Real Street Fights: Three Tips For Using Impact Weapons!

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Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You're probably no stranger to the idea of using something as an impact weapon to strike an assailant.

But there is a right way and lots of wrong ways to use them for the greatest effect on the street.

Sure, you could do your basic caveman strike, but wouldn't you like to have some actual technique behind your methods?

I talked to Brian Stein about using impact weapons in a street fight, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

Three Tips For Using Impact Weapons In A Street Fight!

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Street Fights – Impact Weapons Tips
Brian Stein

Impact weapons are often recommended because, if you aren't already carrying one, you can easily find one.

These are all around us.

They’re all hard, they’re all strong, and they’ll all do serious damage to whomever you hit with them/

This is just a matter of physics.

A rock, a brick, a piece of wood…

…Impact weapons are everywhere!

Any rigid metal or plastic object that can be held in the hand can be used as an impact weapon.

It could be a flashlight as easily as a pen, a marker, or a purpose-built impact tool.

You could use a roll of quarters.

In a real emergency, you could even use a tightly wrapped, rolled up newspaper or magazine.

The modern pocket flashlight is nothing more than an aluminum or plastic pocket stick with an LED on one end.

Hammers, socket wrenches, crowbars… these are all impact weapons.

But there are some things you need to know about impact weapons to use them the best way.

Tip #1: Compliance Techniques Don't Work

Tak Kubota, who popularized the “Kubotan,” taught a lot of compliance techniques in his materials.

The Kubotan is basically just a yawara stick, which is a dowel five or six inches long.

They're commonly sold today as keychains and lots of people carry them for self-defense.

The problem is that the compliance techniques taught for use with weapons like this — things like jamming the stick down into the attacker's knuckles, or into his body to activate pressure points — just don't work.

Yes, you can use the Kubotan, yawara, or any other rigid, stick-like object, to facilitate come-along techniques and other joint locks for leverage… in theory.

In practice, none of this stuff works unless you first beat the attacker up so much that he's dazed and confused…

…and even then, they aren't likely to work reliably.

One is compliance techniques using the Kubotan, yawara, or pocket stick as leverage to facilitate the technique.

Compliance methods are simply too complicated to be effective in a real altercation.

Tip #2: Key Flailing Doesn't Work Either

Another technique that isn’t advisable is key-flailing.

This is where you use the Kubotan as a handle and you whip the keys on the split ring at someone.

This is based on the idea that if you're carrying one of these impact weapons, it probably has a keyring on it and you're using it to carry your keys.

Taking that a step farther to use the keys as a flail, though, is a bad idea.

While it can be distracting and annoying, key flailing does not have the power to do any real, serious damage.

Most likely, it will just annoy your attacker until he can take your keys away from you.

Tip #3: Strike Targets of Opportunity

Different martial arts and systems may have different fancy means of applying weapons like this.

In a real fight, however, you basically just want to hit the guy.

You hit whatever the person presents to you.

This is called a “target of opportunity.”

It’s literally whatever is available to you.

You aren’t seeking a specific vulnerable point.

You’re just using your weapon to wail away on the closest target of opportunity.

For example, many martial arts-trained people will try for good, clean head shots.

They are “head hunters.”

But your strikes simply don’t have to be this perfect to be effective.

When resisting the urge to head-hunt, remember that, while the face represents the person, their hand or arm can be just as vulnerable, if not more.

If you hit someone hard enough in the hand, for example, they are not going to punch or grab you with that hand anymore.

You do not want to stand toe to toe and fight “fairly.”

This is not Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and this is not a good, clean fight.

You’re using weapons to brutalize someone in order to stop them from killing, maiming, or raping you or someone you care about.

The “stun and run” strategy is usually best.

You hit them hard, hit them often, hit whatever is available, and as soon as you can break away and get to safety, that is what you do.

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Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A KNIFE To A GUNFIGHT

Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

I'm sure you've probably heard the term, “never bring a knife to a gunfight, right?

I mean, who in their right mind would do something so stupid, knowing that there's no way a knife could “out-power” a firearm – ANY firearm?!

Except there's just one problem:

This just isn't (always) true!

In fact, there are a LOT of reasons you might choose to (or be forced to) “bring a knife to a gun fight.”

I know… sounds nuts, right?

