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Street Weapons Surprise You
Street Weapons, the book and the video; Edward J. Nowicki and Dennis A.
Ramsey; 1991, Performance Dimensions Publishing. Book $19.95, video $29.95.
Reviewed by Bill Clede
It doesn't matter that lowlife characters use a strange variety of weapons
against other lowlifes. I'm not really concerned that honest citizens arm
themselves with nearly undetectable weapons for self defense. But it bothers
me, and should be of concern to you, that guns, slicers, push knives, and
pointy things can be used against YOU.
Their concern that you may not even recognize these threats until it's too
late, prompted Ed Nowicki and Dennis Ramsey to write a book and produce a
Potentially lethal weapons may look no more threatening than a belt buckle,
pen, necklace, wallet, fanny pack, or umbrella. Some you can learn to
recognize. Some you'll never see, unless you pick up on the body language of
When Ed and Dennis produced the 20-minute video, they included re-enactments.
Furtive eye movements, a sweep of the hand over a buckle or even a driver's
license, can be a signal of impending attack. You see this in the video and
that's what makes it more than a simple demonstration. It's worthy of study,
viewing again and again, to help you pick up on the subtle signals.
The 240-page book is a catalog of commercial and homemade devices that are
weapons themselves or disguise a weapons. Each is illustrated in either
photographs or drawings and is explained, how it works, what it looks like.
You may think that a little knife is insignificant. Nowicki says, "Emergency
room physicians tell me that just 3 mm of penetration into an area like the
neck could be fatal."
Dennis Ramsey has been an investigator for the Illinois Dept. of Professional
Regulation since 1985, and has served as Illinois state director for the
American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET) since it was formed in
1987. Ed Nowicki, executive director of ASLET, is nationally known for his
career in law enforcement training.
Every department should make the video available for viewing by its officers
and the book should be in the department library. For information, write
Performance Dimensions Publishing, P.O. Box 502,Powers Lake WI 53159-0502.
Phone 414 279-3850. Or leave a message on CompuServe to ASLET/Ed Nowicki/WI