In Podcast 0009 we talked about the concept of a reactionary gap. Â The reactionary gap is the time between when a threat isÂ perceivedÂ and when the threat is upon you.
The unfortunate reality is that most peopleÂ perceiveÂ that they are in a violent encounter when violence is beingÂ committedÂ against them. Â Since we are law abiding folks, we usually don’t get to start the fight, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t see fight coming. Â Sometimes, especially if we are watching for them, we will see the signals that tell us that violence is about to occur. Â When we are successful we are able to increase our reactionary gap and increase the likely hood of a positive outcome from a violent encounter.
The clues we look for are called threat cues.
Take a look at this article from Backwoods Home Magazine #87. Â www.backwoodshome.com is a great resource.
by Massad Ayo0b.
If you aren’t familiar with the name Massad Ayoob, you should be. Â He has been a gun writer since the early 1970’s and is most famous for his work in the legal aspects of self-defense. Â In addition he is the author of, Stressfire, Stressfire II and The Gun Digest Book Of Concealed Carry. Â Also Massad is a member of the Proarms Podcast where you will find some excellent interviews with gunfight survivors. Â All of these resources have quality information to be taken from them.
Although the information presented here is not new, or unique to Massad Ayoob, it is a good place to start when we are examining awareness and threat cues.
- The Eyes
- Thousand yard stare
- Target stare
- Target glance
- Facial Expression
- squinting eyes
- clenched teeth
- facial coloring
- The Hands
- Open or clenched
- Reaching for a weapon
- Body Language
- Square up to the target
- Lower center of gravity
- Raise hands between waist and head or reach for a weapon
- Verbal Cues
- You’re not gonna get away with this
- I’m not going back to jail
- Your Gut
- Trust it
If you took the time to browse Massad Ayoob Group’s website and are interested in training with Mas, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as I am considering hosting a MAG-40 class in 2011.
Thanks for tuning in.
Watch for threat cues to stay safe!