How many times have you wished that you could have thought of your perfect comeback several minutes too late to use it? We’ve all hit the rewind button in our mind a few times and mentally changed the outcome to an event that we didn’t like the first time. Sadly, sometimes people experience a bad event such as an attack, where the option of thinking about a preferable outcome later may not be possible. There are times when you get only one chance to make the best choice. When you’re talking about a physical assault, have you considered adding an arsenal of improvised weapons into your plan to be safe?
What is a Weapon?
It’s been said many times, God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal. In other words, male or female, large or small, young or old, the old-west pistol evened the field when it came to self-protection. A weapon is a force multiplier in that it can increase your ability to protect yourself against a threat. Fighting off a mugger with either your fists, or an improvised weapon, may mean the difference between life or death. Remember, a weapon doesn’t have to be a firearm.
Types of Weapons
There are many types of weapons according to many different sources. However to me, there are only two versions of weapons. Notice I didn’t state two types of weapons because I believe any weapon can be used as either version. There are offensive and defensive weapons. For example, a rifle may be used during an attack as an offensive weapon, or it may be used to protect you from an assailant as a defensive weapon. Offense and Defense are verbs, whereas the weapon is a noun.
What are Improvised Weapons?
Generally, an improvised weapon is something that is usually not considered a weapon, but is used in either an offensive or defensive manner during a physical confrontation. There are improvised weapons all around you. Sometimes you just need to look to be able to see. In nature, weapons can be sticks or rocks. These are what the original weapons looked like as our ancient ancestors learned to hunt or conduct combat.
Look around the room in which you’re setting and imagine how you would use many of the items as weapons. The large pair of scissors in your desk drawer makes a great stabbing weapon; likewise the pen or pencil. A desk lamp makes an effective club. The extra plug cord from your old laptop can make a scary lash. You get the idea; almost anything can be used as a weapon in an emergency.
Some basic concepts in combat apply to this area. Sometimes you are forced into a situation but often times you have a choice between going on the attack (or fighting back), taking cover, or breaking contact.
Think like a gladiator. If you are going to fight back, grab something to use like a knife or club. Also consider placing something between you and the attacker; in other words, cover. Cover can be a desk between you and the threat, or it can be a parked car, or even a telephone pole. Likewise it can be a pocket book, briefcase, a backpack, or a trashcan lid. Even a chair cushion or a coat held in your hand can act as a shield and help protect against an attacker.
If your plan is to get away, consider what you can do to stop, or at least slow the attacker. A fire extinguisher can act as a club, or you can discharge it at the attacker to slow or disorient him as you run away. Throwing a cup of coffee into the face of an attacker, or throwing a handful of pens, change, or even paperclips can surprise and slow someone down. All you may want is to be able to get away. Don’t forget to use your voice and yell loudly. Attitude is so important, as is quick thinking and quick action. Stay safe!