Krav Maga experts not withstanding, how many of you would enter into hand to hand combat by choice?
I wouldn’t working on the principle if you are close enough to do damage to them,
They are close enough to damage you.
So when I see the “expert prepper brigade’ talking about using knives, short batons, or chemicals like CS, PAVA, MACE, or Pepper Sprays, as a general self-defense “must have” item
Knives, and batons can be extremely effective close range ambush weapons unless you are stupid enough to throw one at a person thus arming them.
An ambush weapon?
Something that can be deployed covertly and in a manner too fast to be countered.
As for chemicals? Some people are totally immune to them (including some drunks, those high on drugs, or the mentally unstable) and for most others they will have a few seconds before the full effect of the weapon hits them.
Don’t forget those few seconds are all they need to seriously hurt you!
In the past I’ve been in many situations where some drunk or drug soaked youth has had a ‘pop’ at me. With experience you can see and hear the signs when they are building up to an attack but not always so with the mentally unstable or criminal element.
One thing is certain though, if a person starts out the confrontation by brandishing a bladed or baton type weapon, for the most part they are demonstrating to you that they don’t really want to use it or even don’t know HOW to use it.
As for a firearm?
If I get threatened with a firearm I get VERY COMPLIANT until they enter my close personal space. Most jug-heads with guns have little idea about the effects of a firearm but it only takes a twitch of their trigger finger for you to find out precisely what they don’t know!
So remember folks.
ALL BLADED WEAPONS, SHORT REACH AND RANGE NON LETHAL ALTERNATIVES should be used as ambush weapons and for the most part you will have little chance of stopping a close range attack on yourself.
UNLESS YOU MAINTAIN YOUR PERSONAL SPACE.
REMEMBER, IF HAND TO HAND OCCURS
IT IS A FAILURE ON YOUR PART
TO KEEP THAT PERSON AWAY FROM YOU!
As for carrying whatever for self-defense.
When are you going to deploy them?
To brandish is a weakness, their strength is mostly in the speed of deployment and that will take a finite time and remember by the time you have understood the threat and attempted to unsheathe or deploy ‘whatever’, the first blow may have landed ON YOU.
As for you experts talking all silly about carrying an ambush weapon for self-defense? Please feel free to enter my personal space and try to stop me deploying my ambush (your self defense) weapons .
It’ll be fun, For me!