Well, hear me out, because I'm about to explain to you. . .

3 Reasons To Bring A KNIFE To A GUNFIGHT

Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight

Ok, first of all, NO… I'm NOT saying that if I were to go toe-to-toe with a gun-wielding bad guy that I would pull out my combat folder knife instead of my Glock 9mm.

That would be stupid… IF I had the time, space, and option of using my gun instead of my knife.

But let's face it…

If you're honest with yourself, you'll realize that only a FOOL assumes you'll always have the time, space, and option to go for your gun.

For starters, there are places you can't carry a gun, right?

In those cases, that's no choice at all — it's just you going with the best available weapon.

But let's look a little closer, because there are (at least) 3 good reasons why you should carry a knife specifically for self-protection purposes – and may even be the “winner” in a real attack…

1. A Knife Takes Almost No Muscle

A knife “works” because the point or the cutting edge are very thin.

This means that all the muscle power behind that knife is concentrated on that very, very small area.

Think about it: If you put the palm of your hand on your buddy's chest, it doesn't hurt.

If you press your index finger into his chest, though, it hurts enough to annoy him.

Put the same amount of pressure behind an ice pick, and you'll puncture his skin.

If your knife is sharp, it takes almost no muscle power at all for you to do damage with it.

That means even if you're older, injured, much smaller than your attacker – or otherwise at a disadvantage – you can deal out a HELL OF A LOT OF FORCE at close-quarters.

That makes the knife a very real option, particularly for people who might have trouble racking the slide of a full-sized auto.

It also makes the knife a great one-handed backup if you're injured, disarmed, or run out of ammo.

Speaking of which. . .

2. Your Knife Never Needs Ammo

I've fought in combat, and I can tell you that there's one piece of gear that will always have a place in a soldier's arsenal…

It's a knife.

Why does a high-tech military with fighter jets, machine guns, and smart bombs issue a bayonet to its infantry troops?

Because the military knows that no matter how much ammo a soldier carries, he could run out.

When that happens, his only option is to fix his bayonet and use it as a pike to stab his enemies.

Well, no matter how much ammo you have for your gun, sooner or later, it's going to run out.

If you're out and about and carrying concealed, you've got a lot LESS ammo on you than you have stockpiled at home.

And the reality is, most people don't carry extra ammo at ALL.

You're going to run out of rounds FAST in your auto or that 5-shot snubby revolver you're carrying. . .

. . . and that's when your knife will HAVE to come into play for self-defense.

3. A Knife Is Devastating At Close Quarters (And Almost Can't “Miss”)

Guns are extremely powerful.

They are, however, powerful only in a straight line.

In fact, every gun disarm relies on getting out of the way of that single straight line in front of the barrel.

That means that, even at close quarters, it's possible to miss your target.

Adrenaline dump, tunnel vision, shock, and other physical effects of a gun fight turn your aim to garbage in a real gunfight.

But if you have a knife…

You can slash.

You can thrust.

You can put the sharp edge between you and your attacker and just push, cutting them open with pressure.

With a knife, you almost can't miss.

That makes a sharp blade your best friend in the adrenaline dump of a fight.

Now, there are a lot of great knives on the market for fighting and self-defense, so…

Here's What To Look For In A “Fighting Knife”…

Ask a million “blade experts” what knife you should carry for personal defense… and you'll get a million suggestions, right?

Well, when it comes to FIGHTING with a knife, I have a few things I look for…

First, I won't carry a knife that doesn't have an ambidextrous design. Period.

Curved handles and blades limit your options for how you hold your weapon – and in a real attack, I like to have all the options I can get for fighting back.

With an ambidextrous design, it doesn't matter how you hold it: left hand… right hand… point up… point down… no matter which way you grab it, it's always ready for business!

It (of course) also has to be able to open lightning-fast!

I personally find “thumb studs” to be the best openers – especially if the knife is also “spring-assisted” so all it takes is a little nudge of your thumb to unleash the blade into instant action.

I also like as thin a design as possible so it's easy to conceal, yes… but also so that it “stabs” more effectively – especially if facing an attacker who is heavily clothed (maybe even in a leather coat!

Your preferences may vary, but these are mine.

