Long guns offer a lot of advantages over handguns as defensive arms. They are easier to aim and more accurate over longer distances. They “tame” the recoil of higher caliber rounds and offer increased value as a deterrent. But they have disadvantages. It’s easier to take a long gun from a person than it is to take a handgun. That said, incidents in which armed defenders are disarmed are rare. Cases where a disarmed defender is shot with their own gun, rarer still. Still, it happened in Arizona. 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.
The Sheriff’s Office says the 31-year-old man is expected to survive the thigh wound he suffered early Thursday morning.
It’s difficult to take a handgun from someone without being shot, especially a small handgun. There isn’t much to grab, and the handgun can be kept close to the body. The owner’s other hand can fend off the attempt to disarm while the weapon hand is used to shoot the attacker.
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 any disarm: don’t let the attacker get close. 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. If an attacker sees a muzzle coming around a corner they will grab it. But do move. A moving target – you with a gun – is harder to grab. (Note: a handgun, an AR pistol or a bullpup shotgun or rifle is easier to maneuver inside a home.)
You must also have a willingness to shoot. Someone who is willing to attempt a disarm is a deadly threat. Shooting someone gives them strong incentive not to approach. And yes, you can “shoot” someone off your gun.
Use of the firearm as an impact weapon is fairly common, but the defender runs the risk of creating a disabled or damaged firearm.
On the other side of the equation, if someone is holding a long gun against you, remember that disarming him is a dangerous tactic, only to be used when the alternative is worse. Assess the situation. If a disarm is called for, don’t hold back, take the opportunity and go all out.
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