Originally posted by mydarkpassenger
reply to post by lowki
I fenced in college.
I fenced also, was mainly doing saber,
it's a very regimented form of combat,
typically in large open areas.
I often had trouble seeing that thin blade, flicking around as it did.
If someone made a real saber so tiny, I reckon it would break.
probably would have been better off with wooden swords.
I also did Russian Red Army close-quarter combat,
where we learned about evading knife attacks,
as well as many nerve-system pressure-points.
I shoot competitively.
also a regimented atmosphere,
you have time to align your sights.
You have no idea what you are talking about.
I admit not having used a gun in this lifetime *shrugs*
When I was a pirate guns didn't aim well.
though the loud bang-bang got people afleeing.
Then could cutlass them from behind,
their shrieks of terror and pain,
further disabling opposition.
Originally posted by projectvxn
reply to post by XLR8R
You go ahead and trust that knife at 50 yards...
well it's called the 21 foot rule, about 6.5 meters.
50 yards is 150 feet 45 meters.
though I'm honored you feel the need to increase that distance at least 7 fold.
50 yards is the absolute limit of a full-sized handgun,
25 yards (22 meter) for the smaller variety.
however, i'm very unsure where you think such distances would occur,
that's half an american football field,
I guess it's plausible on some streets lengthwise,
and in those parks where they mow the lawn.
Thank god for bullets...
at that kind of distance,
you'd have to be very well trained to get a hit,
if you're caught reloading, lol,
better hope you wont.
Though yes, I see how that for distances between 6.5m and 45m a handgun could be deemed effective.
Seems like I spend most time in forests, indoors and vehicles,
so those kind of distances aren't that common,
unless I'm walking on the sidewalk...
I'm not sure what it's like in American suburbs,
but around here, I'm usually one of the few on the sidewalk.
At what distance would you say that a threat is identifiable?
Isn't most eye tests based on 20-feet,
and mugging happen when people are right next to you.
I guess it is useful against police,
since can see them from so far away.
So handguns make sense for urban gang warfare.
however for self-defense,
a knife still seems the preferable option.
can always carry both if you really love your metal.
More realistically, I'd like to see you use that gun to chop up an onion, or make some kindling. ;-)
edit on 3/2/11 by lowki because: onion
If you have a knife, that's a survivalist tool,
can pretty much live outdoors.
with a gun... not at all.
though you might get some squirrels,
how will you skin, make traps, and dig for tubers?
edit on 3/2/11 by lowki because: survivalist