Real Life Combat: Pizzeria Robber Gets Whacked
Reader Kevin sent in the following story.
A man at a pizza restaurant defeated an armed robber with a “giant spatula,” which in actuality is a pizza peel. The man knocked the gun out of the robber’s hand, beat him again, and then tackled the robber as he tried to flee.
“I know at the place I worked at the metal peel was pretty sharp on the edges because of pulling pizzas out of the oven and the “filing” of the metal. He probably could have cut the guys hand off if he hit him the right way.”
Of all of the impromptu, real life weapons I have catalogued, a pizza peel never occurred to me. But this is a good example of a semi-impromptu weapon. If you are the owner of a pizza place, or even a long-term employee, it makes sense not only to work with a quality, efficient tool, but also one that can serve as a weapon if need be.
The pizza peel also follows the pattern I have observed, that almost no real-life weapon handles like a stick –especially a rattan stick. The pizza peel would work very well with Big Stick Combat techniques, or long stick techniques as practiced by GM Estalilla, Giron larga mano stylists, Amo Guro Blackgrave, Josh Morale, etc.