Seven Surefire Self-Defense Weapons
By Adelia Ladson
Why Do I Need A Self-Defense Weapon?The violent crime rate continues to rise and, with no end in sight, the chances of being a victim of a violent crime is higher then ever in today’s world. So what do you do? You make sure that you are armed and ready just in case you find yourself targeted. The first impulse is to buy and carry a firearm but that can require a certain amount of red tape. Also, carrying a firearm might not be a possibility in all situations and extra permission must be obtained to carry it concealed. The most effective self-defense is going to be discreet or completely concealed because the element of surprise is invaluable.
Types Of Self-Defense WeaponsSelf-defense weapons come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy to find the one that’s most comfortable for you to carry and use. They can be broken down into the categories of bladed weapons, stun guns, batons and pepper spray. Here are seven of the top self-defense weapons under these categories.
Bladed WeaponsHaving a good, sharp blade at hand can serve a dual purpose of self-defense and as an everyday carry for cutting tasks that come up. Blades can be hidden in just about any form so that no one would ever suspect that you’re carrying one. They can either hide in your clothes or hide in plain sight.
Ridge Runner Hidden Knife BeltThe Ridge Runner Hidden Knife Belt offers sleek, stylish self-defense, hidden in plain sight, right at your fingertips! The 3 1/2”stainless steel, partially serrated blade fits securely into a heavy-duty TPU buckle. It can be quickly deployed at a moment’s notice and is razor-sharp. The belt itself is sturdy black canvas and, at 53 1/2” overall, it can be adjusted to fit most adults. It’s your own secret weapon to defend yourself if you are ever in a situation where you need to do so.
CRKT Keramin KarambitEasily hidden beneath your shirt on a neck lanyard, the Keramin Karambit is part of CRKT’s minimalist series. It’s a new karambit-inspired design that’s become the favorite of self-defense experts. It has a full-tang, just under 3” blade made of 5Cr15MoV stainless steel. The unique, infused resin handle is crafted with three finger choils and aggressive jimping for thumb placement. The Keramin Karambit snaps securely into the fitted polypropylene sheath attached to the neck lanyard.
Stun GunsStun guns are absolutely the best replacement for a firearm and infinitely more affordable. They come in a variety of sizes and forms including ones disguised as smart phones, flashlights and even walking canes. Stun guns are legal in most states but always check your city and county laws for any regulations.
Night Watchman Mini Stun Gun
The smallest stun gun in the world, the Night Watchman Mini Stun Gun is about the size of a pack of gun. With a 20,000,000-volt output, it packs the same power as a traditional-sized stun gun. It’s powered by a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that is charged using the included USB cord. The integrated LED flashlight provides a convenient source of light whenever you need it and can also be used to blind an assailant. To prevent accidental discharge, two levels of safety have been built-in: a functional off/on switch and a shock control button. At only 3 1/2”x 1”, the compact stun gun can be attached to your keys and is easily concealable in your hand, pocket or purse.
ZAP Stun CaneThe main thing that sets the ZAP Stun Cane apart from other stun guns is the reach that it gives you. Unlike the usual stun gun design that requires you to be extremely close to an assailant to make contact with the electrodes, you are able to keep a good distance between yourself and an assailant. The electrodes are located along the lower portion of the cane, and they put out a one million-volt charge. An ultra-bright LED flashlight is integrated into the cane’s handle. Both flashlight and stun gun can be recharged with the included wall charger. The walking cane is adjustable from 32” to 36” and will support up to 250 lbs.
BatonsSimply put, a baton is a striking weapon, which is one of the earliest types of weapon in history. As a self-defense weapon, its slimline design makes it easy to conceal and easy to carry. Batons are carried by law enforcement officers worldwide and most have a collapsible design.
Night Watchman Impact BatonA classic law enforcement design, the Night Watchman Impact Baton is easy to deploy with just a flick of the wrist. It quickly extends from 8 1/2”, when closed, to 21” when deployed. The baton is constructed of heavy-duty steel with a rubberized, ridged handle and rounded impact point. It’s an easy concealable, non-reflective black and is built to last. This handy deterrent provides you with confidence in knowing that you’re capable of warding off any would-be assailant.
Night Watchman Self-Defense UmbrellaThe Night Watchman Self-Defense Umbrella is the ultimate in effective, discreet self-defense, as no one would suspect what it’s capable of! Lightweight but practically indestructible, it has a shaft that’s made of a carbon fiber rod that can withstand up to 200 lbs of weight. The grippy handle is tough, fiber-reinforced nylon and it has a rounded pommel and the umbrella’s release button. Between the indestructible shaft and tough handle, the Self-Defense Umbrella packs quite a punch. Add to that a sharp, penetrating glassbreaker/self-defense point at the end of the shaft and you’ve got the perfect self-defense weapon. The 36 1/2” overall self-defense umbrella comes in a sturdy nylon slip-cover with shoulder straps for ease of carry.
Pepper SprayPepper spray can incapacitate an attacker in a matter of minutes with effects that can last about 30 minutes. It causes burning of the eyes, skin and nose because it’s derived from chili peppers. The spray also causes swelling of the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and throat, plus, coughing and shortness of breath. Pepper spray is legal to carry in all 50 states but check your state’s regulations in regard to carry.
Sabre Key Ring Pepper Spray“Making grown men cry since 1975,” Sabre is the industry leader in pepper sprays. Their Key Ring Pepper Spray has a quick-release key ring that allows you to easily access the case when your keys are still in your vehicle ignition or a door lock. The self-defense spray is a maximum-strength, three-in-one formula that includes CS tear gas for enhanced facial burning and UV marking dye to aid in suspect identification. It guarantees maximum stopping power, eliminating the 30 percent failure rate experienced with other pepper spray brands. Sabre Pepper Spray offers protection, at a safe distance, against multiple threats with an impressive 10-foot range of 25 bursts in a powerful stream delivery to reduce wind blowback. The locking top safety helps prevent accidental discharge and the finger grip enhances aim and product retention.