Amrik Singh, 58, was at the register when a masked gunman entered the store and demanded money.
Singh complied and began filling a bag with bills from the drawer. When the crook got greedy and tried to grab the coins, Singh decided enough was enough.
The mild-mannered filling station owner removed one of his slippers and hit the robber in the face. As the gunman pointed his shotgun at Singh, the store owner charged as he continued to slap the robber.
Singh fell and suffered minor scrapes and bruises. The wannabe thief fled — empty handed.
Daily Objects as Improvised Weapons
Maybe you don’t work in a convenience store and using your slippers to ward off a shotgun wielding bandit, but there are still some ways you can defend yourself with objects in everyday use.
In America 1 out of every five people will be victimized by violence. Potentially deadly weapons are any items which may cause death or severe injury. These objects can be used by themselves with little to no training.
The key to defense with everyday objects is injuring the neck, chest and large arteries. To severely hurt someone strike at the abdomen and extremities. Start with slicing motions and start stabbing. It doesn’t matter. All cuts hurt.
Throw hot coffee on the attacker. Burds do a great job of overloading the central nervous system, and the attacker will fixate on their injuries instead of what else is going on. A hot beverage in hand is effective despite not being a weapon.
A pen, hard plastic or metal, can be effective for striking soft points such as the attacker’s face and neck. If you get near the eyes, so much the better. Knives and sharp objects such as ice picks and screwdrivers can also be used to poke holes in the attacker.
Pick up a rock and swing it at the attacker’s head. Swing it over and over at the attackers head until the lights go out and their central nervous system gives up. Ideally, land a few shots to the attacker’s head and then extend the attacks to the arms, legs and groin.
Use an extinguisher as a blunt weapon as well as a distance weapon. The chemicals in extinguishers will irritate the eyes when sprayed in the attacker’s face. When the attacker is blinded, smack them in the head with the tank.
Shovels, rakes, hoes and other metal-tipped objects are good for keeping an attacker at a distance as well as poking and hitting with the tools.
Bats, racquets and other long hard object work ideally as blunt force weapons.
Any kind will work on the eyes. Take a look at the container’s warning label to spot the areas of the body which could be a target. Bleach, aerosol insect poisons, powder detergent and hair spray, will temporarily blind an attacker giving you time to continue with your defense of choice or run.
This article is not legal advice. Be sure to see proper legal guidance as well as self-defense training to be best prepared for a violent attack.