Self Defense Man October 12, 2011
Choosing A Self Defense Weapon
There are many things to consider when choosing a self defense weapon. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of available options and things that need to be considered when choosing a personal self defense item or non-lethal weapon. You have to consider what self defense weapon is legal to own in your area, personal preferences as well as limitations and strengths of each of the self defense weapons available. There are stun guns, pepper spray, personal alarms, kubotans and other self defense options such as martial arts training and techniques. Each have their advantages and disadvantages, and sometimes a combination of methods and self defense weapons is the best plan for personal self defense.
Self Defense Weapon Considerations
Most non-lethal self defense weapons and devices are legal in most areas; however, a stun gun is a self defense weapon that is restricted or sometimes totally banned in a handful of states which limits your available options in those areas. Stun guns are totally banned or restricted in HI, MA, MI, NY, NJ, WI, RI, IL, and CT. Local governments like Crawford County Iowa are known areas with bans or restrictions. In addition, although pepper spray is legal in all 50 states, some states have restrictions on the amount that can be carried as well as the strength and concentration of the pepper spray that is allowed.
There are stun guns, pepper spray, personal alarms, kubotan self defense keychains, and martial arts training to consider for realistic ways to protect yourself with a self defense weapon. Stun guns can be held to just about any part of an attacker’s body and the current can even pass through clothing, but you must come in direct contact with your attacker to stun him with it. If your attacker pulls it away from you then it can be used against you. Some, but not all of them come with disable pins connected to wrist straps. If they are pulled away from you the disable pin is pulled out and the stun gun can’t be used. Pepper spray is a legal self defense weapon in all 50 states, although some states have restrictions on it. The advantage is that you do not have to get very close to your attacker to use it, but the effective target area is limited to the face and you must make sure to make your sprays count. Personal alarms are great in that they are legal everywhere and you do not have to come close to an attacker to use them, but if there is nobody around that can hear it, it becomes a useless self defense weapon to protect yourself. A Kubotan self defense keychain is a legal self defense weapon just about anywhere in the US, but might not be as effective as a good spray of pepper in the face of an attacker or a stun gun leaving your attacker on the ground. These self defense weapons can require a little bit of practice or training to be effective whereas pepper spray and stun guns require much less practice or training. Martial arts training is excellent because it does not require you to carry any kind of self defense weapon, but of course this is going to take the most training and time to master. There are various self defense fighting videos on the market which can teach a few easy to master moves that anyone can use to defend themselves. This might be the best way to go for someone looking to master some basic self defense moves, but is not looking for a long time or life long hobby of formal martial arts training.
Self Defense Weapon Strategy
Probably the best strategy is to have a combination of self defense weapons or tactics that you can use to defend yourself if the need ever arises. Some hardened criminals have been known to become more or less desensitized or almost immune from pepper spray from being sprayed so many times. Someone like this may need a follow up with a stun from a stun gun to ward them off. Which ever self defense weapon you choose, it should be something that you feel comfortable and confident using.
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