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3 Intimidating Alternatives To Guns

self-defense alternatives to gunsThere are a lot of views on self-defense out there. Most of us follow the way of the gun, for one simple reason. The gun is the most efficient and effective self-defense tool one can carry and use.

There are, though, differing opinions on the morals of taking another life. It’s not necessarily an anti-gun or pro-gun standpoint; there are people who simply do not feel they can take another life even in defense of their own life. Others may not have a moral dilemma but have live in states that are preventing them from utilizing their constitutional, natural and God-given right to self-defense. Still others may want options before they turn to their firearm.

All of these people, though, can still have the option of defending themselves. A gun is the best, but not the only self-defense tool.

Here are three alternatives:

1. The Baton

The extendable baton is one great weapon, even though it’s overlooked as a good self-defense weapon. A lot of people really don’t realize how hard these things strike and just how easy you can incapacitate an attacker. The baton is a weapon that has found its way into the duty belts of the vast majority of police officers across the country. The United States Marine Corps trains their troops to use the batons effectively for a non-lethal crowd control option. The baton is not a weapon to be trifled with.

Batons come in a wide variety of different sizes and quality. There are a ton of junk batons out there. The quickest way to tell if your baton is crap is first by price; an $8 baton at a gun show shouldn’t be trusted to save your life. Like guns, a baton needs to be tailored to the user. Batons range in size from 16 all the way up to 26 inches full extended. Some batons, like this one, double as a flashlight, which can be useful to carry in a car.

Smaller folks, or those looking to totally conceal a baton, should look for a shorter length. These shorter batons will be easier to carry and easier to conceal. A short baton is not a handicap, and since most close range fights take place in a tight space the baton will be easier to manipulate and use.

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To carry a gun most people have to spend at least a few hundred for the gun, and another hundred for the license to carry. Your jurisdiction may require a concealed carry permit to conceal a baton. Keep this in mind. You should also try to attend a self-defense course to learn how to use the baton. Batons are simple, though, and a good hit from one will change most minds.

2. Pepper spray

Another weapon that police tend to carry is a nonlethal OC agent that is supposed to shut down an attacker’s vision. The pain caused from the pepper spray is intense and the loss of vision makes attacking nearly impossible. Pepper spray is also a weapon that rarely requires any kind of permit to carry.

Pepper spray doesn’t require much training, but it requires a defensive mindset. The operator must be prepared to use the weapon and keep it accessible. The spray buried in a purse or lost somewhere in the car is useless. Most pepper sprays are small canister with a limited range, and most are potent enough to change minds. They are also cheap and small enough to pocket carry. If you choose to use one of the little canisters then you should be prepared to carry at least two of them.

Kimber, maker of high quality 1911s, has produced their own brand of pepper blasters. They make two high quality models. Both pepper blasters fire a stream over 13 feet and at 90 miles per hour. The pepper blaster is about the same size as a smart phone and is quite ergonomic. The trigger is in the middle, and a barrel is located above and below the trigger.

The Pepper Blaster 2 is shaped more like an actual handgun, but is a translucent bright red to make sure the Pepper Blaster 2 isn’t confused for an actual firearm. This version is easier to aim and draw, and has sights on the top of the weapon to make aiming easier.

These are premium pepper sprays that are capable of putting pepper spray behind glasses and even behind masks. The best part is that these are less than $50, and each contain two blasts of potent spray. This is what I’d choose if I carried pepper spray.

3. Stun guns

Stun guns are awesome weapons, they are capable of instantly stopping a threat and creating immense pain. Stun guns are easy to use and come in a wide variety of categories. Most states don’t have restrictions on stun guns, or carrying them, but it’s always important to check your local and state laws before you decide to carry one.

Stun guns emit a jilt of high electricity and keep shocking your opponent until you choose to let them go. Most but not all of these weapons take direct contact to use.

The Taser C2 is designed as the civilian variant of the classic police model Taser. This model is capable of firing a cartridge 15 feet and allowing the user to provide a continuous jolt of electricity into an attacker. The C2 can be used without the cartridge as an on contact stun gun. The C2 is designed to be concealable and easy to carry. The weapon also comes in a variety of colors and is very simple to use. The C2 is usually less than $100 dollars and is probably the best stun gun for civilian use out there.

Other alternatives

Now if you live in a state where all of the above are illegal and difficult to get, you still have options. Believe it or not there are places that have laws in place to keep a young woman from carrying something as simple as pepper spray, and a young man from carrying a stun gun to defend his family.

