It used to be standard practice to take your wooden nightstick out of the car on every call and carry it in your hand.
One day guys get a call about a Domestic Dispute, get out of the car, with nightsticks, and start walking up the three flights of stairs. As they come up to the third floor landing, male opens the door and charges at them with a machete. Lead cop clobbers him in the head and shoulder with his nightstick (broke his clavicle). We ask him later why he just didn’t pull out his gun and shoot him......his answer “ I drove in with Tommy today, if I shot him I would of had to stay and would have no way of getting home !”
True story !