6 POINTS FOR GUN DEFENSE
By Avi Nardia
Events of the last several years have finally
sent the “wake-up call” to the entire world. The United
States begrudgingly joins with many countries
in the sobering realization that safety
is no longer a guarantee. Most are beginning
to see the big picture. Crime and terrorism
are no longer threats that happen to someone
else. Violations of public and personal
safety have become increasingly open and brazen.
One of the weapons most
utilized on the streets is a firearm.
the eyes of the Instructors within the
LOTAR / Kapap system dealing with real
world, self-defense is of paramount importance, and it is for this
reason that one of the most practiced components of LOTAR / Kapap
is weapon defense.
LOTAR / Kapap was forged from the experience
of continuous conflict. The evolution
of the techniques and methods utilized
within the LOTAR / Kapap system have all been proven and tested
within one of the worlds most active and elite Anti Terrorist
Units. This unit, known as the “YAMAM” understands
all too well that the consequences of mistakes
mean life or death.
LOTAR / Kapap specializes
in streamlining the techniques until
all that is left are natural and effective
techniques to deal with a threat in the quickest and most
instinctive way possible. The Instructors
at LOTAR / Kapap have trained numerous
Law Enforcement and Military personnel
in self-defense and anti-terrorist techniques for many years. However,
the LOTAR / Kapaptechniques are now being shared with the public
for the first time outside of Israel.
Leading the progression of
LOTAR / Kapap training is former Israeli Defense Force Major Avi
Nardia , Major Avi Nardia is a veteran
martial artist and during his 24 years as a reserve officer, Avi Nardia (Major, IDF Res.) served as an Official Hand to Hand instructor and safety officer. He also serverd in an Israeli Police special Counter Terror unit as an intelligence team member with the rank of Staff Sergeant Major (NCO) and as its official defensive tactics/CQB instructor. From his experience Avi has developed the six basic points
for firearm defense.
1. Field of Fire
Understanding the direction and distance or point of fire of the weapon. This
includes understanding the “field of fire” in which the weapon
can be fired, as well as the distance or range in which the ammunition can
2. Understanding the Weapon
Understanding the weapon and how it is
utilized. Remember edged weapons never run out of ammo but guns
do. Firearms can jam or malfunction. With proper instruction you
can learn techniques to effectively cause a weapon’s malfunction
while disarming an attacker. It is for this reason; an understanding
of a firearm’s mechanism is of paramount importance. You
should be able to understand and identify the differences between
a revolver and a semi automatic weapon; the difference between
a Handgun and a Shotgun or rifle.
3. Situation Evaluation
Evaluate in an attempt to controlling
the psychological aspect of your situation. Focus and stay in
control of your emotions. For most training is required to stay
calm and focused internally in spite of your outward appearance.
Your body language can easily escalate an already emotionally
charged situation. The attacker’s body language can provide
clues as to his intentions. You must train to begin an understanding
of techniques in attempting to control the situation verbally
and physically. You must evaluate the attacker. Is he a punk kid
that is very excited and seemingly inexperienced or is he a professional
criminal that is under control? Understand that if you see the
weapon, it is probable the attacker does not have the intention
to just shoot, the attacker wants something. This behavior on
the part of the attacker can allow you valuable moments, giving
you the time to make choices. To defend or not to defend.
Understand and train in the use of Timing.
You must learn to utilize timing to your advantage. If your evaluated
decision or only option is to attempt to disarm an attacker, you
must move quickly, decisively and unsuspectingly to control and
take the weapon away, like a magician that is trying to make a
watch disappear off of someone’s wrist.
5. Situational Awareness
Possess awareness of your surrounding
environment. You must be aware of your
surroundings at all times. An attacker seeks the unaware and unsuspecting.
In every surrounding make mental notes of potential escape routes,
items that can be used as weapons and other people that will be
placed in harms way should a threat or conflict arise. In the
case of an attacker with a firearm, you must pay attention to
where the bullet will be discharged if fired. Either as a law
enforcement officer with your partner or a civilian with a bystander
or family member, you must know where others are located when
moving the weapon.
6. Post Conflict Details
Be ready for the post conflict. It
has been found that people who have
been attacked often do not remember
the face of the attacker even though
they were looking right at it. Remain calm and remember to visualize
and take mental notes of details. Try to take a mental photograph
of the attacker’s
face, clothes, weapon, and any distinguishing
marks on the person body or vehicle.
In conclusion we need to point
out the key elements essential to these
points are awareness, timing, speed and
understanding distance. You must pay very close attention to controlling
the weapon before any additional strikes or action. Once the weapon
in truly in your control then you can strike to multiple targets
as your style and situation delegates. You must practice the techniques
with each hand as well as under different types of stress levels
i.e. Cardio intensive workouts. Also change lighting and environments
to follow real world scenarios. Proper and continued training in
these six basic points of firearm defense may very well make the
difference between life and death when faced with real world threats.
be caught unprepared it might be the last
mistake you make!