By Ray Gano
As you know we have had yet another Muslim terrorist strike. This was a “lone wolf” attack, meaning that he was the only one involved. We are seeing lone wolf attacks rise.
For those who do not know the details…
Four people have died including a police officer
50 people were injured and 31 were hospitalized.
The killer was named Khlid Masood who was 52 years old. He was born in England under the name of Adrian Russel Ajao. Sometime in life he brought into the Muslim religion and became fundamentally radicalized.
He started his attacks by driving into a crowd of people killing three people and injuring many others.
He then ran into Parliament with two knives cutting and stabbing anyone in his way. He also stabbed an unarmed police officer who later died due to the injuries this demonically inspired individual inflicted.
Stay Alert – Stay Alive
In these dangerous days that we are living in, it is critical that we stay alert and be situationally aware.
Here are some tips that can save your life.
Phones Down Heads Up
In this digital age we seem to have become obsessed with our phones. Because of this digital relationship with our phones we tend to keep our eyes peeled on our phone and not on what is going on around us. We need to be aware of what is going on around us and to do that you need to put the phone down while you are walking.
Walk Facing Oncoming Traffic – Try To Make Eye Contact With Drivers
This is pretty self explanatory, by keeping an eye on the cars and drivers you will have the few seconds of reaction time that others will not have because they are not paying attention. This will allow you to also keep an eye out for the careless drivers as well as possible threats.
Look For Escape Routes and Objects That You Can Put Between You And a Car
While walking on the streets and keeping an eye on the on coming traffic you want to keep an eye on possible escape routes so that you can quickly get out of the way, or possibly put some sort of hard object between you and a vehicle. Constantly “pan and scan” the area for these routes and objects.
Yes it seems like over kill and it will at first, but once you get in this habit it will become second nature to you. The good thing is that if danger is upon you, you will automatically go into action and dodge and take cover.
Objects that you can get behind…
Pedestrian Poles – these are the concrete filled cement poles that prevent cars from gaining access to pedestrian areas. These are built to stop cars.
Concrete Lamp Posts / Telephone Poles – More and more cities are using the concrete poles because they last longer than the wooden or metal poles. Also when a car hits them, they tend to do a better job at withstanding the impact compaired to wood or metal.
Statues & Monuments – These are usually made of thick steel and concrete with a rather solid concrete base. These are good protection against vehicles and something that you can get behind to protect yourself.
Raised Planters / Stone Sitting Areas – These are becoming more popular in the inner city. Places where people can sit and also have flowers and trees around them. You will see these outside corporate buildings, civic squares, and other places where people tend to gather and have lunch or just take a break from the day.
Trees – Another item that might be in the area are established trees. These have been growing in the area for some time and they have a deep root system. This means that when a car hits them the tree should not topple over easily, but stop the car. If you see one, stand behind it, but not directly behind. You want to put some space between you and the tree just in case the car does topple it over. You don’t want to be flattened by a tree.
A Quick Fast Defense – Fist Load Weapons
This terrorist incident took place in London where the ability to carry and conceal a hand gun is not possible, and unless you live in the great state of Texas where just about everyone carries a gun, you have to think about carrying a mean to protect yourself.
One of the greatest types of weapons that you can carry and not attract a lot of attention to yourself are what is called “Fist Loads”
Fist load weapons have been around for some time. They were really popular in the roaring 20s and 30s during the gangster era. Common fist load weapons
Spark plug sockets
Roll of coins – dimes and penny rolls were most common
Brass Knuckles or “Knucks” as they were commonly called
Large Rebar or any sort of cylindrical pieces of steel, lead or brass will work. They often would wrap it in duct tape or electrical tape to cover some of the rough edges that these pieces of steel may have.
Fast forward to today and you can see fist load weapons being made out of many different materials. That basic idea behind the fist load weapon is that is…
- Adds structure to the fist.
- Adds weight to the fist.
- Projection from one or both sides of the fist even adds more functionality.
Some of My Favorite Fist Load Weapons
Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6” Knife – Yes, I know that you are bored hearing about this knife. But it is one that I stick by and it is truly a great all around fighting weapon. Because it is long and thin, it makes the perfect fist load weapon. It has a quillion or a hook so that you can automatically open it as you are pulling it out of your pocket. The quillion also makes a mean appendage that will scrap / badly scratch an opponent when striking it across the face, neck or other soft body part. The pommel of the knife is reinforced so that you can use it in as a “hammer fist” coming down on the skull, hand or other boney portion of the body, thus inducing a lot of pain and most likely broken bones.
Now if that is not enough, with a little practise you can flick the blade open with one hand and you have a very formattable knife or what I call “pocket sword” the total over all length is 13” which puts even more distance between you and the attacker.
Uzi Tactical Pen – In the past, I have written about a number of fist load weapons, but probably the most favorite is my Uzi Tactical Pen. I have had this for several years. It is a tad smaller compared to a roll of dimes, made of aircraft aluminum and it writes great also. This sort of weapon has a lot of uses and you can incorporate a number of knife, stick and martial arts moves and you can use this pretty effectively.
Self Defense Money Clip – This is another one of my favorite weapons which I carry almost daily. I bought mine several years ago and the price was around $20, today they have gone up in price. This is a great weapon and can be really effective in pinch.
