Well BB, the conversation started by "Self Defense thoughts from a Sicilian", so apparently someone brought culture & ethnicity into the conversation well before my mentioning it. And yes, you're correct to a degree. Yet, in the mid-1800's West, I would MUCH rather tangle with a Mormon than an...Apache. Culture (IMHO) certainly DOES effect a willingness & capability to fight. You, of course, can make any decision that suits you. I feel the same way about citizens of ancient Sparta, backwoods ******* Southerners, housing project minorities & New Jersey wiseguys. Today? I give more credence to survival advice from a street-savvy Jewish civilian from Jerusalem than from an internet Sicilian. :image035:Sorry but you do not learn SD skills by genetics, osmosis or culture.