Shields in Contemporary Self and Crowd Defense
We all saw the video of the Based Stickman Kyle Chapman. And, I’m sure we all liked the shield. He made great choices with his gear. But the shield really stood out to me.
I have been thinking about the use of ballistic shields since the Newton Massacre, and I was very pleased to see one being put to use–even it was only plywood.
So, I made a couple videos which bring together my legal and martial arts training. As a lawyer, I like the defensive aspect of the shield for avoiding legal difficulties. As a person who trains for defense, I like the idea of shielding from blows.
After building them, however, I went back to an old standard that was taught to be almost twenty years ago—the backpack and the book.
I know it doesn’t sound very intimidating, but using a backpack for defense is surprisingly effective. And, as I highlight in the videos, you don’t need to go to the hardware store and build your own straps.
A shield, even the well-designed one featured in my video, isn’t very good for defending from blows. The legs are vulnerable, the arm it’s tied to is slow to respond, and the balance is all wrong. It is however, great for defending against thrown objects like rocks, bottles, and pepper spray.
But so is a backpack with something rigid inside of it. You might use a large book, a ballistic backpack insert from , a piece of plywood as shown in the video, or a zip binder. You can hold it over your head to avoid getting hit with a rock. You can jab with it if attackers are close by, provided you don’t have anything else in the bag. And you can stop bullets with it if you have the insert.
If people are gearing up to show support for Trump and refuse to be driven into silence by leftists, consider your local laws and the benefits of emptying everything from your backpack and inserting a ballistic insert. That way you can defend yourself without looking like an extra from Mad Max.
Author: Matthew Nolan: attorney, product designer, business consultant, and manager of Crowd Defense
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