Just about anything – toilet paper, frying pans, drinking straws, dog leashes – can be used as a weapon. It’s true. But how to use them as weapons is probably a mystery to the average person.
Well, that is no longer the case.
Terry Schappert, author of “A Guide To Improvised Weaponry: How to Protect Yourself with WHATEVER You’ve Got,” dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday to discuss his new book and the numerous ways people can turn everyday items into life-saving weapons.
“I’m a green beret,” the U.S. Army Special Forces Ranger said on Gio and Jones, “so obviously I’ve trained most of my life in marital arts – lot of gun stuff and all (those) things we do. But most people don’t have time for that. You’ve got jobs, you’ve got kids – I get it. It’s a big commitment to train. I think it’s great if you train and I think most people should know something.”
Especially in today’s political climate.
“Look around at what’s going on right now,” Schappert said. “It’s an increasingly violence world, a pretty unpredictable place. How can we make people feel perhaps a little bit better that they have a fighting chance? I’ve always been taught that you have – probably within two feet of your radius – something that could help you whether you think of it as a weapon or not.”
Schappert wrote the book with friend and co-author Adam Slutsky.
“Adam and I had a blast,” Schappert said. “ A lot of it was almost cartoonish. Some of the stuff you can do seems cartoonish, and the exercise for this was for you to get creatively thinking. If you at least think a little bit, you won’t be so frozen in the headlights if something bad goes down.”
From candy bars to dish soap to frisbees, just about anything can be used as self-defense.
“Go ahead and take a frisbee, a regular frisbee, and hold it along the side and smash down on a glass table,” Schappert said. “You’ll break the table. You can break a forearm. I’ve been hit in the head with a frisbee. If you take a frisbee and grip it almost like a pie plate along it’s rim and really come down hard, you can break somebody’s jaw with that. You can break their wrist. Again, one of the biggest things is, look, you’re not an MMA fighter. Most people are probably not going to mess (with certain people). For the rest of us walking around, to know that you have something within your grasp or within a foot or two of you is a big thing.”