Short Video: Mythbusters Vs. The 21-Foot Rule.

Just like the late Norman Shields, Adam Savage learns that a knife beats a holstered gun within 21 feet.

Myth: Confirmed.


  1. C says:

    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.

  2. SigGuy says:

    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.

    1. ChuckN says:

      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.

    2. Mr. Lighter says:

      I was going to say, I’d like to see them redo this test with a modern, professionally made holster.

  3. Daniel says:

    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.

    1. B says:

      I don’t think this guy was vulnerable to being shot at all, you are pretty much screwed at close range. **

  4. I_Like_Pie says:

    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.

  5. Aharon says:

    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.

  6. David says:

    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:

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