Anyway, I think you can see the value in WHY you need to carry a knife with you for personal defense… you just need to make sure it's the right one in order to be ready for the reality of a violent attack.

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Best Tactical Pen: 3 Things To Look For When Shopping

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Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Do you carry a tactical pen?

Are you thinking about buying one?

If we accept the concept, the idea that a very hard, either blunt or pointy object the size of a pen in your pocket is useful for self-defense, then we must then look for what to buy.

How do we know what qualities we require in a tactical pen?

There are many on the market.

There are more on the market than probably are necessary, and thus we have many, many choices in front of us.

So what do we look for?

3 Things To Look For In A Tactical Pen!

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best tactical pen for kubotan, yawara, pocket stick techniques

A tactical pen doesn’t have to be the most expensive on the market.

It doesn’t have to be even the nicest looking.

It does have to have certain qualities, though.

Here, therefore, are 3 things your tactical pen MUST have.

1. It Should Be Large

First of all, your tactical pen needs to be reasonably large.

This is because you need to be able to get a good grip on it, and you need to have some of it sticking out from your hand in order for you to effectively poke the other guy.

There are some very small compact tactical pens on the market.

There are even some small sort of tactical styluses.

They aren’t really long enough.

The smaller the pen is, and the smaller around it is, the harder it’s going to be for you to get a grip on it.

Remember that in a fight the adrenaline dump of an actual self-defense encounter is supposed to turn you into a lobster-clawed helpless mutant, who can only use gross motor functions.

Well, if that’s the case, then you don’t want the tiniest, finest pointed little miniature tactical pen in your pocket.

You want something of reasonably good size that you can wrap your fist around.

2. It Should Be Metal

Your tactical pen should be metal.

Most of the tactical pens on the market are aluminum.

There are some that are made of other metals, like titanium or other relatively lightweight but sturdy metals.

You don’t want plastic.

Anyone can buy a plastic pen.

I suppose in a pinch a plastic pen is better than nothing.

Just like if you were to use a flashlight as a striking implement, a plastic flashlight is better than nothing, but you want a metal flashlight if at all possible.

The fact is, you will have no difficulty finding a metal-bodied tactical pen.

So make sure yours is metal.

3. It Should Be Textured

You want to make sure that that metal is textured, so that the tactical pen will not slip out of your hand.

The exact type of the texturing doesn’t matter.

It could be knurled.

(Knurling is sort of a crosshatch pattern in the metal.)

When you run your hand across it you can feel the friction that the crosshatch pattern creates.

That is when you help your hand not to slip along the barrel of the pen.

It could be fluted, which are sort of grooves cut into the pen.

It could have rings cut into it, looking like something out of a 1950s space movie.

It doesn’t matter, as long as the pen isn’t smooth as glass, and something that will squeeze right out of your grip the moment you have to try and hang onto it.

The pen should be painful.

By that I mean when you jam it into someone else, the end should be small enough that that’s painful.

Almost any pen is going to be this.

It doesn’t matter if it’s rounded, if it’s blunt, if it’s tapered into a very pointy tip.

Some tactical pens are sharp enough at the end that you could stab people with them, with the cap on or off.

(On most tactical pens, the actual writing implement end is sharp enough that you could stab someone with it.)

Any tactical pen with the cap off is sharp enough to stab someone, but many of these tactical pens are tapered, such that you can stab with the body of the pen.

Keep all these factors in mind when you are shopping for your own tactical pen.

You'll be glad you did.

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MCS 281 – Unarmed Combatives: Defeating Weapons Attacks

MCS 281: Unarmed Combatives: Defeating Weapons Attacks
MCS 281: Unarmed Combatives: Defeating Weapons Attacks
MCS 281: Unarmed Combatives: Defeating Weapons Attacks

People FEAR weapons.

Facing someone who's armed, especially when you're not…

…is understandably something most of us dread.

That's because it's a life and death situation.

But a lot of people studying combatives, including a lot of instructors, are making a critical mistake:

They're forgetting that the person is the problem.

The fact is, realistic combatives teach you to go after the attacker, not his weapon.

Oh, and most disarms you've been taught?

They're nothing but “competing” with the attacker, and you DON'T want that!

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson talks to combatives expert Tim Larkin of Target Focus Training to get the REAL DEAL when it comes to defeating weapons attacks.

