When it comes to self defense and the 21 foot rule, it’s what you don’t know that can hurt you. What you need to know is in a confrontation, a space of 21 feet is what is generally recognized as the area needed to draw a weapon in time and defend yourself. Otherwise known as the Reaction Gap.
21 Foot Rule in Brief
Its a pretty simple concept. The 21 foot rule states an attacker with a hand weapon such as a knife or baseball bat can cover that much ground and strike you in an average of 1.5 seconds. You will need at least that much space to draw your weapon, strike or fire, and move out of harms way in time. And unless you are trained in drawing your own weapon of choice, odds are you are in for a world of hurt.
Self Defense Knowledge is Power
After doing just a small amount of research on this topic I decided to ask friends who are weapons owners about this rule. More than half of them knew nothing about how much time or space they need to protect themselves in a life threatening situation. And the ones that did know, only knew because they had been through some sort of formal weapons training.
Moral of the story is, if you decide to arm yourself with any sort of weapons, then sign up for a self defense classes or appropriate related training. Or worst case scenario do some research about how to use the weapon you carry.
Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not in any way a self defense trainer or expert. I am merely attempting to spread some information about a concept that should be known by anyone who chooses to carry weapons for self defense.
by Richelieu Williams