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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2012 Digital Edition - Page 69

dEfEnsE 8 andthereareplentyofexpertstotellyoutheyareeithertooeffective ornoteffectiveenough.AllIknowisseveralpeaceofficerfriends carrythem.Aspartoftheirtrainingtheyhadto“ridethe lightning”astheyputit.Havingexperiencedthe receivingendtheyhavealotofconfidencein tasers.Goodenoughforme. 2 7 Long ago Jeff Cooper wrote this little essay on principles of personal defense. Its purpose isnotsomuchweaponsandtactics,buttohelpmentallyprepare.Atsomepointin timeyou’llhavetoanswerthequestion,“AmIpreparedtofight,toinjureandpossiblykillsomeoneinordertodefendmylife,orthelivesofmyfamily?”It’sbestto thinkitthroughaheadoftime,notafterahomeinvaderhaskickedinthebackdoor andiscomingdownthehall.thepenonleftisaSureFireEWP-01,machinedfrom aluminum, and with a steel “glass-breaking” insert on the top. If you carry a pen anyway,mayaswellhaveonethatcouldsaveyourlifeinanemergency.Itwrites beautifullytoo.Streamlightmakes“batonlights”thoughcurrentonesareimproved somewhatovermyoldmodel.Sameconcept,ifyouaregoingtocarryaflashlight anyway,thisonedoesdoubleduty. 4 In a defensive situation there is a very real chance you or someone with you may be shot or cut. Or you could be involved in a traffic accident or come onanaccidentscene.thetypicalfirstaidkitisfineforcleaning andbandagingsmallwoundsbutforreallyseriousbleedingyouneedsomething better.JeffHoffmanofBlackHillsAmmunitiongavemethiskitandsaidtoalways haveitavailablewhentravelingorattherange.thisFirstAidkit/Pouchisavailable fromLaruetactical.ItcontainsapackageofCelox,topourintoabadwoundand provide clotting in a matter of seconds. there’s a Cavarms tourniquet, Emergency bandage, gauze, and nitrile gloves. this kit or one like it can give even a badly woundedvictimachanceofhangingonuntiltheEMtprofessionalsarrive. 5 videos on knife attacks, said if a suspect 8or10yardsawayadvancesinathreatening manner with a knife, he’s going to shoothim.Justtoshowhisrespect. 7 Pepperspraysareapopularless-lethaloption.theyallowyoutokeepsome distance between yourself and an attacker, they are relatively compact and inexpensive,andformostpeopleinmostsituationsareveryeffective.thisisasmall, handyunitmadebySabre.therearedownsidesaswell;somepeopleundersomecircumstancesarerelativelyunaffected,andthereisthechanceofspray-driftaffecting the user. Having watched some police training in the effects of pepper spray, and accidentally(atleast,theysaiditwasaccidentally)catchingabitofthedrift,Ihavea lotofrespectforpepperspray.thistrioofknife,peppersprayandlightshouldbein anywoman’spurse,orman’spockets.knifeisa5.11model,lightisaSureFire. 5 8 6 Ilikeknivesbutdon’tlikethethoughtofknifefighting.Askacopwhohas seen the results of knife wounds (and I have too). Often they’ll say they’d rather be shot than cut. If you’re close enough to cut the bad guy he’s close enoughtocutyou.InmoviesandontVitmaybe okaytotakeacuttogiveacut,butinreality getting cut is a Very Bad thing. As Massad Ayooboncewrote,theideaofcombatisnot to take the bad guy with you, but to send him on ahead. Nonetheless a trained knife fighter will beat an untrained one every time. Having carried a pocketknife of one sortoranothervirtuallyeverydayforovera half-century,Itendtothinkofknivesmoreas toolsthanasweapons.Onmypersonal“force chart” I tend to think gun/taser/pepper spray/stun gun/baton/knife/pop bottle/fingerintheeye/.25Auto.But I do respect knives. A peace officer friend who has attended autopsies of knife victims, and seen training Youcan’thavetoomanyknivesorflashlights.Flashlightsarevitaldefensive tools. You absolutely must identify your target; plus a bright light shone in theeyesofanassailantgivesahugeadvantage.SomewhereIreadofanNYPD policywhereeveryofficergetsasurprise“flashlightcheck”atregularintervals.If anofficerdoesn’tthenandthereproduceaflashlight,orifitdoesn’twork,it’sa week’ssuspensionwithoutpay.Don’tknowifthestoryistrueornot,butofficers Iknowconsidertheirflashlightsecondinimportancetotheirsidearm.Aflashlight shouldbeavailablewhereveryouare.I’dbetmanyreadersofthismagazinehave a light in their pocket right now. there are many good makes and models. I gatheredtheseupwithaquickroundupofthenightstandandkitchendrawer. Lights are by Leupold, Streamlight and SureFire; knives are by Spyderco, Gerber,BrowningandBeretta. 9 keep in mind body armor isn’t just for cops or the military.U.S.Palm’sDefenderlineisaffordableandspecifically designed for homeowners to be part of a home defense plan. It’s light and offered in several models to suit your specific needs. they can be configured to hold accessories like lights, spare mags, medical kitsandmore.Givethisideahardthought, andkeepinmindtheU.S. Palmgearistopquality. 9 * For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/ product-index and click on the company name. 69 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM

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