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • Your number 1 goal when dealing with ALL attacks, armed and unarmed.
  • The type of attacker you SHOULD be training for when it comes to knife defense!
  • How a man wielding a club has an anatomical advantage thanks to his weapon.
  • The best times to take down an attacker armed with a gun!
  • How the concept of “vectors” will change the way you think about “weapons defense.”

This is a longer episode, and every minute is PACKED with information.

Get in on this now and we think YOUR approach to weapons “defense” just might change forever!

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Tactical Pen: 3 Things You Need To Know!

Jeff Anderson

Everywhere you turn, these days, you see tactical pens.

These are large, metal, often very pointy and knurled pens that are intended to pass as “everyday carry” items…

…when in fact they are impact weapons.

Now, most people, even those at security checkpoints, will know what these are for.

Some are more aggressive than others.

Some even have gun company logos on them, or other dead-giveaways.

Still, in a lot of cases you can carry a pen where you can't carry anything else.

And, honestly, I use my tactical pen for writing more than anything else.

But there are some things you need to know if you do carry a tactical pen… and the time comes actually to use it.

3 Things You Need To Know About Using A Tactical Pen!

Tactical Pen Fighting Tips

Okay, so, the question we naturally have to ask is, HOW do we use a tactical pen?

A lot of people will just tell you to buy one, carry it, and, uh, just kind of… poke them with it?

It turns out there's more to it than that.

There are specific techniques for using the tactical pen.

The thing is, those techniques aren't terribly complicated…

…but there is a right way and a wrong way to do them.

1. Hammer Grip Or Pointer Grip

You can hold your tactical pen in your fist in sort of a classic hammer grip, projecting from the top of the hand, or sticking out in sort of a pointer grip.

You can smash with your hammer hand with your pen coming out of the bottom of your hand, or you can poke with the pen coming out of the top of your hand in that pointer grip.

You can extend your index finger along the length of the pen, as if you’re pointing with your finger but you’re really pointing with the pen itself.

These different grips have different amounts of control versus power.

The hammer fist grip with the pen is the most powerful.

  • Make your fist.
  • Your pen projects from the bottom of your hand.
  • You smash, as if you’re trying to hit something on a table top.

2. A Downward Motion Is Most Powerful

The downward motion with the tactical pen is the most powerful technique you can use.

It’s a lot more powerful than just jabbing or poking in a straight line.

Picture an angry Soviet premier pounding the table and going, “We will bury you!”

When you pound with the bottom of your fist, that’s a very powerful motion.

The hammer fist is a very useful natural weapon because when you pound with the bottom of your fist, you’re less likely to injure your hand, even when striking a hard surface.

Well now, shove a pen in there.

You can drive that pen downward with a great deal of force.

You can really stab that pen into whatever you’re attacking.

3. You Don't Actually Have To Break The Skin

I should stress that when you’re striking with the tactical pen, whether or not you actually penetrate the enemy, whether or not the pen actually enters his body, is not important.

If I stab at you with the pen and the pen pokes you really hard and doesn’t break your skin, it’s still very painful.

Picture being jabbed in the gut with somebody’s fingers.

Most people’s fingers aren’t going to pierce your skin.

But if I take two fingers and I poke you really hard in the stomach, it’s probably going to hurt.

It’s because I’m compressing your body as I’m poking at you.

Well, do that with a rigid implement that can’t feel pain, and is much less likely to break than the bones of your hand, and you’ve got a tactical pen.

It really hurts.

Tactical Pen Tip BONUS: How You Grip It Determines How You Use It

Here's a fourth, bonus tip in our “trilogy.”

The grips for the tactical pen dictate its use, therefore.

You have your hammer grip, which is where the pen projects beneath your hand and you smash with it.

You have your pointer grip, which is where you sort of poke the pen in front of you as if you’re holding a magic wand, and drive that tip forward.

The pointer grip is useful when attacking the eyes or a target of precision because you want better control over the point of the pen.

When smashing with your hammer fist, you don’t have a whole lot of control over the point.

That’s a very blunt kind of approach.

When poking in a pointer grip it’s much more easy for you to control where the tip of the pen goes, and you can more accurately target something like your opponent’s eyes.

