Knife Vs Gun – The 21 Foot Rule
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[The 21 Foot Rule – Knife Vs Gun]
Dan Inosanto demonstrates the speed of a knife attack. The scenario is completely unrehearsed and the officers do not know what to expect.
Here officers have been told to investigate a special circumstance at night in a warehouse and react to what they find. At first glance, this officer’s distance from the suspect looks safe enough. But an attacker can easily cover this distance faster than most officers can draw their guns. Remember, when you close the distance between yourself and the suspect, do so only by purposeful decision.
In fact, at close distances your only realistic option for controlling a suspect is empty-hand tactics. Yet when officers are asked how they would control a knife-attacker, they usually say, I’d shoot him, forgetting that they may not have time to, in reality.
Here still unrehearsed is what really happens, when officers assume they can automatically use deadly force, against a knifer. They stand their ground and try to draw, or try to draw and disengage simultaneously or even worse, try to draw, fall down and shoot and they lose, because time and distance work for the offender and against the officer.
0-1 FT. Source: LYBIO.net
With the reactionary gap of about one foot or less, it is impossible for you to react quickly enough to even touch your holstered side-arm, once the attack begins.
And about five feet, the average officer can’t even get his side-arm unholstered, unless your side arm or baton is already out, you will have to rely on physical control at five feet or less.
At about 10 feet, you might get your side-arm out, but you probably won’t get a shot off.
7 paces with 1.5 seconds
A suspect with a knife can close seven paces and deliver deadly force, in less than one and one half-seconds. For the average officer, to deliver two rounds against an attacker who starts moving at 10 feet, the side-arm must already be drawn and ready to shoot.
At about 15 feet, your chances get a little better, if you’re alert, anticipate danger and are skilled with your equipment.
But to deliver two rounds, center of mass, your hand would already have to be on your side-arm, when the attack begins.
21 FT. Source: LYBIO.net
Tests with hundreds of officers reveal that in most cases a minimum reactionary gap of 21 feet is required to react and deliver, at least two rounds and to have enough time to move out of the attacker’s path.
Keep in mind drawing from a concealed holster is even slower
The 21 Foot Rule Tested
One out of Five attacks was thwarted by the Pistol from 21 feet
Tested By Mizu Aikido
From 11 feet the Knife Wins
A successful attack is deemed as one that delivers a knife attack to the Subject. Source: L Y B I O . N E T
In the example, only once from 21ft was the pistol successful. If the subject gives ground, he has a chance. In this simulation though he knows that an attack is imminent and still struggles to defend himself. At 11 feet the subject is not able to draw, shoot, and not be stabbed.
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