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Video: Coaching gun retention from a cross grab technique

Retaining a firearm is of critical importance for an officer; here’s how to secure your firearm when a subject reaches with a cross grab


In this video we coach officers on how to defend and retain their weapon from a cross grab by the suspect. This is a common scenario an officer can expect to find themselves in should they be taken to the ground by a suspect.

In the video, the suspect is on top of the officer and is reaching for the officer’s gun with their hand that is the furthest from the gun (cross grab).

Police1 author Jerrod Hardy is a 20-year law enforcement officer and an Air Force veteran. He owns one of the largest mixed martial arts gyms in Colorado.