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Personal Defense Tactics for Disabled Shooters

by Guns & Ammo TV   |  October 17th, 2011 15

Shoot, move and communicate. All team personal defense training involves some form of these three rules. But what happens when a shooter is disabled and/or in a wheelchair?

Handicapped individuals are restricted in movement and often require help in personal defense situations. PDTV host and G& blogger George Wehby and instructor Christian Fleming cover what you’ll need to know when trying to defend a disabled person and how to effectively get them to cover. You never know when you’ll be forced to use these tactics for disabled shooters.

  • William Barber

    After viewing this, I believe that you two could begin the 'definitive' text on defense and cover with a handicapped person, either as a co-respondent or as someone who is needing a defense and cover. Remarkably, I had never considered this scenario, however in our ever changing world, we must be aware that virtually any possible situation could present itself. Thanks for shedding light upon a heretofore unknown problem.

  • Jeff Trout

    Thank you for offering this segment! My day job is providing custom mobility and positioning products for the disabled and special needs population. In my spare time, I am also an NRA firearms and conceal carry instructor. I have had a few clients, some wounded military, express an interest in not only recreational shooting, but personal protection as well. Of course this is right up my alley. I think that this presents a very real world scenario for not only the disabled interested in personal protection, but their family as well. Also, any care providers or teachers in event of an attack need to know how to respond as well. Once again, great info and thanks for doing this! May we have some more, please?

  • Hersfelder

    I've been teaching handicapped and mobility-impaired shooters for years. This is a great addition to the subject. Well done!

  • matt

    As a disabled shooter myself, it’s nice to see instructors thinking outside the box for those of us who are need a firearm even for for self defense. Even with limited mobility, a pistol in the trained hands of a person evens the odds against those who wish to do harm. For those who have never experienced being on crutches or worse, get a cane and try using it for a few days in public. You will quickly notice how differently you are looked on by potiential predators. Thankfully our laws allow us even the odds.

  • David C.

    Just curious what kind of ear protection Christian is wearing in the video. Thanks for thinking of those of us who use wheelchairs to get around. Now I just need to get the NRA to challenge the laws against carrying firearms on public transportation. As a paralyzed gun owner I cannot independently go to the gun range on my local handi-van service at least not without commiting a felony.

    • Eric R. Poole

      Christian is wearing ear plugs from SureFire.


    • Cassino

      This might be a suggestion already thought, but if not- why not! As someone with a disability myself, I can completely sympathize to your condition. After reading about your dilemma, I wonder if you contacted the local NRA, Gun Clubs, American Legion, or even a Local Gun themed chat room, that they might be more then happy to arrange weekly or monthly "Range Days". And that way everyone can pile in and meet up. Thats what I do with my buddies! And it really works! All the best- and Happy Shooting!

  • Jeremy

    I'm in a wheelchair but have limited use of my legs. I would like to see more videos on how I as the shooter in defense can be safer and more affective without a second person to provide movement. This is a much more common scenario.

  • CFleming

    Thanks for all the positive feedback guys and thank you George for thinking of this for a topic on this season. We do have one more show this season that covers the tactics that may be more appropriate for a disabled shooter on their own and even more realistic how to stage your home and clear from a chair. I am in the process of developing curriculum for those with disabilities who choose not to be victims. It is proving to be a challenge because I am trying to include a variety of disabilities and as some of you may know, disabilities tend to be as unique as fingerprints. I want to make sure to include the vast majority including those who use walking devices such as canes, crutches, and walkers.

  • Cassino

    I was thrilled to see this for several reason. Mainly, I myself am disabled, I legally carry, and I am in the process of becoming a firearm instructor. This is exactly what I am planning on specializing in, especially with working with injured LEO's and Military . And to see that the folks at PDTV have had the forethought to address this situation, it is very reassuring. It was also great to see that I am not alone, as Mr. Trout commented above. The thing that most folks don't realize is that living with a disability makes you a walking target, easily preyed upon….. or so they think. Either way it does attract more attention and makes us more susceptible to predators. This is the main reason that these sort of courses and instruction needs to be made available. And this is a perfect a place to inform the masses as it gets! Thanks G&A and PDTV!

  • Geoff

    The biggest thing with the senerios that you covered is that there are 2 people there. I am a amputee who is in a chair because of the injures that I had. I do not have a second person around most of the time so I had to come up with ways to carry and defend with me being the only one in the room. To start with I have a "Hidden" pistol attached to the arm of my chair thats not really "conseled" but cant be seen by the casual person. This is my "backup" gun because I carry a small revolver in .32 cal there. I also use a sholder holster that has my full sized .45 1911 that I do carry "conseled" when I go out that is my main gun I pratice with both guns at the range to stay sharp with getting them into play so that depending on the situation I will grab one or the other. I do not go into stores that have a sign posted "no guns" because I will not become a victom for anyone. I do have to remain aware of whats going on around me as bad guys will look at me first as a target because of my lack of mobility but they do get a suprise if they try to get me. I have never had to acually shoot at anyone yet but I have showen a couple that I am armed and they decided to look for a easyer target. I would really like there to be more instruction in the ways to protect yourself for the disabled in stead of us haveing to try to make stuff up as we go. Thanks for all you at G@A do for us and keep up the great magizene G.

  • MamaLiberty

    Interesting stuff. I'm an older woman, and about 60% deaf. I have a life long back problem which limits my mobility and upper body strength beyond the norm for my sex and age. I am also a certified firearms and self defense instructor, specializing in teaching women and novices. I realize that I need to learn more about what others have developed for handicapped self defenders… and offer more instruction in that area. I'm grateful for this magazine and intend to look at it more often. Thank you so much, and I hope you will write much more about this topic.

  • Chris

    I'm a disabled veteran currently living in New Mexico looking to get into competition shooting. Does anybody know or from NM that could help me get into touch w somebody involved in the sport. Thank you

  • Marlinfeind

    I am an amputee, lost my arm in a car accident, just installed my new Badger Bullpup stock on my Marlin 795. 99.00 dollars later super easy one armed install I have an awesome, accurate shooting .22 rifle. Please share this with other amputees. You can find them at Badger Gun stocks and accessories.

  • Nubz

    so what type of gun would you recommend for a person that has trouble with slides?

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