Remember, this isn’t easy even at the best of times because he’s moving around.

He’s not just standing there waiting for you to find his eyeball.

Then there’s the reinforced grip, which takes advantage of your body’s natural neural pathways.

If I take my pen and I hold it in my pen, and I extend my index finger down along the barrel of the pen, such that I’m pointing at you with both my index finger and the pen, my body remembers what it’s like to point and gesture with my index finger.

So wherever I point with my index finger I’m also pointing with the pen.

If it sticks out a little farther than my finger, when I stab with my finger I’m stabbing with the pen.

That is one way of taking advantage of your body’s natural memory for pointing at things, in order to reinforce your accuracy in pointing and sticking with the pen.

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Self Defense For Women: 3 Realities Of The “Armed Woman” Lifestyle

Jeff Anderson

Every one of us has women in our lives — people we want to keep safe.

Or, if you're reading this, maybe you ARE a woman who is thinking of carrying, or already carrying, for self-defense.

The thing is, it can be hard for women to get quality instruction.

A lot of male instructors and gun store yahoos talk down to women.

The fact is, carrying a gun all day, every day is not just a choice.

Concealed carry for the armed woman is a lifestyle.

What does concealed carry mean for women?

Is it different for a man?

Do you just need to put something in your purse?

Well, as it happens, there have been some high-profile incidents involving “purse carry.”

I talked to firearms expert Susan Carrichner-Rexrode about this recently, and here are three tips she gave me.

3 Realities Of The “Armed Woman” Lifestyle

Realities Of Self-Defense For Women As A Lifestyle
Armed Women: Self-Defense Realities For Female Gun Owners

Susan Carrichner-Rexrode

Getting quality firearms information can be very intimidating for both men and women, especially if they don’t know much about guns.

There is this common stereotype of the chest-thumping know-it-all you’ll meet behind the gun counter.

Most of us who have shopped for guns have met people like that.

They intimidate men, but they’re often even more intimidating for women, because there’s so much testosterone in that one location.

And, while I hate to admit it, a lot of male gun owners, gun instructors, and “gun store guys” tend to speak down to women or condescend to them.

Here, though, are three very real pieces of information every armed woman needs to know… and every man needs to impart to his armed lady.

1. “Purse Carry” Could Get You Killed

A woman put her purse down and the gun inside it went off, in one high profile story.

Most likely, something in her purse became wedged inside the trigger guard.

Guns don’t just go off, after all.

A revolver probably wouldn’t have done it, because they have heavy trigger pulls.

But a small automatic, such as a woman might carry in her purse, could easily go off if something got caught and wedged against the trigger.

How you carry is as much about safety as it is about concealment.

You can’t just put a gun in a purse that isn’t designed for carrying a firearm.

But even purses with inserts designed for that purpose can be problematic.

That brings me to…

2. SECURE Your Gun

Your gun must be secure.

Typically for that gun to be secure it has to be in a holster.

For it to be in a holster inside of a purse, you basically have to pull that gun out of the holster in order to get your finger on the trigger.

So tell me how you’re going to be able to shoot through that purse really effectively?

The answer is, you most likely won’t.

So purse carry… let’s put that out of our minds right at the outset.

There was another horrible incident not that long before this writing.

A woman had her gun in her purse and her toddler got hold of it while they were in the grocery store.

The child accidentally shot his own mother and killed her.

Off-body carry in a purse can be very dangerous for that reason.

You have to be able to put your hand on that gun to defend yourself.

You can be separated from your purse.

You could even have your purse stolen.

Now, if you have no other option, keeping your gun nearby is better than not having one.

But if you can be separated from it easily, it isn’t much better than not having a gun at all.

So that brings us to putting a holster on the body.

3. Where To Carry

Women’s bodies are shaped differently than men’s bodies.

Large or small, women have curves.

So a woman has to find something that works for her.

For a lot of smaller women, even a paddle holster will cut into the waist because of the curve of a woman’s hips.

Some manufacturers are starting to catch on and make changes to their designs.

But your choices also make a difference.

Cross drawing across your body in an appendix carry can be a problem, for example.

Even if it’s comfortable, there are a lot of things that can go wrong.

Not to mention the time that it takes for you to get that gun out of the holster and just point it towards the target.

