Thursday, June 11, 2009

I'd Appreciate If You Didn't Grab My Asp

TOR posted a link to Women of Caliber a while back and I started browsing it because, well, as a single mom being prepared to defend yourself and your family is NEVER a bad thing. It's written by women self-defense instructors, so I knew it wasn't just someone blowing smoke.

It should be mentioned (I'm not sure that I've really blogged about it) TOR and Ryan the 3L have both been bugging me about being more prepared for home defense. And although something happening to the Boy is my biggest reason to have a home firearm, it's also my biggest concern about having one. He is horribly curious, and is also a ninja. There is not a way for me to safety store a loaded weapon in my home, short of in one of those safes that only open for your fingerprint (and I don't have that kind of $$$ just hanging around). We (the Ryan's and I, as well as others) have been considering and weighing options for more then a year, but I just haven't found one I can with good conscience settle on yet. Now, back to the subject.

I was browsing Women of Caliber and saw an article called Don't You Dare Touch My Asp. Considering my hesitation about getting a firearm, I can't believe I'd never thought of one. Now, I've never personally owned an Asp. A friend of ours had one growing up (which tells you a bit about how we all grew up), so I've seen it used and I would feel comfortable wielding one. They are very simple, but when used correctly can inflict a lot of damage. And as Kellene pointed out in her article, even if you can't manage to telescope the baton out, having a 6 inch- 2 lb hunk of steel in your hands is going to give any hits you get in quite a bit more impact.

I consulted TOR, and I think he generally agrees with me that an asp could be a solution for me considering my circumstances (although I'll let him speak for himself on the one). Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to look around some in town and see if I can't find one at a decent price. My dad (who used to be in law enforcement) also agreed to do lend me his melon for practicing on. No, I don't plan to actually hit him, but we are going to do some scenario type stuff. Practice makes perfect, and I'd rather not freeze up should I need to use the asp to defend myself.


  1. You stole my thunder. Anyway I will still write on the matter. And your procrastinating friend needs to get that cable lock in the mail.

  2. I'm sorry I stole your thunder lol. You still have the advantage of knowing what your talking about, so I give you the edge.

  3. Maggy, No worries. The thunder can be shared.

  4. Just make sure that carrying it is legal in your state. I can't carry one of those on my person, but I can have it in my vehicle.

  5. I have carried & used one for years, and the wife has been carrying one for the past 3 years... I highly recommend them... The sound of one opening really gets their attention, while it's not a "magic bullet" it's really another notch in your belt....

  6. You might consider also keeping a sturdy wood-handled corn broom around - look for the old fashioned kind with the hefty wood handle. Use to poke and prod, a quarterstaff. When in need, think of the broom part as camouflage, distraction. Practice using as a spear to thrust - face, belly, chest. Use the broom end for non-lethal situations, and for practice at grabbing the broom when needed. You could leave a broom in the corner next to the door and never raise an eyebrow - but be ready to defend yourself.

    Practice footwork, body position, pay attention to what moves focus power at your desire point of impact, and think about what points of impact are likely to be available and useful - weapon hand, torso, throat, face, shoulder, knee/feet, crotch. Be ready to follow up - to be sure an assailant is *down* before you stop.



We love comments! We are happy to answer questions, join in debate and conversation, or just say hi. All we ask is for respect. Respect us and others. Keep it civil. Obviously we aren't afraid of cussing but we don't like anyone degraded or invalidated.

We also know we make mistakes. Feel free to call us out. You can't improve things that need it if you aren't aware of it.

If you have an opinion share it but know if it is going to cause hurt to someone we care about we will not approve it.

Most of all have fun!!