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Baseball Bats are Terrible Weapons

 

With the amount of anti-war stuff I post, and the amount that I sell measured-non-violence as an alternative to irrational violence, I’m not surprised when people assume I’m a pacifist. I’m not, but I do believe that the only justified application of violence is in defense – either of yourself or someone else, and NOT in premeditated, preemptive cases. I’ve studied martial arts since I was a kid, and while I don’t still actively train, I DO still spend a disgusting amount of time discussing martial philosophy on social media, including (mostly) the application of weapons in self-defense, and begging my friends not to thoughtlessly employ STUPID weapons (like wasp spray, brass knuckles, or your keys between your fingers).

Baseball bats are terrible weapons for most people. They’re slow, they’re two-handed, they require a huge energy investment, and the range of effectiveness is a very thin margin. If they’re an inch outside of it: whiff. If they’re an inch inside of it: no power. The rate of attack is VERY slow, so if you fuck up that first swing, you’re wide open for a counter-attack.

Game plan for facing someone with a bat: fake a lunge from outside the range, watch the bat go by, step inside the range. Bat is now useless.

If you’re relying on a baseball bat as your car or home defense weapon, there’s one thing you can do to fix it: Saw it off right where the taper between the handle and barrel is at its widest before leveling off at the barrel width. Now you’ve got a one-handed cudgel that delivers a deadly punch with a much faster rate of attack and a much smaller energy investment. Also, it leaves your other hand free for blocking and grappling.

 

The final product: a sawed-off bat

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