questionsaluminum or wood baseball bat (for defense)?

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actually, they are apparently not always legal to carry/transport.
Some localities require that they only be transported when going to/from games/practice, so be sure to also have a ball and a glove with you.

http://newrytimes.com/2012/01/25/man-arrested-for-carrying-baseball-bat/

Pretty sad.

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Go with a wooden T-ball bat. They are small and compact with the same density as a regular sized bat(I believe they are more dense than an aluminum one). It's size also enables it to be brandished or swung with one hand and will be less likely to strike unintended targets (wall, banisters, ceiling).

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An aluminum bat will vibrate hard when it hits bone, possibly enough to hurt your hands. If a wood bat splits, then at least you get a couple of stakes out of it.

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Take a look at a tire thumper: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=tire+thumper&tag=dealswoot-20&index=aps&hvadid=3280230361&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=12070156321423464916&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&ref=pd_sl_914gn8g4b3_b

It's smaller than a baseball bat, easier to use in a confined area. Gee, I sound dangerous. Really, I'm not. Just don't mess with me when I reach for my tire thumper.

Edit: I like wood. (Also, in some states it is illegal to carry)

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@rprebel: You say that like you know what you're doing. Have experience?

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Wood - More mass, easier to break. Also easier to put spikes through it for added effect. (Drill through using a slightly smaller bit than the spikes you're putting in it to avoid splitting the bat.)

Aluminum - Lighter weight so you won't tire as quickly, not likely to break.

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@barnabee: Keep in mind in some areas tire thumpers are illegal as well.

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I'd stay away from the bats.

If you need it, a .45 will deal with any intruder you ever meet.

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Crowbar. They fit neatly under a bed. Not as bulky as a baseball bat. ;-)

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@mlutz3: Yes, but it was accidental. Fortunately, I was just taking some practice swings so nobody got seriously hurt. Still, it was a massive aluminum softball bat. It left a mark.

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I have to say, if you are worried about protection, a handgun with a conceal carry license is the way to go. If you don't want a gun around for whatever reasons, a baseball bat may be too big. I mean, if you are being chased down an ally, you probably won't have your bat with you and I doubt your attacker is going to allow you to pop your trunk. A knife or something you can wear on your belt is going to be possibly better.

If you are looking for home defense, an M1911 with a loaded mag in a combination lockbox in your dresser is going to be far better. Bats are difficult to swing in confined quarters of a hallway and you also don't have any distance threat.

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I've got a piece of rebar with some friction tape around it. It would hurt my hand if I needed to use it, but it's easy to carry, easy to explain (it was on the ground in the parking lot and I just picked it up because I didn't want to get a hole in my tire), and it would hurt like hell to get hit with it.

If you were going to use a bat I'd go aluminum- easy to swing fast.

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Wow, aren't we quite a group of lethal individualists?

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If you're going to have a baseball bat, you want a corked one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corked_bat

This will make it lighter to carry, and you will also be able to do more damage.

Personally, I have beautiful walking sticks I've made from various fruit tree branches. Fruit trees (of any variety) are perfect, since they are lightweight and yet very strong. My favorites are from apple or cherry trees, but any will do. It should be near to your height in length, and it will help if you have a little practice with it before hand. Properly used, you can quickly snap a bone and return to defensive posture.

I have a couple of them with ribbons on one end; very girly, they are. They're also good for hiking.

Not bloodthirsty. Just not a victim, thanks.

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30 inch Louisville slugger. Ash!

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"... a couple of gangs asked me to join because I'm pretty good with a bow-staff..."

I'd say that's reason enough to consider a bow-staff

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@shrdlu: No, we are not a bloodthirsty group--just prepared. And if you read through this, each of us seems to have our own, individual way of protecting ourselves. Nothing wrong with that.

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I agree with many of the other posts, a bat for home defense is not ideal at all, due to not being able to swing very well in tight areas like a hallway or in a running/chase situation.

If you want to stay away from firearms, then I might suggest a katana style short-sword, machete, or a tomahawk, and keep them VERY VERY sharp. You also might want to learn how to throw knives.

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Wood. You can't drive nails through an aluminum bat. :) And they don't conduct electricity...

But personally, I'll just grab one of the many bladed toys I have laying around :) They're easier to clean, too.

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@kamikazeken: That is unfortunate. However I see now I was being perhaps a bit ambiguous on what I meant by "transport".

