I'm somewhat of a Weapons Fanatic...and have been a member of a Gun/Hunting Club since I was but a young'un.
Incidentally the Club serviced one of the main townships next to a large Army Base in the area...so its membership comprised of numerous current or
ex-Mil as well as avid Restricted-Class Firearms Collectors...also did a number of Weapons Training Courses with Restricted Class Firearms...and so
got to see (and use) a wide variety of weaponary. From old 'black-powder' Cav Revolvers to Desert Eagles *which just LOOKING at them are enough to
make you wet yourself
*. Old WW weaponary to old Brens, Lewis Guns and BARs. More modern firearms like Striker 12s, C9 Minimis, Styers, AKs, 16s,
CAR-15s, MPs...a daaaaaamn nice Galil MAR (Micro-Galil). Snipers like the Druganov...as well as cranking a few rounds through an awe inspiring .50
Personal Fav of those would be the Druganov, or the Iver Johnson *as I'm more partial to single long-range shots coming from a Deer/Pig Hunting
background*...though neither of those two would be allowable for Game Hunting. Besides...peg a boar with the .50 Iver Johnson and you'd likely gut
it, skin it, de-bone and steak it all in one hit...hahaha
. Though I also took a liking to the Galil MAR:
Wouldn't be overly effective long-range, as it tended to kick around a fair bit with the recoil coupled with the short barrel...but my gawd can it
spew rounds and hose down an area for a small Assault Rifle. As a CQUC/Entry Weapon it'd be incredible
But...I'm actually even more partial to the more simplistic method of taking something sharp or heavy and getting up close and personal...a pic of my
*just ignore the blood still on the blade*
I've also training with, and continue to train with various Oriental Weaponary such as the Kama, Sai, Tonfa and the Katana. As well as training *and
training others* in the usage of the traditional weapons of my own people, the NZ Maori:
...the Taiaha...fighting spear...approx the height of the person *or slightly larger* so mine is 6 1/2 feet long. Can be used similar to Kendo, but
also as a 'semi-bladed' weapon at one end and stabbing weapon at the other, as well as a striking/choking/parrying weapon. Devasting weapon in the
hands of someone who knows what they have doing. For instance I spar with an experienced Asian friend who uses a Kendo Bo and well as a Katana...and
the Taiaha has proven more than a match against both many times.
...also trained with, and train others in:
The Tewhatewha...which is approx 4.5-5 feet long...and can be used in pairs much like Balintawak.
The Patu...and Mere...fighting Clubs. Used for striking, also slightly 'bladed' at the edges for dislocating limbs and for cracking