Lawyer and reservist, upholding the right to life and self-defense. These are the tools that defend these rights.

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1. How to Choose a Defensive Handgun

2. Apocalypse Loadout

3. In Praise of Revolvers

4. Blade Education

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Ruger 1911.

Glock does one thing particularly well - keep on running.

I’ve just had 5,000 rounds through my latest one, with absolutely no failures. No FTEs, FTFs, or any other malfunctions of any kind.  That’s why my primary carry gun is a Glock.

I cannot trust my life to a gun that has less than total reliability.

A fast and deadly little devil.

The classic M911. 

My Glock is with me at the day’s beginning, and at its end.

Um, I'm a Fan of anything bigger than a Machete or anything that requires two hands on the handle, and is built for a hack and slash method. Can you give out any recommendations? I would be very pleased if there is any.
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

Crusader Sword

There’s a company called Traditional Filipino Weapons that makes high-quality Filipino and Chinese style swords for the US market.  Lately they’ve been branching out into Western style swords such as this fearsome Crusader Sword with a 32” blade. 

Check them out, you can probably save on the shipping cost by having their Filipino bladesmith send the sword direct to you, instead of getting it from their stock in the US.

Strider.

Hello! So, i live in the Netherlands and getting a gun here is quite impossible. But do you think a crossbow is a good alternative, when it comes to preparedness? Or are there other weapons higher up on the list? Thank you!
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

Crossbows are excellent alternatives when rifles are unobtainable. In fact they hold some advantages over rifles, namely reusable ammo and relatively quiet operation.

Modern technology has made crossbows more powerful, accurate and lighter than their medieval ancestors.   A single crossbow bolt traveling at 300 feet per second could generate over 100 foot pounds of impact energy, which would easily penetrate the ribcage of a human being.

Also, take a look at the broadheads pictured above.  Those things are going to create more massive wounds than a tiny rifle bullet.

Asker kirkendauhl Asks:
Quick question: From your experience, which type of edge do you prefer on a knife for general use. The kind that's sharpened on one edge, or both. I think the technical term for it is beveled, but I'm not entirely sure.
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

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It depends on the use.  Generally, the edge types will involve a trade off between sharpness and durability.

1) Hollow Grind, 
2) Flat Grind (AKA Scandi Grind)
3) Sabre Grind
4) Chisel Grind
5) Double bevel Grind
6) Convex Grind (AKA Axe Grind)

1 is the sharpest and least durable, 2 is a little less sharp, but a little more durable, and so on all the way to no. 6, which is the least sharp, but most durable.  

Edges 1, 2 and 3 prioritize sharpness over durability.  These kinds of edges will need to be re-sharpened often.

You’ll find these edges on blades used for self-defense, or for skinning or preparing game - where precise slicing cuts are required.  

Edges 4, 5 and 6 prioritize durability over sharpness. They are not as sharp, but do not need frequent re-sharpening. You’ll find these edges on hard-use tools such as chisels, axes, and machetes, where batoning, hacking and chopping cuts are required.

If by “general use” you mean you will use your knife as a bushcraft or outdoor tool, then edges 4 to 6 will serve you well.  If you mean hunting, food preparation or self-defense, then edges 1-3 will be ideal.