Even if you live in a peaceful neighborhood and run a wholesome family business, you're eventually going to encounter trouble. If you think that a scumbag will go easy on you because you're a petite young lady, think again.
Last Thursday, KMOV posted a video of a small business owner and her daughter being attacked - even after they refunded the irate customers!
The video created a discussion about guns and how you should always have one. The problem is, not everyone has a gun and guns do take a lot of practice (if you want to be effective). Also, certain states make it hard for you to carry a gun on you even though you're using it to defend your business or home. Thankfully there are a lot of good non-lethal self-defense options available.
Here are 9 self-defense weapons that will put your attacker in the hospital, not the morgue.
1. Shooting Stun Gun - Taser Pulse
The Taser Pulse is a ranged stun gun that can be fired from up to 15 feet away. This will drop a fully grown man and shut his nervous system down for 30 seconds to a minute. The downside is that it's close to $400 and you've only got two cartridges. You'll need to continuously need to swap out your projectile cartridges since they can only be used once. The battery is sadly not rechargeable either.
2. Tactical Fire Pen
A Tactical Pen is a good tool to have in your everyday carry and can pack a nasty punch. Most Tactical Pens have a tungsten glass breaker capable of dealing a lot of damage. The downside is that you have to get close to your attacker. A 16-year-old girl might have trouble taking down a 250-pound man, but with a well-placed strike, it's very possible.
3. StreetWise Stun Ring
The stun ring is held a bit like brass knuckles. The trigger is by your palm. The "ring" slips over your middle finger and is charged with 18 million volts of justice. You can get stun rings for around $20 but their durability is questionable. Although they pack a punch, the plastic will break if you hit something hard enough.
4. EDC Folding Knife
A good EDC knife is always a good option when it comes to protecting yourself. They're easily accessible and deal quite a bit of damage. This particular folding knife has the screwdriver attachment which can double as a blunt force object.
5. Sabre Pepper Gel
The gel formula reduces wind blowback, so it can be used in most environments and it will stick to assailants like glue. It also won't hit bystanders and it's safe to use indoors. This lightweight pepper gel contains 0.54 oz. of a 2 million SHU concoction that can deliver 25 bursts up to 12 feet away. It is the number one brand used by the police worldwide and is made in the U.S.A.
6. Laserhawk Adjustable Slingshot
Slingshots are light and inexpensive, but they do require practice. There are a ton of options to choose from and various slingshot bands that offer several resistance types. Unfortunately, Slingshots are pretty useless if an attacker gets close or there are multiple assailants. However, if you do connect with your target, there is a good chance they'll stop their attack.
7. Self Defense Keychains
Self-defense keychains include weapons like the Wild Kat which is basically a sharp set of brass knuckles that fits on a keychain. Kubotans are also an option. The Kat Claw and the Fury Tactical SDK can be purchased for under $10.
8. ASP Talon DiscLoc Baton
Expandable batons come in an assortment of quality ranges. If you want high quality, you're going to have to spend the extra money. While you can find batons online for less the $20, the example we're using retails for around $125. See it in action here.
9. Get a Watchdog
Dogs offer companionship and protection. For them barking at strangers outside comes natural. One of the biggest deterrents for thieves is the sound of a barking dog. That means you don't even have to get up off the couch.
There is nothing you can buy that will make you 100% safe. Each of these personal protection tools will require practice. Yes, your puppy will need to be taught how to deal with a home invasion as well. And if you do have a gun, that's great but it's always good to have a back up plan.
What tools are in your non-lethal arsenal?