Disengage, Fast to Avoid Conflict

By John Farnam

Masked Robbers
Drive-through exits are often places where no-goods like to loiter. They’re looking for people with money in their hands & not paying attention.
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- Disengage!

From a student:

“My wife and I were departing a Starbucks drive-through yesterday. I was driving. Our driver’s-side window remained lowered as we exited and approached the adjoining road. We paused at the stop sign and waited for an opportunity to pull into the near traffic lane.

As we sat there, the driver from a vehicle parked off to the side suddenly exited and started walking briskly toward me. As he got close, he put his hand up and started to say something, obviously trying to garner my attention..

Per my training, my support-side hand went up immediately, and I said in a loud and emphatic voice:

“Sorry sir. I can’t help you.”

He was visibly irritated that I didn’t let him complete his sentence, but he correctly interpreted my hand gesture and stopped in his tracks. My wife, in the passenger seat (also a DTI student), had her head up, instantly knew what was happening, and her hand was on her concealed pistol (within her GTM handbag) without delay. At the next traffic window, she said to me “go now,” and I knew exactly what she meant.

I pulled forward into traffic, and we were on our way, none the worse for wear!

I was pleased that we were able to disengage quickly, and then abruptly separate without the encounter having an opportunity to escalate.

No guns blandished. No one hurt, except maybe some feelings. The whole thing was over in less than ten seconds, and hardly even qualifies as an ‘incident,’ but only because we were alert, prepared, and knew what to do!”


When someone precipitously changes directions and moves toward you, or moves in your direction the moment he notices you, that is a real danger sign!

For one, I’ve noticed drive-through exits are often places where no-goods like to loiter. They’re looking for people with money in their hands and who are simultaneously not paying attention.

The criminal world has obviously identified these areas a vulnerable choke-points.

As we see, alertness and preparation are the keys to continued good health!


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

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“Hi, you know what, I was about to ask you the same question, have a nice day.”

Jim in Conroe

I observed an aggressive panhandler leave a fast food restaurant and cross four lanes of traffic to directly approach me as I was about to get into my car in the parking lot. As he began his spiel, I placed my hand behind my back on the grip of my concealed firearm.

He immediately noticed my action, shut up, and left. I got in my car and drove away.


Though nothing naferious may be happening around me, I sometimes feel like a “sitting duck” in fast food drive-throughs. I still try to maintain the recommended distance from the vehicle in front of me while looking for an escape path, but many drive-throughs are still boxed in. Maybe I should just park the vehicle and walk in to the establishment. I could use the exercise anyway.


Drive-Thrus are a double whammy; the crooks may be coming for you wealth while the lousy food is going to rob you of your health.