I am not looking for something to carry around with me, not even in my car. I'm looking for something for home defense. It will stay in the bedroom for when I need to look in to unexplained noises. By transport, I was primarily thinking of in the future when my family and I move from the state we currently live in to another state or perhaps outside the US. People who own handguns often find that the variety of different state laws on the matter make registering their weapons difficult when they move. That is all that I was going for by "transport"

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@woadwarrior: That is pretty sound advice, there. I was leaning towards aluminum for many of those reasons, although I figure in all likelihood it would be one swing and over anyways; in which case wood might be advantageous. Not sure how likely it would be that I would actually manage to break a wooden bat in a conflict...

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@barnabee: Looking at the link for the tire thumper led to some great other options, such as the Brooklyn Cold Steel and the Cold Steel Indian War Club.

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@meh3884: Yeah, I took a look at the Cold Steel Indian War Club. Did you see the pictures of items under "customers who bought this item also bought"? I think I saw some of those weapons in Lord of the Rings.

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Personally, I keep a wooden bat in the closet - I prefer wood because there's less of a rebound when you hit something - plus a couple of swords hung over my bed and a butterfly knife in a dresser drawer.

I like to be prepared, but I don't like guns.

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My friends and I did a Shaun of the Dead halloween theme this year, and now I have a fantastic wooden cricket bat for home defense. It has a good feel in the hands. As a plus: Extremely effective against zombies!

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There's just something about crack of a wooden bat...whether bone or hide...

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Get a compound bow, it's quiet, legal to carry, and deadly from 200 feet

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I vote for wooden - I have my wooden baseball bat from when I was in school right under my bed, it's been there since I moved in to my home. One day I'll upgrade to a firearm, but until then, my bat is always within reach.

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I would go with a sword, mace, or battle axe. Even metal replicas, if solidly constructed, can cause serious damage.

Plus they would probably scare the s* out of a home invader.

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For home defense, I like a shotgun with #8 or smaller shot - The #8 won't be lethal thru drywall in most cases (err... don't shoot point-blank at the wall - this is my notice that YMMV!).

A pump action is nice because you can have shells in the magazine, but not chambered (so no accidentally going off). Announce you're awake and armed, pump it so the visitor can hear the click. If he runs then all is well and no spilt blood.

Note that #8 is only good for ~10 feet if the attacker is wearing anything heavy. So maybe (what I have) is 2 rounds of #8, followed by #2 shot. Never had to use it, so I dunno how much #2 penetrates. My family knows where to scurry when they hear the first shot.

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Continued....

What I don't like about bats is that there is no warning, and unless you have surprise, they are easily overpowered by nearly anything.

Bows (and the little crossbows) are not as easily overpowered, but again, no warning, and you have to be accurate or they'll only be an unweildy bat.

What I don't like about guns is that you must be prepared to use one if you have one -- otherwise, you've given your assailant a powerful weapon and he will use it against you (in his mind, your weapon, so it can't be traced to him...).

Good luck, and practice with your weapon.

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A friend used to carry a Phillip's head screwdriver in her purse for protection. Legal and lethal.

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@thormj: In my home defense shotgun, I keep the chamber empty for the exact same reason. If someone sticks around after hearing the distinct sound a 12ga being racked, I have no qualms about pumping the staggered shots of centurion (mod: ammo link removed) or buckshot/slugs into the intruder.

I put one of the knox-stocks on there (recoil reducing, now owned by blackhawk) so that my wife can fire the load with no problem. I'm not too worried about room penetration at this point because it's just me and wife. I might lighten up the load once we have kids.

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What are ya gonna do if your intruder has a gun? Swing the bat at the bullets? lol The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. I would suggest a Super Shorty brand of 12 gauge shot gun. They are specifically made for home defense with a short barrel and pistol grip. Cuz if someone enters your home and has a gun, bats, swords or anything else is not going to stop them from shooting you. GET A SHOT GUN plain and simple.

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The SUPER-SHORTY is based on a Mossberg Maverick (also available on Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 at additional cost) 12-gauge shotgun which came from the factory with a pistol grip. Because of this, the SUPER-SHORTY is considered an AOW (Any Other Weapon) and can be transferred with a $5 stamp! The gun holds two 2-3/4" or 3" shells in the magazine, plus one in the chamber. The 16.5" overall length, 6.5" barrel and spring-locked foregrip, which pivots out of the way when not in use, make for a very compact package. As far as we know, this is the shortest 12-gauge pump shotgun available. All parts for the SUPER-SHORTY are made in-house on our own CNC machinery using materials ideally suited to the task. All welds are done by the TIG process, and the manganese phosphate finish is MIL-spec.

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@gun4gun: Wow, just wow. You just replied to a question I posted almost two years ago without reading the question. Then I got to your second reply and realized you were trying to spam us, but forgot to include a link to your site.

You're really not very good at this.