Pistol & Blade quick draw

Anton Beukes posted a video showing his CCW gun and knife draw. It is very clean and very impressive manipulation. Not sure why you would need a knife when you have a working gun, but you cannot argue against the execution of the drill.

Nicholas C

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  • Giolli Joker

    Well, it would surely look good in an action movie.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Or if you are fighting in a closet. LOL

  • YS

    Is that a IWB knife holster? I didn’t know they existed.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Any competent holster maker can make one. A friend made a good point. In some places, it is illegal to conceal carry a fixed blade, especially of one that size.

      • YS

        I don’t carry a fixed blade, so I wasn’t aware of the fixed blade holster market. But if I’m going to holster a full size blade IWB, I would rather carry a backup piece or extra mags in its place.

        Unlike a folder, a blade like that doesn’t have much utility capability, since pulling it out in public to cut something will probably result in “man with a sword” call to the police.

        With that being said, this would be a B/A combo move in a video game.

  • gunslinger

    is this how you blade at 45?

  • Don Ward

    Because you never know when you need to recruit Seven men to defend a village of farmers against a gang of bandits led by Eli Wallach.

  • Bill

    Yeah, I can argue against the execution: He didn’t include making space after his “drill,” holstering isn’t a speed contest, a lot of people need to be shot multiple times, and poking somebody with a knife doesn’t count as a deep stab or slash; they’ll probably need some additional attention.

    It “looks” good, and is better then doing nothing, but I’m not sure that it would take 3 opponents out of the fight.

  • Nicks87

    So the guy he stabs with the knife is just going to stand there while he shoots the other two? I think not. More mall ninja bullsh*t.

    • billyoblivion

      Depending on the circumstances, yeah he probably would.

      Ole’ boy is fast, and if the dude on his left isn’t *expecting* violence then he’s going to be operating inside their ooda loop.

      Which is exactly where you want to be.

      • Nicks87

        “Operating” is the key word here.

    • Smiddywesson

      Laugh if you want, but in the next video he fires throwing stars out his poop shoot. Let’s see you dodge that sh!t.

  • Mmmtacos

    To play devil’s advocate: I would imagine he full well intends to use every round in his gun before he resorts to a knife. I think this drill of his is to practice both simultaneously; he could only load two rounds at a time for an empty gun then draw the knife, or he could shoot a full mag, and draw the knife less to get the full effect. This is probably just a compromise in this practice. In any case drawing the knife and using it would certainly be quicker than a reload, and he may be thinking that if he gets to an empty pistol he’d rather spend the time drawing a secondary weapon as another attacker may be too close to bother with a reload.

    Again, devil’s advocate. There’s some good in every idea, it’s just a matter of how much.

  • CommonSense23

    Guessing you haven’t done much force on force. Standing still is a good way to get your ass beat.

  • JSmath

    Well, the obvious idea is that training the knife draw and jab/slash would be to ingrain the action – not that he’d stab someone every time he shot two rounds, but the moment he ran out of ammo, his body would have the followup built into muscle memory.

    • Tyler Runo

      Definitely could see the muscle memory element and not being quite so literal with this exact predicament. Still makes me chuckle though. 🙂

      • JSmath

        So I checked out his Youtube channel after posting that. It isn’t necessarily about muscle memory, and I am growing less and less convinced he has a clue how one stab is going to affect anyone attacking him in the realm of legal use of lethal force and weapons.

        He is apparently dead serious about the Call of Duty style Stab-And-Shoot at the same time style of fighting. He has plenty of footage showing it. It’s kind of scary, sad, hilarious, and reason for concern all at the same time. Scandhilarious, if you will.

        • Tyler Runo

          One of these days though…knife to the love handle. It’s going to happen.

  • JSmath

    It’s definitely not “realistic” per se. Is it as bad a thing as many others here have been saying? I would definitely disagree to that, I can see some of the use and purpose of this drill.

    However the nature of that bang-bang-stab pattern is starkly Calladuty in nature, specifically the “let me stand here, ’cause I just shot or stabbed each person once from a completely immobile position and stance, so the fight’s done.” behavior observed. If someone ends up in grappling/stabbing distance warranting the use of deadly force, and follows a pattern of actions remotely resembling the one shown… That person is going to get murdered, brutally, likely with their own weapons.

  • Zugunder

    Well, the gun phase into not working state much easier, so having a knife won’t hurt I guess.

  • Mazryonh

    Perhaps this person was inspired by the knife-and-gun techniques from the Metal Gear Solid series of video games?

  • Smiddywesson

    “Not sure why you would need a knife when you have a working gun”
    Oh, I don’t know, I think they both have their places.
    A few quick thoughts:
    I can’t pull out a gun anytime I want. This escalates things legally, and they spin out of control pretty fast. A cop is less likely to arrive on the scene and shoot me if I have a knife. A gun can be taken away from me a lot easier than a knife. I can’t call back a bullet, but can change my mind about a knife strike. A knife is better in tight quarters and is less likely to injure an innocent bystander. Many people who would grappel with you if you had a gun will turn tail and run when presented with a determined knife attack.

