Be Smart, Stay Safe: The Top Non-Lethal Self-Defense Weapons

With many real and perceived dangers threatening your safety, it’s on you to defend and protect yourself. Rule No. 1: be smart and be safe. However, this is easier said than done. So it’s also worthwhile to store some non-lethal tools in your back pocket to help you stave off danger; just keep in mind the effectiveness of these defense tools and the likelihood of you carrying them wherever you go. Here is an in-depth list of non-lethal self-defense weapons and techniques you should use to stay safe at all times.

Defense Sprays

Mace and pepper spray are two defense sprays you should use on your attacker. In particular, you should aim for his or her eyes and face so they are instantly affected. Mace is a tear gas that doesn’t have inflammatory properties but causes pain to the eyes. The attacker’s eyes will water, and his or her nose, mouth and throat will burn. Meantime, pepper spray causes inflammation on the skin and eyes, which leads to pain, burning sensation, respiratory restriction and temporary loss of vision.

Use the Defender 24/7 pepper spray that connects wirelessly to your smartphone. When you activate use of the pepper spray, the device will automatically snap a photo of the attacker and alert the authorities. Make sure you have a high-functioning, waterproof smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S7, so your device doesn’t become damaged when you use this technological, self-defense device.

Stun Devices

Find an easy-to-use stun device that has an effective but non-lethal voltage. Typical stun devices have a voltage of 150,000 volts or higher. Since the electrical charge is released in a small area of the body, it’s a non-lethal weapon. Your stun device can come in many forms: a stun gun, stun baton, cell phone stunner, flashlight stunner or lipstick stunner. The cell phone stunner looks almost unrecognizable, as it resembles a smartphone and can easily fit into a pocket or on a belt. This compact stunner can release as much as 4.5 million volts of power, without the assailant seeing it coming.

Small Weapons

A compact weapon, like a kubotan pocket stick, tactical pen or folding knife, can be carried with you and pulled out at a moment’s notice. These small weapons are inconspicuous and can help get you out of a risky situation. It’s important you understand how to effectively use these weapons in the event of an attack. Your best bet is to find an instructor who can show you how to use these weapons to disarm or stop your assailant from hurting you.


A flashlight is an inconspicuous weapon that can come in handy when you are in a dangerous situation. The tactical flashlight can shine bright light into the eyes of the attacker, causing temporary visual impairment. By blinding your attacker, you have a chance to run away and find safety. The flashlight also can be used as a blunt object, which can strike your assailant when they attack you. Keep this non-lethal weapon on your key chain, as it’s best you have it nearby. Plus, it’s one weapon you can take into nearly all public areas.

Martial Arts

Enroll in a martial arts classes to fine-tune your self-defense skills. These fun, self-defense-style classes take into account how you can best disarm or disengage your attacker. The training will help build your strength and determine how you can use martial arts to your advantage when you encounter an assailant. Martial arts will also provide you the means to react quickly when you’re attacked from behind or by surprise.

DOD Directive 5210.56: Arming And The Use Of Force

This issuance:
• Establishes policy and standards and assigns responsibilities for arming, carrying of firearms, and the use of force by DoD personnel performing security and protection, law and order, investigative, or counterintelligence duties; and for personal protection when related to the performance of official duties.
• Establishes policy and standards and assigns responsibilities for contractor personnel required to carry a firearm in accordance with applicable DoD contracts.
• Implements Section 1585 of Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.), which authorizes civilian officers and employees of the DoD to carry firearms or other appropriate weapons while assigned investigative duties or such other duties as prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.
• Provides requirements, authorizations, and restrictions on carrying firearms and the use of force to protect DoD installations, property, and personnel, and to enforce law and order in accordance with DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5200.08 and DoD 5200.08-R.
• Implements Section 2672 of Title 10, U.S.C., Section 926A of Title 18, U.S.C., and Section 526 of Public Law 114-92 (“the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016”), and authorizes DoD Components to arm DoD personnel qualified under Sections 926B and 926C of Title 18, U.S.C., when related to the performance of official duties.
• Provides guidance for permitting the carrying of privately owned firearms on DoD property by DoD personnel for personal protection purposes that are not associated with the performance of official duties.

The full directive can be found at the following location:

3-Gun Competitive Shooter Stops MN Terrorist

USPSA Shooter, 3-Gunner, and NRA-certified firearms instructor Jason Falconer has been identified as the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old Somali immigrant who went on a stabbing rampage inside a St. Cloud, (MN) Mall on Saturday.

