There are many different kinds of knives out there, ones used for hunting, weaponry, sporting, utensils, camping, and art. Depending on your need, no one will argue that you need the right knife to do the job. Otherwise, whatever you’re doing can be tedious, time-consuming, frustrating, and could even be damaging.
Fixed-blade knives are used for a variety of things, including chopping wood as a lightweight hatchet, skinning, making shelter, self-defense, or even tying to the end of a stick to make a spear. If you’re an outdoorsman or hunter, a fixed-blade knife is a key element that should always be in your survival kit. It can be an invaluable tool and you will want it should you need it.
Fixed-blade knives are different from folding knives (folders) because there is one piece of metal that runs the length of the knife. Sometimes, as in full tang construction, the knife runs the width and length of the handle and is often visible. The sides of the handle are sandwiched around the tang and attached by rivets or pins. Full tang construction is considered to be the most durable knife construction and can take a beating. Several other options are available such as skeletonized tang, which may feature a cord-wrapped handle, push tang, hidden tang, or rat tail/stick tangs. Several materials are also available in blade construction: carbon steel, stainless steel, high carbon stainless steel, laminate, titanium, ceramic, and even plastic all have their advantages and disadvantages. Consider your reasons for wanting or needing a fixed-blade knife before you buy.
For those who want a knife they can trust doing tough jobs, a fixed-blade knife is the answer. They are durable and hold up to the elements well because of their straight, simple construction.
Non-Lethal Self Defense: Taser Gun
There are many times when people need a form of self defense. Law enforcement, especially police officers, have a real use for an electroshock weapon called a taser gun. They’re non-lethal weapons that us an electrical current to subdue a person who is dangerous and a threat to harm another. The electrical current disrupts voluntary control of muscles causing neuromuscular incapacitation. They are an especially useful tool when you need to keep space for safety. Pepper spray, batons, or hand-to-hand combat require a smaller distance and can be too close for comfort.
Taser guns fire two dart-like electrodes that are pointed and barbed so they can penetrate heavy clothing and be difficult to remove. The darts are expelled by a compressed nitrogen cartridge and stay connected to the person until they are removed. These cartridges are replaced in the taser gun after each use.
Some taser models have another capability called “drive stun.” This is when the taser gun is held against the person without firing the electrodes. Drive stun is not meant for muscle incapacitation; rather it’s used mainly for pain compliance. It can be used without the air cartridge in place or after an air cartridge has been deployed. Pain is felt specifically at the point of contact but does not have a significant effect on the central nervous system. Drive stun can be helpful but some studies have shown that repeated use can enrage the target causing a more hostile situation.
Throughout the world, taser guns have a varied view for legality. In the US, self defense taser guns are not considered firearms by the government and can be legally carried, concealed or open, without a permit in 43 states including Texas. In some states they are legal with restrictions.
Types of Semi-Automatic Handguns
Developed in the late 1800’s, a semi-automatic handgun is a type of pistol that has a single chamber and barrel and uses the power from each fired shot to load a new round into the chamber while simultaneously ejecting the used casing from the gun. This allows another shot to be fired as soon as the trigger is pulled again until the magazine is empty.
Ammo for semi-automatic handguns is loaded into a removable magazine that is commonly inserted into the grip of the gun. There are no current federal US laws regulating the maximum amount of ammo a magazine may contain though several states have imposed their own restrictions. Texas does not currently have any restrictions on ammo capacity.
Semi-automatic handguns only fire one shot per pull of the trigger, unlike fully automatic weapons that will fire continuously while the trigger is held down until the ammo limit is reached. A revolver can also fire a round for each pull of the trigger, but does so in a different way and is not considered a semi-automatic handgun. Revolvers don’t automatically eject the spent casing when a new shot is fired and typically hold fewer rounds than a semi-automatic. A revolver will also take longer to reload because you must manually eject the casings and load each round separately. Semi-automatic handguns reload much more easily since you can insert a fully loaded magazine into the gun very quickly. Some self-defense experts believe that these factors alone mean that semi-automatic handguns posses a significant advantage over revolvers. With any firearm purchase, though, the best choice is the one that is comfortable and easy for you to use.
The concept and design of semi-automatic handguns has been widely accepted as the most popular type of concealed firearm and also as the primary type of handgun for military and police use. Modern semi-automatic handguns are available for a wide range of bullet calibers, commonly ranging from .22 to .50 caliber.
As with any weapon, operational and safety training is vitally important as well as proper maintenance to ensure that it is used and stored safely.