reply to post by LibertysTeeth
Listen, when the ammo runs out, I will be happier than a pig in muck. If things all go to hell to the point where I am looking to take a sucker out
with a rock or a steel ball to the eye socket, I think I would chuck the slingshot and get close and personal with my machete, and get the job done
My machete is a Staniforth Severquick. Its pretty well balanced, and it is old, which means it is reliable. It has one long curved edge on one side,
and on the other, a smaller edge, protruding from its length. The longer curved blade is multifunctional, in that one could use it to strip foliage,
shave soft woods to weave ropes and bindings from, make stakes, and generally craft all manner of simple things, as well as use the curve itself in
place of a sickle, for the harvesting of berries, nuts, wild corn, and other herbs which might come in handy. The smaller edge focuses all the weight
of the blade over a smaller area, making it perfect to use instead of a hatchet to split wood, meaning its great for making kindling, making holes so
that wedges can be applied to larger chunks of wood in order to split them. Its an all purpose tool in terms of the things it allows you to craft
using only one tool.
In addition to all those uses, you have the obvious advantages offered by a short, relatively weighty blade when it comes to defense. Its length
being a foot and a few inches means that it is highly maneuverable in tight confines, so when worn at the hip or on a back strap, it will not click
and ping against every last twig and low hanging branch, or protruding rock, unlike a longer blade. Its weight however means that it will sink deep
into flesh, and its sharpness (which I keep pretty damned close to surgical) combine to make a tool which can become a fearsome weapon without any
problem what so ever, one capable of taking limbs off, severing arteries, and splitting open skulls with minimum effort, and maximum effectiveness.
If you were to set up one of those human simulation dummies, with the gelatin innards and the immitation skeletal system, and attack it once with the
slingshot you mention, and once with my Severquick, I would bet the farm, hell a small rural community, that the machete would do the most
comprehensive damage. Given that you could use it to do the bulk of the work involved in errecting temporary shelter, harvesting edibles from
hedgerows and fields, and to make your firewood to cook on too, I would rather have one of those than a slingshot. Lets face it, when the crap hits
the fan, you want tools which have as few moving parts as possible. Given that the Severquick has a handle and a ruddy great blade, its got a much
lower chance of failing on you than either a gun, a slingshot, or even a penknife!