When police officers practice safety, they are trained to recognize pre-attack indications. These are signs that are necessary for concealed carry permit holders to understand and fluently recognize. This helps identify people that may or may not be serious threats, which can ultimately save lives.

Techna Clip highlights necessary pre-cursors and indicators for hostile attacks that trigger self defense situations.

  • Scanning – Scanning is necessary, as it surveys the surrounding areas. Suspects can scan for 360 degrees and generally look suspicious, looking to the left or right, while avoiding eye contact.
  • Glancing – Most attackers will stare at someone to see if they have a weapon on them, which is especially true if someone is open carrying a gun. When visual attention becomes focused on a weapon, this is known in police terms as a “gun grab.” This behavior may indicate that a suspect is evaluating or considering an attack.
  • Clenching – Suspects may clench their teeth or fists. These muscle contractions indicate that they are under physical stress and may be attempting to attack. Some pre-fight visual indicators are clenched jaws, contracted facial muscles and even large body muscles constricting, as though the perpetrator is preparing for physical violence.
  • Eyes – Most people average eye contact for three seconds, with a blinking rate of 20 times per minute. When an attacker is under duress or considering an attack, the blank rate either increases to 40 to 60 times per minute or decreases to only two to four times per minute. The decreased rate is commonly known as a “thousand-mile stare.” This indicates a flight or fight response, and when concealed carrying it’s best to encourage the flight response to avoid an attack.
  • Pugilistic Stance – This “fighting stance” is generally the precursor to a physical attack. Consider how dogs are before they attack – they can drop one leg or one side of their bodies behind the other, tighten facial muscles and then attack.
  • Flanking – This occurs with multiple people and is usually a gang approach for an attack. Flanking is when suspects try to corner a victim on all sides, giving him/her little room to flee.
  • Hesitation – When concealed carry owners are in a position where they fear an attack, it’s nearly impossible to multi-task. The reason is because adrenaline kicks in and people begin weighing odds, focusing on the target and concentrating on the situation at hand.

Techna Clip recommends that people consider taking self-defense courses. These courses can involve physical maneuvers, as well as handgun safety. Techna Clip specializes in carrying a variety of safe, effective concealed carry gun belt clips. Their most popular models are the Sig Sauer belt clip, Ruger LCP gun clip and the LCP 380 holster. They regularly introduce new merchandise, so check their website regularly for the latest and upcoming product releases. 

Techna Clip is not responsible for the personal protection of concealed carry owners or the general public. This article contains information tips and is not intended to supersede legal information, law enforcement regulations or federal, state or local self-defense laws.