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10 Tactical Melee Weapons that Could Save Your Life

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Melee (pronounced “may-lay”) refers to close combat fighting, typically without using ranged weapons such as firearms or bows. Individuals engage in hand-to-hand combat or use close-range weapons such as knives, swords, or clubs in a melee.

“Melee” is often used to describe chaotic or disorganized fighting, where individuals or groups engage in close combat in a confined space. This can include brawls, street fights, or military engagements where soldiers engage in close combat with the enemy.

Melee combat can be highly dangerous and unpredictable, with many different factors influencing the outcome of a fight. Factors such as physical strength, speed, training, and experience can all play a role in determining the outcome of a melee. It is, therefore, important to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary risk when engaging in close combat or using tactical melee weapons.

Tactical melee weapons are close combat weapons designed for use in situations where firearms or other ranged weapons are not feasible or unavailable. Here are some examples of tactical melee weapons:

  1. Combat knives:

    A handheld knife is designed for military or tactical use. It typically has a sturdy blade and a non-slip grip for effective use in close combat situations.

  2. Machetes:

    A machete is a large, heavy knife with a broad blade. It is commonly used for agricultural and forestry work but can also be used as a weapon in self-defense situations.

  3. Tomahawks:

    A tomahawk is a single-handed axe traditionally used by Native American tribes as a tool and weapon. Modern tactical tomahawks often have multiple functions, such as a blade, spike, and hammer.

  4. Tactical axes:

    A tactical axe is a type of axe designed for use in tactical situations. It typically has a lightweight, ergonomic design and may feature additional functions such as a pry bar or hammerhead.

  5. Tactical batons:

    A tactical baton is a type of stick designed for law enforcement or self-defense. It can be used to strike or block attacks and may be collapsible or extendable for easier carrying.

  6. Karambits:

    A karambit is a curved knife originally from Southeast Asia. It is often used in martial arts and self-defense, and its curved blade can be used for slashing or hooking attacks.

  7. Tactical swords:

    A tactical sword is a type of sword designed for use in tactical situations. It typically has a shorter, sturdier blade than traditional swords and may be designed for one-handed use.

  8. Crowbars:

    A crowbar is a long metal tool with a curved end used for prying and leverage. It can be used as a weapon in self-defense due to its weight and durability.

  9. Tactical shovels:

    A tactical shovel is designed for use in military or survival situations. It may have a sharpened edge as a cutting tool and feature additional functions such as a saw or bottle opener.

  10. Brass knuckles:

    Brass knuckles are a type of handheld weapon that fit over the knuckles, providing a hard, metallic surface for punching. They are often used in close combat due to their small size and portability.

It’s important to remember that any weapon, including tactical melee weapons, may be illegal to own and/or use. This article is not an endorsement for use of these weapons but a listing of tactical melee weapons used historically when the SHTF.

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