An active shooter situation is something I have studied a bit. To make things clear up front you need to know that very rarely is fighting even an option. The 3 pronged strategy, run, hide, fight, has been the best plan to date that I have seen.
You must always run first if you can. The distance between you and the person with a rifle is often too large for you to be able to do anything physical so hiding is the second best option.
The things you hide behind need to be able to stop a bullet if possible, obviously. Sometimes, your choices of hiding places aren’t that great though. Hiding also gives you the ability to ambush if the shooter is unaware of your presence.
And Lastly, FIGHT! The problem is, a quick google search and you’ll realize not many people give you a good option for HOW TO fight. What do I do if I can actually put my hands on the shooter? What if there are multiple shooters?
Fighting, even though the least probable option, needs to be treated as if it were definitely going to happen. Why? Because the last place you want to guess whether or not you are capable of taking down the gunman is when you have to take down a gunman. “Prior preparation prevents poor performance”, as they say. It is not a time to wish you knew what to do. It is also a time you have been blessed with the opportunity, at least, to save yourself and maybe even the lives of countless others. So, again, even though it isn’t probable it is still very important to know what to do and most of the options I have read fall short. I’ll stick with Krav Maga’s options.
This defense shown in the video is one of the options we offer when moving from a hidden position. I won’t go into the steps and proper technique critiques but I will mention some principles that are massively important.
The first principle, *line of fire*! If you move in from their flank you need to get a hand on their weapon and redirect so they do not turn it on you.
A good way to help with making sure they don’t turn it on you is the second principle. *Counter attack*! Almost simultaneously the first counter attack should be to the back of the head from this angle. And it should not be a light attack. You should have all your body weight coming into it. They should feel like a train hit their brain stem.
The third principle, *weapon control*. Quickly you should get your second hand on the weapon. The techniques will vary, slightly, depending on the weapon and angle. So keeping it simple, I just want to mention that you need to get the best grip possible on the weapon at this point. Once you get a good grip on the weapon, be prepared to give more counter attacks as the gunman needs to be “softened up” before you can effectively take anything from his hands. And that is another point, you won’t take anything from anyone’s hands consistently without hurting them first. Luck doesn’t count.
The fourth principle, *the disarm*. Disarms are not practical, that does not mean they are impossible. Hurting them before you try is highly recommended. The disarm, and all technique for that matter will be discussed in class sessions. There are many reasons for a disarm but the one I’ll mention is because there may be a second or even third shooter. You want that gun.
The last principle, *movement and scanning*. This part is huge. You need be very careful about where you move. You don’t want to be the one who gets seen running around with a gun. The officers who come into the active shooter situation will be turned up to 11, so to speak. Meaning, they won’t be in the mood for games. They will be ready to kill the gunman if necessary. You don’t want to be perceived as the gunman, not by witnesses or the police. If you run into officers as you are fleeing then ditch the gun and get on the ground showing them your hands. You can do all the explaining you want AFTER you avoid getting shot.