US Army Combatives

5 Long Range Combatives

CHAPTER 5

LONG-RANGE COMBATIVES

In long-range combatives, the distance between opponents is such that the combatants can engage one another with fully extended punches and kicks or with handheld weapons, such as rifles with fixed bayonets and clubs. As in medium-range combatives, a fighter must continuously monitor his available body weapons and opportunities for attack, as well as possible defense measures. He must know when to increase the distance from an opponent and when to close the gap. The spheres of influence that surround each fighter come into contact in long-range combatives. (See Chapter 6 for interval gaps and spheres of influence.)

Section 1 NATURAL WEAPONS

The most dangerous natural weapons a soldier posseses are his hands and feet. This section describes natural weapon techniques of various punches, strikes, and kicks and stresses aggressive tactics with which to subdue an opponent.


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