U.S. Marine Close Combat Fighting Handbook

U.S. Marine Close Combat Fighting Handbook

by United States Marine Corps


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The official U.S. Marine guide to surviving close combat encounters, now available to everyone.

There are currently more than 200,000 active-duty U.S. Marines and another 40,000 in the reserves. These Marines depend on the skills and techniques taught in this concise manual-and now you can, too!

This fully illustrated guide features the LINE (linear in-fighting neural-override engagement) system, which is designed to be learned and memorized through repetition. Once the techniques are fully

acquired, they should be applied instinctively. The U.S. Marine Close Combat Fighting Handbook explains the methods to quickly neutralize any attacker in close quarters and teaches you how to use any part of the human body as a weapon. It covers breaking a fall, defending against headlocks and chokes, protecting against punches and kicks, surviving encounters with armed attackers, and more. 330 black-and-white illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614279778
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

The United States Marine Corps was founded in 1775, and is a branch of the Department of the Navy. It is headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Overview of Close Combat 1-vi

Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Close Combat

1 Ranges of Close Combat 1-1

2 Weapons of the Body 1-2

3 Target Areas of the Body 1-3

4 Pressure Points of the Body 1-4

5 Basic Warrior Stance 1-6

6 Angles of Approach and Movement 1-7

7 Balance and Off-Balancing 1-8

8 Falls 1-9

Chapter 2 Lethal and Nonlethal Weapons Techniques

1 Bayonet Techniques 2-1

2 Nonlethal Rifle and Shotgun Retention Techniques 2-6

3 Nonlethal Handgun Retention Techniques 2-9

4 Firearm Disarmament Techniques 2-14

Chapter 3 Hand-Held Weapons

1 Fundamentals of Knife Fighting 3-1

2 Knife Fighting Techniques 3-3

3 Weapons of Opportunity 3-6

4 Fundamentals of Combative Stick 3-6

5 Combative Stick Techniques 3-7

6 Blocking Techniques 3-9

7 Unarmed Against Hand-Held Weapons 3-11

8 Counters to Hand-Held Weapon Attacks 3-13

Chapter 4 Strikes

1 Principles of Punches 4-1

2 Punches 4-2

3 Strikes with the Upper Body 4-4

4 Strikes with the Lower Body 4-10

5 Counters to Strikes 4-12

Chapter 5 Throws

1 Turning Throw 5-1

2 Hip Throw 5-2

3 Leg Sweep 5-3

Chapter 6 Chokes and Holds

1 Types of Chokes 6-1

2 Chokes 6-1

3 Counters to Chokes and Holds 6-5

Chapter 7 Ground Fighting

1 Offensive Ground Fighting 7-1

2 Defensive Ground Fighting 7-3

3 Ground Fighting Chokes 7-5

Chapter 8 Nonlethal Techniques

1 Unarmed Restraints and Manipulation 8-1

2 Nonlethal Baton 8-9


A Pugil Stick Training A-1

B Safety Precautions During Training B-1

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