Long guns offer a lot of advantages as defensive arms. They are easier to hit with, offer increased practical ranges, and can have more power and deterrent value. They have disadvantages; it is easier to take a long gun from a person than it is to take a handgun. Disarms of armed defenders are rare. Cases where the disarmed defender is shot with their own gun, much rarer. It happened in Arizona a week ago. From trivalleycentral.com:
APACHE JUNCTION — Pinal County authorities say an Apache Junction-area man was shot and wounded with his own gun after he went to investigate noises in his backyard and was disarmed during a scuffle with an intruder.It is difficult to take a handgun without being shot, especially a small handgun. There is not much to grab, and the handgun can be kept close to the body. The other hand can fend off the disarm attempt while the weapon hand is used to shoot the attacker.
The Sheriff’s Office says the 31-year-old man is expected to survive the thigh wound he suffered early Thursday morning.
Long guns offer much more to grab, and leverage to rip them from the holders hands. A defender recently took a shotgun from an attacker in North Carolina. From wral.com:
Bryant, 49, wrestled a shotgun away from one of the intruders and shot one of them, Peterkin said.
The primary defenses to a disarm are to not allow the attacker to get close; guard the weapon hand, and a willingness to shoot. Use of the firearm as an impact weapon is fairly common, with the risk of a disabled or damaged firearm. Do not hold a pistol or a long gun muzzle ahead of you as you approach a corner. It is an invitation for someone on the other side to grab it.
Realize that someone who is willing to attempt a disarm is a deadly threat.
Disarms are a dangerous tactic, to be used when the alternative is worse. Assess the situation, and if a disarm is called for, do not hold back, take the opportunity and go all out.
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