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DISARMING AN OPPONENT OF HIS PISTOL

NO. 30 - DISARMING AN OPPONENT OF HIS PISTOL

You are held up with a pistol and ordered to put your hands up. The fact that you have not been shot on sight clearly shows that your opponent wants to take you as a prisoner or is afraid to fire, knowing that it will raise an alarm.
Lead him to suppose, by your actions, manner, etc., that you are scared to death, and wait until he is close up to you. Provided that all your movements are carried out with speed, it is possible for you to disarm him, with at least a ten to one chance of success.
A - Disarming from in Front

  1. Hold your hands and arms as in Fig. 123.
  2. With a swinging downward blow of your right hand, seize your opponent's right wrist, simultaneously turning your body sideways towards the left. This will knock the pistol clear of your body (Fig. 124). Note that the thumb of your right hand is on top.
  3. Seize the pistol with the left hand as in Fig. 125.
  4. Keeping a firm grip with the right hand on his wrist, force the pistol backwards with your left hand, and knee him or kick him in the testicles (Fig. 126).

Note. - All the above movements must be one rapid and continuous motion.

NO. 30 - DISARMING AN OPPONENT OF HIS PISTOL (cont.)

В - Disarming from in Front (Alternative Method)
It will be noted that in this method the initial attack is made with the left hand instead of the right as was demonstrated in the previous method.

  1. Hold your hands and arms as in Fig. 127.
  2. With a swinging downward blow of your left hand, thumb on top, seize your opponent's right wrist, simultaneously turning your body sideways, towards your right. This will knock the pistol clear of your body (Fig. 128).
  3. Seize the pistol with the right hand, as in Fig. 129.
  4. Keeping a firm grip with your left hand on his wrist, bend his wrist and pistol backwards; at the same time, knee him in the testicles (Fig. 130).

NO. 30 - DISARMING AN OPPONENT OF HIS PISTOL (cont.)

С - Disarming from Behind

  1. Hold your arms as in Fig. 131.
  2. Turn rapidly inwards towards your left-hand side, passing your left arm over and around your opponent's right forearm, as near the wrist as possible, and bring your left hand up your chest (Fig. 132).
    Note. - It is impossible for him to shoot you or release his arm from this grip.
  3. Immediately the arm is locked, knee him in the testicles with your right knee and chin-jab him with your right hand, as in Fig. 133.

Note. - If the knee blow and chin jab do not make him release his hold of the pistol, go after his eyes with the fingers of your right hand.

NO. 30 - DISARMING AN OPPONENT OF HIS PISTOL (cent.)

D - Disarming from behind (Alternative Method)
The difference between this method and that shown on the previous page is that the initial attack is made with your right arm instead of your left.

  1. Hold your arms as in Fig. 134.
  2. Turn rapidly outwards towards your right-hand side, pass-ing your right arm over and around your opponent's right forearm, as near the wrist as possible, and bring your right hand up your chest (Fig. 135).
    Note. - As in the previous method, it is impossible for him to shoot you or release his arm from this grip.
  3. Immediately the arm is locked, strike your opponent across
    the throat, as near the "Adam's apple" as possible, with an edge-of-the-hand blow of your left hand, as in Fig. 136.

Note. - Should your opponent not release his hold of the pistol, follow up by pressing with your right leg on the outside of his right leg, as in Fig. 137, and break his leg.

NO. 30 - DISARMING AN OPPONENT OF HIS PISTOL (concl.)

E - Disarming a Third Party
It is quire possible that, upon coming around a corner, you find one of your own men being held up, as in Fig. 138.

  1. Come up on your opponent's pistol arm, seize his pistol and hand from underneath, simultaneously coming down hard with your left hand on his arm, just above the elbow pint (Fig. 139).
  2. Jerk his hand upwards and backwards, and force his elbow upwards with your left hand, at the same time pivoting inwards on your left foot. Continue the pressure of your right hand in a downward direction (Fig. 140).

Note A.-This will cause him to release his hold of the pistol; if necessary, knee him in the testicles with your right knee.
Note В.-The initial upward movement of the pistol ( 2) is recommended in preference to a downward blow because the pistol is jerked away from the direction of your own man very quickly, and it also permits you to obtain a hold of his pistol hand, from which you can force him to release his hold of the weapon. Further, your own man can, by means of a kick to the opponent's testicles, considerably help you in disarming.