The Empire Tactical Brass Knuckles

Brass knuckles are neat weapons. In the modern age, they aren’t exactly great for carrying. Knives, guns, batons, and pepper spray are often a much better defensive choice. However, they occupy this neat historical genre of weapons. They’ve been around since the Roman Coliseum and were used by everyone from Abe Lincoln’s bodyguards to Marines from Belleau Wood to Fallujah. If you want a nice set of knuckles for your own, look no further than Empire Tactical.

Most of the time, if you start shopping for brass knuckles, you’ll end up finding the cheapest pot metal junk out there. The stuff that occupies the tables of gun shows and flea markets. It’s made in China and has about as much brass as my leather boots. Empire Tactical is a small American company that produces a number of cool weapons, patches, and morale gear.

The Empire Tactical Brass Knuckles

Amongst all of this sits real brass knuckles. Not just metal knuckle dusters, but knuckles made of real brass that weigh a solid pound! These knuckles have a built-in beer bottle opener. I guess because they need a reason to exist outside of being knuckles. I honestly get it. I’m never going to carry this as a defensive weapon, so they might as well serve some purpose.

As a beer bottle opener, they certainly start a conversation. They are huge and hefty, and man, they’d suck to get hit with. This kind of weight with the right punch won’t just hurt someone, but could easily kill them, if not at the very least concuss them.

They are expertly machined too. They aren’t the crude flea market knuckles, but they are almost artistic in their design and shape. It’s clearly something someone took time to design and perfect into the manliest addition to my cutlery drawer imaginable.

As a Weapon

I’ve already mentioned I won’t use them as a weapon. The downsides and legality make them inefficient and impractical. Would I really carry around a pound of brass versus a gun? Bot hare lethal force and bot hare weapons, and in most places, a gun is legal to carry, but knuckle dusters are not.

Although, if I ever wanted to, they would be an awesome choice all around. Not awesome as in better than a gun, or pepper spray, or a baton, but awesome in the realm of knuckle dusters. They might just be a conversation piece, but if spun into action, they would deliver. They aren’t a replica for replicas’ sake but real weapons that should be treated as such.

The downside is that they are pretty big. I have big hands, and they feel a little large, even for me. Smaller hands might feel a bit overwhelmed and uncomfortable. Also, not knowing how to use them can hurt you more than the bad guy. It really changes how you punch and your form. Do it wrong, and it’s a broken finger in the future.

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.