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Blackjacks and Saps
March 2, 2012 – 09:52 am
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The Quick & Dirty Guide to Saps and Blackjacks

There are 3 basic "loads" in a lead filled sap;

There are 6 basic types of Blackjacks/Saps;

  • Round body with a flat or coiled spring in the handle for increased "whip."
  • Flat body with a flat or coiled spring in the handle for increased "whip."
  • Round body without spring in handle.
  • Flat body without spring in the handle.

There are 2 basic exteriors;

The most lethal type of blackjack is a round body with coil spring in handle.

The safest type of blackjack that still offers knockout capability is the flat sap with lead shot and no spring in the shank.

Round 'Jacks concentrate force whereas the flat type spread the force out. Round saps can actually break bones with relative ease. The introduction of a spring increases the possibility of this along with the round shape.

Basketweaved leather increases the severity of damage done to the skin, to a greater degree than a regular finished, smooth leather sap will.

"Sneaky Saps"

The "Palm Sap" was a cylinder of lead encased in leather and had a strap so you could secure it in your palm with the strap going around the back of your hand. Invisible at night for sure. Some Police Officers used to simply love these types of Saps because when used in front of other "Tough Guys, " because it looks like someone being knocked out by being slapped open handed. If the Officer kept the "secret" well, he would develop a reputation on the street of being able to knock someone out by slapping them upside the head. The best way they were used was in a crowd of people causing trouble, taking out the Big Mouth in the group.

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Interesting facts

A club (also known as cudgel, baton, truncheon, nightstick, or bludgeon) is among the simplest of all weapons. A club is essentially a short staff, or stick, usually made of wood, and wielded as a weapon since prehistoric times.
Most clubs are small enough to be swung in one hand although two-handed variants are known. Various kinds of clubs...

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