College Football Coach Prefers His Battle Axe Over His Guns For Self-Defense

David Hookstead Sports And Entertainment Editor
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Washington State coach Mike Leach has a reputation for being an interesting character, even when it comes to his weapon of choice for self-defense.

According to the Seattle Times Leach is a gun owner, but guns aren’t his preferred weapon for self-defense. When it comes to Leach’s life and liberty, he prefers to protect with a Viking battle axe, saying:

I keep my guns on one part of the house totally locked up, and I keep the ammunition in another part of the house. Because if you think about it carefully, statistically, you’re more likely to shoot yourself, a loved one or a relative. There’s this (absurd) notion of ‘if you come in my house I’ll shoot ya.’ I do have a Viking axe by the bed if I need to whack someone. … My wife bought me a Viking axe – the axe side curls down so you can grab the adversary around the neck and you can use it to climb walls, as a grappling hook.’


To be clear, Leach is not an anti-gun advocate. He said he grew up shooting guns, but when it comes to self-defense they just aren’t as spectacular as the axe.

Leach also blamed a failure of education for gun violence saying, “I’ve had players and stuff, they see some video on TV and they go to Walmart and buy a gun. Well they don’t know how to load it, they shoot it sideways. That’s absurd. That’s insane. So because of this failure to teach and educate, there’s accidental shootings.” (RELATED: Oregon Shooting Survivor Does Not Support Gun Control [VIDEO])

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