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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MCS 264 – Tactical Air Travel

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

  • 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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Improvised Survival Weapons: How To Protect Yourself When The Guns Are All Gone!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You never know what sort of enemies you could face in a survival situation.

Looters, gangs, and even desperate citizens caught up in the chaos are all a  VERY REAL possibility.

You probably think your trusty sidearm or your AR15 will save you.

But your guns can’t protect you if they break, jam, are confiscated, or run out of ammo.

I talked to survival expert Kevin Reeve recently to get his tips for improvising survival weapons, and here is a run-down of what he had to tell me.

Improvised Survival Weapons:
How To Prep For When The Guns Are Gone!

Improvised Survival Weapons: How To Protect Yourself When The Guns Are All Gone
Improvised Survival Weapons: How To Prep For When The Guns Are All Gone

Kevin Reeve

A truly skilled, prepared citizen is a modern-day MacGyver.

He can scavenge weapons from the urban terrain.

He can also MAKE his own weapons if he needs to.

You don’t have to do it the hard way, however.

Certain things around you, and stuff you can carry in your bug out bag, can be used as “starter material” to make your own weaponry.

Here are three tips for improvising survival weapons in an emergency.

1. Your Multitool Is Essential

You should be carrying a modern multitool in your bug out bag.

There’s no way to emphasize enough how useful a tool can be when it has a knife, pliers, a saw, and any number of other items you may need.

There are other useful items you can put in your bug out bag, though, that can really help you craft and jerry-rig weapons in a pinch.

2. Carry Improvised Weapon Starter Materials

Among the other improvised weapons starter kit items you should include in your bugout bag are…

  1. Drill bits
  2. Baling wire
  3. Surgical tubing
  4. Paracord

All of these can be used as weapons and to make weapons, not to mention connectomg things together.

For example, if you can find some PVC tubing, you can use heat and paracord to fashion a very workable survival bow.


A survival bow can be purchased, of course, and added to your arsenal, but you don’t need to do that.

You may not realize, but stretched tight enough, paracord can work as a powerful bowstring.

PVC tubing isn’t the only thing you can use as the bow, either.

Anything with the right flexibility can be used.

Arrows are easy enough to make from branches, pieces of metal, or plastic rods, depending on what you find.

3. Your Local Hardware Store Can Help… Even AFTER The Looters Leave

The average hardware store has plenty of items you can use to improvise weapons.

This is true even AFTER the average hardware store has been looted for the obvious crisis materials (like sheets of plywood, obvious weapons like machetes and axes, and batteries).

Prisoners regularly craft all kinds of inventive weapons from what’s available.

Your improvised weapons are limited only by your imagination.

Make sure you have the right starter materials on hand so you don’t have to begin an emergency behind the survival curve.

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