posted on May, 17 2009 @ 04:54 AM
Concerning spears. A spear is about the worst weapon you can bring into a fight. For starters, it takes a long time to get to know how they work, and
to be able to use one effectively. I would not advise anyone to use a spear for anything other than hunting. Sure it has a good reach, which may get
you thinking "I can hold some one off with this". That you may.
So long as that person has no understanding of CQC, and is not really serious about killing you. Fighting in close quarters has a lot to do with
range, and guard distance. A knife, for example, has got a short range, but most importantly, no guard distance. Meaning you can stab someone who is
close enough to be chewing on your nose.
A spear on the other hand, has long range and therefore a very long guard distance. Meaning that once someone gets past your spear tip, he, or she,
can gain control of your weapon, render it useless, and mangle you up with ease. Not good. For effective CQC, you need to be somewhere in the middle.
Swords are best. You can grab hold of a spear shaft fairly easily, especially if your opponent has no idea how to use it. Try intercepting a blade
with your hand and you have already lost the fight. Also, to do damage with a spear, you need to dish out stabbing blows, which are arguably the
easiest blows to intercept or parry.
Longswords are fairly slow, cumbersome, can be heavy, and once your opponent gets through that proverbial meter, most hacks lose their stopping power.
Sure, you may think that there is no way anything is getting through your guard intact, but s**t happens, and if the fight lasts, you will tire
(things are a bit different if you own a shield or armor, but I doubt that is the case. Trekking in chain mail sucks, big time). Remember that in an
open space, your opponent can just back away from long sword swings until you are too tired to wield it effectively.
I would go with a short sword anyday. By short I mean that the tip should not stick out in front of your body when your arm is fully extended
backwards (as in preparing to deal a stabbing blow). For me the best is somewhere near 45 cm of blade. Shortswords are fast, have decent range, and
are versatile enough to best any other weapon out there. Those romans built their 1000 year empire by effective use of the short sword, and lost it
when longer ones became all the rage. One last piece of advice. Parrying, like in the movies will eventually break your sword, and IS NOT the way it
is intended to be used (except as a last resort). You don't fight with a sword the same way you fight with a rapier, or a fleuret, but the guys in
Hollywood don't know this.
Futhermore, I hope that is advice is NEVER usefull to anyone. CQC is a messy buisiness. You will get cut up, and it will be gruesome. So please
people, try to avoid it like the black death.
[edit on 17-5-2009 by Ismail]