Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Can you say he’s wrong

Seriously, read the whole thing and tell me otherwise.

I’d love to hear some good news these days.

Only thing I can say with certainty: I have water, limited electric not relying on the grid, on a hill thats hard to find if ya’aint been there a time or two. The rest; food and security, are being worked on. Chickens are easy, but not so easy to keep hidden (damned rooster crows CARRY)

One point in the above link I disagree with: Swords. Yeah, they are silent, with surprise. But several points not addressed. They are messy as all get out. If you go up against another sword wielder, silence is NOT in the game: clanging scrtiching metal sounds carry a LONG way. They are messy as all get out and the carnage is FAR BEYOND what most could stomach. They are muscle memory specific. They are messy as all get out; best to leave the scene as is, as warning to other looters, vagabonds and cut-throats. Too sharp and they can be a liabilty: get hung up in the body OR carry through too well and bite YOU. And did I mention the mess???

Knife/sword fights are going to leave a mess no matter how ‘efficient’ you are; even an assassins knife leaves a mess. Want an idea of HOW messy swords can be? Take a gallon jug of ketchup to a third story balcony and drop it on pavement. Thats close to what a human will bleed out before losing all cognizance (past the point of no return) and if ya really wanna make it realistic, toss in a bunch of coffee grounds and linked sausages,( to simulate opened bowels.) As for smells? That ones easy: visit a livestock processor and add in the smells of a sewage treatment plant. People tend to lose sphincter control in trauma based deaths: nuff said on that.

And I much prefer being able to reach out and touch someone LONG before they have the same option. I’ll stick with my long arms, pistols or BOW AND ARRROWS, before I will resort to handheld edged implements. Trust me, the broadheads I have leave HUGE GAPING WOUNDS that bleed a deer out FAST! Hoomans have a lot less blood in ’em. And I’m well practiced with it: almost as much as I am with my rifles. And a Bow, properly tuned is nearly silent, and is quiet enough that some clodhopper making noise in the woods would never hear it.

Another point that I NEVER hear discussed: .22 short ammunition. Used in a bolt or lever rifle, they work flawlessly, and are just as quiet as my bow. I much prefer shorts when hunting squirrel: you can usually bag 2 or 3, in the same tree, before the rest catch on and start asking “hey!?! Whuhappened to simple Johnny????” And a short, at close range, with proper shot placement is just as deadly as any other properly placed round. (With ammo prices they way they are, shorts aren’t that much less than LR rounds, and may even be hens teeth to find these days.)

Updated: forgot to mention this about .22 shorts. Around here, poachers regularly use shorts to bag deer, off season. Why? They are quiet enough that said poacher doesn’t clue the game warden of his location, and one round in the region of the ear drops a deer in its tracks; no chasing it needed.

More later when my mind ain’t on killin’ n such,,,,

4 responses

  1. I doubt it originated with him, but I recall ESR summing up a/the issue with blade (pick one…) fighting: The ‘winner’ is the one who *gets* to go the hospital.


    April 3, 2022 at 11:45 am

    • Purtmuch. Or the one who bleeds out LAST.
      I was taught that in such, you get in fast, hit faster and get out fastest; BUT its best to avoid if at all possible.


      April 3, 2022 at 12:19 pm

  2. An excellent, if terrifying read. Thanks for passing it on. And fwiw, I’m in full agreement with you – time is short and the future looks ugly. I’ve been very reticent to hit the range and use up any precious ammo, but heightened skills may be very necessary sooner rather than later. And my bow…well, let’s just say it’s been collecting dust too. Same with the wrist rocket. Guess it’s time to get off my duff, and get some practice in BEFORE it becomes a life and death situation!


    April 4, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    • Definitely!!! Use the low cost stuff (ie .22) to get the muscle memory back to snuff. Even a little sumpin is better than hopin’ alone.


      April 4, 2022 at 3:50 pm

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