Small-of-the-back carry is arguably even worse.

If you’re a woman, more than likely you’re going to be thrown down on the ground, so you’re going to fall on your gun.

That’s going to hurt and could injure you badly.

If you’re attacked from behind, your attacker could take that gun away from you, maybe even before you know what’s happening.

Your gun has to be easily accessible and you have to be able to get to it quickly.

Women have a harder time than men concealing a firearm because of the nature and styles of their clothing.

They must therefore devote more time and effort to concealment options because they can’t just throw on a dress and solve the problem.

(I mean, yes, you could, but you would look out of place.)

And drawing attention to yourself is not what you’re trying to accomplish.

Plus, women want to be armed and still go about their days looking like women.

They don’t want to be women wearing guy’s clothing.

They want to be both feminine and functional.

This requires some serious devotion to training, method of carry, and accessories related to it.

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Best Tactical Machete Advice For Machete Attacks In The STREETS

The unidentified man tried to retreat… only to be pursued by an entire GANG of thugs.

They were wielding machetes, bats, and even a full-on sword!

This wasn't something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.

It was the streets of south London, and it happened just a few days ago!

The bizarre melee battle was captured by people recording it for Snapchat on their phones.

This chaos is NOT an isolated incident, either.

It's happening almost every day, and it represents a very dangerous warning for you and me when it comes to self-defense!

Keep reading, because i'm going to explain why…

Machete Battles In The STREETS Give Insight Into “Other Weapons” For Survival…

The recent September 3rd street battle in Croydon — the town in south London that used to be a nice, safe place — has residents screaming about “lawless London.”

As crowds of horrified people gathered to record the battle, some of the DOZEN men involved began swinging metal pipes at each other.

The brawl broke up into separate fights.

Some were machete-on-knife fights.

Some were bat-on-sword fights.

Some were the metal-smashing pipe fights.

Then they started throwing bricks.

By the time the cops arrived, the men involved had already fled the scene. leaving at least one knife behind.

And the people standing there, foolishly watching and endangering their lives?

They keep telling the reporters they can't believe what's happened to their peaceful neighborhood.

The sad fact is that in the last few years, violent crime in cities like London has surged to rival levels in big United States cities.

In part, that's due to gangs moving into the cities, preying on the inner-city populations.

As the violence has increased, people using scooters and bicycles to commit “drive by” attacks have become increasingly common, too.

They use acid, throwing it in people's face.

They use knives.

They even use illegal guns.

But do you know what the most common weapon used in the streets of London is?

It's the machete.

According to a recent news report, the police in the UK are dealing with a whopping 15 machete attacks. . . EVERY DAY!

Attacks with every type of knife are off the charts there, but the machete is CLEARLY the weapon of choice.

And that's my point.

Here's why that matters to you…

The gangs in the UK have figured that out.

Gangs and street criminals here in the United States have learned it, too.

The notorious MS-13 gang in the United States, for example, can get all the illegal guns it wants…

…but they STILL use machetes when they want to prove how badass they are.

(I believe in the power of the machete so much, in fact, that I designed one myself — but more on that in a minute.)

The machete is a short sword.

It's inexpensive.

It delivers POWERFUL damage, and does so quickly.

It's also more maneuverable than a traditional sword (sorry to you samurai out there).

And it's a LOT less conspicuous than other types of big blades, because it has an “official” outdoor use.

When you buy a gun for everyday carry or home defense, you DON'T buy the cheapest one you can get, do you?

I sure hope not, because you're going to be relying on that weapon to save your life.

Well, for those times you can't have a gun with you — or if you live someplace that they're trampling on your gun rights — you want to stock up on alternative weapons NOW, while you still can.

But just like when buying a gun to defend your life, you DON'T want to trust your family's safety to a five-dollar Walmart machete.

You want to buy something SOLID.

You want a machete that can smash through doors and even concrete barriers.

You want a machete that can cut through whatever obstacle you face.

And you want a machete that can handle any FIGHT in front of you, one that handles like a real WEAPON.

I'm not going to lie… there are lots of machetes out there that have some of these qualities.

But there's only ONE that can handle all the abuse you throw at it… and still serve as a fighting weapon you can trust with your life.

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Frankly, there is no equal.

