Bullwhip?

Bullwhip?

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    Bullwhip?

    Seeing how effectively the bullwhip can be used in cinema, what opinions do Defensive Carry members have of the bullwhip as an Other Weapon? Thanks. By the way, one neighborhood tough had one when I was a kid, and I'll guarantee you that it made everybody scatter.


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    Welcome to the forum. As for your question, I can't say a bullwhip rates very high on my list of efective defensive weapons. Even Indiana Jones carried a pistol.
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    You know how effective a bullwhip would be against me? You would hit me once and it may sting, but be rest assured I would still be coming and would be even more pissed once I got my hands on you. LOL
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    It works in the movies for Indiana Jones.

    It probably won't work so great in reality. It's a fantasy weapon.
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    I really hope this thread was intended as a joke.
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    If all you want to do is intimidate a bunch of kids it might work. However, do not confuse what you see in the cinema with reality. Flexible weapons are the hardest ones to learn to use effectively, with finesse. A bullwhip requires way too much room for any benefits it might bring. It is too easily moved inside of and taken from you by someone who is willing to risk being struck by it. It will also take up a lot of space in your pocket!

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    I saw a show once about it, with a guy who did most of the movie bullwhip handling, dont remember title of show, and I would agree with the posters, bullwhip wouldn't be something I would use in real life. But if you are really proficient, and person attacking is averse to pain, it could work. The tip, if I remember the show correctly, gets supersonic. If they get inside the whip,you could use the handle as impact weapon.
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    With practice, you can put the tip wherever you want it, and it will break skin if it's a good whip. I bought a 6 foot bull whip a few years ago on a whim (nylon, not leather) and they are a lot of fun, but painful until you get good at it. I had gotten good at nailing soda cans, even managed to intercept some in mid-air.

    Defensive tool? No thanks!! It would be good against snakes, and maybe small animals, but you need a lot of room to get the whip going correctly. You basically need a 6 foot circle around and above you if you want to use a 6 foot whip effectively, and 6 feet is considered short for a bull whip. Like I said, they are a blast to mess around with, but I wouldn't use it as a defensive tool.

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    Well, my daughter said it could be useful for my stealing food at the dinner table, so maybe it really isn't a good defensive weapon. Thanks for the welcome and the responses.

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    I'll get back to you. I need to put in a call to Lash Larue

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    I don't have personal experience with bullwhips, though I've always considered them an interesting weapon. They certainly have drawbacks, but in skilled hands are quite formidable.
    Consider that...
    "The popper (tip) can travel at 1,100 feet per second, and at that speed is totally invisible to both the naked eye and conventional video and film."

    "The leather whip has the ability to cut flesh effortlessly and can break smaller bones in the body through impact alone."

    "The crack of a heavy leather whip near the head is so powerful that it can cause permanent hearing loss, and any strike to the face is instantly incapacitating. A strike to the throat has enough power to crush the windpipe, ultimately resulting in death."

    These quotes are all from the book, The Filipino Fighting Whip, by Tom Meadows. As the book points out, without extensive practice it is quite easy for the user to inflict all of these injuries on themselves. It is also suggested that a blade be used in the offhand to reduce the problems associated with a rushing attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eichorn View Post
    I don't have personal experience with bullwhips, though I've always considered them an interesting weapon. They certainly have drawbacks, but in skilled hands are quite formidable.
    Consider that...
    "The popper (tip) can travel at 1,100 feet per second, and at that speed is totally invisible to both the naked eye and conventional video and film."

    "The leather whip has the ability to cut flesh effortlessly and can break smaller bones in the body through impact alone."

    "The crack of a heavy leather whip near the head is so powerful that it can cause permanent hearing loss, and any strike to the face is instantly incapacitating. A strike to the throat has enough power to crush the windpipe, ultimately resulting in death."

    These quotes are all from the book, The Filipino Fighting Whip, by Tom Meadows. As the book points out, without extensive practice it is quite easy for the user to inflict all of these injuries on themselves. It is also suggested that a blade be used in the offhand to reduce the problems associated with a rushing attack.
    I call Bull........
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    I call Bull........
    In regards to anything in particular?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    I really hope this thread was intended as a joke.
    The OP is from Illinois like me. Just goes to show how desperate all of us Illinoisans are getting for CCW. lol
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    I've handled whips for years. For combat you would use a shorter whip with a short stock. The infamous "Blacksnake" whips actually had no stock at all but had the handle end loaded with lead shot.

    Using the coiled whip as a striking weapon is brutal. Much nastier than even the old fashion Black Jack and Saps that LE used at one time.

    As for using it as people commonly think of a whips being used the face and fingers are the principle targets. It really will shatter small bones and rip flesh open in a very ugly manner.

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