Another question so I can finish the fight scene I need for the end of my W.I.P.: What kind of hands-on combat skills would your ordinary U. S. Army draftee learn in the Vietnam War era? My novel is set in 1983 and my hero, a Vietnam vet, is 16 years out from being discharged. Due to the events of the first story in the series, he's gone back to the gym and for the last seven months has been refreshing his hand-to-hand skills. For the purpose of the story I'm saying he's gotten pretty good at it again. At this point in the scene, he's in a face to face standoff with a West German Red terrorist opponent. Both of them have handguns. My hero is 6'-4", 220 pounds, in good shape for his age (34 going on 35). His adversary is 5'-10" tall, about 175 pounds, and 27 years old. He's in okay shape, but hasn't been working out much. The terrorist opponent has no compunction about firing his weapon to kill and is looking for the chance to do just that. My MMC might shoot, if things got desperate. That said, it doesn't work plotwise to have either of these men take a bullet. I just need my hero to disarm the terrorist and put him hors de combat as quickly and feasibly as possible, so he can get to the main villain. That guy's more his size and condition and is presently threatening the life of the female MC, the hero's newly-wedded wife. Any nasty, fierce, nefarious holds you can suggest for my Army vet MMC to use on these bad guys? In everyday life he's a fine, upstanding, Christian citizen who wouldn't hurt a fly, but under the present circumstances he'll happily go all Old Testament and smite the hell out of anyone who threatens him and his. As long as he does it with his hands. Shooting and killing would complicate the aftermath way too much. Though I don't think he'd balk at pistol-whipping or barrel-ramming.