    • Smiddywesson

      Oops, I hadn’t watched the video yet. No, I definitely wouldn’t pull the knife while I had an operational gun in my hands. Why give up half my control to grip the knife? Why divide your thoughts and have to focus on friend or foe x2?
      This would be useful if someone grabs your gun hand, but then you still have to decide if you are going to let go of the gun to get the knife. Hey, why not a tomohawk? Maybe a chain saw? Training time isn’t free, I don’t see this as a good use for that time (unless he stuck me, then he wins the argument LOL)

      • Mazryonh

        You can train to be accurate with one hand on a pistol, right? And wouldn’t dispatching a very close opponent with your melee weapon save your ammunition for more distant opponents?

        • Smiddywesson

          Now that I’ve had a while to ponder this, I have two serious comments to offer. It’s up to the individual to decide what is likely to be useful, and what might be a double edged sword, hurting you in some ways and helping in other.

          1. Anything you do with your off hand is going to affect your accuracy with your gun hand.
          2. Ditto with gun control. Holding the gun with one hand makes it twice as easy to take it away.
          3. Most gun fights are 6 feet or closer and 1.2 rounds. (1980s FBI stats).

          Therefore, close in or far away I’d rather have both hands on the gun.

          There’s also the mental challenge.
          1. The person who starts the violence will be more resolved to fight than someone who is not expecting it.
          2. Action is faster than reaction, so unless you are the bad guy or a bystander, you’re already behind in reaction time.
          3. Reaction time is kind of a combination of the above two, your training, and the requirements of the situation. You have to react, resolve to meet the threat with the required level of force, and then make decisions about who to engage and in what order, as well as make adjustments for bystanders.

          Therefore, I see this throwing in multiple unnecessary additional considerations. Combat shooting isn’t the range. The biggest challenge to survival is between the ears. A good analogy is teaching a kid to hit a baseball. You can’t shout 20 things at the kid in the batter’s box, he can only think of one or two things at a time, so you keep things as simple as possible, build in muscle memory, and train like you fight. I see the knife complicating an already complicated situation. I applaud the level of training, and I’m a big proponent of knives in cramped/crowded situations, but I am adamant that the knife should stay holstered unless it’s needed as a primary weapon.

          • Mazryonh

            The original poster of the video mentioned in this blog has other videos on his youtube channel showing retention drills, as well as what appear to be drills for “get away from me ” hand-to-hand fighting just before he draws his gun. It appears he at least has some idea of when not to draw his knife, and knows to save it for when he has a moment (and enough space)

            HIstorically, paired gun-and-melee-weapon usage in combat situations has been around for centuries ever since the invention of the single-shot pistol (the melee weapon in your other hand gives you a fallback option at close quarters or when your ammo’s out or your weapon’s jammed), so it’s perfectly possible.

            Of course, those confrontations were rarely sudden self-defense situations, and most of the time combatants used more substantial melee weapons than a tactical knife (like a sabre, cutlass, bayonet-equipped musket, etc). Disarms weren’t really an issue when the other side has the aforementioned melee weapons of their own; why bother trying to take another’s pistol when you can just hack off his gun arm or impale him through the chest with a fixed bayonet (this is much more difficult with just a tactical knife)? Managing that many things at close range isn’t insurmountable–it’s a skill like navigating busy streets while driving. You evaluate potential threats and respond while keeping a modicum of situational awareness.

            How about the classic maglite-flashlight-and-handgun pair used before taclights on handguns became commonplace? The maglite (or other sufficiently-large tactical flashlight) used as a baton gives you another option when lethal force isn’t warranted, or can dissuade someone trying to reach for your gun.

            Yes, holding a handgun with one hand makes it harder to be accurate at mid-to-long-range (especially when handling recoil). Still, perhaps the melee-weapon-and-handgun pairing has more advantages than commonly realized.

  • Smiddywesson

    A lot of range accidents happen by making things too complicated. I don’t like making fast draws complicated, I’ve seen too many videos of experienced guys shooting themselves.

  • Smiddywesson

    Exactly. You can multiply your risk for each part of your complex training. Sooner or later you are going to screw up and hurt somebody.

  • DaveGinOly

    Sooner or later, he’s going to stab or slash himself in in the leg. Especially if in a real situation in which he has to move, his leg won’t necessarily be in an optimal position to avoid his own blade. He needs to eliminate or seriously modify the return of the blade to make sure it stays away from his leg. In the video it comes uncomfortably close one or two times.

    • Mazryonh

      Maybe a better rig for his knife sheath would reduce that risk?