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Historical Self Defense Weapons

Reach Out and Zap Someone

Reach Out and Zap Someone: The Patent History of Electric Stun Weapons   Zaap…zaaap-clack-clack-clack…zaaap. Just the sound and spark of an electric weapon triggers something from childhood that makes you step back when you see and hear the electricity arc through the air between the leads. The two most common forms of today’s electric “stun” technology, […]

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“Physical Culture and Self Defense” by Fitzsimmons (1901)

Our indefatigable friend Kirk Lawson recently finished transcribing another martial classic. This one was on my list, but he saved me the trouble with this faithful reproduction. As with all other retranscribed antique manuals that I republish, the text is available for free. You can download it at no charge. The treeware version is at […]

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Combatives Self Defense Weapons

Paper Bludgeon: the Millwall Brick

The other day I read a post on Boing Boing about constructing the Millwall Brick, which is the first I had heard of it. The Millwall (or Chelsea) Brick is an improvised weapon constructed out of rolled and folded newspaper. The history behind the Milwall Brick is that football (soccer) hooligans, frisked at the gates, were […]

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Self Defense

Dealing with Footpads

I came across this a number of years ago and found it amusing because you see the same discussions today with keyboard self-defense experts describing how they would dismantle hypothetical attackers with their favorite techniques. This piece was originally printed in the April 28, 1900 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle (p.14). I added the […]