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How To Increase Your Chances Of Surviving A Gun Shot (Survival)

Updated on June 6, 2011

8 Ways to Avoid Getting Shot

In a situation in which you are being shot at there are a few ways you can increase your chances of survival. Although the situation is unlikely it's very real and it happens it best to be prepared.

Stay Low

Staying low makes you a smaller target and harder to hit, it will also increase your chances of avoiding ricocheting bullets. Also staying low provides more cover as you are now a smaller target you will be well covered by environmental protection e.g. tables, walls.

Keeps Moving

Bullets fairly hit straight if you move you’re much harder to hit even to the best shooter, like with everything else a moving target is harder to hit. Bullets may be fast but they travel and travelling is time, yes time for you to move!


Keep your distance from the shooter, going back to our last point about bullets travelling, if your further away its going to take longer for the bullet to reach you, which makes your chances of survival higher.

Bulletproof Items

Wearing a bulletproof vest everyday just in case someone shoots you is unpractical and it looks silly but who says you have to wear a bulletproof vest? No one because you don’t, nowadays you can get all sort of items that are bulletproof such as backpacks, briefcases, jackets and adjustable plates. If you take a briefcase or bag to work every day why not change it to a bulletproof one, no one will know the difference.

Fight back (distractions)

Always find ways of defending yourself when it comes to being shot at, this doesn’t mean run at the person, fighting back means distractions such as throwing objects at the shooter, this will throw the aggressor of balance making the shot inaccurate or an opening to run. This works that’s why military has smoke grenades and flash bangs, they don’t kill but the throw the shooter of balance.

Prepare for the worst

In the unfortunate event of being shot you have to be mentally prepared, to do this you have to think getting shot is a possibility this will help you react to the situation rather than collapsing in panic or freezing. To treat a gunshot wound on scene you have to control the bleeding with cloth and cut the blood supply above the wound with a belt if it’s handy.

Be calm if you’ve been shot

Being calm will reduce your heart rate and this will consequently reduce the amount of blood you are pumping drastically, and this will result in less blood loss which give the EMT’s more time to get to you and increase your chances of survival.

Call for help

Don’t try to be a hero unless you actually have a plan and you have used up all other options such as calling the police.

Shoot Back

Not many of us carrying a gun to work everyday, but if you happen to be in possesion of one, as a last resort, this is when all other options have been used. But it is okay to shoot for the kill ONLY if its to save an innocent life or your own according to the police.

Other Useful Tips

*Movies are unrealistic interpretations of shooting incidents

*A gun is easier to disarm than a knife

*A gun is not as easy to fire as it may looks most robbers and petty criminals are very unlikely to be marksmen.

*You have more of a chance surviving a head shot than a shot to the torso

*Don’t play with guns a shot to the leg or arm can result in death (arterial bleeding) or nerve damage making the hand or leg useless.

*You are not Neo and you can't dodge bullets please don't try.


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      6 years ago

      Im in this situation always as my city is a fav shooting hub ,buhahah .Target killers all over the place ....

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      John Bialk 

      6 years ago

      Nothing dies like tv shows. Keep your wits and don't give up. Don't start the fight but don't lose one either.

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      6 years ago

      I never knew the headshot thing. I always thought it was the other way around. Gee, Hollywood, thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Many may not agree but the best thing to do is have faith in God. Guns kill no matter who has it even a kid. Running from bullets is rare richochets in penetrations through material. I was in a shoot out but while running to the car I was praying in my head. The man aims the gun but some how it jams all of sudden. That's when I knew I have a better chance of survival depnding on God. Jesus let me remain calm and act quickly.

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      7 years ago

      Interesting hub, I've always wondered what to do if you're in a situation like this.

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      8 years ago from Pandora

      thanks for the comment and that's a good tip, i mite jus do that

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      Blake Flannery 

      8 years ago from United States

      Great info here that I hope I don't have to use. I'm guessing that the best thing to do is to avoid being in situations with high likelihood of being shot at. Maybe you could do that as a followup to this hub.


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