I’m an old man. Not exactly senior-citizen old, but old nevertheless. I’ve never been in a fight in my life. I was punched in the eye by some random kid in middle school, and I was bullied a bit by a cousin during my first year and a half of high school. However, as an adult, I’ve managed to avoid physical confrontations.
Yeah, I served in the military. Many years ago, I also completed the training and passed the test required by Florida to be a peace officer, which included some very basic hand-to-hand combat training. Believe me when I say that none of this really prepares you for a fight. (Unless your military specialty or service of choice happens to be spec-ops or the Marine Corps, of course.) I’m a pussy, so I chose the Air Force. The only bigger wimps are Navy folks, but they can get away with it since they tend to travel in the company of Marines. (Sorry, Larry, I had to say it.)
I like to utilize tools in nearly every aspect of my life. Hell, I was taking apart radios while I was still in elementary school. Always managed to put ’em back together again, too, but that’s another story. Anyway, personal protection is one instance in which tools can be very effective.
I carry a gun almost all the time. My normal carry is also my username here at wordpress. My backup (and only gun when deep concealment is necessary) is a KelTec that I reviewed here. I refuse to do business with those who require me to disarm prior to entering their establishment. I avoid federal property like the plague. I carry to family gatherings. Yes, I’m anal about it.
Wifey quickly got the idea that we live in a bad neighborhood since I always carry, including to work (where being found out would most certainly result in immediate termination) and around the house. It embarrassed her greatly when I answered the door with a gun behind my back.
We do not live in a bad neighborhood, but evil could still stop by. As a concession to her, I don’t always wear it openly holstered when at home, and when I answer the door, I do a better job of concealing it. I also no longer carry to work. All this will gradually change, but she’s still firmly entrenched in the European and Soviet-era mindset when it comes to guns. Plus, with the homesickness, I don’t need to add to her stress level.
In the interim, I’ve been depending on nothing but my knife while at work. Up until recently, my knife was a no-name made in China folder that I have used and abused for almost everything imaginable. The tip is bent from duty as a screwdriver. It’s too dull to reliably cut through hot butter. In other words, it isn’t much of a knife at all, much less a useful defensive tool.
At the recommendation of a blogger that I frequently read, I bought a Mora Classic #2. Like Marko, I was initially impressed. Until I needed it for heavy work. It failed. The non-chipped part of the blade is still amazingly sharp, but if it can’t handle a rabbit, I’m not comfortable depending on it for larger animals, particularly the two-legged variety.
I’m still looking for an appropriate knife that fits my budget. A folder or small fixed blade would be my preference. Any suggestions are welcome. As for budget, please keep in mind that I only make 8.65 FRNs per hour.
A couple weeks ago, I ordered some defense spray. Now, I’ve been hit with this shit. Not this exact formula, but I got a face full back when I thought that law enforcement might be a good career choice.
The instructor’s thought process was that we needed to know what it felt like and how incapacitating it was in case someone came at us with it. Deadly force is an acceptable response, because when this stuff hits you, you will not be able to adequately retain your weapon or otherwise defend yourself.
If I ever find myself in a real fight, I may attempt to deploy the spray first, but only if I’m relatively certain that doing so will in no way negatively impact my chances of survival. Attempting non-lethal methods before resorting to deadly force are rumored to make a defense attorney’s job a bit easier, in the event that his or her services are needed.
However, I will correct an attacker’s lead deficiency via multiple high velocity injections quick, fast and in a hurry, should they fail to immediately respond appropriately to the spray.
For the record, appropriate responses include, but are not limited to:
- Turning around and running away at a speed that would make Usain Bolt envious.
- Falling to the ground and crying like a baby.
- Losing consciousness.
More than anything, be aware of your surroundings. Keep your head on a swivel. Don’t get too complacent, even at home. If someone wants to get you badly enough, they will. My goal is to make it as difficult and painful as possible.
Be prepared. It ain’t just a the Boy Scout motto.