Imagine you live in a state that ignores the second amendment, or for some other reason you can’t own a firearm, what do you keep by your bed at night for protection. A firearm would always be my first choice, if it is legal. If not, there are many things that will serve as weapons. Examples would be a baseball bat, golf clubs, knifes, axes, hammers, the list is almost endless.
However, a friend of mine has come up with a defensive idea that I feel is an excellent choice for people who can’t own or possess firearms. He keeps a US Model 1917 Naval Cutlass and a can of pepper spray beside his bed. The Model 1917 is a perfect choice it is short, the blade being 24 inches in length. Because it was carried on some ships until 1949, original cutlasses are not too hard to find. There are also several companies that manufacture replicas or similar short swords.
With these two items in a darkened house at night, imagine a blast of pepper spray in the face and being struck with the cutlass. In a darkened house, that you are familiar with, you would stand a good chance against a burglar armed with a firearm. The 24-inch blade is short enough that you could use it in tight areas like a hallway. In police training, you are taught that in many cases a man with a knife can reach you from 21 feet before you can draw and fire your weapon. In the confines’ of a house, I would hate to encounter a determined defender armed with a cutlass and pepper spray, they just might kill you.