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How Many are Now Carrying a Cane?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by the iron horse, Nov 27, 2010.

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Do you carry a walking cane?

Poll closed Dec 27, 2010.
  1. Always

    10.0%
  2. Sometimes

    40.5%
  3. Never

    39.2%
  4. Concealed Carry is enough

    14.0%
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  1. tactikel

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    I have a PurpleHeart Armory crook cane in straight grain hickory. 1 and 1/16". It is a little heavy but I'm used to it. It has the durability of a baseball bat. I got one for my arthritic Daughter for when she commutes into the city.
     
  2. Panzerschwein

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    It seems like if a miscreant wanted, they could snatch that cane from you from behind in a heartbeat and proceed to beat you down with it.

    Of course, canes are legal. Something equally useful in a fight but much more concealable like a sap or blackjack is usually illegal however. The powers that be allow me to carry a handgun legally, but prevent me from carrying a less-lethal option if I so chose.

    I can see the reason for wanting a cane, but for me, the handgun is my best bet.
     
  3. DeTerminator

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    "It seems like if a miscreant wanted, they could snatch that cane from you from behind in a heartbeat and proceed to beat you down with it".

    Maybe, but that's where situational awareness is your friend.
     
  4. phil dirt

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    I consider my cane to be my first line of defense. After that ......... my Colt Commander.
     
  5. Acropolis5

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    Saw-Bones: Go to the " Fashionable Canes" Website, Home Page, u will see a section on how you should size the length of the cane for your Height. Some add 1" to their measurements. Generally if you are 5'7" to 5'11", Your cane should be 34"-36".
     
  6. Rexster

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    Very sensible! I would much rather deflect a problem with a less-lethal weapon, than go directly to guns, though I will always be prepared to instantly choose either option.

    It has been quite a while since my previous post in this thread. My bad knee is still OK without the support of a stick or cane, at least on level ground, but as retirement nears, and increased travel to places other than the flat coastal prairie of home, I have renewed interest in canes, sticks, and staffs.
     
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  7. Panzerschwein

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    Are there people who carry canes just for self defense, even if they don't need one to walk?
     
  8. LoonWulf
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    I carry a walking stick anytime im out and about the neighborhood. Most people dont give it a second glance even when i have it slung...course it isnt an odd sight here. A friend of mine who has a limp, due to reduced articulation in his knee, but is otherwise fine...looks funny when he jogs or runs tho....carries a strait cane. He does alot of business travel and hes told me a couple stories of having to use it.
     
  9. Nom de Forum

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    Yes and frequently.
     
  10. DeTerminator

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    "Are there people who carry canes just for self defense, even if they don't need one to walk?"

    Sure. I actually needed to use one for a couple of years, until I got both hip joints replaced. In the process, I acquired a few of them (canes). So, it's not too far of a stretch to grab one now when out taking a walk in the local neighborhoods. Besides, it's kind of fun to have something to play around with while walking. Who cares what other people think, that see you walking briskly while carrying one. They don't know if you have a trick knee, or something like that. It offers security that you wouldn't have otherwise. I like my Irish Blackthorn for most of my casual strolls, since it doesn't really look much like a "cane" as a crook cane does. But in the end, it's your business as to why you have it with you. It's not illegal.
     
  11. kBob

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    New Member Ironhand54 wanted to know if any of us have thought of canes, so here is a bump.

    Played with my camera monopod last night. It occurs to me that if I made some sort of handle/head for it that would screw onto it like a camera (has a hollow spring loaded large video screw and a smaller digital still camera screw inside it) that it might pass as a cane. Its hollow tube aluminum construction would not be as sturdy as my oak crook though........

    -kBob
     
  12. hso

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    I'll carry one on vacation.
     
  13. Cocked & Locked
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    The number of us "always" fellers in the poll has been @47 for a looong time now.
     
  14. Drail

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    I carried a hickory stockman's cane for 12 years. It was a WONDERFUL tool to have. Now I am in a wheelchair. THAT has certainly changed how I look at self defense. At least I no longer have to worry about concealing a sidearm on my person. N frame S&W revolver? No problem..........
     
  15. danez71

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    I'm trying very hard not to.:thumbdown:
     
  16. Rexster

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    There are plenty of reasons, between these two extremes, to have a rod/stick/cane/staff handy.
    Well, the poll closed a looong time ago. ;)

    Since my previous post here, my "good" knee has been playing some tricks on me, on some stairs. I still fall into the "Sometimes" category, but may be moving toward "Always" category sooner than expected.
     
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    Oh? Now I see! Thanks for the info. I should have read the fine print...duh.
     
  18. kBob

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    Stopped at Ace Hardware this week for stuff to fix some light fixtures with. At checkout "The Boy" noticed a barrel of canes and walking staffs. He pulled out an "ironwood" walking staff (looked suspiciously like plastic to me) and hefted it a bit before declairing "Hey Dad, this could be real useful...." he looked a bit embarrassed a second then finished ".....for Scouts, ya know?"

    I laughed and said that it could be a good classic pre mid 1960s Scout Hiking staff. He turned absolutely red in the face when I began singing in a faux Irish brogue" ...so I coshed him wit me she-lay-leeeeeeeee, and turned his poor head inta Mush-mush-mush"

    Do ALL teenaged boys think their dads have no memory of being 16 at all?

    -kBob
     
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    He was probably just embarrassed by Dad's singing in Ace Hardware.
     
  20. jacala

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    I'm 67 plus(Ex 20 years in Air Force and 10 years Security) with Ti right hip, arthritis here and there and a few other problems and have been postponing the use of my
    four (4) canes. Although I take one out on rare occasions.
    My favorite cane belonged to my Scottish Grandfather-- it's a cane (real cane), I like it because it flexes when it "connects"
    with something. My other canes are a martial arts cane,Cold Steel Slim Stick and a Cold Steel Dragon Walking Stick.
    For self defence in Australia "canes are the way to go". If you have a bit of gray in your hair OR beard, nobody looks twice at you.
     
  21. Deltaboy1984

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    I carry one even though I doing better.
     
  22. Snyper

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    In many places those are illegal to carry, while a simple walking cane is not.
     
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  23. Deltaboy1984

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    Yep no one questions you about your cane.
     
  24. Deltaboy1984

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    Canes are like Opinels they multiply.
     
  25. Deltaboy1984

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    Still keep them around cause they go every where.
     
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