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Vote -1 Vote +1Mike
June 18, 2010 at 12:53 am


Great newsletter. Thanks for the early access through facebook.

I’m looking forward to going through the negotiating and bartering book this weekend.

One of my favorite improvised weapons is a choke chain. It meets your hard and distance criteria.

I wen through your link to ask my representatives to vote down the bill. I’ll send out the email later today. Thanks for letting me know about this. I still can’t believe it’s real.

Thanks again. M


Vote -1 Vote +1jim
June 18, 2010 at 7:20 am

I contacted my representatives via email. Will follow up by phone with one I know.

Improvised weapons: an ash tray cupped in the palm adds significantly to a slap, a fountain pen (or most any writing tool) makes a painful hole in a human, a deer antler candleholder came in real handy once in disarming a knifewielding attacker


Vote -1 Vote +1David
June 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Thanks, Jim!

Sounds like there’s a good story behind the deer antler 🙂


Vote -1 Vote +1Ann Lamon
June 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

Thanks for keepin’ on. I sent emails to my “representative” and then forwarded the site to a dozen relatives and friends who think like we do. Hope the Feds listen for once.

Thanks again.


Vote -1 Vote +1jackie
June 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

Great letter, I have been told that wasp spray is good for protection. It can shoot from 20 away and your attacker will never know its coming till its too late. I have not tried it Thank the good Lord. But I do have a can ready.


Vote -1 Vote +1David
June 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm

The problems with wasp spray are many. First no human testing has been conducted. Second, it is illegal to use in self defense. The canister labels states “It is a violation of Federal Law to use in any manner inconsistent with this label. NEVER USE INDOORS!” You can also be sued for using wasp spray in self defense because of this warning on the label.

Home defense pepper spray is a much better option. Pepper Spray has been designed to specifically to stop humans, dogs and even bears. Home Defense pepper spray will deploy up to 25 Feet. Pepper spray is legal to use in self defense. Pepper spray is trusted and relied on by police departments worldwide. The biggest advantage pepper spray provides is it doesn’t require pain to incapacitate because of its inflammatory effects. Unlike wasp spray, pepper spray slams the eyes shut and causes a loss of breath sensation which makes it effective even if the attacker is drunk, on drugs or is emotionally disturbed and cannot feel pain. When your life is at stake do you want something that can stop a wasp or a bear? Go with pepper spray. It’s legal and proven.


Vote -1 Vote +1David
June 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm

There’s one other major problem with wasp spray and that’s blowback. I’d guess that at least 1/2 of the time I’ve deployed OC (pepper spray) or had it deployed near me, I got some of it or other good guys got some of it.

I’m used to small to medium amounts of OC now, but I’m not sure if you can ever get used to wasp spray.

In addition, even if I DID get used to it, I don’t think I would want to breathe in those neuro toxins.

-David Morris


Vote -1 Vote +1Scott
June 18, 2010 at 9:35 am

Great newsletter! Improvised weapons and situational awareness are things I attempt to keep at the front of my mind. I always have a SureFire Backup flashlight on me, as well as a folding knife. At my desk I like my letter opener and a tungsten stylus (one for each hand…). My coffee mug is large, wide-bottomed, stainless steel, and has a very sturdy rubberized handle (swings well). I like a “short staff” as a weapon, and have suitable choices throughout my house and garage that either blend in or are hidden (canes, aluminum baseball bat, 3’ length of bamboo, axe handle, etc.). I have a “volunteer” tree that grows in my landscape. About every 2 or 3 years it reaches sufficient height and diameter for me to cut down and make either one long staff or two short staffs. (Hey, it’s something to do…) 🙂

Thanks for the info on HR 5175. I sent an email to all three of my representatives; and forwarded the information on to friends. Looking forward to reading your book on bartering!

I appreciate your work!


Vote -1 Vote +1David
June 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Thanks, Scott.

My surefire backup is one of my favorite carry items…especially in non-permissive environments.



Vote -1 Vote +1David Halusky
June 18, 2010 at 9:50 am

I sign the petition and sent info to others.


Vote -1 Vote +1Todd Wagner
June 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

Dave: Great News Ltr. Looking forward to reading the downloads this wknd. {:{)}

Have been an NRA LM since 1976 & a regular member for some yrs before that. This is the 2nd time, in recent memory, the NRA has done something that boggles my mind. You can not lay down with dogs without catching fleas if the members don’t hold the leadership accountable the NRA will loose more than it gained. {:{(}

Keep up the good fight. Thanks. Now to send my e-mails to Congress!


Vote -1 Vote +1David
June 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Hey Todd, I too am VERY disappointed with the NRA. They’re trying to backpedal and spin things to justify their actions, but the fact is that the exemption in the bill was written for them.



Vote -1 Vote +1Jazbo
June 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I did number two and three, I hope this bill gets stopped!


