Slapjack & Blackjack Self-Defense Weapon

Since the beginning of time, people have used a variety of self-defense tools. This has led to a variety of creative weapon choices. One of the most popular types of weapons includes the slapjack, which is no longer seen very often. They have since been replaced with more technical devices, but yet still hold nostalgia and interest amongst the tactical and self-defense community.

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What is a Slapjack Weapon?

A slapjack weapon is a weapon choice that was favored by people at one time in history. It was used mostly by gangs, especially during the 1940s. It has also been a signature weapon for wrestlers such as Konnan and Stevie Ray. Its purpose is simple; to help when it comes to hand-to-hand combat.

Traditionally, they are small leather covered devices that can be used to hit other people. They are lethal, and can cause major bruising and even cuts along the impact area. This type of weapon is also known as a blackjack weapon and in the past, some law enforcement agencies have used them to take down criminals that chose to strike back at them.

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What Is a Blackjack Weapon?

The blackjack weapon is often something that more closely resembles a club. Some people call them a leather billy club. Policemen use to use them as well. These were considered nightclubs by some people. Often, the black jack weapon is flexible. It may be created with a long metal tube, then a spring and a metal ball at the end of it. It could also be made with just the long metal bar and no spring and no ball at the end.

In either case, these weapons are made to be held comfortably in a person’s hand and they are weighted with something to make the impact area feel it more strongly. The most common type of weight is lead because it is very high density. They are only effective if you are in a close encounter battle with someone.

Are Slapjack Weapons Legal?

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Due to the fact that gangs made use of them in the past, this type of weapon is illegal to use in most states. Even the policemen who used clubs when they were near a criminal and needed to take them down without major injury, have moved on. In more recent times, police have begun to opt for a different way of handling the situation. They are often used mostly by people who want to keep stray dogs away or in rare cases where they may need to defend themselves.

It is not illegal to own one, but if you are caught up in a brawl and bring one out, you will be more likely to get into trouble for using it. This has led to them becoming a popular collector’s item and a true piece of history. Perhaps you would also enjoy having one as a conversation piece. Below are a few reviews so that you can get a true feeling of what the slapjack weapons really are and the reviews on what others say about them, as well as other options and types for you to choose from.

Top Black Jack Slappers

The Leather Slapper

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This 11 inch slapper is 14 ounces. It is loaded with lead and has a hand strap. This slap jack weapon has hand strap and slapper area that are made using pure leather and a reinforced steel lining. The item weight without the lead filling is 12 ounces. The ball is a little small, but most current owners agree that it is a solidly built self-defense weapon that would definitely change someone’s attitude if you were to put it to use.


BladesUSA BJ-L Black Jack Slapper 

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This black jack weapon is 11 inches of black leather power. It weighs 11.2 ounces. It has a leather hand strap. It is slightly larger than other slappers and will not fit into a pocket. The owners who have purchased it, give it an overall high rating due to the quality of it. They feel it is a great way to protect themselves from threats and that it is small enough to fit anywhere within their car or home.


BladesUSA Bj-S Black Jack Slapper

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This is a small leather slap jack. It is only 8.25 inches long total. It is made of black leather and has a convenient hand strap for you to hold onto it easier. Even though it is a small flapjack weapon, it can still pack a powerful punch considering it weighs 10.4 ounces. The metal inside of it is about the size of a dollar coin. Current owners feel that it is a great way to keep dogs away while they are out jogging or hiking. They feel it is easy to hide and convenient to carry. It is also put together in a way that feels solid in your hand.

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