Grabbing the enemy's gun is sometimes an essential, life-saving skill in a close-quarters, survival fight. Hanging on to it through the presentation of the weapon and even its firing is an important part of keeping the barrel off of you and maybe off others and a major step in disarming.
A counter to this pistol or weapon-bearing limb grab? It has always been one old-school solution to counter a pistol grab by firing the weapon if the pistol will still function under the grip - that is if the slide has not been pushed back far enough or if the revolver cylinder can still turn or the visible hammer's travel can be stopped.The explosion may cause the disarmer to let go of their grab-and-disarm attempt from the sheer explosion and shock. Various military and police agencies through the decades have at times introduced a training course where people stand to the side of a pistol and hold on to it as it is fired. Sometimes in the programs, people are allowed to wear thin gloves, sometimes not. I did a course once where we had to wear thin, white gloves. This experience preps you for that possible, future, real moment.
My left hand? Nothing! But I am not sure where my left hand was at the exact flashpoint. I apparently closed my eyes at the split second of the explosion, as I remember no flash. A good thing I guess.
Hearing in my right ear was literally wiped out. Blasted and screeching deeply inside but at the same time it was like like someone stuffed a whole pillow in my ear. This hindered my hearing and concentration at the scene. My ear was jacked up for days. Frankly, my hearing may have been permanently damaged from that, I don't know.
I do not know the caliber of the bullet.
Anyway, I thought you'd like to see these Alan Cain pictures. Get on Youtube and look for film clips of people holding firing pistols. You see how scratch and burn-free they are, especially when they are grasping semiautomatic pistols.
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