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UF Pro Presents – Knife vs Handgun: Reality Check

Our friends at UF Pro produced another video in their Knife vs Handgun series. For ‘Reality Check’, they’re looking at the necessary distance one needs to draw his handgun in case of a knife attack.

They took two spec-ops veterans, a dummy knife and an FX handgun. They related that making this video resulted in a lot of bruises, especially for the knife attacker.


9 Responses to “UF Pro Presents – Knife vs Handgun: Reality Check”

  1. Or_Plowboy says:

    Ouch. Last scenario the attacker takes a Sim round point blank to the hand.

  2. Good vid. One of the most skilled knife practitioners I know over the years is Danny Inosanto. While this vid is a bit aged, it also shows how deadly knife encounters really are. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYl2KCdFNgo.
    Stay safe out there.

  3. Lightfighter says:

    Seems like Israeli SOP to have to rack / chamber a round on the draw… a waste of precious time. Also the movement off the X seemed pointless as it was generally straight to the rear. More dynamic movement would certainly be more effective.

    • AbnMedOps says:

      Yep, the Israelis did not have benefit of “The Modern Technique of The Pistol”, which would include “Condition One” -a round in the chamber, hammer cocked, and safety on. Jeff Cooper wrote about that, and tried to get them onboard, but they were not going to change their entire training system, particularly since most of the pistol-armed Israelis are armed only by necessity, and are not well-trained enthusiasts.

      • Adun says:

        The main reason why the Israelis adopted carrying with an empty chamber has to do with how the IDF was founded. Since the country started off being defended by civilian militias essentially, all which used different equipment, it was found to be safer and easier to have everyone train with an empty chamber. Back then it was a lot easier to carry on an empty chamber than it was to trust some random pistol that may or may not be safe to carry with a loaded chamber.

        Of course nowadays this is no longer an issue and the Israelis should change their methods, but they care a lot more about not having some idiot ND at a bus station than they do about the disadvantage that empty chamber carry causes for their soldiers. There is a growing minority of active firearms owners in Israel and they are trying to change these things, but that isn’t going to happen overnight.

        It should be noted that not all weapons are carried with rounds unchambered, but you are only really ever seeing soldiers carry with rounds chambered when they are out in the field conducting actual operations.

  4. Stefan S. says:

    Debunks the old adage…”Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight”. Just an observation based on the video.

  5. rc says:

    Instructor zero vs pro knifer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fjMpn7JCJ0

  6. Alternator says:

    Guy with gun knows exactly what to expect. You will not. Consequence = lethal injury. Moreover, guy with knife doesn’t stop and freeze when shot. He cuts you to bloody ribbons, regardless.

  7. Nate L says:

    Good videos. Another variable besides knife vs. gun addressed in the vids is action vs. reaction. The attacker has a head start on the defender regardless of the weapon. A 1 second head start is an eternity in a 3 second attack.