Fight or Flight? – How Should a Survivalist React?

Terrorist acts and times of war are highly unpredictable events. They are volatile and
there is a myriad of different factors that must be taken into consideration before acting.
Coming up with a ‘one size fits all’ approach will never work because violent scenarios
are fluid and ever-changing. The astute survivalist will look at several things first and
factor them into his or her decision before acting – and usually they’ll only have seconds
to do this.

In this article, we’ll look at a few questions to ask yourself before you decide if you
should fight or flee.

* Are you trained?
This one question almost always favors the fleeing option because most people are not combat
trained. To fight back requires combat and self-defense skills that have been repeatedly
practiced to the point where they’re instinctive.

But what if you don’t have these skills? You must run… and run as fast as you can.

* Is there an escape route?
If you know that there’s a safe route that will allow you to escape, always escape. It
doesn’t matter if you’re trained and can fight. Even if you have a firearm, your best
option is to flee. Always avoid confrontation whenever possible.

Combat is highly unpredictable. Your firearm may jam. The terrorist may have friends who
run to his rescue. You’re always better off sneaking away before anyone notices you.

* How many targets?
If you can’t escape, do you know how many threats there are? If it’s just one gunman,
you might be able to take him down with a makeshift weapon if you catch him by surprise.
If there are two or more targets, are you armed? Could you confidently take them both
out in a second or two, because that’s all the time you will have?

Unlike the movies, in real life even bringing down one attacker is difficult. If there
are 2 or more, you’ll need to be highly skilled and fast. Most survivalists just don’t
have the experience and have not gone through training simulations that allows them to
practice executing strategies in the field.

Your best bet will be to hide and be as silent as a corpse. Turn off your cell phone.

* Soldiers or terrorists?
There are two types of enemies. If you live in a place that’s occupied by foreign forces,
the soldiers will need to follow rules of engagement. They can’t go around haphazardly
killing civilians because they’ll have to report to their superiors.

That said, not all soldiers are disciplined. However, if you live in an area patrolled
by enemy soldiers, you’re better off running away without being seen, or talking your
way out of any possible problems.

Show your ID if you need to. Be polite and don’t show any signs of defiance. Soldiers
always work in groups and will have better weapons than you.

Taking on soldiers will require a concerted effort by a group of people. One person
can rarely do it on his own. You’re not Chuck Norris.

However, if the area is controlled by terrorists, do NOT try talking your way out. The
people in these groups will not be disciplined soldiers. You may be executed just for
the fun of it… or you may be taken as a hostage and tortured and killed.

Always try to escape. If you have friends around, you may wish to collaborate with them
and launch guerrilla attacks on the terrorist elements in your area as you try to escape
the high-risk areas and get to a place that’s away from the conflict. These are the
general rules of engagement.

If this is reality to you, own a few guns if you can. Always get firearms training.
That’s your best form of self-defense. It’s also recommended that you get trained in an
effective martial art like Krav Maga, Silat or any other fighting techniques.

These are very powerful close combat systems that will serve you well in a fight. Stay
fit and train often so that when your back is against the wall, your hands and feet
will be deadly weapons and can save your life.