Do Pistol Disarms Actually Work? UF Pro Investigates.

James Reeves
by James Reeves

Ah, disarm videos. The Rex Kwon Do of YouTube:

It seems like most or all disarm videos are unrealistic, choreographed middle-aged-man LARPing. In other words, they are great for a laugh – my favorite disarm video analysis typically comes from (click through for my favorite disarm vid).

So when I saw that the Slovenian tactical clothing gurus at UF Pro uploaded a video on the subject of disarms I was a little…disarmed. I was worried that one of my favorite apparel companies was about to add more fuel to the cringefest dumpster fire that is YouTube gun-jerking vids.

But fortunately, this may be one of the best videos I’ve seen on the subject – and not because it’s accidentally humorous. In fact, it a well-produced piece (as with most of UF Pro’s content) that puts the pistol-yanking concept to the test. The video’s terse description explains:

Can you disarm an attacker when threatened with a handgun? What are the odds of survival? We tested this with two spec ops veterans and a Zero REX 1 FX handgun. See the results for yourself.

Basically, the video shows an unarmed victim and an attacker with a simunition Rex Zero 1 (speaking of quality Slovenian exports…) in a series of positions, and the victim attempts to take the gun away from the attacker without getting shot in the face. I don’t know what the precise test parameters were, but it looked like a genuine exercise. If anything, I would imagine that the odds were stacked in the threat’s favor as he’s anticipating that the “victim” is about to lunge at him. (We are ignoring that maybe having a gun within arms reach of someone who can grab it might be a bad idea at the outset.)

If you watch the video, the main takeaways seem to be that attempting to take a loaded gun away from your attacker’s hand is not easy, and your odds of success are not as good as the Instagram senseis might have you believe. But on the other hand, the video seems to show that, if you are absolutely positive your skull is about to go from coupe to convertible, you may have a fighting chance if your attacker is close enough to you. On top of that, you better hope that your attacker is using a pistol with a double action trigger. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.


James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Randy Shadoe Randy Shadoe on Jun 16, 2018

    There are significant critical differences between a real hostile encounter and sparring or demonstrating with a partner. Neither are experiencing an "adrenaline dump." Neither have made up their mind to do harm.

    “Anything will work at half speed and half force. Most things will work at 3/4 speed and 3/4 force, A surprising number of things will work at 7/8 speed and 7/8 force, but almost nothing will work at full speed and full force.” – Ralph Mroz, police officer, fighter/trainer with empty hands and weapons, writer

  • Archie Montgomery Archie Montgomery on Jun 19, 2018

    The only alternative to attempting to disarm is to surrender. There are no cases of a lawman surrendering to an assailant and being freed. None. I will take the best chance I have.