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“What a SAP she had!”

(I don’t know if it’s my age, or what, but I keep channeling Firesign Theatre references – my apologies)

A NC Gun Blog recently posted a post entitled The sap is a fun and interesting defensive tool.  This got me to thinking.  When I was in private security, I used to carry both a nightstick AND a sap.  And I had two saps, one of woven leather straps wound around a cylindrical spring (with a bulbous lead end); the other flat steel – beavertail shaped – with a lead-weighted tip, as well.  It was fortunate early on my partner Ron showed me all about knees and collarbones, otherwise I might have inadvertently killed someone!

In my early days of private security, sometimes, we were not allowed to carry firearms.  So we carried these assorted striking implements.  (This doesn’t mean that we also didn’t have firearms – shhhh!).  I remember Ron responding to drunken altercations in the exclusive country club where we worked.  He’d pop open his Samsonite briefcase and take a half-second to decide which sap was the best, then head out.  It was almost like Arnold Palmer deciding which iron to use.

As one of the other blogs said, I never considered carrying a sap as a primary tool before.  But where the prohibition is against firearms and/or knives, this might work (?)


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


8 thoughts on ““What a SAP she had!”

  1. Thank you thank you. I read that lead in line and it took me back…. I knew where it came from immediately.
    I guess “in these troubled times when we don’t know the ACs from the DCs” “We ALL spell our name DANGER”

    Posted by Sam | September 17, 2012, 11:18 am
    • You are more than welcome!
      Thanks for the additional quotes. I’m (in)famous for annoying my friends with them.
      “It was a jackal-headed woman with her eyes akimbo…”

      Posted by guffaw1952 | September 17, 2012, 11:26 am
      • Yes, I have that same annoyance to my friends. I guess we are all bozo’s on this bus.
        So, See you on the funway….

        “She looked so helpless there spread eagle on the floor……”

        Posted by Sam | September 17, 2012, 11:34 am
      • Oh, I can see this leading down a dangerous internet path.
        “Pull them out of the cellophane before they scorch!”

        Posted by guffaw1952 | September 17, 2012, 11:38 am
  2. Thanks for the link.

    You described two “Saps,” A leather covered spring with a metal head and a flat “slapper” style. I think that the proper name for the first object is a “Blackjack” and the second is what I’ve been referring to as a sap. The sap is rough, the blackjack is deadly.

    You can see the pictures.

    I’d like to have a blackjack, but I’d be afraid to actually hit someone with it unless I was intending it to be deadly force. They will cave your skull in and break bones.

    We are trying to get rid of the stupid “no guns in restaurants that serve alcohol” law, but it will take at least another year before it can be changed. We got screwed over in the NC General Assembly this year.

    Posted by Sean D Sorrentino | September 17, 2012, 11:51 am
    • Thanks for the clarification Sean.
      I remember the word cosh.
      I tend to think sap or blackjack as the same, because they are similar tools.
      Back in the day, I wouldn’t have considered carrying one, concealed, because of their implied lethality. Funny how times have changed!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | September 17, 2012, 12:15 pm
  3. In my younger years, worked for a Denver policeman’s private security firm. We did football games, concerts, boxing events, professional wrestling, etc., as crowd control. He introduced us to sap gloves and saps in general. Very effective. Main technique in removing belligerents was to shove our gloved fingers down their throats, hook our thumb under their chin, and start pulling them toward an exit. Since their mouths were usually flapping, it was an easy technique to use.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | September 17, 2012, 2:42 pm
    • HAHAHA! This is similar to an early segment in the book (not the film) Goldfinger, wherein our hero was reading part of a Soviet Police manual entitled ‘Defence’. One of the lessons was grabbing a drunk’s lower lip with the thumb and forefinger and twisting, used as a come-along. The text word forefinger, reminded him of Goldfinger, with whom he’d had an earlier encounter.
      Not that I’m a fan of the books, or anything!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | September 17, 2012, 4:21 pm

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