Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- As with many leftist writers in Europe and the United States, the author appears to glory in their ignorance of weapons and weapon technology. The short spear improvised from a kitchen knife, above, is not a “makeshift bayonet”. A bayonet is a blade that is to be attached to a firearm for use in hand to hand fighting. There is no firearm associated with the blade in the picture above. From walesonline.com:
Police raided a home and found two loaded crossbows and a makeshift bayonet.
A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
A spokesman for the police said: “NPT Sandfields forced entry to an address.
It is not clear what the man was arrested for. It is legal to own crossbows in the UK without any license if the owner is over the age of 18. Spears are also legal to own in the UK, without a license. Swords may be owned; but they may not be sold, traded, or given away unless they were made by “traditional methods”.
Using the keyboard to scale the blade, it appears to be 5 or 6 inches long.
I find it bizarre that some of the press in the UK label this crude attempt at making effective weapons, “terrifying”. Just about any teenage boy with a hacksaw, file, drill, and hammer, could do much better in a few hours.
Still, improvised weapons such as this can be effective. In Alaska, a homeless man fashioned a similar weapon with a longer blade, and used it to kill a bear. From cbc.ca:
Tandler picked up the spear, which he had earlier prepared for protection by attaching the long knife blade to the branch, said Dave Battle, the Anchorage-area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Battle said Tandler threw the spear at the cub, hitting it in the side. The bear ran for about 20 yards before collapsing and dying.
“It's the first time I've run across the spearing of a bear,” Battle said.
Authorities determined the bear kill was legal under the state's defense of life and property law.
Here is a video link of an American boy playing with a homemade spear and spear thrower.
In an early account of the exploration of Australia by Europeans, an Aboriginal asked to see a pistol demonstrated. It was a typical single shot muzzle loading firearm. After seeing it work, the Aboriginal was supposedly unimpressed, indicating that he could do as well with his woomera or spear-thrower. In the new world, spear throwers are called atlatls.
Iron age weapons such as swords, spears, crossbows, and other man-powered weapons are easily created by high school students out of scrap metal. Prisoners often create crude but effective knives, called “shanks” in prison.
The United Kingdom used to be some of the premier weapons makers and wielders on the planet.
Now their media try to indoctrinate them into terror from crude imitations of 14th-century weaponry.
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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.