Many people would argue that guns are the best survival weapon. I wouldn’t really be able to disagree however, there is one survival weapon that no survivalist could feel complete without, and that is the machete. The machete is versatile, it’s lethal, and it does not draw the same attention a gun would.
If SHTF using a gun could draw attention of the authorities, or if your shooting for food, hungry people could hear the gun and assume that you’ve shot food. Either way, you’d be discovered. In this video you’ll see how lethal the machete can be, and why you may want to consider adding it to your survival gear.
As a weapon, the machete has a frightening allure, calling to mind slasher movies and Third World genocide. It’s easy to forget that it was developed in the tropics as a farming implement, where it was highly useful for cutting through thick vegetation such as sugar cane and jungle growth.
The machete is a fairly simple weapon consisting of a blade and full length tang punched from a flat steel plate of uniform thickness with a simple grip of two plates of wood or plastic bolted or riveted together around the tang. The blade and tang are generally 18 to 24 inches long. The weapon has no guard and sports a more elongated knob at the end of its handle. Machetes usually include a simple cord loop as a sort of lanyard, and a canvas scabbard.
Despite its agricultural origins, the machete has a long and distinguished history as a military weapon. U.S. troops used machetes in the Pacific theater and in Vietnam, where it was considered especially useful for the silent disposition of sentries.
The machete depends on velocity rather than weight for its cutting action. It should be held at the handle with two fingers and the thumb during the start of a stroke, thus making possible a longer swing and a faster, deeper cutting blow. The long knob on the handle minimizes the chance of a machete slipping from the hand at the completion of a slashing blow.
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