DKU of Day: Katana-wielding homeowner – 1, Four pistol-packing burglars – 0


These vermin got what they deserved. (photos from Daily Mail UK via The Blaze)

It is not technically a “Defensive Knife Use” since the hero of our story was swinging a Samurai katana, but we are going to count it. Unlike the “Middle-Aged Mormon Ninja Bishop” who simply needed to brandish a sword to thwart an assault, a 49-year old Argentinian homeowner went positively Medieval on the quartet of thugs who broke into his home recently. Things did not go well for the burglars.


The thieves crashed their getaway car nearby. (photos from Daily Mail UK via The Blaze)

from the DailyMailUK:

“Mr Costa, 49, and his wife Christina, 48, were asleep when the men, who were armed with two pistols, broke in at around 3.30am.

Police commissioner Mariano Zarate said: ‘In a moment when the attackers were not paying attention, the house owner took a samurai sword and defended himself, injuring the attackers and making them run away…

…Bleeding heavily, the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a stationary car forcing all four to go to hospital for emergency treatment.

Police initially arrested two men and one woman, but another man who hid was forced to come back to hospital the next day due to serious sword injuries.”

In the fracas, the thieves only managed to steal about $300. No word on how much their extensive medical bills will total.

As is the case in most South American countries, there is no right to firearm ownership in Argentina. It makes me wonder if the homeowner did not want to, could not afford, or was unable to obtain a legal firearm for protection, or if the sword was his weapon of choice. I am blessed to live in a country where my natural, God-given right to chose whatever defensive tool best meets my family’s needs is recognized and enshrined.

However, we all must be vigilant in preventing that right from being further infringed. Get involved:

Gun Owners of America
Second Amendment Foundation Directory of Representatives

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    “Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight” has been amended to state, “Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, unless it’s a REALLY BIG knife.”

    1. askeptic says:

      “Naw, that’s not a knife……THIS is a knife!”
      – Crocodile Dundee

      1. richard40 says:

        Its not just the size of the knife, but how well you use it. This guy looked like he was pretty competent, to win a fight against multiple attackers with guns was pretty tough.

  2. Mike L says:

    Mike Loades is a wonderful story teller of history. You might of seen him on the History Channel. His description of medieval battles with swords was that it was a charnel house. Limbs loped off. Brutal and bloody combat. I wouldn’t want any part of such. Here is his book on swords. Catch the video on this page…

  3. David says:

    “In a moment when the attackers were not paying attention”

    This implies that it was almost like a home invasion scenario. Perhaps the sword used was the closest weapon in the house that the guy could get his hands on.

  4. Lucy Lawless says:

    I’m curious if Mr. Costa had any training in fencing or martial arts. Or was he just a fan of samurai films.

  5. egoist says:

    People poo-poo my claim that a .22LR isn’t such a bad CCW: it’s quieter, the safety mechanism is good, and – as illustrated above – nobody likes to leak.

  6. shadowofashade says:

    “That’s not a knife; THIS is a knife.”

  7. PeteE says:

    Imagining the confrontation scene, it’s easier to see how “homeowner with gun” can end peacefully than “homeowner with knife.”

    That moment where he says, “Freeze! Drop your weapon.” seems too risky if you have only a knife.

  8. Ronald says:

    Not all four intruders had guns, according to the article, just two of them. If he disabled them first, the remaining two should be easier to manage. Still, my hat’s off to this gentleman, the odds were very much against him yet he prevailed, well done sen~or!

  9. Russell says:

    I would think most people, who have a gun and are robbing someone, don’t want to shoot the victim. A murder charge is usually far worse than a robbery charge. Once the owner started to hack at the robbers, since he had fewer legal issues as he is defending himself and took advantage of the opportunity, the reluctance to commit felony murder would tell the robbers to run away. If the owner had cornered them in a room with no escape they might have turned at bay and shot him or tried to because otherwise he was going to kill them.

  10. SoCal Stoli says:

    Wouldn’t the score technically be FOUR-to-nil for the homeowner?

  11. Carey J. says:

    The moral of this story is, “Don’t bring a gun to a knife fight.”

  12. Steve Skubinna says:

    Kudos to the Argentinian Samurai!

    I wonder if, when he speaks, his lips are out of sync?

  13. B says:

    Superior tactics (and balls) win again!

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