Yes, of course. Have you ever noticed though that some martial arts schools promise to do just that? And not really off topic. A standing wrist lock almost no matter how it is done is not an easy thing to pull off as I am sure you are aware.
And therein lies the problem of why I do not find wrist locks all that effective. You just said it. "If the two people are close in size". In most cases if one is being attacked the attacker is usually larger and more powerful than the victim. Then what? Certainly a wrist lock is not the answer.
I would like to understand more about the way you were taught. I was taught several different types of wrist locks as well from instructors with various backgrounds from Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and those of Police and military backgrounds and still I say use something else unless the person is intoxicated or smaller and weaker than you. And even then there are better ways.
Yes, you are spot on with that comment.
Well said. But, I maintain that a more practical means to subdue an attacker is the best first line of defense. Knowing that, as you said, no technique works 100% of the time I like to first utilize techniques that have a higher percentage of working. Then the there is a better chance that the encounter will end quickly and in my favor.