If someone like this tries to attack you, I recommend you shoot him early and often. Of course, there’s no way of knowing how much time you’ll have to ID and respond to a threat – just as there’s no way of knowing what skills an attacker or attackers will bring to your very bad day. The one thing you can be sure of: it ain’t gonna be pretty. Unless you’re a shopkeeper of some sort, you could easily find yourself ambushed, assaulted and then, down on the ground. Where the real ass whoopin’ begins. If you’re Sensei Roy Elghanayan. . .
you should be able to sort yourself out. But maybe not. So you, non-Krav Maga master, are going to need to bring your weapon to bear from the ground. There’s plenty of gun guru advice on how to get back into the fight from the deck.
As you know, I’m a keyboard commando, albeit one who trains in all this stuff. So when I say I prefer the idea of assuming the foetal position ASAP, covering my vital organs and drawing from there (as shown in this video), take that as you will. Accepting the fact that any physical contact will be nasty, brutal and short. You’ll probably be acting on a combination of instinct and adrenalin.
But this much is true: the only way to know if a draw-from-the-ground technique works for you is to practice (with a cleared, safety-checked weapon and a cleared, safety-checked compadre). You may learn that your carry system – IWB, OWB, appendix, etc. – sucks in this highly likely real world situation. Try drawing a pistol from your pocket when you’re on your keyster with someone on top of you.
You’ll also learn some important variations and gain insight. Like barrel rolling if you fall on the side of your body where your gun is holstered. And just how hard it is to strike/block, breathe and unholster at the same time when you don’t know which way you’re oriented. If you carry a self-defense knife as a backup, practice extracting a blunt training version as well.
Our man Jonathan Taylor reckons that drawing from concealment is one of the three skills every armed self-defender needs to have a chance at surviving a violent encounter. If you think he means getting to your gun while standing up, facing the bad guy, you’re right. And all the rest of the possibilities: on your ass, moving for cover/concealment, running, etc. Are you ready?