Not an option
It’s no secret that carrying a concealed pistol is one of the best tools for self-defense. If you already have your permit and actually carry your weapon, good on you. Unfortunately, there are sometimes circumstances that prevent your ability to carry a pistol. It could be that you live in a state or country that prohibits carrying a pistol or even owning a firearm. Maybe you’re traveling across state lines that don’t recognize your permit or you’re making a trip to a school, hospital or government building where firearms are not permitted.
There are several items that can bridge the gap and make a devastating personal defense weapon. Not all of these items are going to make it through a metal detector, so you need to know the limiting factors in the environment that you plan to carry.
Another huge caution here is that you’ll have to do some research to see what is legal in your city, state or country. Here are some less-lethal ideas to get the ball rolling:
Pepper spray– With a great track record it’s no surprise why many police departments still use this method to gain compliance from unruly subjects. It’s commonly available, extremely effective and has lasting effects that allow the user time to escape the danger. There are a handful of states where pepper spray sales are restricted, but you can obtain bear spray (a more potent alternative) in all 48 contiguous states.
Bear spray– This typically has a much larger payload and greater effective distance, but using it in a self-defense situation may bring some legal repercussions.
Telescoping baton– The baton is no joke. It absolutely can be used as a deadly weapon and in many states is considered illegal. Limb strikes can easily break bones and strikes to the head can kill.
Flashlight– Anything in your hand that’s hard enough to cause a crushing blow to an attacker’s soft squishy parts will help turn the tables in your favor. The great thing about a tactical flashlight is that there is no need to conceal it and if asked about why you’re carrying it, you can easily explain its obvious uses. Some flashlights even have and integrated stun-gun.
Leather sap– A flat short device that is easily concealed, but can cause devastating effects. Many states view saps in the same category as batons so check your local laws before you add this to your kit.
Taser– You’d be surprised how many states allow civilian use of tasers, but most of them classify tasers as a dangerous weapon so it can restrict where the device is carried. Also, they’re fairly expensive and require routine maintenance to ensure the battery is charged and ready for use. The advantage with tasers is they’re easy to use and effective at greater distances than the typical stun gun.
Stun-gun– I wouldn’t recommend the stun-gun for personal defense. There is no significant lasting effect with the stun-gun that offers the defender a chance to flee. Its stun is short lived and can enrage the attacker and can be easily used against the defender.
SOCP Knife– A blade used for self-defense is as old as the dawn of time. There are many blades that can get the job done, but one of my favorites is the SOCP knife. It’s very concealable, quick to deploy and easy to retain in a scuffle.
Tactical pen– Much like a flashlight, the right pen can cause some serious harm and is one of the easiest weapons to conceal.
Unbreakable Umbrella– Everyday items can be used as effective weapons and the unbreakable umbrella is made specifically for this purpose. It’s practically indestructible, provides optimal distance for the defender and also keeps you dry when it rains! If you live in a wet climate, this is a great way to carry a weapon hiding in plain sight.
Cane– Similar to the umbrella, the cane can offer some great options for personal protection in the most restrictive environments. You don’t even need to fake a limp if you’re using one. No permit or doctor’s note required, so the burden of proof is not owned by you. I should mention that there are plenty of canes out there that conceal a dagger up to 24″ and are usually illegal. If used in a self-defense scenario you can bet that the jury is going to have a field day with it, so it’s probably best not to have that variety on your person.
- Like any weapon that is carried for self-defense, you should regularly practice using it less it be taken and used against you!
- Keep in mind when choosing a weapon that distance weapons are usually superior. The closer an attacker gets to you, the more options (clinch, strike, stab) they have. Control the distance and you control the fight.
- A concealed weapon has many advantages, so practice your concealment options and make sure they are effective. Remember, an exposed weapon makes you a target!
- If you’re carrying a weapon in a restricted environment and you get questioned about it, you better have a plausible cover story ready. Even an umbrella on a sunny day may draw some suspicion. Some of the weapons above would be very hard to explain so don’t be stupid and do anything illegal.
- If you live in a restrictive state, consider voting with your feet and moving to a state that is not a target-rich environment!
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