Civilian Operator 101: Training with the Knife for Counter-Terrorism

The Tactical Hermit


The use of the knife as a Terrorist weapon has been brought to the forefront with the numerous recent attacks in the U.S., Europe and Israel. But something that has not been discussed openly is the Civilian Operator using the Knife as as both a Offensive and Defensive Weapon AGAINST the terrorist when a sidearm is not an option for whatever reason, either because of a disarm or a non-permissive environment.

An Article I wrote three years ago called Combative Knife Simplicity I think sums up the best course of training and action for the civilian operator in this case. Regardless of the threat, the response is the same.

Most knife training taught in the U.S. is defensive in nature and rarely ventures into the legally murky waters of the OFFENSIVE side of things. Even when an offensive technique is taught, it is taught in a way that you

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