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Posted: 4/12/2002 1:26:19 PM EDT
I just popped over to Assault Web for a look-see. Not to stir up trouble, but... well... There are guys seriously discussing the merits of including different types of swords in their SHTF gear. [rolleyes] Now I love SCA as much as the next guy, but still. Some folks need to read fewer action-adventure postholocaust novels, I think. Is that a common thing over there? I've been here for a while, and most folks are pretty grounded, practical types at AR15.com. Just curious.
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 1:28:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Spearweasel: most folks are pretty grounded, practical types at AR15.com. Just curious.
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are you talking about [b]THIS[/b] ar15.com?
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 1:28:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 1:35:41 PM EDT
While the guys at assweb can go over the top sometimes in discussions on SHTF, I don't think a sword is a that ridiculous of an item to have on hand. I've seen lot's of guys here recommend buying things like two-way radios, night vision devices, GPS units, generators, 4x4's, etc.. Those are all powered by a consumable. If you're thinking long-term, like several years until things get back to normal, then you are just not going to have replacement gas, batteries, or even ammo available. In that case, a sword doesn't seem like too bad of an idea. Think of how many hundreds of years that a sword was the dominant weapon. I'd prefer a good 6" knife, a bow, an axe (with the ability to use in self-defense or to cut wood), and maybe the know-how to make black powder, but to each his own.z
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 1:53:23 PM EDT
Gun: kills at a distance, runs out of ammo. Blade: kills at close range but doesn't run out of "ammo".
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 2:03:58 PM EDT
Swords are not for amateurs. It takes years of training to use a sword right. If you are serious about non-gunpowder weapons, the ones to have are a crossbow and a spear. Leave swords to ninja wannabes and real experts, unless you have the time and patience to really learn how to use one.
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 2:13:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RikWriter: Leave swords to ninja wannabes and real experts, unless you have the time and patience to really learn how to use one.
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I disagree. Criminals prefer cheap disposable weapons of dubious quality and reliability, Jennings, Bryco, fleamarket switchblades, "ninja"-swords made in red china, doesn't matter as long as it's shiny. A serious, business sword wielded with confidence will demand and receive respect. However, don't bring a sword to a gunfight ;)
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 2:13:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 2:25:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Kar98: A serious, business sword wielded with confidence will demand and receive respect.
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How can you wield it with confidence if you don't know how to use it? And if you do know how to use it, then you aren't disagreeing with me.
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 2:33:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 5:46:52 PM EDT
I can understand a Machete, an Axe, but a sword? please...The only Claymore I'd want goes "boom"
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 6:00:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ghettoblaster: Gun: kills at a distance, runs out of ammo. Blade: kills at close range but doesn't run out of "ammo".
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Errr, I meant incapacitate.
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 6:08:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 6:16:14 PM EDT
It takes years of training to use a sword right.
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Maybe against someone else who has training, but against a malnourished looter with a knife or club? It's not like you're going to run into a trained swordsman.z
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 6:18:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ghettoblaster:
Originally Posted By Ghettoblaster: Gun: kills at a distance, runs out of ammo. Blade: kills at close range but doesn't run out of "ammo".
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Errr, I meant incapacitate.
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Sure? How's "decapitate"?
Link Posted: 4/12/2002 6:30:13 PM EDT
You guys can have your swords. I'd feel safer just carrying mace. The 48 ounce can of it. [img]http://www.coldsteel.com/mainimage/battlemace.gif[/img][img]http://www.coldsteel.com/Supplementals/Battlemacehead.gif[/img]
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