Shaking hands is a socially acceptable method used daily in professional and personal situations. However it can be a potentially dangerous activity because it can place you at a situational and a tactical disadvantage. In many instances a common handshake, when there is no gut feeling that danger is present, is somewhat unavoidable; but when that sixth sense tells you don’t do it, then you’d better pay attention to it.
Offering your gun hand to anyone in a handshake, for those who conceal carry or for those who don’t, means the following.
- Your gun hand is now not available to draw your weapon of choice, if self defense is warranted, presuming you are of course right handed.
- A potential attacker can use a handshake ruse as an attempt to crush your hand or get in a sucker punch as your hand is otherwise engaged.
- Hygiene; let’s face it there are some people you really don’t want to shake hands with as they appear unclean or unkempt.
So if you can avoid shaking hands; then tactically you are in a better position. Excuses you can use are many but my favorite has always been “I think I’m coming down with something and I don’t want you to get sick.” If you have to shake hands then there is only one way to do it correctly. This method is to extend your index finger, on your right hand, as you are shaking hands; as if you are trying to touch the other persons inner wrist. This makes it almost impossible for the other party to crush your hand during the handshake. Go ahead; give it a try and you’ll see what I mean. Of course if an aggressor refuses to let go of your right hand; then that’s when you use your left hand as well as your feet. Well placed strikes to key body points will cause the aggressor to release your hand instantly.
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