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MCS 264 – Tactical Air Travel

Tactical Air Travel - NPE Weapons, Covert Weapons For Flying
Tactical Air Travel - NPE Weapons, Covert Weapons For Flying
Tactical Air Travel – NPE Weapons, Covert Weapons For Flying

Flying… SUCKS.

Sure, travel can be fun. It's often necessary for work or family, too.

But even the folks sipping champagne in First Class can agree…

Flying, itself, is uncomfortable, but the worst part…

…is dealing with security.

There are lots of horror stories about the TSA, but the real problem is simply that their whole job is to STOP you from being “tactical.”

So what's the armed, prepared citizen to do?

How can the “tactical” minded person fly without feeling totally naked and unarmed?

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Buck Greene describes what he carried, and how he prepared, for a recent trip by plane from New York to Texas.

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  • Why a “tactical pen” is the WORST thing you can take through airport security.
  • The single most useful piece of personal survival gear… that can also be a weapon!
  • The utility tool and weapon that most security officers won't even blink at.
  • The one piece of tech gear that you can't afford to leave home without!
  • How to “prep” your phone for a long trip before you get to the airport.

You don't HAVE to feel helpless when you fly.

With some simple planning, you can stay prepared and armed — while staying on the right side of the law and the TSA.

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Best Tactical Tomahawk Fighting Tips For Self-Defense!

Best Tactical Tomahawk Fighting Tips For Self-Defense

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It’s been going through a skyrocketing resurgence in both the military and law enforcement, as a tactical tool as well as a weapon.

I’m talking about the tactical tomahawk.

If you don’t have one, you may be missing out on one of the most powerful close quarters combat weapons available.

But as you’ve heard me say a bazillion times now, the effectiveness of any weapon — whether it’s a gun, a stick, a kitten, I don’t care what it is — relies primarily on the skill of the person wielding it.

Recently, I had the chance to talk about what people are getting WRONG about the tactical tomahawk with expert Benjamin Bradak.

Here's a summary of what I learned from him on this subject.

Tactical Tomahawk Fighting: 3 Factors You MUST Know Before You Defend Yourself!

Best Tactical Tomahawk Fighting Tips For Self-Defense
Best Tactical Tomahawk Fighting Tips For Self-Defense

Benjamin Bradak

A lot of problems with contemporary tomahawk training come from a single source.

That is, training is often not well rounded when it comes to the ‘hawk.

People try to make the weapon behave in ways that it shouldn't.

They treat it like weapons that appear cosmetically similar.

It's true the tomahawk is a reasonably intuitive weapon.

Anybody can pick it up and use it to wail away on an attacker with only a little training.

But there are some facts you need to keep in mind when you work with the ‘hawk.

1. You Shouldn't Try To Block With The Blade

In the movies, people block blade to blade all the time.

I once saw an old episode of Walker: Texas Ranger in which our hero Chuck Norris duels a guy with a knife and tomahawk.

They go at it blade to blade, blocking each other like it's going out of style.

The reality is, you're NEVER going to pull that off in a real fight.

The blade of a tomahawk is relatively small.

You won't be using it for blocking moves, because you won't be able to make them work.

It's just not going to be able to hit the mark in a real-life encounter.

What this means is that you should be ATTACKING, not blocking.

Tomahawks are best used OFFENSIVELY, taking the fight to the attacker.

2. The Tomahawk Is NOT A Knife Or Sword

A lot of martial arts training with bladed weapons involves drawing a blade through a target.

It looks graceful and fluid — and we don't blame you for thinking you can do the same thing with a tomahawk.

The only problem is, you can't.

You can't draw a tomahawk through a target the way you can a knife or a sword.

The ‘hawk just doesn't behave like those weapons because of the size and shape of the blade.

Even with what is called “percussive cutting action,” you won't be drawing your blade through, so you've got to be prepared for getting hung up in the target.

3. Ben's Tomahawk Hooking Rule

The tomahawk hooking rule goes like this:

Just because you don't want to hook with the tomahawk, doesn't mean you won't…

…And just because you want to hook with it, doesn't mean you should.

Keep those statements in mind whenever training with the ‘hawk.

More than any other weapon, a tomahawk will probably hang up in the target, so be prepared for a continuous flow of action if it doesn't hang up, and be able to utilize it properly if it does.

