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Raptor Close Defense & Compliance Tool

The Raptor Close Raptor CDC Tool LogoDefense & Compliance Tool was inspired by Master Peter Brusso’s Defender self defense weapon series (www.pdws.biz).  It was designed by Chad McBroom to meet his own special needs and the needs of his students.

The Raptor is a kerambit-style less-lethal self defense tool made of a synthetic polymer.  Like Master Brusso’s original Defender, the Raptor can be used as a pain compliance tool by targeting pressure points, soft tissue, fingers, and bony areas of the body.  The kerambit-style design allows this tool to be held in a vertical or inverted position, while offering additional weapon retention capabilities through the use of the ring on the handle.  Students of the kerambit will find it very familiar and an easy transition.

The word “raptor” comes from the Latin word raptus, which means “to seize.”  Raptor literally means “one who seizes by force.”  The idea behind the Raptor design was to be able to seize control of an attacker by using pain to direct his body into a position of submission.  The purpose for this design was not to replace Master Brusso’s original Defender series.  In fact, Comprehensive Fighting Systems promotes the Defender line and even offers Defender classes and seminars; however, Chad McBroom saw the potential of using a modified version of the Defender to go alongside the kerambit work taught within the Comprehensive Fighting Systems curriculum.  Thus, the concept for the Raptor was born.  After contacting Master Peter Brusso and receiving his permission, the Raptor idea became reality.
The Raptor is designed with points at the font and at the rear.  The forward point allows the device to be used to press or strike pressure points and soft tissue in the same fashion that a kerambit can be used to cut or pierce.  The rear point is slightly hooked so that it will dig in more when applying rearward pressure.  The purpose is to be able to direct an opponent in one direction by pushing with the forward point and quickly reverse directions by pulling with the rear point.  These points can also be used in a lethal manner to rip soft tissue and penetrate soft surface organs (eyes) and arteries.
The serrations on the bottom of the Raptor provide a surface that can be used to grab soft tissue using the device and the user’s thumb.  These serrations act like teeth when pressing against soft tissue, and will tear open flesh when raked across an opponent’s exposed skin.  When the serrations are pressed against a fatty area of the body (such as under the rib cage) and twisted, a tremendous amount of pain is inflicted.
The kerambit-style finger ring serves a dual purpose.  The primary purpose is of course weapon retention.  When used with the index finger, the Raptor can also be used in an extended position to gain added reach or to deliver a spin strike.  The finger ring can also be used as a digit capture hole to grab fingers and perform finger locks, adding even more versatility to the Raptor.
The spine and the front edge of the Raptor can be used to perform nerve clamping techniques.  These techniques may be performed from an extended position using the finger ring from a vertical grip configuration or from a modified grip configuration.


“Chad McBroom’s Raptor Personal Defense Tool is one of the most versatile personal protection implements available on the market today.  Applications range from momentary pain compliance techniques, to blunt impact applications, to crippling or lethal puncturing and tearing options.  It’s simple and innovative design is very intuitive to practitioners of South East Asian Martial Arts, and the options at your disposal with the Raptor are almost limitless.  The Raptor is an ideal implement for Law Enforcement and civilians alike.  I wholeheartedly endorse Chad McBroom’s Raptor Self Defense Tool.”Scott Babb
Founder, Libre Fighting

“Profoundly effective and deliciously vicious.  The Raptor is the Swiss Army knife of self defense tools, allowing for ripping, pain compliance, and my personal favorite, blunt force trauma.   An outstanding less-lethal option!”

David O’Hanlon
Head Instructor, Libre South School of Combatives