When you see an adversary reach for a weapon, step in the opposite direction of his draw and shove him sideways to disrupt his balance, thereby creating an avenue to draw.

While carrying a concealed firearm certainly gives you options when it comes to defending yourself, immediately “going to guns” might not be the best idea. First of all, there’s a time and place to cooperate—anyone with even a shred of common sense knows your wallet isn’t worth dying or killing for. The problem is in situations where cooperation doesn’t assure your safety. When you have complied with the drug-addicted psychopath who stuck a gun or knife in your face and yet it becomes apparent he will still attack you, you have a tough decision to make.

That brings us back to the option of going for your concealed firearm. A common and sometimes fatal error is to go for your gun immediately when faced with a deadly threat.

Why not go for your gun? Because there’s often not enough distance or time to draw before you are attacked. If you are in a situation where the mugger has the drop on you and it is clear that he wishes to do you harm, if all you do is draw your gun, chances are you’re going to get shot, stabbed or bludgeoned in the process. When facing a drawn weapon at close range, you must address the assailant’s weapon before going for your own. If you’re accosted by a mugger and decide to take matters into your own hands rather than rely on his “good graces,” remember the three D’s—Distract, Disrupt and Draw.

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