At gun shows, people are always asking us if our self-defense products work and my answer is YES! Attackers don’t want a victim that is willing to fight back. And don’t just take my word for it. I have done my research. Police officers, self-defense experts, and studies all say that fighting back is best. But, should you? It really is up to each individual and situation. Personally, I don’t want to be a victim and if able, will fight back with all I have taking some of the attackers DNA with me.
What Can You Do?
There are many self-defense products on the market (I will get to those later). I personally carry a stun gun, a self-defense key chain, and pepper spray. Some days I even carry a .380. But, just carrying them is not enough. You need to know how to use them effectively and you need to have them handy, not in a pocket or purse. Attackers are not going to wait for you to pull them out. Know how to use each of the products you carry and have a plan. You know that old saying practice makes perfect. Experts say practice what you would do with friends and family. Build that muscle memory so if and when you are attacked, you are better prepared. Most importantly, make noise. Attackers don’t want you to get the attention of those around you.
Not everyone feels comfortable with firearms and not everyone should own one. This doesn’t mean you can’t fight back with your body or with self-defense products. We have several on our website.
My personal favorite is the Trigger Stun Gun because it is easy to use and has a disabling pin.
The Trigger comes in several different colors and comes with a built in charger. It is easy to activate (hence the name trigger) by compressing the red trigger on the side. The wrist strap is important because if the attacker does take the stun gun away, the pin is removed and the attacker can not use it against you. It does have a flashlight that can be used to temporarily blind your attacker as well. All of our stun guns are rechargeable and come with a Lifetime Warranty.
Oh, and I can testify that stun guns HURT! Don’t ask me how. Lets just say I am accident prone.
The thing I like about pepper spray and Mace is that you don’t have to make direct contact with your attacker like a stun gun and it HURTS! This product has a range of 6-8 feet and provides 6-10 one second bursts. It comes with a quick release key chain and safety lock. One thing people need to remember when using sprays, is that there is a risk of blow back. But, the reality is, you should be getting away from your attacker so blow back should be minimal.
Remember what I said earlier. Attackers don’t want the attention, make noise! This is the one thing I don’t carry with me but think they are great anyway. I also feel they would be great for kids. Personal alarms are loud and get attention which can startle the attacker allowing victims to get away. Also, I don’t think the attacker would like 120 decibels placed directly next to their ear. Talk about blowing an eardrum out.
We get asked what these are at gun shows often. According to Wikipedia ,this key chain weapon was developed by Sōke Takayuki Kubota in the late 1960s. They typically are no more than 5.5 inches long and about half an inch in diameter. Kubotans can be used for stabbing and hitting which can make them effective against attackers. They are easy to grip and can be attached to your keys.
If you feel this doesn’t inflict enough damage, we have other self-defense key chains on our personal protection page. I personal like the Brutus Key Chain because they are sharp and pointy. Take that!
I know what you are thinking. How in the world can a flashlight be used to defend yourself? Actually, a good bright flashlight is a great way to temporarily blind an attacker allowing you to get away. If big enough, makes a good whacking stick too. We have two that have been really popular providing 500 or 1200 Lumens of blinding light.
We also have some great flashlight stun guns that make great self defense weapons. All items come with rechargeable batteries.
So, there you have it. If you are looking for something besides a gun, we do offer you a variety of options. These products are easy to conceal and inexpensive. I would suggest that you check with your state laws for some of these products because not all of them are legal in every state. If you try to buy an item off of our website that is illegal in your state, it will not ship. Also, remember to practice and know how your product works.
Disclaimer: I do not claim any of these products will keep you 100% safe and I am not an expert in personal safety. It really is up to you. Use your common sense, be aware of your surroundings, and educate yourself. How you decide to defend yourself is a personal choice that only you can make. I am open to personal opinions and thoughts from others. I feel that this is an important topic for women and men to discuss.