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I know that man catchers were invented sometime during the medieval times, but were they actually used during the medieval times?

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    Good. Now, are you looking for proof of attempted use? Or proof of successful use? – Pieter Geerkens Aug 26 '18 at 21:55
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    A little of both @PieterGeerkens – Abraham Ray Aug 26 '18 at 21:56
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    I have not enough to warrant an answer: I visited the Gevangenpoort museum in The Hague, where they original have man catchers on display. So they must have been used. Very recently about 2 weeks ago I saw a news item on Thai TV where the police demonstrated modern man catchers to capture dangerous persons. – Jos Aug 27 '18 at 0:17
  • Could you please put your comment down as a proper answer @Jos – Abraham Ray Aug 31 '18 at 1:07
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I've visited the Gevangenpoort (Prisoners Gate) museum in The Hague, The Netherlands, decades ago when I was a lad. They have dievenvangers or man catchers on display.

It seemed a bit cumbersome to use to me, but recently I saw a Youtube clip in which the Thai police use man catchers to subdue a dangerous person: https://youtu.be/Hqtny9yj8u8. I haven't seen this in action, but it looks like standard equipment, the way it is handled in the clip.

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    This is evidence that "man catchers" are usable but not that they were used that way in medieval times. A video of a modern cowboy lassoing a steer would not be good evidence that lassoos were used in mediaeval times. – RedGrittyBrick Aug 31 '18 at 10:41
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    It wasn't an example man catchers were used in the middle ages, but are today. The 'dievenvangers' link is an example of medieval usage, or at least during the 16-17th century. – Jos Aug 31 '18 at 23:18

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