The Truth About Personal Self Defense Weapons

Sorry I haven’t written anything for some time folks, but nowadays it looks like there’s more on my to-do-list then there’s time and energy to do them. Actually, my daily travels are what inspired me to sit back and write this letter today.

It seems like everywhere I go nowadays, I get asked the same questions about self defense weapons. Are they legal? Should I carry one? Do they actually work? (And assuming they do work for self-defense)… How do you know which one is actually going to work for me?

The simple truth is, there really is no one-size-fits-all response to this question. It’s a personal question, which has a personal answer for each individual. So I’ll do what I could to help clear some of the fog with this topic, and we’ll focus on a straightforward definition for the word “self defense weapon”.

Self-defense: The act of defending one’s person or interests from harm by the use of physical force or argument.

Weapon: Any instrument or device used to inflict harm on another, either for attack or defense.

So for the intended purpose of this article, we’ll look at a self-defense weapon to be any instrument or device used to defend yourself from physical harm or attack… Simple enough.

Personal defense weapons come in many shapes and sizes. In fact, almost anything you use to defend yourself could be considered a self-defense weapon. So rather than creating a set of self-defense weapons (that is practically endless), I’ll just go over some of the concepts which are common for all of these devices.

First let’s discuss what a self defense weapon is NOT…

A self defense weapon is NOT an animate object with a mind of its own. In other words, it doesn’t think for itself, and it doesn’t sit there coiled up, waiting for the opportunity to strike at someone. A self-defense weapon is really a tool, forget about. And being a tool, what it does depends entirely on what you do with it. A weapon can be very ideal for keeping you safe. However, you need to remember a few certain things…


When you have a weapon, it generally does not mean you’re automatically safe. So, don’t going for walks into a bad portion of town, in the center of the night, carrying a large handful of money. And don’t flip off the neighborhood gang leader just because you have a weapon in your pocket


And even more important, you need to have confidence in your ability to utilize it. Just having a weapon doesn’t mean it will likely be any help at all. This is actually a big problem among the uninformed; Military and police research confirms that people who lack confidence in a technique or device will not resort to it in a stressful situation.

Many people have already been seriously hurt in violent encounters with a personal self defense weapon right within their hand. In the stress of the moment, they didn’t think to utilize it or doubted its’ ability to impact the problem. Perhaps they were afraid that it could only make matters worse.

So if you’re thinking about carrying a personal self-defense weapon, make sure you’re prepared to discover how to utilize it. And practice to become skillful with it. You also need to be ready to use the device aggressively on a predator, to protect yourself. Never carry an individual Safety Weapon with the intent to “bluff” your assailant. This is one sure way to have your weapon recinded and used against you. So if you are not ready to use it decisively, don’t carry it!


You’ve got to keep your eyes open and give consideration, and you have to know how exactly to carry and use your weapon of choice, cause unless you, you may not get a chance to utilize it. A gun doesn’t help if it’s still in its holster, and a pepper spray or perhaps a stun gun isn’t too useful if it’s still in underneath of one’s purse or in your kitchen drawer at home when you get attacked. When you carry a weapon for self-defense, make sure you can get to it quickly if the need arises.

People seldom leave their homes thinking, “Gee, I think I’ll go out and fend off a mugger, or perhaps a rapist today!” What happens to most self-defense weapons is the novelty wears off and they are quickly forgotten, they find their solution to the bottom of a purse, the glove box of one’s car, or the back of a kitchen drawer. They won’t do you much good there! So ask yourself, is the device you are thinking about something practical enough to transport with you all of the time.


Over-inflated claims and quick-fix promises are all around the self-defense business. Many gadget salespeople and wannabe self-defense experts exaggerate the benefits and capabilities of these systems and products.

venter armes need to understand, and acknowledge the limitations of a self-defense weapon, and have a back-up plan. Take into account that there is nothing ever 100% effective at all times. Even a gun is 99% effective. Sometimes people get shot, however they still don’t go down. Yet, I don’t know anyone who say a gun isn’t effective.

So understanding that nothing works 100% of that time period means no matter what self defense weapon you choose to carry, you should still have a back up arrange for defending yourself… in the event


Plenty of laws. Starting primarily with laws about guns, the utilization of guns, carrying a gun, etc. but additionally, there are laws about stun guns, pepper spray, knives, batons, etc. Mostly relating to when weapons may be used, and under what circumstances.

Do everything you can to understand the laws about weapons in your area, but more importantly, work with a bit of common sense. Pulling a gun on a man because he cut you off in traffic is really a no-no, and shooting someone in the facial skin with pepper spray since they took the last donut at the meeting isn’t using good judgment. So when learning to use your self defense weapon, also learn the laws concerning the weapon, and when you can and can’t use it legally.

So there you own it, several basic truths about self-defense weapons.
I could go on for another half hour about personal defense weapons, and never run out of what to say, but this article has already passed the one thousand-word mark, so I’ll end it here. The bottom line is, if you’re going to carry a weapon for self defense, make sure you know how to use it, and are prepared to use if the necessity arises.

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