So what else can someone carry? For one, the classic Mag light. Mag lights are heavy aluminum flashlights that are packed full with heavy D batteries. These are not made to be anything other than heavy flashlights, and are not usually recognized as weapons.

In fact, an outlaw motorcycle gang even carried Mag lights openly on their waists. For you and me these are a last ditch baton. People have recognized this for some time now and the heavy flashlight has become a favorite for discreet defense.

There are even “flashlights” that look like baseball bats and small batons. These are popular and are still considered flashlights. These are incredibly effective as weapons and are as tough as nails.

The same goes for the pocket sized self-defense pens. As long as they have an alternative use, like a flashlight or an actual pen, they are unlikely to be banned. Companies like Smith and Wesson produce self-defense pens that are both flashlights and glass breakers.

No matter what you decide to carry as a non-lethal option you should be comfortable and proficient with its use. Whether that’s simply practicing activating it in the dark over and over, or even buying two pepper blasters to learn their limitations, or taking a serious self-defense class with a baton. Be proficient with the weapon and be able to use it.

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  1. I learned to use an extendable baton many years ago when I was in my first martial arts classes, and it has become one of my favorite low-profile, non-lethal weapons. I had a friend who had a spring-loaded one, but I prefer the ones that snap out with a flick of the wrist.

    There are also some that are, instead of being made of pipe, are made of heavy steel spring. The design is similar otherwise. The end is usually tipped with a steel knob. One thing about these, is that they will tend to “wrap” around a target. So, if you strike someone (say on the head), the spring will curve around the point being struck, delivering energy at more than one point. The whiplike action is very effective! I’ve heard of people fracturing the bones of an attacker with either type of baton.

  2. There’s an old line that goes, Never bring a knife (or baton) to a gun fight. Some guy at the NRA once said, ‘He who has the gun wins.’ I’m afraid that using simple logic he’s correct.

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  3. I work in a place where guns are not allowed.Because of this, my get home bag includes a machete. Let me tell you, if somebody is carrying a machete you’re probably not going to mess with him/her. Intimidation is a big thing. Keep in mind that with whatever you carry you need to be proficient and know it’s limitations. Most people don’t know how to swing a machete. Most people don’t know where to aim with a baton. Most people don’t realize that both pepper spray and stun guns (tasers) have a high likelihood of harming the user too.

  4. The problem with extendable batons, saps, etc. is they aren’t legal for civilians in most places.
    A good solid wooden cane would pass muster almost anywhere, as long as you don’t look like a pro linebacker.
    Of course, in a SHTF situation, all bets are off.

  5. I’m told that carrying a can of the wasp spray that hits from 20 feet away can also be a good self-defense weapon, more for a woman with a large purse I guess….

  6. I live in a country where the law prevents all civilians from having weapons. It’s where the laws and constitution adjust as time goes by to reflect “civilised” living. America is still living like the Wild West afghans and goat herders of yesteryear with their antiquated ‘rights’.

    • Prior to WWI, a good majority of the ‘civilized’ world was being raised to appreciate art and the finer things in life. We taught our children that the human race had banished the beast within. Our primal instincts were supposed to be under control. Those same kids were thrown into war in their teens as were more mature men in their twenties and within weeks, then were mutilating others and performing acts they might have gagged at the thought of 6 weeks prior. You wouldn’t swim without learning to swim or taking something to float on. I’m not sure living life without some type of protection is the best way to go.

      I don’t own or want a gun. I live in a America and I’m fine with others using the proper channels to own guns. If a society can be built to live in the civilized manner you suggest, I’ll move there as soon as ever other society destroys their weapons. You don’t need to be a beast to protect yourself from one. But you can’t expect the beasts to leave you alone solely because you are civilized.

      I hope I can be proven wrong one day and the entire planet can be civilized and have no need for weapons beyond hunting food.

  7. I have a metal WALKING STICK, I keep in my car and sometimes in the living room (Not that I need it) It looks legal enough and can do enough harm on its own.

    I also am taking a chance (legally) and have a good “Sword cane” too for in a dire emergency. Not the cheap $25-30 model with the flimsy 18 inch blade, but a $120 model with a relatively heavy 24 inch blade, razor sharp on one side and both sides 6 inches to the tip. It has the “serious feel” of a deadly weapon (like when one holds a gun) and is definitely lethal and hard to defend against.

