Cold Steel Brooklyn Smasher Provides the Best of Both Worlds
Most concealed carry permit holders have put together some sort of personal defense kit that they feel provides them with the means for surviving any type of incident. In addition to the primary and backup carry firearm, the average concealed carry kit might contain items such as a flashlight, a knife, pepper spray, spare ammo magazines, a multi-tool, or first-aid kit.
But another item you many want to consider is some type of emergency impact device.
These items come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from homemade to custom-designed.
Yet for non-lethal self-defense, there probably isn’t a better designed product than the Brooklyn Smasher.
The Smasher is a product of Cold Steel, Inc., based in Ventura, California. Cold Steel is primarily known for manufacturing state-of-the-art knives, but also produces a variety of eclectic self-defense weapons. The original concept behind the Brooklyn Smasher was as a replacement bat for the seemingly endless parade of broken bats ballplayers at all levels demolish each year.
The bat is made of injection molded, heavy-grade polypropylene and is touted as being unbreakable. The Smasher’s dimensions — 34 inches long and weighing 2.5 pounds — classify it as an official baseball bat. What this means is that it can legally be carried anywhere, but it’s not your ordinary bat.
The Smasher’s impact capacity is strong enough to destroy a cinder block without breaking, bending, or fracturing. In addition to that, any impact marks clean up quickly with soap and water. Beyond its athletic accolades, there are several reasons why the Smasher can play an important role in any personal defense plan.
First, the Smasher does not draw attention to itself. It can sit in the backseat or trunk of your vehicle and never be questioned, especially if placed next to a cap or glove.
Secondly, the learning curve for the Cold Steel Smasher is virtually nil. Nearly everyone has swung a bat at some point, or at the very least has watched someone do it. From an attacker’s perspective, there can be no doubt about the intended purpose of the Smasher resting on your shoulder.
Furthermore, the Smasher provides more reach than other similar devices as author Scott W. Wagner explains in his article “The Cold Steel Brooklyn Smasher: A Self-Defense Home Run” at USConcealedCarry.com:
“Third, the Smasher gives you more effective reach than most one-hand batons whose ideal length is 26 inches. The majority of its mass is in the striking end. This maximizes the delivery of target energy.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
The Smasher is a superb backup weapon that can be easily accessed when needed. The rest of the time it is an innocuous piece of sporting equipment. If you enjoy having the best of both worlds, pick up a Smasher for about $39.