knife is MUCH faster than a pistol that's still in the holster, and it's remarkable how many police don't know that!

    Now, I'm an old, fat, disabled 50 year old Marine veteran, but the muscle memory never goes away...

    Later on I covered some of the 'Close Combat' techniques I learned in martial arts/self defense classes and in the field in the Marines...
    Eye strikes, throat strikes, head butts & groin strikes, ect.

    I live in a VERY small, quiet community, and our police don't get the self defense training they should have in the job like larger cities do,
    And if I didn't contribute anything but targets and ammo that day, I tried to do something to help those guys out.

    CQC isn't always with a firearm,
    And your knees, elbows, head and knife are VERY effective in subduing a potential attacker at close range.
    Also, using NON-LETHAL techniques are ALWAYS better than only having deadly responses as tools for the job!

    I wouldn't want to be shot just because I was having a bad day only because the officer didn't have any other options or training...
    And with hepatitis, aids, ect. out there, you REALLY don't want to have a prolonged fight where bodily fluids are exchanged in busted knuckles and foaming mouths anymore!

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