How to Survive if You’re Caught in a Bind with No Weapon

Caught in a Bind

What on Earth can you do when somebody pulls a gun on you?

Well, there are a few things and we’ll cover a couple of the best methods in this guide. Of course, there are a few things that you need to know before we get into the meat of it. First off, prevention is key. The more you know, the better you’ll fight. Make sure to take at least a couple martial arts classes whenever possible in order to ensure your safety.

The Importance of Carrying a Weapon

We’ve all heard about the dangers of bringing a knife to a gunfight (despite the fact that knives are the more effective tool for self-defence in close quarters). This saying means that you should never bring fewer or less powerful weapons than your enemy into a confrontation.

For example, if you are barehanded and your opponent draws a gun, there’s little that you can do. However, if you both have guns, at least you have a fighting chance. Granted, not everybody feels safe carrying a gun. In that case, there are a few other things you can try.

Putting Theory into Practice

Self-defence theories are all over the internet, with strangers of every background arguing about what method of self-defence works best. At the end of the day, each is right and each is wrong.

Close the Gap

When somebody comes at you with a gun, your first instinct might be to run away. In reality, the opposite is the best course of action. Regardless of whether you are 20 or 200 feet away, you will never be able to run faster than the speed of a bullet (~1,700 mph).

However, you are a much more difficult target to hit when you’re holding the gunman’s gun. By closing the gap and sprinting into the shooter, you save not only your own life but everybody else’s around.

Go for the Eyes

It doesn’t matter what kind of weapon your attacker has if they can’t see where you are. By digging your fingers into their eyes or hitting them with a direct blast of pepper spray, you can stand to temporarily neutralize the severity of the threat.

Granted, a shooter can still pull the trigger and a knife-wielding assailant can still flail wildly, but the chances of them hitting anybody without the use of their eyes decrease significantly.

Neutralize the Threat

Many untrained self-defenders stop fighting back the moment the assailant steps back. That is a rookie mistake. Allowing your attacker to regain their composure is the surest way to lose the edge in combat, particularly when they’re the one with the weapon. You need to continue to fight back until your opponent starts to run away, surrenders, or falls unconscious.


By remembering to close the gap against shooters, go for the eyes when attacked by an enemy with any weapon, and neutralize the threat before backing down, you give yourself a fighting chance that many others have never had. Keep these rules in mind next time you’re attacked and you just might survive.


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