How to Escape From Zip Ties

Good to know and a great prepper skill just in-case you’re “taken”…

Escaping from Zip Ties

Escaping from Zip Ties: Shimming

Escaping from Zip Ties: Slipping Out

Escaping from Zip Ties: Friction Saw

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  1. Thomas The Tinker says:

    Thank You MD. I watched them all and then went through 8 of the post video links. Skills skills skills……… Thank You…. again.

  2. Millie in KY says:

    Way cool!~ Thank you!

  3. Neat I’m going to have to study this a little more.

  4. mom of three says:

    Hubby said WOW ! Good information. More you read or watch the better you will be prepared. Pick up our daughter from camp, she had a great time. They did rough it sleeping in cabins, with no heaters, running up and down hills, swimming, in a cold lake. She realized she is out of shape and wants to start walking, and running. I was very happy because she is starting to get a round rump on her back side. Mommy, will start walking with her too.

  5. Surviving in Ky. says:

    Thanks M.D.! All were impressivebut the para cord was great. I would have never considered it. Thanks again.

    P.S. Hope I never have to use them because it would mean I didn’t recover the ammo from the boating accident in the spring.

  6. Denkermann says:

    These are all well and good as far as they go, but not very practical in the real world. I was in law enforcement when using zip-ties vs steel handcuffs became popular. 1) We never restrained anyone using only one zip-tie, we used two. Each wrist got it’s own “bracelet” just like they would if using steel handcuffs. These two zip-ties were pre assembled into sort of a figure 8 and nobody ever got loose. 2. We never restrained the hands in the front – ALWAYS in the back. This was not only more secure physically but it had a psychological effect as well. But then again I guess I did hear him say a couple of times that this was for those who were being restrained by somebody who didn’t know what they were doing….

  7. Sorry to be the downer on this thread but Denkermann above has it exactly right. I was in military security. We tried these techniques with actual zip cuffs, ya you let some one put those on you your as good as done. May as well put metal cuffs on, in fact metal cuffs are easier to get out of if you got the right tools (unless they are double locked then you need a key). The correct answer is don’t let your self get in a situation where you are going to be detained. once these are on your wrists you are as good as dead.

  8. The Bowline knot is pronounced Bolin with a long o. Any sailor could tell you that.

  9. Chuck Findlay says:

    I wondered about the ties the police use being stronger then the ones people buy. It makes sense that cops would use stronger ones with metal locking tabs instead of plastic.

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