Video: Tactical Instructor Shows How to Escape From Duct Tape Bindings Around Hands and Feet

October 15, 2019 Updated: October 15, 2019

In 2004, the company OnPoint Tactical was founded to provide survival skills training for members of the police, military, and security companies. With information on how to survive in the wild, evade capture, and track criminals, the company works to bring critical thinking and tactical skills to crime fighting.

Founder Kevin Reeve has worked with everyone from Navy SEAL Teams to local police units. But in an effort to provide some fun outreach for the general public, he’s also published a handful of videos online teaching tactical skills—including this amazing how-to on getting out of duct tape bonds.

The video might seem like just entertainment, but you never know; one day you might end up facing a home invasion, and these skills could be a life saver.

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It shows how to use your body’s own strength and pressure to overwhelm the bond of the duct tape, breaking through the material and releasing you from its hold.

It doesn’t just stop at the hands, though. Once Reeve has taught the viewer how to get out from a hand binding, he moves on to feet. Like with the hands, he teaches how to use momentum and your body weight to put pressure on the tape, enabling even the most gym-averse victim to break free of their bindings and escape a scary situation.

While it can certainly be used as a fun party trick, though, it’s also a useful self-protection skill to have—especially since it can help anyone get out of a tight situation.

No one wants to imagine that their home will be broken into or that they’ll be abducted, but these kinds of scary situations could happen to anyone. And for the majority of small-time criminals, duct tape is the easiest form of bondage to use—not only is it inexpensive and easy to use, but you can find it just about anywhere. You can keep it on hand without seeming suspicious, and you don’t have to worry about shelling out tons of money for it. Some burglars will even use a household’s own supply of duct tape against them.

For as easy as it is to find, though, it can also be incredibly tricky to get out of—which helps criminals as well. If you haven’t been taught the proper way to break the restraints, you can feel stuck for hours trying to break loose; in some situations, that’s the difference between life and death.

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One of Reeve’s biggest mottos is that “Training trumps gear.” He believes that it’s how you’ve been taught to survive, not what you’ve bought for it, that can be the difference between success and failure.

While most people aren’t looking to learn most of his techniques for their everyday lives, though, this one is both incredibly useful and easy to use.

“I did this … and it hurt my wrists, but it worked,” one viewer wrote on social media.


If escaping from duct tape is a top priority, you might as well find out how to free yourself from duct tape’s nasty cousin the zip tie. Check out this must-watch video tutorial by the Crazy Russian Hacker:

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