I have blogged on this before but I just heard another “expert” talk about how bad Krav Maga’s handgun defenses are because we grab the barrel of the handgun. He went on about what a bad idea that is, how nobody is fast enough to do this, etc. Here is an article on our main defense for handguns:

Sigh…..First off, anyone who has practiced these can see for themselves that a person is definitely fast enough to redirect the weapon before the assailant can fire it. We’ve done this with airsoft, pellet, bb, etc. guns many times. After people work on these techniques at our seminars the main question that we are asked is if we will get burned or cut while grabbing the weapon. I have three stock answers. One is fairly serious, the other two are smart aleck!

Answer 1: Yep, you may well get burned or cut by the handgun. Supposedly Myth Busters showed that a revolver has enough gas discharge to take off a finger. The thing is, you won’t know it until after the incident. With the adrenalin dump and the stress it will be much later when you notice that you are bleeding or burned. We’re not teaching magic tricks and never said you’d be unscathed.

…then again, it may not;

Answer 2: Well, we were trying Jedi mind tricks but kept getting people shot. You gotta move the barrel so that it isn’t pointed at you when the thing goes boom! The hand seems the logical thing to use to get the friggin thing offline!!

Answer 3: Yep, you’ll burn your hand or maybe get cut. The other option is to take a bullet…seems a no brainer. Is grabbing the barrel of a handgun that is being fired something I would want to do? Nope. That’s a crappy thing to do. The problem is that if a handgun is being pointed at me and fired I am in a world of crap. I have a list of only crappy answers. Standing there and getting shot is at the bottom of the crappy answer list, grabbing the handgun and getting it offline is at the top of the crappy answer list. The only good answer is…don’t be there with a gun pointed at you!!

…and that’s the way it is. BE SAFE and have a Merry Christmas!!



  1. I see you use my youtube video as example ! it is an honor that I can help. Enjoying every bit of your article.

  2. By the way, the fellow who holds the barrel of this pistol ( Jerico ) was my roommate and training partner David in Israel. He passed away in 2009. He was a true fighter and a Marine. I missed him.

    • Thanks my friend. I will run this blog again soon in honor of your training partner. Always sad to lose a warrior.

      • It is very sad indeed especially the way he left. Traffic accident related to PTSD outbreak. After seeing your article I am going to write an article for my buddy DaVid Luna.

      • Much appreciate to your kind words and your blog is the best way to honor those who passed away.

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