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Self Defense Weapons

There are several great options for the average person to use for their own personal protection; pepper spray, taser, stun gun, kubaton, pocket knife, or even an expanding steel baton. But what about people that don’t have any store bought self defense products? What can they use to protect themselves in the event of an attack?

Well, there are a few options available to people that are left unprepared and unready to defend themselves.

Mag-lite
A great self defense weapon is a flashlight. The best one is the Mag-lite because it’s heavy duty metal construction and it hurts like hell when you get hit with one. Most people carry a flashlight in their car, if you don’t you should. The 9″ is a little shorter and lighter, therefore easier for a woman to wield effectively. The 12″ model is larger and heavier and can be use by man or women with stronger forearms. The small 6″ Mag-lite can be carried in a purse or on a key-chain and can be use as a kubotan to jab vulnerable points of an attacker’s body.

Rolled up newspaper
If you are desperate for something and have to fashion a weapon very quickly, a rolled up newspaper or magazine might be a viable option. It can be used to jab at an attacker’s throat or other vulnerable points just like the kubotan. It does have some disadvantages; 1) If not rolled up tightly enough, it won’t be sturdy enough to do any damage. 2) It’s likely to unfurl after the first strike, so make sure the first one counts. This is a last resort weapon, and should only be used when every other option, including flight, else has been exhausted.

A roll of coins
A roll of quarters in a closed fist can significantly increase the power of a blow. It will add weight, and power to a punch and the attacker will drop feebly to his knees if done properly. For a women, a roll of dimes will fit more comfortably into the hand. Just as effective as brass knuckles, but legal to possess.

Car keys
Keys can be used to gouge an attacker’s eyes. Much like the rolled up newspaper, this should only be used as a lase resort. It’s probably easier to simply gouge the eyes with your fingers.

A ring
A ring with a raised stone or intricate design with sharp edges can cause significant damage if used to punch or a back-handed slap.

A cane or walking stick
Can be used to jab or to take down an opponent by sweeping his feet out from under him. However, the use of a cane or walking stick usually requires considerable training to be used effectively.

Several other options include, rocks, bottles, hairspray or any object found in a women’s purse or on the ground.

The bottom line is that there are many options that can be used as a makeshift weapon, but each of them has it’s drawbacks and without training or practice could be useless. In a fight or flight situation flight is always best. However, if your life is on the line it’s good to know that there are several options available as self defense weapons.

Stun Guns in Egypt

Living in Egypt apparently isn’t as safe as it used to be. On the bustling streets of Cairo, vendors are setting up shop on street corners, selling everything from fruit to electronics. But one new trend has surfaced that reflects the growing crime rate and sense of insecurity among its citizens; the popularity of stun guns.  Many street vendors are setting up shop selling Chinese made stun guns for self protection. They retail for about 100 to 200 Egyptian pounds (about 20 – 30 dollars), which makes them affordable to average Egyptians.

Although the government is trying hard to convince foreigners that the country is safe, it hasn’t yet convinced it’s own citizens. Since the fall of Mubarak, sales of stun guns have skyrocketed as citizens look to take responsibility for their own self defense.

There seems to be a rising sentiment among the Egyptian people that the rise in crime and ensuing insecurity is intentional, that the government fosters this insecurity to manipulate the populace to crave a strong response. Thus, opening the door for a strong military ruler to take over.

Whatever the cause, it’s clear that Egyptians have decided to provide for their own personal protection” instead of relying on the police. They have embraced the use of self defense products as a solution to the crime problem as well as showing their capitalistic side. Whatever the eventual outcome, you have to admire their resolve and rugged individualism.

A Women uses a stun gun for self defense

I’ve always lamented why more people don’t use self defense products. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and can save you from serious injury or even death. Case in point; A Las Vegas woman fought off her boyfriend with a stun gun.

Las Vegas police confirmed that Allen J. Stout, 36, threatened the women with a gun before she immobilized him with her stun gun. He was later shot by police him after he pointed the firearm at them. Stout was taken to University Medical Center for treatment and later booked into the county jail, police said.

Apparently the woman was in the apartment she shared with Stout at 2 p.m. when he forced his way in through a window, grabbed her by the hair and bit her. She ran outside, but Stout knocked her to the sidewalk, pounded her head into the concrete and choked her until she felt like she was going to pass out, the report said.

Stout pulled a handgun, threatening to kill the woman and himself, before she pulled out a stun gun and shocked him several times, the report alleges. When Stout dropped the gun, the woman threw it away and ran.

Potential threats don’t always come from some unknown person in a dark alley. Sometimes they come from people we know and are supposed to trust. For the cost of a meal, you can significantly reduce your odds of becoming just another statistic.

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