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Which would you choose as a personal protection weapon?
This is a discussion on Which would you choose as a personal protection weapon? within the Personal Protection, Gear, Mods, Accessories forums, part of the Weapons, Protection, Self Defense, Hand to Hand Combat category; Originally Posted by 1skrewsloose
Is this country crazy or what, no baton, but glock ok? Not that I'm complaining, just pointing out an obvious flaw ...
Texas has some legal oddities. We have great gun laws but some of the most restrictive blade laws in the country. The only thing I can figure out is it's an attempt to keep idiots from bringing a knife to a gun fight.
Originally Posted by 1skrewsloose
"You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas". Davey Crockett
A TASER maybe, a stun gun no. A stun gun requires you to get in extremely close (unless it's a 3' long Cattle Prod) and it does not incapacitate. It "stuns". My department issues the X26 TASER. I can use it with the cartridge which shoots the probes, or I can can pull the cartridge off and use it like a stun gun, which is nothing more than pain compliance. As soon as you lose or remove contact, it doesn't hurt anymore and the bad guy can carry on. With the cartridge, it's a 5 second ride, it hurts like hell and most people don't want anymore to do with it. But also realize it doesn't take long to recover; so run, get them restrained or zap them again.
Originally Posted by The_Original_Prep
An expandable baton (ASP) is a good choice, but you definitely need training. I like impact weapons, so the old PR-24 (side handle baton) is an excellent choice, but not concealable, unless you get the expandable one. Chemical irritants are a good choice but get one that shoots foam or a solid stream, not a fog. The "fogger" is susceptible to wind and gets all over everything, including you. Used indoors, I've seen them get sucked into the ventilation system requiring the entire building to get evacuated. Which resulted in getting the guy fired. It was our building and he was goofing around with his spray, he sprayed himself and another guy, then we watched the cloud get sucked into a vent. Nothing like having nearly a dozen officers and a bunch of secretaries spending the next half hour coughing like they had emphysema.
I have used both many times in real world situations. The collapsible baton generally sucks. If you choose a stun gun that is the same as a Taser you are probably OK. As far as a defensive weapon that will buy time to escape I wouldn't rule out pepper spray.
Call me old fashioned but I really like my collapsible Steel Baton or as I call it, "my pipe!" Unless you're willing to spend a lot of money on a Taser, the little ones that get sold to the public are really junk. Where I work we screw around with the little hand held ones and think it's really funny to during muster to hit an unsuspecting person when they are sitting in a steel chair. Place the little electrodes on the leg of the chair, hit the power and watch the show! Steel batons always works and it's so easy even a caveman can do it!
I have to say a gun is the only real choice.
I wouldn't want to take any of the other choices up against a knife, let alone against someone armed with a gun.
I'm a fan of open carry, if it's legal where you are. Nobody is going to attack someone who is openly carrying a sidearm. All of the other choices mentioned, including concealed carry, let you react after the situation has already gone to hell. Only open carry prevents the problem in the first place.
Since someone is bound to jump on me for this...
Our local grocery store has an armed guard in plain view. I asked them about this and they said they got robbed 3 times in an 8 month period. So they hired the guard and in 14 months, haven't been robbed once. I have seen several different guards there at various times, and none of them would scare a robber if not for the gun on their sides. Thieves look for easy prey, it's as simple as that.
Contrast this with how many shops get robbed when they have their weapons out of sight. Yeah, sometimes the element of surprise gives the clerk the upper hand once they pull out their gun, but it doesn't always end well for the clerks.
Hidden weapons allow one to be reactive, open carry deters crime and is proactive. I would much rather prevent it in the first place.
Success Is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm - anonymous
If the SHTF I am just going to carry a pistol, if a threat all of a sudden shows up I don't want to loose critical seconds thinking what should I grab my pistol, knife, taser, asp or prepper spray.
Last edited by rickkyw1720pf; 11-13-2013 at 03:48 PM.
That someone isn't going to be me. I'm a huge advocate of open carry; it's a million times more comfortable, much easier to draw from and it's one hell of a good deterrent. There is a myth that it will somehow make you a target for bad guys. It's nothing more than a myth with absolutely no basis in reality.
Originally Posted by Prepadoodle
The only problem with open carry is that you do become a target for poorly trained police officers, and sadly some may think you're one of those bozos on youtube who go around provoking situations so they can regurgitate their knowledge of case files they read about on a forum somewhere.
Rest In Peace, Corporal Bradley Coy 06/08/92-10/24/14
Take two steps back draw gun and fire. Baton really?? Your tactics suck, no offense.
Okay folks...gun was not one of his "options". Yes we would all prefer a gun, but he wanted to know of the two (baton or stun gun) which you would prefer.
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