Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
my wife carries pepperspray, since she has a fear of any weapon she presents being snatched away and used on her.
I've seen webpages where a test subject lets a person spray them and he still manages to tackle them and hold them down, attacking from 10 feet
In addition, I find that unless you practice something under stress you are not going to remember to do it and you won't know how to do it and you
will make simple mistakes, such as spraying yourself, or spraying into the wind.
This one site the guy teaches pepper spray by having several 'stations' where there are threats and one where you have to get through a door first
and one where there's a fan and you have to maneuver the baddie to the opposite wall. Pretty cool.
Also...AND THIS IS KEY...have your spray out long before you need it and conceal it by your side. You don't want to be fumbling for it at the last
Do not carry outdated spray. I have one that I got for dogs when I bike and I never used it. I have no idea if it will work. My bad...but I don't
carry it since I don't ride near dogs right now.
Come up with a plan for next time. Anything. Throw money at them. Turn a hate-crime into a mere robbery. Throw your wallet one way and run
the other. Whatever doesn't compromise your moral code, but keeps you from being chopped.
If you are going to 'throw your wallet', then have caution. This gives the baddie your address. Always carry a 'fake' wallet if you're going to
be in a high crime area. I don't use a wallet, so I should take my own advise - too many areas are becoming high crime and are below the radar.
Incidently good suggestion. Just don't throw something with your personal information in it. If in doubt, pull your money out and throw that.
I would encourage you with the thought that a plan will save you, more than a tool or implement will. I have disarmed an arrestee when I didn't have
a gun in my holster. How did I do this? Well, I had been trained in how to behave in this scenario. The other fellow was just making it up as he
If you just cover your holster as if you have a gun and turn a quarter away, the perp will think you have a gun.
The guy who has the best plan almost always wins. Improvising gets you killed. Lucky for you, the guy with the knife was improvising, too.
Exactly. And a 'plan' includes practicing it and not just practicing it in your martial arts class or walking through a drill. You have to do it
Once you have learned that you are not a 'freezer' (become immobile under stress), or a 'thinker' (you know what to do but your mind becomes
blank), then you can pretty much count on memory.
But that's only until you meet a stress situation that pushes a button and you forget your training.
Even cops freeze or get distracted and get tunnel vision. That's why it's good to have a partner.
That's the last tip - try to go places with a friend, even the if you're a guy.
If you're alone, get out your cell and dial 911. They don't mind if you do that if you think you are in danger. They just don't want you to do it
as a prank. Make this calling obvious. If you have a camera, take a picture, but use your judgement here. Some people will react badly if snapped.
Good post, hope this added to it.