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Self-Defense, Gun Threat to a Head in an Israeli Krav-Maga: Static Mode, Scenario A

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

In this article, we will go over what is a pistol threat? What types of assault scenarios exist in pistol threat incidents? What is the difference between a threat with a pistol and an initial intent to murder? What is a pistol front static threat, scenarios A? What is psychological preparation in Israeli Krav-Maga? What is the importance of personal protective equipment in Israeli Krav-Maga?

The concepts presented here are for illustrative purposes only. Before attempting any technique discussed or presented in this article, seek professional training from a reputable instructor.

What is a pistol threat?

A gun threat is a type of incident that has occurred in the past, is occurring in the present, and will always occur in the future, as long as through it, the criminal wants to get something from the victim. This type of scenario is common among police officers when the attacker threatens with the gun and demands that they give him something in return for the victim's life. Also, this scenario is common when the attacker wants through the threats to rob or rape. Important Note: If an attacker wanted to kill you, he probably would simply approach you and shoot you without warning. Most of the people who will point a gun at you, do to scare and threaten you.

Gun Scenario Analysis:

Let's look at two opponents, namely the attacker and the victim in a simple way: the gun is aimed at the victim. In such an event the victim is usually surprised, and the attacker claims his demands, then waits for the victim's expected response. In scenario A - for this event, the victim can: obey or fight. In Israeli Krav-Maga, there are tactical schools that teach these scenarios to the level of animal instincts, that is, teach the dynamics of human reaction time, and prepare psychologically for such an event. Usually, an unskilled person goes into atomic pressure in such an event, due to which his chance of surviving the event is very low. Important Note: Even if the victim does not take any action against the attacker, it is important to be psychologically and mentally prepared. That is, relax and obey the attacker's instructions calmly. Admittedly the attacker is not always satisfied with the objects he demands, and sometimes the assault moves to the plane of rape. At this point, not everyone is ready to complete, so it is good to know how to defend oneself in such an event and especially when the attacker at this moment is not focused on attacking by the gun, that is in his indecent acts. It may be at this point that the right timing can be found to attack him and get the gun out of his hands. In any case, intensive and focused training in tactical self-defense is required to reach this level of skills. In Israeli Krav-Maga, there are focused courses whose function is to concentrate on this specific event and to teach the trainees how to survive this horrible event in life.

What types of assault scenarios exist in gun threat incidents?

There are two main scenarios of gun threat: static mode, and more commonly a threat mode with a gun in motion along with the victim. These two scenarios are divided into sub-scenarios, i.e. three main threat directions: front, rear, and side:

  • Gun threat protection - static front.

  • Gun threat protection - static rear.

  • Gun threat protection - static side.

  • Gun threat protection - front in motion.

  • Gun threat protection - rear in motion.

  • Gun threat protection - front, victim's attachment to the wall.

  • Gun threat protection - rear, victim's attachment to the wall.

It is important to note that the range of a gun threat is divided into three: A - a long-range threat, when it is a distance of several meters to the attacker; B - a medium-range of threat, when the gun is aimed from a distance of up to one meter and the victim can’t physically touch it; C - a short or zero threat range, i.e. physically attaching a gun to the victim's body. Cases A and B are beyond the victim's ability to cope, no matter how skilled he is. It is usually mandatory to assume that the gun is loaded and ready to fire. It is true that it is possible to move from case B to case C by means of an initiated reduction of the range, i.e. by the victim or when the attacker resolutely approaches the victim and thereby reduces to zero range (to touch the victim's body by the gun). In this article, we will discuss scenario A of gun threats on the head-static front. In the following articles, we will discuss the other threats gradually.

What is the difference between a threat with a pistol and an initial intent to murder?

In such an event it is important to know that the situation can develop into two extreme scenarios when: In the first case - the attacker wants to murder the victim, in which case the chance of getting out of the incident tends to be zero; A second case - where something can be done to defend oneself, is when the attacker's intention is not to murder, but only to rob and escape from the incident. Important Note: In such a case an unskilled person would prefer to give everything to stay alive. Although sometimes it is not just a robbery but a rape. As a result, not everyone will be able to be with this incident and will prefer if he can defend himself. Admittedly a person who decides to defend himself in this scenario, takes the risk of his life, meaning the attacker will simply be able to pull the trigger of the gun and in a second it is all over. In such an incident even a person skilled in self-defense can’t survive. In this article, we will go over Israeli Krav-Maga techniques in a var