Not all of life's emergencies are defensive in nature. Some of those emergencies can be handled with a stout blade, so I like to carry a stout blade, all of the time. (An example would be that promising young violinist whose violin case strap was caught in a subway door. Another example would be a rider entangled and being dragged by a panicked horse.) If, during a moment in time, during a life-or-death fight for my life, it is more feasible or sensible or expedient to deploy the knife than a gun, well, then that is when I would use a knife instead of a gun.
I sought blade training, because I wanted to better understand how to survive when a knife might be used against me. Having received that training, why waste it, if, during a moment in time, it is more feasible/sensible/expedient to reach the blade than the gun?
If I know a deadly fight is going to happen, and I cannot make an appointment to be elsewhere, I want a rifle or shotgun in my hands. If that is not possible, well, I will settle for a handgun. If the deadly fight happens so suddenly I cannot have even a handgun already in my hands, I will fight with what I can best grab at that moment in time.
I do usually carry more than one handgun, but I also think beyond the guns.
FWIW, I am not a fan of pepper spray for most foreseeable circumstances. Don't even get me started on Tasers. (I am mandated to wear a Taser on my duty belt.)
Know I am the "new guy" hereabouts but this is sort of my feelings on this subject. Just because the site is Defensive Carry as the OP pointed out doesn't mean that the only definition intended is strictly SELF defense or, in my case, only defense from human type predators. All pepper spray is good for when used on 200+ lb Texas hogs is adding seasoning to the USER. My point is that not ALL defensive situations is self interest or of strictly human on human contact. A knife on hand, like many others stated, both serve an utility purpose AND a defensive one.
Originally Posted by Rexster
The nice thing is that 99.9% of us never even so much as witness a purse snatcher run by us much less get directly involved in a truly self defense incident. All we all can do is be prepared and train with what weapon(s) suit us each personally and pray we never get put in that scenario to be "tested".
Just my humble 2 pennies of course...:yup:
It's also hard to stab somebody in the throat with a revolver. But I digress.
Originally Posted by HotGuns
What has gospel music ever done to you, you horrible horrible person?!?!?!?!?! :)
Originally Posted by NC Bullseye