When the stuff hits the fan, you may need to use a weapon, if you can get to one. The video below a rehearsal for a talk I never did give. It is about 8 minutes long, so if that's too much of your time or takes longer to load than you are willing to wait, just skip it. 

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Weapons Real and Improvised

 One of the things that distinguish man from other creature is the variety of tools he or she has devised.  A special set of these tools is weapons. 

Weapons are simply from our point of view tools that can be used wisely and well or misused.  We are not teaching the offensive use of weapons in this manual.  If you do elect to carry a legal weapon, be sure you acquire training in its safe use and practice with that tool.  The purchase of a weapon does not provide self defense.  Only dedicated practice in how to get to your tool when under stress and sufficient practice in its use especially under high stress scenarios will provide an increased measure of protection.

 We are not advocating the carrying of a weapon, but do suggest that you make a considered decision regarding that option, and neither simply acquire a weapon without training or dismiss the rationale for having one on emotional or other bases such as the old saw, “If you have a weapon, the bad guy will take it and use it on you.”

 Real weapons that you might legally carry (and please check your jurisdiction both states within the United States and the laws of your own country before carrying one) include a handgun, a knife, a cane or walking stick, stun gun, mace, and a kubotan or pocket stick.

 If you find your self in a need of a weapon to control a situation you may improvise.  Improvised Weapons are anything that is harder than your hand, extends your reach, has a point/sharp edge, can be used as a distraction, thrown at attacker for example, can be used as a shield to keep him from hitting or cutting you, can be swung to keep him at a distance like a belt or a purse on a strap.

Household objects, items in the workplace, tools in a barn or garage, items found in many locations can be turned into weapons, if you know how to apply them. Look at the examples in the photographs and action sequences and generalize to categories of things in your own environment that would yield the same results.

Take a walk through your office, home or apartment and see how many weapons you could improvise out of your surroundings if you had to. We understand that any discussion about using weapon on someone else sounds brutal.  What if the only way to save your family required you to use a weapon?   Would you?  Think about your attitude.

Improvised Weapons

Common objects can be turned into Improvised weapons. 

These objects might come from your kitchen, bathroom, garage – look at pictures that follow and see what advantage you can think of in a violent attack.

Improvised Weapons are anything gives you an advantage, that is:

·       harder than your hand,

·       extends your reach,

·       has a point/sharp edge,

·      can be used as a distraction,         thrown at attacker for example

·     can be used as a shield to keep him from hitting or cutting you

·      can be swung to keep him at a distance like a belt or a purse on a strap

Improvised Weapons

While examples may show use by only a man or only a woman, clearly they are available as a defense for everybody. 

 

·         Objects; Keys, Pens, Pencils, Books, Magazines, Coffee Mugs, Chairs, Rock, Telephone, 2x4, pool cue, barstool, garbage can, flashlight, lamp, beer mugs all can be used as weapons.

 

·         Anything you can swing to make space

 

·         Environment: floor, ground, wall, post, fence, guard rail, tree can be used to stun or knock out an attacker

 

·               And don’t forget your car, it makes a great weapon once you are inside and it is running.

 

Improvised Weapons

Think in general terms of any object you can use, not just what is shown. That’s what improvise means, you made it up - Vic Cushing

By the way these pictures were just taken on a walk through my house, no staging, unrehearsed – Vic Cushing

 Improvised Weapons

Books, Coaster

Fireplace Tools

Book, Chair, Lamp

Pens, Pencil, Remotes

Bric-a-brac, Photo Frame, Snake

Phone

 

Improvised Weapons  

Coaster, Lamp, Magazine

Pen, Books, Table itself

Kettle, Dish, even Box (distraction)

Gee whiz, can you guess?

Radio, Statue on Floor, Even Table

Soap dish, Cup Holder

 

Improvised Weapons  

10, 15, 20 oh just pick one to hit him!

VCR boxes

Stapler, Tape Dispenser, etc.

Pens, Soda Can, Laptop ($$$)

Picture, Remote Control

Picture, Lamp, Books


 

Improvised Weapons

 

Cup, Brush, Soap Dish, Toothpaste

Toothbrushes, Pill Jars, Comb

Wastebasket as shield or to throw

Remotes, Phone, other??

Keys, Keys, – rake, scratch, gouge!

Lamp, wooden doggy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improvised Weapons

Condition Red – Keys as weapon

Grip to give best control so you can poke, rake, stab, scratch, start car…

Keys make a really effective weapon when used correctly.

 

·                   Poke to eye

 

·                   Rake across face

 

·                   Scratch any bare flesh

 

A single key works best if held just as you would to open a door… then you can start your car and drive away

 

You can swing them to make space, if caught by surprise

 

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