Combat Tricks to Fight the Attackers

The world in which we live is getting more and more dangerous by the day. Any of us could be attacked at any moment, without any previous warning.

When that happens, what you do and how you do to stay alive?

When that attack comes, it will most likely take you by surprise. Your attacker is counting on that, as the surprise will give them a moment’s advantage. No matter how fast your reactions are, the advantage of surprise is hard to overcome. Of course, you can eliminate that advantage and maybe even the attack, by becoming more aware of your surroundings.

There are four stages of alert levels that affect how you react to any attack:

  • Condition white – You aren’t expecting any attack or paying attention. This is how most people live their lives.
  • Condition yellow – You are constantly aware of who is around you, what they are doing and any potential threats.
  • Condition orange – You have identified a potential threat and are keeping an eye on it, preparing yourself in case you need to take action.
  • Condition red – You recognize an attack is eminent and are taking action to defend yourself.

If you live in condition yellow, moving into and out of condition orange as needed, you can eliminate the advantage that any assailant might have. This doesn’t mean that you have to become paranoid, just that you need to become aware of everything that is going on around you. Doing so gives you the advantage over any attacker.

Tips to Use for Self-Defense

1. You should be armed. In most states it’s now legal to get a concealed carry permit, which allows you to carry a handgun concealed on your person. Thirty-seven of the states are now “will issue” states, which means that as long as you meet the requirements for a concealed carry permit and do not have a record of criminal activity or mental incompetence, the state is required to give you a permit, upon application.

Okay, so being aware and having a weapon on your person takes away a lot of the assailant’s advantage, but not all of it. They still have two major advantages over you; the first is that they choose the time and place and the second is their willingness to inflict harm on you.

2. When an attack comes, you need to react quickly and violently. Violently doesn’t necessarily mean that you kill them or even that you shoot them, it means that you react in such a way that they are convinced you are going to shoot them. That alone might be enough to get them to break off the attack and run away.

3. As part of that initial reaction, you want to move out of their line of fire. Most criminals are poor shots and not much more skilled with a knife. They’re depending on their ability to intimidate you. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t dangerous or that they can’t shoot you; just that they are likely to miss. Moving, whether dropping to one knee or moving to the side, reduces their chances of hitting you.

4. There’s a saying that anything that’s worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Police departments train their officers this way, teaching them to shoot “double taps”. Those double taps increase the chances that your shots are going to do enough harm to the assailant that you will be able to stop them. If your shots don’t stop them, keep shooting. Your goal isn’t to kill them, just to stop them. As long as they are facing you and holding a weapon, they’re a threat.

5. Once you start moving, keep moving. You should practice shooting while moving, so that you are prepared to do it. It is infinitely harder to shoot accurately while moving, than it is while standing still. Practice, so that you can do it when you need to. Your movement makes you a hard target to hit.

6. Events might transpire in such a way that you can’t draw your gun and return fire immediately. There are times that an assailant might get the upper hand, even if you are aware of your surroundings. Your first indication that anything is wrong might be seeing a gun or knife stuck in your face. If that’s the case and you can’t draw your weapon, play for time.

They’re keyed up to attack at first, but the longer they have to wait, the less ready they are. In such a situation, you want to try and wait until they are either momentarily distracted or let down their guard for a moment. That then becomes your moment to act.

Just like I mentioned before, when that moment happens, act quickly and violently, moving as you draw and fire so that you become a hard target to hit.

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This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them. You can send Bill a message at editor [at]

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  • I might add that if you are confronted by someone in your face, act violently and immediately trying to cause as much damage as possible. Crush their throat, gouge their eyes, kick them in the nuts or all of the above. Don’t give them time to think, surprise is to your advantage, they won’t be expecting an attack. Get them off balance and destroy whatever you can on their body.

    • There was an old saying when I was a kid. You can’t hit what you can’t see. Being in the medical field if you have to take your fingers and gouge them in the eyes twisting. Yes it might cause permanent damage to their eye sight but who gives a rip. People getting gouged in the eyes is not like it is portrayed on Hollywood.. Most self defense starts in the mind. You must have already made up your mind to either debilitate the attacker or to kill him/her. If you can’t do this then stay home

  • Two to the thoracic cavity to stop their aggression. If that doesn’t work, on to the head. Never go to the head first or only. Police frowns on assassination type shooting. Movement after shooting is essentially. All these skills are taught in 2-day and 4-day handgun courses at Front Sight. Check them out at Personal experience–they are awesome!!

    • Do not forgot the pelvis, one of the best points of aim with a handgun is the hip region. It is a large, center mass type target. It will often drop an attacker, as everything you use skeletal and muscularly to stand and walk is located there. A hit there may break bone, tear ligament, tendon, large arteries and veins, there are massive nerves located there, and it is also center of gravity and balance. They will drop and not be able to get back up from a hit there better than anywhere else on the human body. People have taken head and chest shots and still been dangerous. I agree with multiple shots, the double tap, or even three shots.

  • Get a laser pointer sight for your gun, there is no substitute, especially after dark.

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  • One needs to walk around like they are in Injun country, on a combat patrol, and live that way. Remember that silly French Inspector CLeusau? He had that Japanese Ninja attacker constantly keeping him on guard. You have to be prepared and have a response ready, and a mental trip wire as to when you react.
    It is not always necassry to shoot someone or even draw your weapon to take control of the situation. I know this from personal experience. I had a recent event where I was getting into my work van, in front of my house. I live on a corner, and folks can drive to fast, so I am cautious getting in and out the door. I checked to see if the road were clear, opened it, got in, and here comes a fool, going about 50 in a 25, about to hit my open door as I am climbing in. I was able to slam it shut in time to not have it hit, no thanks to the driver. I mouthed some obscenity at him as he passed, in shock and anger for his endangering me. He took offense, and pulled over in front of my neighbors house, and got out his car, and began approaching me, yelling,”what did you say?”
    As he closed, I got out myself but took defensive cover behind my door, and told him in a loud firm voice, “STOP! Do not come another step or I will shoot you. I will Shoot you”!
    He paused, mumbled something, and appeared to ponder weather to call me on it. He turned around and got into his car. I was uncertain if he was going to return with a gun, but he drove off.
    I had not drawn or displayed as weapon, only displayed a defensive posture, and warned him. I do not know if I made the most intelligent decision, but it worked. I did not get assaulted by someone 100 pounds and several inches larger, 10 years younger, he didnt get shot, I didnt go to jail and become the next George Zimmerman.

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  • When faced with someone that is about to do you bodily harm….you attack with as much force and anger as possible…. if armed draw and fire and move forward firing…90% of those trying to attack… don’t know what to do when someone retaliates immediately!

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