Vote -1 Vote +1Jeremy
June 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

One of my favorite IW’s takes a couple seconds to make if you have that amount of time to spare. Just take off a shoe, then your sock, and then find anything that would slip down to the bottom that’s hard and weighs a pound. Makes for a heckuva baton.


Vote -1 Vote +1Mike
June 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Hey David, Mike again. I read the first part of your negotiating book this morning. I kind of got excited and I tried out one of your negotiating tips buying a grill out of the classifieds and saved $10 on a $100 purchase. I’ve had it less than a day and it’s almost paid for itself. Thanks!


Vote -1 Vote +1charles
June 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Great newsletter. I personally carry a cane with me where ever I go. The cane must have a “crook” or typical “U” shaped bend at the end you grasp. As long as it has a crook, it is legal to carry anywhere; an airport, hospital, church, nightclub, court room…anywhere. I prefer to use a combat certified cane and I have taken lessons on how to use it in combat. Visit http://www.canemasters.com to learn more.


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
June 23, 2010 at 10:41 am

Hey Charles,

Yes, canes and umbrellas are wonderful tools to help improve reach, penetration, focus, and speed. Please let me know if you are officially connected with canemasters.com There are a good number of people in my audience who were, at one time, the tip of the sword. While they still have their warrior spirit and mindset, formal training with improvised weapons would be a big benefit.

David Morris


Vote -1 Vote +1Eric
June 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

I sent e-mails and forwarded the message.
My favorite improvised weapon is the one I can reach.


Vote -1 Vote +1john
August 25, 2010 at 9:23 am

using improvised weapons is a good thing and thats including the wasp spray and the bad guys dont care how they win why should we and in the end their should be one story your story because given the fact they will not hesitate to kill u so why should u hesitate to kill them a good example the terrorist will not hesitate to kill u and the narco terrorist in juarez mexico will do the same thing so if i get the drop on them the better for me


Vote -1 Vote +1Seabeeprepared
September 24, 2010 at 9:30 am

Here is a good one for your mom, your wife and your daughter. they can wear those “chopstick like” hair pins made of hard plastic. They already have a handle and a point. They are easy to reach in an emergency. They are permitted on airplanes, buses and trains and if they keep a small piece of sandpaper in there purse (or a coarse nail file) they can sharpen a point into one of there chopsticks quite quickly. GO GET EM GIRLS!
nothing is as fine as a fine woman who can wield lethal force!


Vote -1 Vote +1Rich
September 24, 2010 at 11:19 am

I have been a european martial artist for the last 18 years. (think armor, swords and shields) My favorite weapon has always been a morning star. A morning star is a 2-3 pound metal ball on a chain attached to a handle.You can make a simple morning star out of a length of rope and a couple of padlocks. take a 3-4 foot length of rope (heavy clothes line will do in a pinch) and tie the ends together with a strong knot. Lock the padlocks onto the rope loop and there you go. This has the advantage of being able to keep your attackers at bay from a short distance. With some practice you could wrap up and pull a knife, or club out of your attackers hand, and you will be able to wrap around an attackers shield if he is using one(think metal trash can lid or piece of plywood) and still inflict injury or even death. The drawback to this weapon is recovery time (the time it takes you to throw a shot and recover to throw another one) and a self hitting shot ( If your shot misses, you can hit yourself with this weapon). I suggest getting a foam pool toy noodle (about 6″ or more in diameter and 6″-9″ long), cutting it in half lengthwise, prepare your rope as stated above. Insted of putting on your padlocks, wrap a good ammount of duct tape around the end for weight, then take the pool noodle halves and encase the rope and duct tape. Duct tape the pool noodle closed and you have yourself a practice morning star. Make two and practice with a friend. I have a homemade morning star made out of old military webbing and 6 padlocks. I am able to swing it with enough force to put a hole in 3/4 inch plywood. You can add a short handle on the other end by using an old broom handle and drilling a hole. Run your length of rope through the hole then tie the knot. The handle should only be 6-9 inches long. It sounds like alot but really isn’t and with a little practice can be a fast and deadly weapon.


Vote -1 Vote +1janet
September 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I emailed my senators and “representative” (I use the term loosely) which includes Alan Mollohan, a lame duck loose cannon and Jay Rockefeller, a real conservative dynamo. I have contacted them before on issues and get the standard pat -on-the head email saying they appreciate hearing my opinion but have no intention to consider it seriously. I think I just spit into the wind again.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jonah Nyngenson
February 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

Really nice site you have and interesting post by the way! 😉


Vote -1 Vote +1bob wheeless
September 16, 2011 at 11:28 am

As always, I’d be remiss not to thank you for looking after our welfare.
Over my forty-five years in construction I’ve witnessed several fights but never one more devastating than two young men who attacked an older carpenter who defended himself with a handsaw. The end result was two men in the hospital with severe upper-body lacerations and one in jail for assualt with a deadly weapon, he was later exonerated. One thing for sure, a simple handsaw has advantages.

Thanks again,


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