Choosing the right weapon is like choosing the right shoe. You have to take a number of factors into account. Where will you be? What is the terrain like? How close or far will you be from whomever will experience said weapon? Will you be running?
If you are in the woods running from a mad axeman, wearing your Jimmy Choo strappy sandals is not a great idea. Not only are you going to ruin that signature shoe, but you are apt to break an ankle. Similarly, if you are being chased by a mad axeman, when you have to fight back, you’ll want a weapon on hand. It will have to be easily transported and usable at a safe distance.
Also like shoes, the number of possible weapons is staggering. Guns, knives, axes, cross bows, maces, shivs, poison, electricity, vehicles, blunt objects…All weapons that are not inventions of necessity need to be researched and practiced before you find yourself using them.
If guns are your weapon of choice, take gun safety and shooting lessons. Cross bows, take archery classes. Blunt objects, string up watermelons in trees as piñatas.
This weapon has a number of items in its subset. Some are small enough to hide in your cleavage. Others need to be wheeled about on vehicles. When choosing the right gun, look for something you’ll be able to handle. If it’s too heavy to carry, it’s probably best left alone. Unless you have the upper body strength of Linda Hamilton a la Termintator 2, stay away from the guns with loads of kickback. Also, be aware that you’ll need to be able to carry extra ammo and reload quickly.
While these are often more children of necessity than a predetermined weapon, learning to wield one successfully could save your life. For example, if you are petite or need to lift a few weights, choke up on the bat to increase the strength of your swing.
Sharps are as varied as guns. Choose a weapon that is light enough to control, but strong enough to do damage. A butter knife may be easy to control, but attacking someone with one is just silly. Half the time they can’t even cut cold butter! Go for the butcher’s knife! To learn how to safely and effectively wield a knife, take a cooking class that focuses on meats. For larger weapons like kitanas and swords, look into taking fencing or martial arts classes.
Whatever your choice, be sure to take your own physical attributes into consideration. Be sure to try your weapons on before the big event: everything is uncomfortable before it's properly broken in.
What weapons would you choose? How would you prepare? Tell us in the comments.
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