    • Collapsible batons are illegal in many jurisdictions.
      Sword cans are illegal almost everywhere! Imagine yourself trying to convince the jury that you used lethal force as a LAST RESORT after you walk around town with concealed sword… and impaled somebody with it.

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  9. What about sound grenades? I own some and while they cant really hurt anyone they will definatly scare them away. In enclosed spaces they cause total hearing loss for about 10 seconds(but their ears will be ringing for about half an hour).

    If someone is in your house and something extremly loud explodes next to them, they will not be in your house for long. But you should also have a weapon cause they are somewhat harmless, phisically.

  10. If im going out somewhere where an obvious weapon is impractical, I put on good solid shoes with hard sole or steel toe. I wear a belt with good size buckle. I wear an extra top, jacket, coat, sweatshirt, layers of cloth are as good as armor against a knife and cushion blows and falls, can nullify tasers. Loose clothing can also disrupt a shooters torso shot maybe saving you. In the right weather gloves are superb.
    Remember the pillow case filled with soda cans in the movie Bad Boys with Sean Penn.
    A backpack with some hard cover books inside, makes a great flail and in a pinch, temporary armor when worn on the front or can be used for cover.

  11. I have 2 bad knees. I get around with the help of 2 offset handle quad canes. I bought strong, sturdy steel ones, instead of aluminum, for better support. With my knee problems, I can’t run from trouble, so I have been researching self defense. Because I need to carry 2 canes, I don’t have a spare hand for a gun, so that’s not practical in my case. I also live in an anti gun state. My research has helped me, though. On YouTube there are videos on how to use canes, batons, and other stick-like things for self defense. None of them deals with quad tipped canes, but after watching some of these videos, I came up with some moves of my own. Each of my canes weighs 5 pounds. I have no trouble handling that amount of weight. The videos mention that you can try swinging the canes, but that other moves, like thrusting are better. I tend to agree with this. If I have to thrust one of my steel canes at some creep, they are definitely going to be hurt when they get hit with all 4 steel “toes” even with the rubber guards on them.

    For other quad cane users out there, I suggest you try thrusting the cane into the creep’s stomach or chest, or into their face or throat, or even at their knees or stomping the cane on the creeps foot. If any of this causes them to fall down, then you can try whacking them on the head to knock them out, so you can get away. You can even use the cane more like a baton weapon. Check out the videos on YouTube to watch how it’s done, as it’s easier to understand what to do if you see it, than if you read any imperfect description by me. Just do a search for self defense, and for using canes for defense to find plenty of videos about it.

    If a 5 pound steel quad cane is too heavy for you to manage, get the sturdiest aluminum one you can buy, as that will be lighter, but still do a good job.

    I also plan on getting a personal siren/horn, and a flashlight with a flashing red light, for additional help, but my canes are my main defense weapons, as any attackers are unlikely to stand politely by and wait while I get out the horn and flasher. Basically, those last 2 items are for use after I’ve dealt with the creeps.–And yes, I do have the guts to do that. Decades ago, I was sitting at a long red light when some young punks came to my car. I saw them coming, and could tell they were looking for trouble, so I managed to get the front passenger window closed, and was rolling up the driver side window when one of the punks put his hands on the top of it. I never said a word, just kept rolling it up, while he laughed, because he thought I would never close it with his fingers there. He wasn’t laughing anymore when he scraped his skin raw getting them out just as the window closed, and I saw the shocked and scared look on his face. I hope he learned a good lesson from that. I have had a few other occasions when I had to defend myself, and I still have that same mindset–that I have the right to defend myself from harm, a right that outweighs the creep’s right to not be hurt. If you can’t grasp that concept then you will have trouble carrying out any self defense methods, so keep reminding yourself that you have that right.

    Hope this helps other disabled people out there! {:~D

  12. The old adage “a good RUN is better than a bad stand” has kept countless millions and millions of people safe. And there is NOTHING cowardly, I think, about fleeing a superior force, living to fight another day. It can be incredibly effective and costs nothing but to keep aware of your exits, keep yourself as trim and agile as possible, and staying sober with adultlike focus.

    Having said that, a non lethal response MIGHT be just the ticket to purchase that priceless “two steps to the door” (as the old Lynyrd Skynyrd riff lyrics went) One’s tongue might just as easily get one out of a potentially lethal situation as it did to get one there to begin. Nursing a humble pie indigestion is SO much more attractive than nursing a ruptured spleen or trauma to the head which very well might not be survival like a bruised ego ALWAYS is.

