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about Peter Blake, I think the big issue his case brought up is the one we''re discussing here... namely that as the pirates boarded him, he ducked below to grab his gun and was shot to death. I think that the pirates ended up just stealing his watch.
A couple of additional thoughts... if there wasn''t a problem with legality, a rifle could be a good deterent. If someone is looking for an easy score, they''re less likely to go after someone that they know is armed. I''m thinking about Joshua Slocum discouraging Feugoen Indians from attacking him by brandishing his trusty rifle.
The Grisly Bear Pepper Spay is pretty impressive to watch... I think I saw it used on TV once...
I think it would be great to have some tear gas grenades on hand. Toss a couple up on deck or into the cockpit if someone boards you. Anyone know about the legality of something like this?