Self Defense Options You May Not Have Seen Before
Everyone wants to feel safe, whether at home, in their car or simply in their business activities. Unfortunately, there may come a time when you need to have some means of self-defense, some way to protect yourself, your home, or your family. If you’ve spent some time reviewing different types of self-defense weapons and training, you’ve no doubt seen stores and websites that offer everything from pistols and shotguns to pepper spray and martial arts courses. However, if none of these standard methods appeal to you, here are some other suggestions (some serious, some not so serious):
- Instead of pepper spray, use a can of wasp and hornet spray. It is readily available and has an effective range of up to 20 feet, compared to six to eight feet for most pepper spray products.
- Gloves with steel pellets sewn on the knuckles. They seem harmless but they work like blackjack and are available from a couple of different providers over the internet. You can also find baseball caps that are similar, with steel pellets sewn into the cap itself, although I’m not sure how comfortable it would be to wear.
- A can of WD-40 and a butane lighter make a nice miniature flamethrower. However, collateral damage could be a problem.
- The sharp edge of one of your credit cards can be quite an efficient (and innocent-looking) weapon for cutting someone at close range.
- How about a slingshot with a wrist strap and a bag of golf balls or ball bearings? It takes a lot of practice to become proficient, but you can do some serious damage if you use a good quality slingshot and can actually hit your target.
- A hockey stick has a number of advantages in terms of self defense. It is a very good weapon to cut something or someone and it does not look particularly out of place if you take it outside.
- For home defense, a large dog or two is an excellent choice. And if you don’t have or don’t want to have a large dog, a continuous loop tape or a barking dog cd can work too.
- Kevlar gloves can provide some protection against a knife attack.
- Some experts recommend biting, not a normal bite, but something more on the order of a pit bull bite, preferably on an ear or finger.
- One of the “unbreakable” umbrellas for sale on the Internet offers a way to keep an attacker at a distance; And if you’ve ever seen commuters vying for a position on the London Underground, you may appreciate the use of the umbrella as an offensive weapon.
- If you want a firearm for self defense, you can take a look at the Palm Pistol. It’s a single shot 38 caliber pistol that fits in the palm of your hand. It is specially designed for the elderly or disabled people who have limited physical dexterity and it is shot with the thumb instead of the index finger. And it has been classified as a “medical device” by the FDA.
- If you are really determined to avoid any confrontation, you can try leaving some money or valuables on a table near your door or window and expecting anyone who walks in to just “grab the money and run away.”
We hope these tips provide you with some new options for self-defense. And if you really like home defense, you could take some advice from an army ranger that I heard about. He arranged his porch light so that if you flipped the light switch up, the porch light would come on; flipping the switch down unleashed a small explosive charge, more than enough to discourage someone trying to break down the front door. In any case, take some time to think about self-defense – you never know when the time will come when you will need to have some way to protect yourself.