    What I lean on more and more as I age is the wisdom of the Bible. How can anyone beat the wisdom of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” ….like for instance saving an angry drunk from either your own wrath or an assault or murder conviction…chances are if it is the average person who let anger get the best of them? They will apologize profusely and thank you when they are sober. The other not “average person”? Stand ONLY if it is a must,that is to save another besides myself ….Lord give me some advantage to do THAT!

    • Reminds me of a couple incidents, one with a close friend and the other myself. My friend had snaked another vehicle pulling in to a gas pump, was he wrong legally or not makes no difference, the driver of the snaked vehicle got out and told my friend something to the effect, “j I am going to beat the crap out of you for doing that to me” My buddy was overwhelmed at this guy’s size and rage, and backed away but the guy charged him and so? My buddy ran for his life! As he felt the man bearing down on him, he remembered a childhood lawn tactic on dropping suddenly to the ground in a balled crouch RIGHT as you are about to be overtaken…the result? One really big enraged man reduced in an instant to slobbering crying a most pitiful human being. For when my pal did that, it HAD the expected result of him falling over the top and landing face first at full weight and speed on his ugly face fully breaking front teeth off and leaving his face gnarled road rash bloody…instant sober, anger all gone replace by confused sorrow…the actually was bawling and wanting to know WHY my pal made him do that to himself…end of altercation.

      Second incident, I was back years ago an electrician working nights doing remodel work on offices along with a couple carpenters, at least one of which was piss drunk. Well I most likely goofing around, trying to be entertaining with my fellow workers, but whatever it was (can not even remember now) I accidently marred this man’s hand built rolling tool box (I like to think I did not do it on purpose, but I can not swear to it now) , and in his state of drunkenness he apparently judged it was something worthy of my being stabbed with his quite large buck knife! He lunged at me with this thing and I managed to grab him by his wrist and kept him off balance and occupied long enough to whip a large screwdriver from my tool belt. I yelled “HEY!” I could kill you right now and I demonstrated I was plenty fast enough by making fake jabs that he was unable to respond to. I even yelled for his partner to PLEASE come help so no one gets hurt but the other man frankly said he was not getting near it. So this idiot keeps pushing as hard as he can to stab me and I said again “I could shove this right into your neck or eye, and did fake jabs once more when he bent down to REALLY put his back into stabbing me…well I jabbed my large blade tip screwdriver RIGHT INTO one of his nostrils and it was instant blood gusher! The LAST thing on this quickly sobering drunk’s mind was stabbing me…suddenly it was all about his life’s blood pouring out. He lived, I lived, …I saw him many times after that and nothing more was ever said…no mocking one another, no anger.

      My point I guess is how quickly things can just EXPLODE out of control and how everything hinges on one’s mindset. Something that COULD be utterly life shattering just MIGHT be avoided. What IF my pal had stood there and fought? Anything you could imagine happening MIGHT well have! Someone with life injuries or dead or prison sentence? And if I had responded in anger” I know I was capable of ending a young father’s LIFE for one silly night drinking on the job? I would have been fired from the best job I ever had, I am pretty sure. Or a family vendetta could have ended my own life a short time later.

      IF there really is an answer, I think it has to involve always wanting to avoid the crap to begin with, staying “sober minded”, THINKING farther than just the moment? WANTING for things to be as right as possible I guess. My pal COULD have avoided his incident by not being all jungle about grabbing at something like animals do, while I no doubt, could have been more sober minded while working, rather than clowning around which lets face it, always is an invitation for some kind of trouble…it was my precious job for one thing! That most wonderful opportunity to provide for my precious wife and children! NOT something to ever risk losing through foolishness!

      Anyone else care to share? We all have these if we have been around for any length time at all…no? I could fill pages with my own foolishness, and that of others.

    • I agree with everything you said… in certain circumstances.

      I am a great runner. But I am also married with children. Running is not an option if they are with me.
      As I licensed CCW, I absolutely feel the obligation to be humble and avoid confrontation. I also feel the obligation to watch over my (likely) unarmed fellow citizens. I do not want to be one of those who sat idly by while a woman was mugged on the street or a man was assaulted on the subway next to me.

      When traveling through this great country of our, with its myriad of laws and quiltwork of individual rights, how can I best protect myself and my loved ones from sober and focused violent intent when a gun is not permitted?

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