Anchors Away

| November 20, 2015 | 5 Comments

Terrorist attacks and active killer incidents are different from your run-of-the-mill defensive scenario for many reasons.

These types of attackers may employ bombs. The bombs may be worn on the body (vest or backpack) or places off-body and triggered via a timer or remote detonator.

It is very important that these attackers are killed as quickly as possible. They must not be allowed to trigger a bomb.

I highly recommend reading “Killing the Active Shooter” by Gabe Suarez (my review) and “Facing the Active Shooter” by CR Williams (my review) if you haven’t already. The concept of an “anchoring shot” is not mine, and is not new. However, I think it’s something that you should think about, especially if most of your self-defense training has been about more common criminal events.

The “anchoring shot” is one or more shots to the brain when an attacker is down. It is very important to stop these attackers, and the extra round or two is worth it, especially if they plan on using explosives.

What if you shoot someone and they are motionless on the ground? Anchor them anyway.

When someone is perforated several times (via knife, gun, etc) their blood pressure drops. They will fall to the ground. Their blood pressure may stabilize enough for them to regain consciousness.

If this happens, they may start attacking again, and/or trigger an explosive device.

Don’t let this happen. It’s worth the extra round.

Anchoring is not something I recommend during a “typical” defensive encounter. Citizens are only legally allowed to “stop the threat” in every US state I’ve lived in. I do not think that things would go well for you legally if you gave a car jacker an anchoring shot.

If you are doing any force on force training for active killers / terrorist interdiction I recommend finishing up with an anchoring shot. Get in the habit. I look forward to taking a Terrorist / Active Shooter Interdiction class with Suarez International in 2016 to learn how they incorporate the anchoring shot during live fire training.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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  1. Sian says:

    In the case of defending yourself after you’ve defended yourself during a terrorist attack, justifying the anchor shot is easy enough. We have plenty of examples of suicide vests being used once the attackers meet the sharp end of resistance, and fear of that is ample reason, so yeah, go ahead and take the shot. You’re not likely to regret it.

    You’ll need to be more worried about explaining why you had a gun in a gun-free zone (because for some reason they never try this kind of thing anywhere else), and any membership you have in “seditionist anti-government militia organizations” like the NRA.

  2. CR Williams says:

    Don’t forget to scan for someone with a phone or radio. Even then, be advised you might not be looking at a backup with a remote trigger. You might just be seeing a stupid person being a target with a camera. Check anyway–it may at least give you a warning to get more distance or to cover if it’s close.

  3. Greg Miller says:

    I’ve thought about this a lot in the wake all the past terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and rumored coming violence. My father in law, a sporting shooter, guns are for hunting type, was very critical and incredulous when I was taking from my car an AR Pistol pack. For a few days, I took the serious gun from my truck and the Paris attacks went down… That serious gun is back where it belongs. People like that just don’t get the world they live in, simultaneously more peaceful, with falling murder and crime rates, yet explosively violent or of the clear blue.

    • Ethan says:

      I call it my social gun – as in, use to protect my society from terrorist _____s. It also penetrates windsheilds a lot better than a 9mm – from either direction.

  4. Dan l says:

    If your fighting multiple attackers and it’s just yourself. You can’t take prisoners. If you leave a wounded attacker down to confront others and he recovers somewhat and shoots you in the back, many more lives may be lost in the attack because you did not finish him/her, explosives asside.

    Furthermore if you are a civilian you have no responsibility to keep attackers alive for possible intel, and no matter how liberal the state u live in, the chance of being prosecuted for finishing a wounded active shooter is very close to nill, I’d rather risk prosecution than leave someone who is down but might not be out, who could recover enough to harm you or others.

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