Above all, don't hook just for the sake of hooking.

That's not realistic training.

If you keep these principles in mind, your tomahawk training will be much more productive.

It's a great weapon, but it is also a unique weapon, and should be respected as such.

Stay prepared out there!

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MCS 258 – CCW Gear You Aren’t Carrying. . . But SHOULD!

Conceal;ed Carry Gear That CCW Holders Should Carry For Survival

Carrying a gun is NOT enough.

A lot of people put on a gun and think they've got self-defense covered.

They're WRONG!

If you carry a gun, there's a lot of OTHER gear you SHOULD be carrying.

In fact, if you have a firearm on your person. . .

. . . you'd be crazy NOT to have this gear with you.

The right equipment could mean the difference between life and death in a gunfight.

The same is true for AFTER a gunfight, if you or someone you care about has been wounded.

So what gear should you be carrying — and which EDC items are absolute must-haves?

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Buck Greene pinch-hits for Jeff Anderson to answer these questions… and more!

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • The self-defense item you need to carry so that you're only option ISN'T lethal force!
  • The simplest way to “reload” your gun if it jams or runs dry.
  • The utility tool that you'd be a FOOL not to carry every day.
  • A simple commercial medical device that could save your life, even if you've been badly wounded!
  • An unusual piece of gear that is a virtual “force field” in a gunfight!

Carrying EDC gear is all about preparing ahead of time.

Make sure you're not missing critical items that could save your life in a real-life gunfight.

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MCS 247 – Everyday Carry (EDC) Weapons When Traveling

Overseas EDC Weapons
Overseas EDC Weapons
5 Covert Weapons For Traveling In Foreign Countries!

Do you ever do any traveling?

If so, you could have a big bulls-eye on your back for criminals who spot you're “not from here” and possibly an easy victim.

That's why I always like to be as “armed” as possible, don't you agree?

Well, if you're traveling – especially out of the country – chances are good you're going to have to do it without your normal “everyday carry,” or EDC weapons.

If you regularly carry a concealed handgun, this is going to hurt that much more.

In this week's podcast episode, I'll share with you five different force-multiplying weapons that you CAN carry when traveling.

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  • The one critical “weapon” I carry on the left side of my belt, to prevent an attack… as well as fight back!
  • The one weapon shared by both spec-ops soldiers and CEO's in the boardroom that packs an instant striking advantage against any attacker!
  • The “knife” that isn't actually a knife (except that it is) that you could carry to defend your life!
  • A weapon you can buy in literally ANY hardware store that you can take onto an airplane.
  • An ancient “ninja trick” that you can use with an item you buy for a couple of bucks. . .at most gas station convenience stores!

It's a fact that tourists and travelers often have a great big BULL'S-EYE painted on their backs abroad.

The legal, travel-friendly covert weapons we describe in this podcast might just save your life you if you're attacked while you're out of the country.

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MCS 244 – Data-Driven Defense Tactics Vs. A Violent Attack

Self-Defense Crime Statistics
Self-Defense Crime Statistics
What Do Crime Statistics Tell You About Your Self-Defense Training?

Is your firearms and self-defense training based on how criminals REALLY attack?

Of course we'd like to think it is… but judging from some of the social medial b.s. and chest-thumping forum “experts”, I'm a wee bit concerned.

So is Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training.

He's a police officer and tactical trainer who wrote an article that digs deep into the research of REAL attacks to get to the truth.

And in this week's episode, I'll share the highlights from his research AND how you can use this life-saving information to fine-tune your own tactical training.

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  • What's the likelihood that the thug asking for your wallet is actually armed with a weapon? (The answer surprised even me!)
  • Weird facts about the “quality” of weapons used in criminal attacks!
  • He's threatening you… he's armed… but will he USE his weapon on you? Hear what real felons had to say about their methods!
  • What are your chances of survival if you're shot… stabbed… or face some other injury? (And does it matter?)
  • Data-driven defense tactics: How to use the “numbers” to make your tactical training more realistic!

Don't base your firearms and self-defense training on “fantasy Hollywood b.s.” or the advice of the loudest guy down at the gun range.

You're training for REAL attacks… and this episode will help expose the truth behind what you can expect… and how you should respond!

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