The crimes rates in US are sky-rocketing and the number of crimes happening across the globe in a time period as short as your lunch beak is high, it is scary. These days when trouble is around every next corner you never know when it may find you and hence we suggest you should always be prepared with a self defense plan in place and also carry a self defense device on your person throughout the day, and even more so if you are stepping outside after hours.
Are you ready to defend yourself?
Not every time you are attacked by the typical creep you don’t know wearing a hoodie in a dark alley, it is a fact that in more that 80% of rapes committed the victims have said that they have known the assailant beforehand. Most attackers scan a crowd for the weakest and most apparently least prepared target to commit a crime.
There are many self defense courses for women and men both and these courses are also available online at very reasonable rates. These courses are legit and will teach you the main goal of any self defensive martial art, which is to quickly put the attacker down for just long enough for you to escape to safety.
Although learning martial arts to defend yourself is a great idea, what you must keep in mind is these thugs are also well versed in street fighting and at times are even armed and hence it can always come in handy and also give you an advantage in a fight if you are carrying a self-defense weapon. Also only carrying a weapon is not going to help you must know how to use it and also be willing to use it when the time comes.
If you have a proper plan in place, you can increase the odds of you not becoming a victim. Here’s a small list of things you can do to prepare yourself for a situation where your life is under threat:
- Know your weapon. You need to get to understand your weapon of choice as if it were an extension of yourself. Certain self defense tools can be tricky to operate if you don’t know how to operate them. Things like pulling a knife for its sheath, pressing the right button on an alarm or uncapping pepper spray are all things you should practice beforehand.
- Have quick access. You want your weapon to be in a place where it is every easily accessible to your hands and within an instant you can pull it out and be prepared to fight.
- Pay attention. The best plan is always to avoid these situations and understand how criminals pick their targets and then learn never to look like an easy target and find yourselves in situations like these. Be aware of your surroundings and knowing the nearest exit or place to run can help you escape as well.
It’s important to choose the perfect self-defense tool for you as you must be able to hold it, remove it fast enough, be comfortable with it and with using it. Today in the market there are a vast array of self-defense items to choose from, each with its own benefits. We’ve made a list of our suggestions of self-defense tools with a descending order of damage and lethalness so you can choose what item suits you the best.
A tactical knife is a really good choice for self-defense weapon as in close quarters combat a knife can be much more effective than a gun. A knife as your weapon of self-defense is great as it has many uses even outside of self defense. You want a knife which is light in weight with a preferably long blade to defend yourself from far, we recommend at least three inches. You must make sure you purchase a decent and strong knife so it can hold up in a fight. it also has a pocket clip that makes it easy to carry and hence making it easily accessible. Also, knifes generally are accepted better than guns and the licenses for the same are still more easily available as compared to a gun.
Taser or Stun Gun
Another popular self-defense item is a Taser. Many people choose to carry Tasers or stun guns over guns, knives, or other items because they are non lethal and immobilize the target for a minimum of five seconds and that if the very purpose of a self defense tool to immobilize or incapacitate the assailant long enough for you to escape and call for help. We recommend the VIPERTEK VTS-989. Another reason we the like VIPERTEK because it also has an LED flashlight, so if you use it as a flashlight, you already have your taser in hand if and when you should need it.
Finding the best pepper spray in market is not an easy task. Pepper spray a simple very effective self-defense item to carry because it’s quick, easy to use, and can cause severe irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Pepper spray is simply a diversionary self-defense weapon that can buy you time to get away as the chemicals in the spray are meant to slow the attackers down and not stop them. Our choice for a pepper spray like Fox Labs, because it weighs less and has a UV marking dye that can help authorities in identifying the assailant later. We also admire that Fox Labs has a spring-loaded flip top to prevent triggering it on accident.
This is perhaps the fast rising trend is self defense weapons. We recommend it because of it’s the fact that it looks like a simple pen and hence give you the element of surprise and hence give you an advantage if used correctly. We recommend the Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen as it provides similar hands-on protection as a tactical knife, without a bladed edge. You could argue that it has less utility than a knife, but it is a great choice if you’re not comfortable carrying a blade, also it works as a real pen, too.
The Defender Tactical Flashlight
The Defender is a tactical flashlight is a very effective defensive too and also can be practically used as a normal flash light due to its low beam five lumens feature. How the flashlight helps in defending your self is that firstly the lower beam setting helps you to see any incoming danger before hand and the high beam setting with a power of five hundred lumens is bright enough to temporarily blind your assailant and hence creating an opportunity to run and escape or hide and call for help. The Defender has a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens that increases the visibility of the flash light, also the defender has aluminium strike-bezel with jagged edges around the lenses that one can use as an offensive weapon if needed.
Defending yourself from an attacker can be achieved in many ways and one of them is seeking help from others nearby, the only problem being these people need to know you are in danger and are in need of help first before they can help you. Many of the online self-defense classes will recommend that you carry a whistle or personal alarm, like the Vigilant Personal Alarm, that you can hit and sound a loud alarm when you are in danger and need help. What we like about the Vigilant personal alarm is that it’s small hence light weight and handy hence something that can be attached to your keys for easy access. The sound emitted is a hundred and thirty decibels loud and will easily grab the attention of anyone in the vicinity. Vigilant also has a backup whistle in case the alarm batteries fail.
Final words of advice
Whatever may be your choice of a self-defense weapon, always remember the purpose of these weapons if not to help you win a fight, it is to help you survive and escape unscathed. The best form of defense is to be smart and avoid these conflicts and situations and not be in the wrong places at wrong hours of the day and also learn to be more alert of your surroundings. Also just owning the weapon is not enough, you must learn and also practise every once in a while to use the weapon to get comfortable with it and hence increase your chances of escaping.