Good sharp hoe, the kind with a hickory or composite handle and a right-angle blade, BTW. Snake shot good for sending the neighbors' dogs home quickly or dispatching a snake that you almost step on, not much else.
Over the years,,,a sharp shovel (use a file) will dispatych anything HOLLYWOOD can send your way.
The bad guys are usually local, bums outa money looking for booze or drugs.
The fellas that end up in ditches,,,,,,,I see all the school kids that will live normal lifes