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Oooo - a blow gun might be more up my alley - I don't like loud weapons. We're looking at crossbows, and we've swords, daggers including some that might as well be short swords, machetes....
Careful on crossbows, especially the older ones. Strings for older models (those with just the crossbar, no cams) can be very tough to locate. Unless you deeply trust your local archery shop to be competent to make one, best to shop around, online even. A local shop always did me good with all the bows I own. Never an issue with strings until they said they could make one for my old Powermaster crossbow (made in 1965 by Wham-O). Turns out they just took a bow string and wound the loops smaller so it'd not slip over the arm tips. HINT: that's not the way to do it. It put so much stress on the loops that on my first firing one loop broke and just missed removing my nose off my face.

Spend the money on a new model crossbow, you'll appreciate the ease of finding components.
 

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Careful on crossbows, especially the older ones. Strings for older models (those with just the crossbar, no cams) can be very tough to locate. Unless you deeply trust your local archery shop to be competent to make one, best to shop around, online even. A local shop always did me good with all the bows I own. Never an issue with strings until they said they could make one for my old Powermaster crossbow (made in 1965 by Wham-O). Turns out they just took a bow string and wound the loops smaller so it'd not slip over the arm tips. HINT: that's not the way to do it. It put so much stress on the loops that on my first firing one loop broke and just missed removing my nose off my face.

Spend the money on a new model crossbow, you'll appreciate the ease of finding components.
That's the plan - we're looking for some new ones, including looking at a pistol grip one for me.
 
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That's the plan - we're looking for some new ones, including looking at a pistol grip one for me.
You might want to consider a spear gun. My stepfather worked for US Divers and brought one home and it saved our bacon, so to speak.

Some guy (high as a kite and violent) broke into our house and got as far as the kitchen when my Mom ran out of the bedroom with the loaded spear gun and shot him in the thigh. He ran and got as far as the alley before he dropped and the cops hauled him off. This was an old one with cartridges but the new ones are pretty powerful.

A flare gun will put the drop on someone's ass pretty quick too if they're up close and personal and they're very handy to have camping and on a boat.

My self defense preferences lean toward bear pepper spray, cast iron frying pans and a Cutco meat cleaver, but having options is not a bad thing.
 

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You might want to consider a spear gun. My stepfather worked for US Divers and brought one home and it saved our bacon, so to speak.

Some guy (high as a kite and violent) broke into our house and got as far as the kitchen when my Mom ran out of the bedroom with the loaded spear gun and shot him in the thigh. He ran and got as far as the alley before he dropped and the cops hauled him off. This was an old one with cartridges but the new ones are pretty powerful.

A flare gun will put the drop on someone's ass pretty quick too if they're up close and personal and they're very handy to have camping and on a boat.

My self defense preferences lean toward bear pepper spray, cast iron frying pans and a Cutco meat cleaver, but having options is not a bad thing.
Oh, good suggestion - since three of the four people in our house have medical, guns are currently out of the question, because background checks - but there are all sorts of other weapons. I also still like the idea of blowguns though.
 

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Machetes are common in our house....I keep an aluminum bat.. tho they say you should keep a glove nearby so you can tell the judge you play baseball in your spare time.
 
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Doesn't everyone take a machete with them when they go camping? Or are we the only ones left that don't hit the campgrounds?
 
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When I was a kid, we had a fairly dense hedge and no power trimmer. It was too heavy for those long clipers, and cutting each branch with clippers would take forever. I got very good with a machete.
 

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The Ohio shooting was a cluster from the start. The 911 caller repeatedly told the dispatcher that the guy "was pointing the gun at shoppers and may have loaded it with bullets." “He’s, like, pointing it at people,” “He was pointing at people. Children walking by.” He told reporters the same story and in his statement to police. It wasn't until a month later when security footage showed otherwise that the 911 caller revised his statement to “At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody,”.

It was horrible that he was killed. The cops were pretty much lead to believe it was an active shooter type of situation they were responding to. The one officer who shot overreacted imo. However I still lay a good portion of the blame on the caller who played up what was happening, probably to be a media hero imo.

Doubts cast on witness's account of black man killed by police in Walmart

Ohio Walmart video reveals moments before officer killed John Crawford

So for mosyapolitic to state that a black man was killed by cops for looking at guns is a gross injustice to all parties involved.
 

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The Ohio shooting was a cluster from the start. The 911 caller repeatedly told the dispatcher that the guy "was pointing the gun at shoppers and may have loaded it with bullets." “He’s, like, pointing it at people,” “He was pointing at people. Children walking by.” He told reporters the same story and in his statement to police. It wasn't until a month later when security footage showed otherwise that the 911 caller revised his statement to “At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody,”.

It was horrible that he was killed. The cops were pretty much lead to believe it was an active shooter type of situation they were responding to. The one officer who shot overreacted imo. However I still lay a good portion of the blame on the caller who played up what was happening, probably to be a media hero imo.

Doubts cast on witness's account of black man killed by police in Walmart

Ohio Walmart video reveals moments before officer killed John Crawford

So for mosyapolitic to state that a black man was killed by cops for looking at guns is a gross injustice to all parties involved.
So at the time the police arrived, he presented no obvious threat to anyone? He wasn't aiming, or brandishing, a gun when they shot him?

Why did they think they needed to use lethal force at that point?
 
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So at the time the police arrived, he presented no obvious threat to anyone? He wasn't aiming, or brandishing, a gun when they shot him?

Why did they think they needed to use lethal force at that point?
They didn't think they needed to use lethal force at that point. They saw an opportunity to kill a black man with no consequence and they acted on it. This is the country they want. SRSLY