How to Stop an Attack Before It Starts


A few years ago, I was coming out of a New Mexico restaurant after having lunch. As I stepped from the sidewalk into the parking lot, I saw a scruffy-looking guy, definitely out of place, with his hands in his coat pockets, headed straight for me. As he closed, he asked me the time.

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Split-Second Self-Defense: Acting Quickly in an Attack

Col. Jeff Cooper, Retired Speaking at Gunsite Academy Modern Technique of the Pistol
Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC

Colonel Jeff Cooper, founder of Gunsite Academy, often told the story of an acquaintance in South America who stepped out of his front door to see three armed men running towards him at close range. Cooper’s friend quickly drew his pistol and took down all three attackers. As I recall the story, he did this before any of the three men could get a shot off. 

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Speed Holstering: Why It’s a Bad Idea

Take it slow and do it right—great advice for most situations.

I’m not really sure where this business of speed re-holstering a handgun got started. Possibly, it began among competition shooters who thought it looked cool and was an indication of savvy gun handling. It might also have started with some defensive trainers for the same reasons. On the other hand, it really doesn’t matter. What folks should know about speed re-holstering is that it’s dangerous and not a good idea at all.

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Fight-or-Flight: Dealing With Body Reactions in Personal Defense

Any time that we are placed in fear of losing our lives or suffering serious injury, that computer that we call a brain kicks in and automatically performs certain physical functions. Some call it the fight-or-flight response, because our body makes itself ready to do battle or run for it. 

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