10 of the Best Non-Gun Self-Defense Tools
When you're thrust into a terrifying situation, you need to think quickly. Your life depends on it.
When it comes to self-defense tools, nothing beats a gun. But firearms aren't always available when something terrible happens.
Keep reading for your guide to the best home defense weapon that's not a gun.
1. Telescoping Tactical Baton
A tactical baton is any stick made out of metal or wood that is used for military or police purposes, and it's one of the best self-defense weapons around.
Tactical baton laws vary across the U.S. In some states, they are legal for any citizen to carry. In others, it's a crime to even possess one in your home.
Several varieties of tactical batons exist, but the telescoping baton is the most popular for military and police purposes. A telescope is a cylinder with a lens that contains other cylinders. So a telescoping baton is one that collapses from an extended state to a smaller state for carrying.
A telescoping tactical baton is a great standoff weapon for personal defense.
When you deploy the one by snapping it downward, the metal slides out with an intimidating cracking sound. You definitely don't want to get hit in the head by a telescoping metal baton, and you could win a fight through intimidation alone with this tool.
2. Living Alarm System
If you don't have a gun, and you can't or don't want to defend yourself by other violent means, there is always the oldest and most effective home alarm system ever invented: a bunch of dogs!
Man's best friend earned that nickname for a reason. Dogs are one of the most effective and safest home defense mechanisms available.
3. Pepper Spray [OC]
Pepper spray is a self-defense tool used by millions of people around the world. This device can be effective in human-to-human encounters. It is also used for animal control; this category includes anti-bear spray or dog control spray.
Pepper spray is exactly what it says it is: an aerosol spray made out of peppers. Oil of certain types of chili makes pepper spray.
There is a lot of confusion about pepper spray and tear gas. They're completely different substances.
Pepper Spray vs. Tear Gas
Tear gas refers to chemical agents used by military and police forces, and it's not available for civilian use. There is very little regulation when it comes to how pepper sprays are labeled for consumers.
Pepper spray is also known as capsaicin spray or CS gas. Pepper spray is a less-than-lethal agent, meaning that it's more of an irritant than a deadly weapon. Police forces often use pepper spray for riot control or area-denial operations against civilians.
Another use for CS gas is to safely make a building uninhabitable. Police have "CS grenades" that can be thrown into a room that will then be filled up with pepper spray. Unless you were wearing a gas mask, almost any human being will flee from the area once CS gas is deployed.
It's important to understand the limitations of using pepper sprays as real-world self-defense products. It seems that many people are under the impression that pepper spray can be used against a determined attacker. It cannot!
Pepper spray is great for security personnel to remove trespassers. There are many situations where a commercial entity doesn't want to prosecute someone, you just want them to leave the property.
In a non-life and death situation, where an unarmed person is merely being belligerent but not deadly, pepper spray can be an effective tool for trained personnel.
But in the hands of an untrained person, the likelihood of pepper spray being deployed in a way that saves one's life and property is almost zero. Pepper spray should be thought of as a tool to defend property and should be used by trained personnel who have other means defend their lives, such as a backup firearm.
A metal blade is obviously one of the most lethal weapons that can be found in the home.
However, if you pick up a knife, make sure you really understand what you intend. Merely brandishing a knife at another person is not only a crime, but it's also a definite signal that the fight is on, and beware!
Taser is a brand name of stun gun made by the Axon Corporation. Like "Jello" and "Xerox", Taser has become synonymous with an entire type of consumer product. When most people think of tasers, they think of stun guns that have deployable barbs that fire out of them like a pistol.
The taser pistol comes in a variety of sizes and powers. There are civilian versions that have a range of 15 ft. as well as police animal control and Military versions available.
The basic concept of a taser is that it's a pistol with small barbs that are fire through pressurized air. These barbs coil out a very thin wire. If a shot hits its mark, the target will be connected to the device by two wires in an electrical current that can be applied by pulling the trigger.
At this point, a very high-intensity electrical current is applied through the wires and into the barbs. This causes a painful electric shock. "Neuromuscular incapacitation" is the result, causing the victim to fall to the floor and not be able to move for several seconds.
The taser is considered a non-lethal device, although many cases of lethality have been reported.
6. Stun Guns
A "stun gun" is one of the self-defense weapons that has a slightly weird name. It's not really a gun since it doesn't fire a projectile. A stun gun is basically a fancy exposed battery that's used to shock an opponent with electricity.
The first stun guns or electrical cattle prods were used in animal husbandry and on the farm. Don't use a cattle prod on a human being ever. Unfortunately, stun guns have been used in torture scenarios, replacing the old "connect the nipples to the batteries" trick.
Many stun guns emit an electrical arc when the activation button is depressed. This can cause an intimidating crackle. A prisoner who is handcuffed to chair definitely doesn't want to hear the sound of a stun gun going off.
7. Any Object
When it comes to self-defense, preparation is key. If your life is on the line, almost any physical object can be used for self-defense.
From a pen to a rolled-up magazine, if it's not part of your body, it can be used as a shield, distraction, missile, or bludgeon.
When it comes to protecting yourself and your loved ones, hesitation is your enemy. Use anything you can get your hands on.
8. Sound Alarms
One of the worst things that can happen to you in a fight is to have your weapon taken from you and then used against you. Not only you'll have to suffer the physical pain and death of losing the fight, but the bitter irony of the situation can also be almost more than you can bear.
If the attacker could easily disarm you, why would you want to carry a lethal weapon? You don't know how to use a knife, so you shouldn't be carrying one. In these cases, a personal alarm is the way to go!
Personal alarms are great devices for children, women, and physically disabled people, or anyone else who'd rather call for help then try to stop physical attack themselves.
Most of these devices have a keychain pin that's easy to pull out but very difficult to put back in. That means that once you activate the alarm, it will be difficult to turn it off.
Another great way to use these devices during an encounter is to throw them. This will force your attacker to make a decision, continue attacking, or move away to silence the alarm. These few seconds can give you an opportunity to make your egress.
9. Tactical Flashlights
Tactical flashlights, sometimes called "military torches," are powerful lights that serve more than one purpose. They are made of space-age metals that are very light and strong. These devices can be wielded like a baton in a fight.
Some tactical lights have high-intensity strobes that can be used to blind an attacker in a dark environment.
Military grade torches can come equipped with blinding lasers, or emit light in the infrared or ultraviolet spectrum. IR torches are used to illuminate an area for soldiers wearing night vision equipment but are invisible to the naked eye.
10. Sapper Gloves
Sapper gloves are leather gloves that are padded with metal fillings. This adds weight and protection to the hand. These gloves are generally intended for law enforcement and military applications.
Check your local laws for more information on these items.
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