The Light at the End of the Tunnel
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Laws vary greatly from state to state, and the last thing ϐ jammed up because although you legally defended yourself, you did it using an illegal weapon. The same can be said for using an inappropriate yet legally carried weapon. For example, a folding knife may be legal, but it might not be appropriate for the circumstances — yet it’s the only thing the intended victim has with him or her, so it gets used.
Introducing any weapon into a violent situation can be problematic. Courts generally take a dim view of hurting someone with a weapon unless the situation clearly supports its lawful use in self-defense. The distinction between a purpose-built weapon and a weapon of opportunity is basically that a purpose-built weapon is “an instrument of combat by design,” whereas a weapon of opportunity is an everyday implement that’s at hand and pressed into service as a weapon because of urgency or necessity.
" ǣ ϐ " Ǥ ǯ ǲ ϐ " ǳ ǲ ϐ " Ǥǳ Ǧ tiation can be found in the preceding paragraph. In my opinion, if a struc ϐ " " with a sharp, crenulated bezel that’s ϐ "ǡ ǡ ǡ weapon. And to be honest, it’s a maiming weapon. I’m not mincing words, and I’m well aware of the plethora of such ϐ " Ǥ ǯ suggesting is that you don’t purchase a light with sharpened edges or teeth designed to cut into an attacker. I ALWAYS ADVISE people to choose ϐ " design features. First is diameter and length. I recommend a light that’s approximately 8 to 8½ inches long for a couple of reasons. It will carry well in a rear pocket, the average depth of which (in jeans) is 5 to 6 inches. A light that’s 8 to 8½ inches long means the head is positioned above the pocket rim and is instantly available, provided you have the right grip, to use as a bludgeon or dan bong (Korean for “short stick”).
If you have a light that produces more than 100 lumens, you’ll effectively diminish anyone’s vision at night.
The diameter should be ¾ to 1 inch so it’s easy to manipulate and can be used as a kubotan or koppo. If " ǡ " ϐ between your hand and wrist in the natural saddle that occurs near the styloid process on the ulna or radius side. If it’s too thick, it won’t be effective as a kubotan and can’t be held between the ϐ " Ǥ THE SECOND FEATURE is brightness, usually measured in lumens. The light should be bright enough to legitimately “night blind” a would-be attacker and preferably bright enough to diminish his vision in daylight hours, as well. How bright is bright enough? If you have a light that produces more than 100 lumens, you’ll effectively diminish anyone’s vision at night. Brighter is better, of course, but that entails increased power requirements and better bulbs, which can adversely affect size.
The third important design feature is construction. Most good lights today are made of “aircraft aluminum” and have decent shock-absorption qualities with respect to protecting the electronics and the LED bulb against damage from impacts. You’ll want to ensure that your light will continue to function as designed if you start hitting things with it or drop it in a struggle.
The last pertinent feature is the switch — in particular, the ease of use and resistance to unintended activation. This is mostly about personal preference. Some people prefer sideswitching designs, while others like Ǧ Ǥ ϐ the one you choose should permit you to turn the beam on and off easily and with certainty, with only one hand. ONCE YOU DO some research and handle a few models — and it’s crucial to handle them — buy the light you believe best suits your purpose. Now, what do you do with it in a selfdefense situation?
I don’t have the space to get into the actual techniques here, but generally speaking, you have a blinding tool in your hand that you can strike with. In the simplest terms, if a thug was to approach you in a threatening man ǡ ϐ with the beam and run. If a thug was to walk up and physically threaten you, you could hit him in the eyes with the beam and then hit him in the head with the light. See what I did there?
The light can function as a simple " ǡ ϐ used to smash into arms, chests, faces and hands. It can be used as a kubotan or pain-compliance tool with a little familiarity and training. Either end of the light can be used against clenched hands or used to concentrate force into a small area, generating excruciating pain. The barrel can be used to roll against nerves in the wrist, creating some good pain, as well.
You also can wield a light like a dan bong — by holding the head (which is why I prefer lights with a head rather than designs that have a uniform diameter) in the ring created by your thumb ϐ " Ǥ cups the head, and the barrel protrudes from your hand. From this grip, you can whip the light and snap-strike targets effectively.
Finally, you can hold it between your ϐ " permits usage as a koppo. That enables you to slap an adversary in the face or head, as well as parry a punch. LIKE A POCKET STICK, ϐ " ǲϐ " Ǧ ǳ ǲϐ " Ǧ Ǥǳ ǡ - tract and dissuade. But unless you literally knock someone out with it while you’re in an adrenalized state, your ϐ " "Ǥ
The most important thing to remem " " ϐ " Ǧ is this: Like with any purpose-built ǡ ϐ " grab it, that should trigger your brain that you’re in a potentially dangerous situation and need to get the hell out of there. And like with any other tool, it’s the user that makes it effective. Otherwise, it’s just an object.
If you’re going to carry a light for selfdefense, you need to train with it. For information about Kelly McCann’s combatives courses, which can be streamed anytime, anywhere to your ǡ ϔ .com/blackbelt.
If a structurally sound flashlight is designed with a sharp, crenulated bezel that’s specifically for striking, it is, in fact, a weapon.