Post-Shooting, Self-Defense Techniques

We promote a self-defense strategy that begins with a proper mindset of awareness and avoidance. Unfortunately, avoidance isn't always possible, and when de-escalation is ineffective or impractical, we can make the mistake of thinking our everyday carry (EDC) handgun is the solution. Without question, a handgun is a fantastic tool in some self-defense situations, but certainly not all of them.knife crime goes up in UK

Close-Quarters Self-Defense:

We need to develop other skills to defend against an attack at a close distance. Unfortunately, even though most of us know this reality, many still fail to grow in this area.

For this reason, our friend and instructor, Matt Numrich, has produced an 11-part video training program on Close Quarter Defensive Tactics. Today, we will share one of the videos from that series below, but please note, the entire course is available now for Guardian Nation Members.

You can learn more about the benefits of being a Guardian Nation Member here.

guardian nation join

Combatives instructor Matt Numrich produced this 11-part course, only available in its entirety to Guardian Nation members. Today, we will bring you a special preview of Numrich's online course, Close Quarters Defensive Tactics.

matt numrichPost-Shooting Self-Defense Techniques:

What happens if the shot misses or the shot is non-effective and they've closed the gap. Here are some strategies you can use in these situations.

Techniques covered in this lesson are the:

  1. Elbow Strike
  2. Knee Strike
  3. Head Butt

Too many times the assumption is that once you shoot an attacker, the fight is over.  Of course, this isn't always the case.

We rarely account for missed shots.

And sometimes don't consider options if the attacker continues their attack after being shot.

Furthermore,  what if there is more than one attacker. What techniques can we use if we’re successful in stopping one bad guy, but a second person attacks? We may not have time or space to shoot them, or they may not be a threat that justifies us using deadly force.

One can rely on the three moves we’ve covered previously in the “Pre Shooting” defensive instruction, but in this case, we will assume that the attacker closed the gap. It becomes difficult or impossible in some instances, to use a firearm against someone who is extremely close.  Therefore, more “close quarter” tools must be utilized.

Like any other self-defense technique, these techniques are not overly complicated. The methods are repeatable and straightforward so that we can perform them under stress, not just at half-speed with a compliant attacker.

As you will see when viewing this lesson, the course requires active, physical participation. Therefore, getting a buddy or family member to take the class with you would be ideal. This way, you have a person with whom you can go through the repetitions.

To get the most of the gun disarms and future lessons, it would help to have an inert training gun. So what I recommend is a dedicated training aid, something like this rubber replica of the popular Beretta 92 handgun. It is colored bright yellow to ensure everyone knows it is a training aid and not a live gun.

training gunTake a look at this week's lesson from Matt Numerich's course Close Quarters Defensive Tactics.

As I mentioned, this 11 part video course is available for free to members of Guardian Nation.

SPECIAL BONUS: Right now, Matt Numrich is offering a special free DVD to our readers. You can claim a copy of Matt Numrich's Krav Maga online training course for free (just pay shipping and handling). Some of the topics covered in the course include:

  • A specialized hand strike that will drop any attacker who gets hit in this unguarded target
  • Devastating self-defense move, perfect for the street, and showed three different ways to cover different kinds of attacks
  • .How to “strike low” when an attacker outside your peripheral vision attacks you
  • Discover a defensive and offensive kick that will move a guy back ten feet while letting all those around you know that you mean business
  • Learn how to defend yourself if pushed or knocked down to the ground
  • Find out the three-step defense technique to counter anyone who chokes you on the ground in the scariest position!
  • The FIVE key elements of effective self-defense training, so you can learn these moves quickly and defend yourself even faster
  • Find out how to quickly get out of a common ground position, which takes MMA champs years to learn! You'll learn a better way in seconds!
  • The best fighting stance, which mimics what the body naturally does to defend itself and will help your moves become like second nature
  • A dominant defensive position that will control your opponent and position them for incredible and brutal follow up strikes after they try to attack you

matt numrich


About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. I produce the Concealed Carry Podcast and coordinate the Concealed Carry Instructor Network, and manage MJ Maruster Defense.

1 Comment

  1. William Kafig on December 17, 2021 at 4:55 am

    Perhaps the best initial movement is to “get off the line” and “open distance” which is much faster for both buying additional time for a follow-up shot as well as mitigating the forward energy of the attacker. While the strikes demonstrated here are better than I’ll ever be able to deliver, I don’t want to be in the path of the raging bull and I’d rather use my firearm to keep distance and solve the problem.
    The other problem that we face in these scenarios is that we’re fighting with the weapon in hand which deprives me of a grabbing tool and, depending on how one is trained, even a striking tool (yes, the weapon can be used as a striking tool, but on the initial examination causes at least two problems – first, a malfunction may be induced which must be resolved before getting the weapon back into the fight, and second, it becomes the point of focus and I don’t like to play keep-away!
    Happy to discuss further – perhaps I failed to grasp the initial constraints of the encounter.

Leave a Comment