A Brit describes fighting off an intruder in his home, with a very British weapon.
In a country with no right to bear arms, and no right to defense, it can get sticky sometimes.
From the Guardian
It is unusual for burglars to break into a property knowing there’s someone inside who has seen them. I ran downstairs, grabbed the phone and took it into the kitchen, dialing 999 while watching the guy through the little glass panel as he struggled to force the door. I was on the point of giving my address when one powerful blow caused the door frame to splinter, and I knew he’d be in with the next one. I said, “Too late!” and dropped the phone.
I didn’t know he’d be armed, but thought he might be, so I dashed to the cupboard under the stairs – there were a lot of garden tools in there that could have been handy. But, as it happens, I used to collect old British swords and I still had a 1796 British light cavalry sabre. It’s a fearsome-looking thing, and I hoped that the sight of it would be enough.
It has a very British outcome. More here
Also, if you are curious about the Pattern 1796 light cavalry sabre, here is Matt Easton of Schola Gladiatoria: