The Palm Sap
The palm sap is an odd, rarely seen weapon that I was previously unaware of. Typically, the palm sap is a weight with a band so that it can be slipped over the hand. The weight rests on the palm of the hand, while the band crossing over the back of the hand keeps it in place.
One police officer posted the following:
My first Sheriff actively encouraged the use of a lead slapper. Used properly, I have found that the wide slapper/beavertail is — at its worst — every bit as good as an expandable baton.
At its best, a slapper is much more effective than the baton.
Palm saps are sneaky little jewels. Mine was a disc of lead encased in leather about an inch, maybe an inch-and-a-bit in diametre. It was attached to a leather loop in such a way that the lead was held in the palm, with the loop across the back of the hand.
An open-handed, jovial “hey-buddy-how-ya-doin’?” smack to the elbow, bicep, floating ribs or thigh caused a drunken redneck or three to reconsider their options.
An open slap to the head or jaw would probably knock someone cold, but I never had to go that far.
Sap gloves are bloody good in-fighting tools. They are both more versatile than a slapper, and at the same time, less versatile.
While wearing sap gloves it is possible to use your hands to do other things — grabbing a subject, applying handcuffs, dailing phone, etc.- while still keeping the weapon on paw, so to speak.
However, having the lead shot spread across the back of you knuckles limits you to punches and backfist/backhand shots.
Effective, but Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police tend to start developing heartburn upon seeing a vidcam
shot on the evening news of one of their officers back-handing a critter, even if the critter really, really needed it.
With a slapper, or palm sap, you can be a little more discrete and still get the job done without that nasty closed-fist punch, or back-of-the-hand pimp-slap that doesn’t really look good on CNN.