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In the movie The Equalizer (2014) the protagonist manages to steal the gun a bad guy is pointing at him with a cool sleight of hand.

Does this move make any sense (is it a known technique?) or in real life it will probably result in the death of the protagonist?

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    As in pretty much everything, it would come down to who was faster - the guy grabbing the gun or the guy trying to pull the trigger... – Dave Jun 20 '18 at 22:45
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    @Dave I doubt that it's only a matter of being faster. Picking the gun in the wrong way could pull the trigger accidentally, even if the bad guy does nothing. – Reginald Kincaid Jun 21 '18 at 15:27
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It's a martial art technique to disarm your opponent.

From wideopenspaces, Watch martial arts expert Victor Marx execute the world’s fastest gun disarm:

Even wikihow explains how to do it.

Note: It's very risky move and in real life situation not everyone can execute it.

  • I've also seen this technique demonstrated on an episode of the "Sons of Guns" TV show. – Snow Jun 21 '18 at 8:53
  • That's even more impressive than the movie's one. I'd mark you answer, except that I don't understand why you wrote "It's very risky move and in real life situation everyone can't execute it". I guess you meant "not everyone can execute it", right? – Reginald Kincaid Jun 21 '18 at 15:24
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    Yes, he used bad grammar to try to say "Not everyone can execute it". If he meant "in real life situation everyone can't execute it" it would mean that the demonstration was staged and the trick would be totally impossible for even the most skilled martial artist to pull off against a real enemy. – M. A. Golding Jun 21 '18 at 16:07
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    One note about this: It's important to smack the inside of the wrist of the person with the gun, while simultaneously moving the gun the opposite direction. This lengthens the tendons in the fingers on the hand holding the gun, making it unlikely the fingers can contract to pull the trigger. But as described this is VERY difficult to do in real life and can lead to the gun going off. – BrettFromLA Jun 21 '18 at 20:28
  • @ReginaldKincaid updated – Ankit Sharma Sep 11 '18 at 7:51

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