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Justin Pasternak




Location: West Springfield, Massachusetts
Joined: 17 Sep 2006

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PostPosted: Wed 02 May, 2007 9:13 am    Post subject: Information on Ballistic Knives?         Reply with quote

I just wondered if anyone has any information on ballistic knives and I already know their highly illegal everywhere in the U.S.

How fast do the blades travel as a projectile, measured in FPS (Feet Per Second)?

Does anyone know of any websites on ballistic knives, besides the one found on wikipedia?

The reason I'm asking is because I just want to know how they functioned and how accurate they were when used as a last resort weapon? Worried
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Max Maydanik




Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Joined: 29 Apr 2007

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PostPosted: Wed 02 May, 2007 10:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As you mentioned they are illegal, at the same time they are not very effective and became almost extinct even with the special services. The problem with the spring shooting knife is that the blade does not have enough mass for a good stopping power. Increasing the mass of the blade requires to increase the strength of spring which becomes impractical because of the size/weight and reloading dificulties. The effective distance for the knife on the photo(Russian made) is about 15 feet although the blade itself would fly much farther (up to 75 feet).
In many states (e.g. California) self defence with a knife would be looked upon a lot more unfavourably than with the gun.
if you worry about your safety and cannot get a concealed carry permit, I would recommend a taser.



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