Impact Kerambit – This is a weapon that I carry when I am flying. This is nylon “L” shaped item that looks like a tool. In fact, the inventor says to tell people that it is a tool for your suitcase or something like that. You can use this to punch, hammer down on one’s head, and have a very effective “finger” punch using the ring when placing your index finger in this. The inventor has also produced a great DVD on how to use this self defense weapon. If you have some Kerambit knife experience, you will do well with this weapon. You can also purchase quick release belt clip so you can clip this to your belt. Again, people are not surprised to see this because it looks like a tool that you would use to fix something.
Kubaton Key Ring – This is an all around favorite for many people. The kubaton portion has a blunt end and a some what rounded pointy end. The blunt end also has a ring which you can then attach your keys. You can use this as a fist load but it also does well in hammering down on the skull, especially with the pointed end.
Now, if you have a number of keys attached, you also have a pretty mean flail weapon, meaning that you can swing the kubaton and strike the attacker in the face with your keys. All those sharp edges will do some serious damage and most likely cut the attacker’s face
MUNIO Designer Self Defense Keychain – Now this is a new product on the market that I really like. It does a great job of not looking like a personal defense weapon, but it is a pretty mean fist load and an adaption on the kubaton / flail sort of weapon.
Here is what it says on Amazon …
“Just attach MUNIO to your keys and protect yourself by striking with the tip on the front, or by swinging your keys at an attacker. Use either option to break free, gain safe space, and get away! Invented by a self defense instructor… and professional designer! Attractive, appealing styling encourages ready carry, empowering you with an instant safety advantage. NO risk of electrical shock or chemical discharge. Convenient and discreet Effective and easy for anyone to use. Can even work against surprise attacks from behind! Made in America with a Lifetime Warranty!”
What I also like about this key ring weapon is that it comes in MANY different designs, so you can get a design that fits your personality and when other people see it, they have no idea it is a key ring weapon. It looks like any other sort of fob sort of thing that people hang on their key ring. This really is a great covert weapon that anyone could carry.
Military Carbineer – Ok this is a great one and one I have used in the past myself. When we were in the army everyone had their repelling gear with them all the time. One of the items issues was a large carbineer. This is an oval snap ring that we would hook up to a rope and repel down. This is also large enough to fit over your had and act as a fist load / brass knuckles sort of weapon. You can find carbineers all over, what you need to do is find one that fits your hand. I then use this as my key ring and not only do I have a fist load, but also a flail sort of weapon when I attach my keys to it.
Weapons I Recommend
Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6” Knife – http://amzn.to/2nhtCu4
Uzi Tactical Pen – http://amzn.to/2neVv5U
Self Defense Money Clip – http://amzn.to/2mZiP69
Impact Kerambit – http://amzn.to/2nfaDAo
Self Defense Impact Kerambit Personal Protection Tool DVD – http://amzn.to/2nkzvYS
Kubaton Key Ring – http://amzn.to/2neP0A7
MUNIO Designer Self Defense Keychain – http://amzn.to/2nf1jwk
Cold Steel Mini Koga – http://amzn.to/2neWymi
James Keating’s Stinger – http://amzn.to/2nf0Zh4
Monkey Fist Key Chain – http://amzn.to/2mZ1F8s
Military Carbineer – http://amzn.to/2nf5cl3
How To Survive The Lone Wolf Like The One In London
The key is to be alert and aware of your surroundings. This is called situational awareness. Knowing what is going on around you so that you can take action if need be. This is something that you need to practice and over time you will do it automatically. But you have to be conscious of what is going on so that you can act in a moment’s notice.
The biggest problem today is that people have their nose buried in their phone. So, a bad guy can leverage that and attack you when you are not paying attention.
By paying attention to your surroundings you have more of a chance to dodge a vehicle and then also draw a weapon out so that you can defend yourself.
NOW, odds are if you have a weapon and you are alert, the odds are good that the assailant will not attack you.
What you need to remember is that the lone wolf is looking to do as much damage as possible and take as many down with him as he / she can. If they choose to come against you, then that ability to take as many with them is over. Therefore, the odds are good that they will skip you and go after others who are not situationally aware and easy targets.
By being aware you are able to avoid the erratic car driving in your direction and hopefully take cover behind some sort of barrier.
Once you have taken cover, you get your weapon in hand and get ready to fight and defend yourself. If this was me, I would have my Cold Steel Ti-Lite in hand and at the ready. I would not have the knife portion open yet, but would flick it open if the assailant is coming my way. The very act of flicking it open and the bad guy seeing the length of the blade will probably cause them to think again and as I stated, move on to a more defenceless target. But if you are called into the fight, then fight with all your might and make sure that the bad guy never gets back up again.
As bad as this sounds, the key is absolute violence in a short span of time. You need to go absolutely berserk if you are being attacked and do as much damage as fast as you can.
NOTE – You are not acting in the offense and charging after the person, you are acting in the defense. When you are prepared to defend, you have more of a tactical advantage, that is if the person is not towering over you and weighs 300 lbs.
You must remember, there are no rules in a street fight like this and you must stand your ground. One person will be left on the ground and the other will be left standing. What you need to do is apply that shear rage at that moment’s notice so that you are one left standing.
You are fighting for your life, but you are also fighting for the survival and continuation of your family. You do not want to leave them behind, this is why it is critical that you win that fight if you are put in that position.
I know that this is a tough subject to read, but it is the days we are living in and we need to get real about that. Islam is out to kill us, that is a fact, we need to start learning how to defend ourselves so when that terrible day comes, and having done all… To Stand.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.