The apparent terrorist—who apparently asked victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them—was engaged by Falconer inside the mall.

Read the rest of the article:

6 Best Tips for Self-Defense

It always seems as if our favorite characters from the movies know exactly how to deal with dangerous situations. But in reality, how would you defend yourself in the event that someone was harassing or threatening you? Unfortunately, when these occurrences play out in real life, the victim is not as adept and strategic as in the movies. To ensure that you are always ready to protect yourself, follow these self-defense tips and stay safe.

1. Make the First Move

If you’re unprepared, the first blow by your attacker may send you reeling. Be proactive about defending yourself by securing the first hit. This will boost your confidence from the start, take your attacker by surprise, and give you the momentum you need in case the perpetrator persists.

2. Have a Posture of Strength

Fear is your own worst enemy. If you give in to fear, you will likely lose the battle before it has even begun. As difficult as it may be, compose yourself to appear strong, fierce, and unafraid. Since many attackers feed on the victim’s fear, this display of strength may be enough of a deterrent to keep them at bay. Instead of cowering away from threats, stand tall and make eye contact with your opponent. This will send a warning to your attacker that you’re not an easy target.

3. Stay Calm

Self-defense is mostly about self-control, confidence, and awareness. If you sense a hostile situation developing, try to cultivate a calmness within yourself where you can deal with the situation squarely and swiftly. A frantic attacker is at a disadvantage, so make quick, strong movements and don’t lose sight of your opponent.

4. Strike Where it Counts

The goal of self-defense is to end the fight as soon as possible. If it comes to blows, strike your attacker in the most effective areas. Aim for the groin and the throat first, as they will debilitate your opponent the fastest. Don’t concentrate on hitting the face or head from the start, as most people instinctively protect their faces with their arms.

5. Bounce Back From a Blow

When it comes to self-defense, every moment is crucial—if your opponent lands a blow, bounce back as soon as you can. Don’t look at the spot where you were hit or wince in pain. You’ll have time to assess your wounds when you’re safely away from your attacker.

6. Be Smart If There’s a Weapon Involved

If your assailant has a gun or a dangerous weapon, comply with his or her orders, as making a sudden move could result in a fatal response. In a hostile scenario, always assess the threat level from the start and only strike if you are certain that you can disarm your attacker. If you find yourself up against a group, submit calmly rather than struggling. Only act if you have a realistic chance to get away or make a critical hit.

To properly prepare yourself for a hostile situation, your best bet is to learn self-defense from highly trained professionals. In learning self-defense, you’ll polish your hand-to-hand skills while developing a keen awareness of your surroundings. Furthermore, you’ll learn to prevent yourself from being caught off-guard and specialized techniques to give you the advantage against opponents of all sizes.

Author Bio:
Carl Turner is an expert trainer and freelance lifestyle writer from Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience, he has trained many clients and has helped them to reach their personal fitness goals. During his free time, he enjoys kayaking, hiking, and reading.

Do What You Can With The Tools That You Have

A couple of armed men had their plans of a carjacking “washed away” at a Shreveport self -serve car wash, and its caught on tape.

The run-in happened last Thursday morning at the Oasis Car wash in Shreveport.

What should have been a quick rinse for Michael Davis’ new wheels — quickly turned into a fight for his life during the overnight hours of July 21st. Just three minutes into the car wash, he saw someone approaching him.

“I turned and I said I’m not interested, I don’t have any money or anything and when I turned back around a guy had come around the corner with a gun, pointed at me,” Davis said. “I looked right down the barrel and I was like I’m not going to do it”

The entire thing, caught on his personal dash cam, with his brother in the car.

“He said give me your keys and your money and I said what’d you say? and I took the sprayer and just sprayed it right in his face. (butt) and I heard his friend try to run and get my backside so I turned around and sprayed him and hit him and they took off running. the whole situation to me was almost surreal.”

The 20 second incident played out like a scene from a movie.

“I wish it was a fun little acting video or skit or something like that but our lives were really in jeopardy that’s why we called police as soon as we could and got them to come out here and we made a report,” he said. “I wasn’t going to give up my car or money to some little thug like that there’s just no way.”

Davis says what scares him the most is thinking what could have happened.

“If they would’ve taken my keys and my money they probably would have shot me any way plus I had my disabled veteran brother in the car they could’ve done something to him as well.”

He refused to be a victim and while police might suggest otherwise, *he doesn’t regret *his decision to fight back.

“Do not back down do what you can with the tools that you have I don’t care if you’re a small person you can intimidate somebody like that just by taking action.”