Short Video: Mythbusters Vs. The 21-Foot Rule. by Chris Dumm | Oct 22, 2013 | 11 comments facebook twitter linkedin email Just like the late Norman Shields, Adam Savage learns that a knife beats a holstered gun within 21 feet. Myth: Confirmed. comments C says: October 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm Well, to play devil’s advocate. He was physically cocking the hammer. Had he been carrying ready to rock and roll he would get the piece into action sooner. Myth still confirmed on the whole but we can argue about exact distance. Reply SigGuy says: October 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm Presenting Adam Savage, the slowest gun in the West, not to mention a flimsy holster setup. If the gun is going to start holstered and unloaded the knife must start in a locking sheath. Or just have Jerry Miculek do the shooting. Reply ChuckN says: October 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm On the other hand I’d be willing to bet that most people are closer to Adam’s speed (especially with a CCW holster) than Miculeks. Reply Mr. Lighter says: October 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm I was going to say, I’d like to see them redo this test with a modern, professionally made holster. Reply Daniel says: October 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm To be fair, knives will NOT incapacitate/kill instantly unless you really know what you are doing. Someone who is armed with a knife within striking distance is still vulnerable to getting shot at extreme close range. Reply B says: October 23, 2013 at 5:51 am I don’t think this guy was vulnerable to being shot at all, you are pretty much screwed at close range. *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ah_0gia4A0&list=PLF9F4AB364D04B6D0* Reply I_Like_Pie says: October 23, 2013 at 12:12 am The lesson learned with this…as always. If someone is running towards you with a knife – don’t just stand there like a giant pincushion. Reply Aharon says: October 23, 2013 at 9:22 am This test was probably flawed in not representing many real life related potential cases. The gun owner was mentally and physically prepped to draw his gun. There will often be a delayed response for many intended victims before they consciously recognize the other’s action as a threat, unfreeze themselves, and take action as in drawing their gun and removing the safety. Most gun owners are not serious about practicing and have not taken training. I think the 21′ rule still generally applies. Reply David says: October 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm And . . . Jamie is not even near that fast of an attacker. Give the knife to a college sprinter or running back and the range stretches further. Sonny’s Mak holster looks better all the time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fobvYJVXqBQ Reply Pingback: Florida Police Ignore 21-Foot Rule, Then Shoot ‘Knife-Wielding Zombie’ | The Truth About Knives Pingback: 6 Tips For Surviving A Knife Attack | The Truth About Knives Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.