How to Get Out of Handcuffs and Other Restraints
We’ve all seen it in the movies: the hero gets captured by the villain’s henchmen and is either handcuffed or tied up, but somehow finds a way to break free of their bindings, escape, and go on to defeat the bad guys.
This type of scenario may be viewed as romantic or unrealistic by some. But in reality, there are several ways to escape from zip ties, handcuffs, rope/paracord, and duct tape. If you ever find yourself captured by foes in a SHTF or disaster scenario, with a little know how, you can escape and make it back to your group or family.
It’s important to attempt an escape from your bindings at the right moment. If you are seen escaping from your bindings, it will only complicate things for you. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. It’s crucial that you practice all of the methods below in a recreational setting, at home, before your life depends on it.
ESCAPING ZIP TIES
In order to understand how to escape a zip tie restraint, you first need to understand how zip ties work. Zip ties are made of a durable Nylon tape with several, tiny teeth that run down one side of the tie. A molded ratchet is located on the end with several more small teeth in a small case.
Since it is molded, the ratchet can allow pressure to be placed downward when the tape is placed through the open case, and then brought back up so that the areas in between the teeth on the tape come into perfect alignment with the teeth inside the ratchet. This is what causes the zip ties to lock…when this happens, more movement will tighten the tie, but moving it backwards will not. It is precisely for this reason that zip ties can make for an effective restraining device.
Even though they are strong, they are not invincible. In fact, one such way to free you from them is to break them. If you have enough strength, it is possible to break apart the locking mechanism, but you can’t always count on this.
As an alternative method to break them apart, you can raise your hands above your head (assuming they are tied in front of you), and then bring them down with much force and speed against the upper part of your abdomen, while simultaneously pulling your elbows back and apart as much as possible.
If done with enough force and speed, the action will break the locking blade in the zip tie. The downside to this method is that it typically multiple attempts and it does cut deeply into your wrists.
Here’s how to escape them even if you’re tied behind your back:
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