Non-Lethal Self-Defense Tools
There are numerous self-defense products on the market today.
This is mostly because self-defense has become more and more
necessary in the world that we live in, unfortunately. And as I
have written in other articles, some folks just aren't
comfortable with firearms. Some of the most popular
non-lethal self-defense products today include tasers and stun
guns, pepper spray, and personal alarms. And it is also
important to remember that other common, every-day items such as
your keys, cell phone, a good tactical pen, a walking stick, and
a good flashlight can also be very effective parts of your
Tasers and Stun Guns:
A taser, when applied to any part of the body, sends an electric volt
through a person, rendering them physically unable to carry out their
attack. These are commonly being used by police officers around the
globe -- and by private citizens for self-defense.
Tasers come in various styles, and will affect the assailant with
various voltages of electricity. The tasers used by police officers
typically subject the assailant or suspect with approximately 50,000
volts of electricity. These types of tasers do not require the officers
to be near the suspect, as they can typically fire from a distance of
about 12 feet.
These are not the types of tasers that private citizens use for
self-defense, in most cases. The tasers used by private citizens are
typically much smaller in size, less expensive, and of course do require
you to touch the pronged end of the taser to the assailant -- usually on
his bare skin for best results.
Again, there are numerous styles of tasers to choose from, and it is
important to know, before making your purchase, just how effective the
taser will be. It is also important to know what the law is in your area
concerning the possession and use of tasers.
You should also note that a taser has the same risk as any other weapon
in that it can be taken away from you, and used against you by your
assailant. Just as you must be willing to pull the trigger of a gun if
you point it at someone, you must be willing to press the button of a
taser if you pull one out for the purpose of defending yourself.
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Pepper Spray and Mace for
The use of pepper spray, or mace as it is commonly known, for protection
can be an effective solution for escape from an attack. If you choose
pepper spray for self-defense, you must be ready to use it. You will
need to have the canister in your hand and have your finger on the
trigger. There will be no time to dig it out of your purse.
Pepper spray is made to be sprayed in the face of an assailant. It
causes extreme discomfort, headache, and dizziness as it affects the
central nervous system. There is a tight feeling in the upper
respiratory system, which leads to coughing. The target's eyes begin
tearing and burning, and there is an overproduction of saliva. The nose
burns and the mucosa become extremely irritated. The nerve endings on
the face are irritated and cause a stinging, burning sensation. Pepper
spray does not cause immobilization, and none of these effects are
Do a little research to determine the right pepper spray for you; all
brands are not alike. You need to read the ingredients before you
purchase. You might also need to check with law enforcement to be sure
that the one you choose is not illegal for use. Some contain tear gas;
the use of tear gas can be a felony in some states, except when used for
There are different brands and types of mace available. Some contain
pepper spray, tear gas, and ultraviolet dye. This type gives you a full
onslaught defense for any potential assailant. The pepper spray is made
from hot cayenne peppers; this contains the active ingredient oleoresin
capsicum. The effect of pepper spray can last up to 90 minutes.
Pepper spray is an inflammatory agent and causes temporary blindness and
difficulty breathing. The tear gas is an irritant and causes coughing
and stinging. The added advantage of the ultraviolet dye stains the
attacker and allows for easy identification of the assailant.
Remember that the use of mace does not totally disable your assailant.
He might still be able to run or grab you. After you have sprayed your
assailant, run away to a safe area and call law enforcement immediately.
Personal Alarms for Self-Defense:
While there are many ways to defend yourself from an attacker, one of
the best solutions is to scare the attacker away. How does a 110-pound
woman scare a 200-pound man away? A personal alarm has a good chance of
getting the job done.
Just as most criminals prefer the dark, they also prefer not to have any
attention drawn in their direction. This is exactly what a personal
alarm does. It emits a very loud, very annoying sound that simply cannot
be ignored by anyone within earshot of it. This in turn lets the
attacker know that other people will be coming to investigate the noise,
and they are more likely to clear out of the area.
Personal alarms are very small, and fit in the palm of your hand. They
can typically be attached to your keychain as well. They emit a very
high pitched noise of about 120 decibels or greater. It literally hurts
your ears -- and your attacker's ears.
While you may not be able to carry guns or knives, or even pepper spray
in some areas, personal alarms are legal everywhere -- even on
airplanes. Furthermore, while many weapons can be wrested away from you,
and possibly used against you, a personal alarm cannot be used against
you, even if it is wrested away from you.
Police whistles have always filled the role of scaring people away, or
alerting others to let them know that you were in danger. The problem
with police whistles, however, is that you must be able to get it into
your mouth to use it, and you may need to continue to blow it until help
arrives. That may not always be possible. A personal alarm is much more
Another good thing about personal alarms is that the pitch of the noise
is so high that it also scares away dogs and wild animals. They are also
quite affordable, costing between $10 and $20 for top-of-the-line
As you can see, a weapon doesn't actually have to serve in its normal
capacity as a weapon to be used as one. There are many other "ordinary"
items that you can use in your self-defense as well. For best results,
make sure that you have more than one with you at all times.
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