With tighter gun laws on the horizon the days of applying for a concealed carry permit and freely carrying a gun on our person may be coming to an end. For some, depending on their location, or their personal preferences, carrying a gun is not feasible. Either way, it is important to consider a few alternative products for self defense.
All of the items listed below may be found online or purchased at a sporting goods/outdoor store. For those who do carry a gun with a permit, you may find a number of these alternatives would be good to have for a situation that did not warrant a lethal response.
For instance, I carry a Surefire flashlight with me just about everywhere I go. Flashlights may be carried into movie theaters (where they would be particularly helpful in an emergency situation), airplanes, and schools.
1. Surefire 500 Lumen Tactical Flashlight. This is a great alternative to carrying a weapon, particularly if you are planning to be out and about after dark, or in a dark, indoor setting. The 500 lumens are enough to temporarily blind an assailant, providing you a few precious second to escape.
Note: Be sure to purchase a model with the feature you need most. Some models offer a two-stage light which comes on at low power on first click and requires a second click to reach the full 500 lumen capacity. If you are using exclusively for self defense, go with the single-stage, single-click model.
2. Personal Alarm. Personal alarms put out quite a sound at roughly 130dB, which will draw a lot of attention to you in an emergency situation. The real beauty of these things is that they can only be silenced by returning the pin to the alarm unit, not by pushing the “dummy” button on top. So even if someone manages to snatch it out of your hand, they can’t silence it without having both the pin and the alarm unit.
3. Kimber Pepperblaster II. A standard self defense staple for women. I particularly like this model over one of the “keychain” varieties, as it is easier to deploy in an emergency situation.
4. Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen. Part writing utensil, part glass-breaking device, part self defense tool. Enough said.
5. Self Defense Stick/Baton. Expandable batons can be slipped into a purse, or carried on your belt relatively easily. A flick of the wrist and the short baton extends to longer cold hard stick, great for encouraging bad guys to keep their distance.
6. Fury Kuba-Kickz. This product is the only non-lethal self defense tool available for your shoes. They fit above the tongue of the shoe and between the laces to provide some extra “oomph” behind a defensive kick to the shin or groin area. These would make a nice addition to your favorite pair of jogging shoes.
Be sure to check your local laws and ordinances, as some of these products may not be legal in your area. For instance, the Kuba-Kickz, or the expandable batons, can sometimes fall under the same legal category as brass knuckles and similar products.