Guns & Weapons

Pick One Or The Other: Gun Or Knife For Close Quarters Combat?

They say to never bring a knife to a gunfight. But what about a gun to a knife fight? Under what circumstances should one use one over the other? Which is the best choice in very close quarters combat?

Orlando Wilson and The Prepper Journal explore this quandary. Please read their article on Guns vs. Knives.  And, again, this is for extremely close fighting. At a distance a gun certainly has an advantage.

Gun V. Knife

Video by Fight TIPS / YouTube.

Close quarters can be anything from under ten feet apart to grappling contact. This usually implies hand-to-hand combat. However, a weapon, if used properly, can tilt the odds. Use of any weapon, knife or gun, depends on skill, strategy, and circumstance.

For the extremely close battle, this article leans towards the knife. Both weapons are dangerous. Though knives offer a few advantages. First, they are “legal” in more places. Second, they are harder to deflect or grab close up. Third, they are silent when compared to a gun. And knives don’t ever run out of bullets. Finally, a good knife is vastly less expensive than a good gun.


A good gun in trained hands certainly has its place.


As does a knife.

In a fight of gun versus knife, generally whoever deploys first and with skill is the winner. And that depends on many factors. As with anything else, training and practice make a huge difference. There are other factors at play too, some of which cannot really be calculated.

If this subject truly interests you, then consider formal training with a serious self-defense or personal combat school. These techniques and options are inherently dangerous and not to be taken lightly.

To answer the title question, it depends. Knowledge is power and prepping leads to better execution. Therefore, make sure you have the knowledge and prepare for everything.

Related: Survive an urban and attack and learn to escape!

Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at He is none too fond of government meddling.

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