Your Tactical Training Scenario- Where do you Draw the Line?

Written by Greg Ellifritz

Topics: Tactical Training Scenarios

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Written by : Greg Ellifritz


You are walking down the street on a Saturday morning when a car pulls up to the curb.  The driver jumps out, pointing a gun at you.  He demands your wallet.  You comply and give it to him.  After taking your money, he demands your pants as well.  What do you do?


The scenario may sound far-fetched, but that’s exactly what happened in Chicago…twice.  In one of the cases, the robber even fired a shot at one of his victims.  Read more about the case at the link below:


Robber demanded property, shorts


The armed robber


It is important for you to consider such a possibility.  The person who robs you may not ask for your shorts, but may want something else instead.  What are you willing to give up? Deciding in advance where your personal boundaries lie will speed your decision-making process in the event that a robber asks for more than money.  Decide what is too valuable to give up and have a plan to either fight or flee if the criminal asks for it.


Think about why the criminal would ask for your pants.  He’s probably trying to maximize his chance for escape by putting you in a position where you are too embarrassed to give chase or fight back.  Besides those obvious advantages, think about the other issues involved….


Taking off your pants involves being temporarily in a very vulnerable unbalanced position.  It would be difficult to defend against a physical attack with your pants around your ankles.


If you carry a firearm, it is likely to be discovered when you take off your pants, further limiting options for resistance.


It’s for these reasons that I personally would not give up my clothes if a robber asks for them.  It’s not that I would be embarrassed to be seen in my underwear, it’s the simple fact that giving up my pants limits all other options from that point forward.  It doesn’t matter if you agree with my assessment or not.  What’s important is that you decide what you solution is best for YOU.


While you are thinking about this one, think about a few other “boundary” scenarios.  What would you do if a robber was holding you at gunpoint and demanding the following:

– to get in a car with him

– to get in the trunk of the car

– to restrain you

– to give him oral sex

– to give up  your wallet.  What amount of money is worth fighting for?

–  to blindfold you

– to give up your car

– to give up your child

–  to gag you

– to give up your cell phone

– to begin searching you for weapons

– to orders hostage to split into two separate groups based on sex

These are just a few of the scenarios I’ve seen play out in my criminal research over the years.  All of them have actually happened.   All of them involve a criminal violating a potential boundary.  All of them limit the victim’s future response options.  All would trigger my plan to either escape or attack the criminal.


Your ideas might be different.  In any event, it would be a wise decision to pre-plan your responses to each of these scenarios so that you don’t end up like the victims in this story…caught with your pants down.





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5 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Chuck Haggard says:

    This sort of scenario would be one where carrying AIWB would very likely be a strong advantage when one chose to go to guns.

  2. thebronze says:

    Personally, I would employ my own firearm at the first opportunity that presented itself, if I’m accosted by someone presenting a firearm in a threatening/deadly manner.

  3. lee smitley says:

    This article was good for a starting point,however I think that having the right mind set and practicing some training with concealed carry would also be helpful. Getting a large dog is a great alarm system and a valuable protective asset.

  4. padre says:

    No, no, no. You don’t bargain with terrorists and armed criminals are essentially terrorists. The question is not what are you willing to give up, because the answer is nothing. The question is how do I seem to comply while actually placing myself at an advantage for defensive action. There is no pre-planning possible for these sorts of situations because there are too many variables. One attacker perhaps I would “give” him my wallet so that he needs to come close enough for a disarm. Two, I position the closest attacker between me and his friend so that once I have subdued one attacker the first guy becomes a human shield for the second. The mentality can’t be what am I not willing to give up, because the only thing you can’t give up is your life, because that trade ends all future options. Your question always has to be how do I stop the unjust aggressor? If there are multiple perps who have some tactical sense perhaps you give up your pants to stay in the fight, but you keep your head in the fight none the less. If you don’t have an effective way to take out your assailants then maneuver look for openings, and be attentive for signs that options are being taken off the table in preparation for killing you. Training with guns, knives, and your bare hands gives you options!but it’s the will to fight that truly sets survivors apart.

  5. Shannon says:

    I won’t fight over stuff. It can be replaced.
    However, ANY time you threaten me or my loved ones with violence (whether to get stuff or not) I will defend myself/loved ones with all the violence and vigor I can muster…