Another effective less-than-lethal self-defense weapon is a taser. These products enjoy some of the functionality of a firearm, as they can be employed at a distance too far for hand-weapons to reach.
The ability to threaten someone with painful incapacitation from up to 25-feet away is especially handy for people who might be facing someone much larger than them.
The drawbacks here are that tasers can, and do, fail to function properly. Both prongs have to get under the target’s skin, and poor positioning, being too close or too far from the target, or if the target is wearing heavy clothing, can reduce the likelihood that a taser will stop an attacker. Be aware that compared to a gun, reloading a taser can be complicated, and as with all self-defense tools, training is important.
Self-Defense Weapons for Women
There’s nothing particular about a woman fending off violent crime that requires the use of specific self-defense products. Smaller people, or those with less upper-body strength, regardless of their gender, may find that anything requiring physical power or leverage may be more difficult to use.
With that in mind, a reliable pepper spray device, a taser, or both would be prime suggestions, along with the training to use them effectively.
A guard dog, properly trained for the purpose, is another excellent choice, but the time and financial investment necessary can be an obstacle for some. Additionally, you can’t take a dog with you everywhere, but with some planning and creativity, it can be a surprisingly versatile option.
Disguised Self-Defense Weapons
There are a variety of weapons out there that are disguised to resemble a harmless object. Common examples include: tactical pens, cane-swords (swords hidden inside of canes), lipstick knives (knives hidden inside fake lipstick), just to name a few. There are some states where these are legal to own and carry, some states where they’re banned entirely, and everything in between. Check your state laws before purchasing one. Keep in mind, there may be local laws further complicating the question of legality, and a conversation with a U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney might be your best course of action.
Even if they’re legal, it’s worth mentioning that many of these disguised weapons aren’t manufactured by well-known brands with established reputations for reliability and functional design. You often find them in catalogues alongside throwing stars, ninja swords, and other items better suited for display than use as serious self-defensetools.
They may also be difficult to employ, especially if complicated movements are necessary to reveal the weapon inside the object. You may not be able to effectively manipulate these tools in a high-stress situation without a lot of practice beforehand.
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