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I was thinking of buying a cane for self defense made of hickory. They are expensive but I think they are worth it as it is something I can carry into an airplane. I am still carrying conceal but am thinking this is a good non lethal item also will help keep away the 4 legged dogs at a distance. Was wondering if anyone here uses one for the same purpose I want to use it.
 

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I have a couple with a grip similar to the handle on a police baton, t-grip I think it was called. Hardwood, one was hard maple with a walnut handle, the other hickory and a maple handle made to the right height for you, good looking sticks. I couldn't move well without one for a long while. It was about as solid as a baseball bat, sent a couple dogs on their way out of my path and on one occasion kept some unpleasantness from escalating. The gentleman who made them was out in Washington, and went by the name Ameri-cane or American Cane, sorry memory is vague on that. Mosaad Ayoob wrote a couple articles on them years ago when discussing less than lethal protection. And I never had a problem with TSA or other security points.
 

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Carver used to make them.
And I still do on occasion. Working on one now for a friend. For those that are looking for a cane for SD, get one purpose made for the task. A few tactics:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...9CA9A6B1224D52729E049CA9A6B1224D527&FORM=VIRE

Swinging one is not a good idea. They break, and then there is always the chance that the BG will take it away from you. Here's one for $35 that is purpose made for SD. The crook has been widened, and the grooves, and notches serve a purpose. https://www.ebay.com/itm/HARDWOOD-W...TIAL-ARTS-CANE-/332768569070?oid=232370169775

You could always pick one up at a flea market, or garage sale, and modify it your self.
 

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I use a cane everyday and never considered it a weapon. I will have to reconsider my choice of a cane and get one like in the @carver post.
 

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I custom ordered one with a birds head where I can use the beak to puncture made of what they refer to as hickory thumper. Supposedly they harvest the wood during winter when the wood is full of sap and makes for a heavier denser wood.

I have to rethink my self defense options as I age where before I relied on my youth and strength and flexibility; as I am aging and all the injuries I suffered, my flexibilities are not what I remember. When I do my exercises and kicks and what not I am now popping louder and more rapidly than bubbles wrap. Mind is young, but the body is not. But not to worry as I still won't leave home without a gun and knife. I may forget my wallet but not my gun and knife.
 

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I was thinking of buying a cane for self defense made of hickory. They are expensive but I think they are worth it as it is something I can carry into an airplane. I am still carrying conceal but am thinking this is a good non lethal item also will help keep away the 4 legged dogs at a distance. Was wondering if anyone here uses one for the same purpose I want to use it.
I bought several at auctions for next to nothing.

I don't need them for walking or anything but back when those antifa nuts were raising cain every where I figured a good stout stick might come in handy and I'm 64. I can carry that thing any where I want and no one bats an eye. Half the year I have a long gray beard, put on my flat cap and people are giving me their seat and the senior discounts with out even asking.
 

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....no doubt in New York there will soon be laws that canes must be less than 18 inches and be flexible so as not to be used as a weapon...
Just go buy one of those collapsible walking canes from Walmart, or the pharmacy. They don't work well for keeping buggers off you!
 

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....no doubt in New York there will soon be laws that canes must be less than 18 inches and be flexible so as not to be used as a weapon...
I'll just avoid going to New York.
 

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Kinda reminds me of my Great great great x10 grampa George. He darn near was hung back about 1770 or so for beating some twerp to death with his stick. George was 60 something or more then. He was found guilty and scheduled to hang when the judge let him out and told him to run for the county line and don't come back. "If we ever see you again in this county the sentence will be carried out immediately."
 

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I'm figuring all the cracking & popping I do whenever I exert myself, will scare most anyone away. I know it works with my DW. Trying to put some moves on in the bed room brings on that pouty face where she thinks I"m injuring body parts just trying to turn over.
 

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I'm figuring all the cracking & popping I do whenever I exert myself, will scare most anyone away. I know it works with my DW. Trying to put some moves on in the bed room brings on that pouty face where she thinks I"m injuring body parts just trying to turn over.
I know what you mean. My wife started calling me "Jiffy" as in Jiffy Popcorn because I pop a lot.
 

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I want to add a little something to this thread. There are books, and videos, as well as personal classes that you can use to learn how to defend yourself with a walking stick, or cane. But don't waste your time, and money. Most of this stuff is not defensive, but offensive. Police, and military train to use a stick for holding, or trapping a BG. This is offensive, not defensive. You do need to practice, but practice hitting or jabbing pressure points. Pressure points, and bones that don't have much muscle or flesh to protect them should be your only targets. Sure a sharp stick to the eye is a good way to stop a threat, but under duress, that's a mighty small, moving target! What is the purpose of a hand gun? To stop a threat. This should also be the purpose of carrying a walking stick, or cane. They will kill when used properly. What you get from the books, videos, and personal training is mostly Martial Arts. You don't have to be a Navy Seal to protect yourself.
 

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Living here in San Antonio I find myself unarmed more frequently than I care for because of medical appointments on the military installations or the wife want to shop at the BX or PX. Afterwards if she does not find anything she wants to go somewhere else and than she wants to grab something to eat. Since I can not take my firearms onto base and I do not want to drive another 20 minutes to go home and pickup my gun, I don't have anything but my wits to deal with in a bad situation. I just figured a cane would provide some advantage over nothing. In reality I know my chances against a gun is zero but its like when some newby wants to carry a 22lr for self defense, something is better than nothing.
 

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Living here in San Antonio I find myself unarmed more frequently than I care for because of medical appointments on the military installations or the wife want to shop at the BX or PX. Afterwards if she does not find anything she wants to go somewhere else and than she wants to grab something to eat. Since I can not take my firearms onto base and I do not want to drive another 20 minutes to go home and pickup my gun, I don't have anything but my wits to deal with in a bad situation. I just figured a cane would provide some advantage over nothing. In reality I know my chances against a gun is zero but its like when some newby wants to carry a 22lr for self defense, something is better than nothing.
Lackland AFB has a visitor center, as well as a reception center. Why not give them a call? I've been told, but do not know for a fact, that some of these type facilities has a place/way to store personal firearms for you while you visit the base. I have carried on military installations in the past, and probably will in the future. Most bases will run sporadic checks at the gate, but I've not been caught in one yet. I was directed to pull over for an inspection once, but when no one showed up to do the inspecting, I was cut loose. While I don't shop on base, I do utilize their camping facilities anytime I need to camp out. Just about every military base offers camping facilities, as well as boat rentals if they have a lake to fish on. Check em out, it won't hurt, and you might find a way to carry more often.
 

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Lackland AFB has a visitor center, as well as a reception center. Why not give them a call? I've been told, but do not know for a fact, that some of these type facilities has a place/way to store personal firearms for you while you visit the base. I have carried on military installations in the past, and probably will in the future. Most bases will run sporadic checks at the gate, but I've not been caught in one yet. I was directed to pull over for an inspection once, but when no one showed up to do the inspecting, I was cut loose. While I don't shop on base, I do utilize their camping facilities anytime I need to camp out. Just about every military base offers camping facilities, as well as boat rentals if they have a lake to fish on. Check em out, it won't hurt, and you might find a way to carry more often.
I've done it a couple of times in Corpus Christi at the naval base and the guys do ask all the time if you are carrying. I fessed up twice and both times I was told to pull over while security took the gun to their armory. Problem I had was the wait time. I had to wait over an hour both times to have some one escort me to the gate and another time waiting because no one was available as they were out on a call. Have not tried Lackland yet or Randolph or Ft Sam Houston but maybe I should. Thanks for the suggestion.
 
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