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Three Self-Defense Tools To Carry If Carrying A Gun Isn't Possible

There's no question that the ultimate of all the self defense tools ever invented is the handgun. They're compact, relatively easy to use and are capable of meting out deadly force should the need arise.

But what if you can't carry one? There are instances where one is legally prohibited from carrying a gun but can carry some other implement of defending one's self. In that instance, there are a few items that are equally capable of disabling a threat with minimal training and can be carried almost anywhere.

An EDC Knife Can Be Deadly And Easily Concealed

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An EDC knife is one of the most popular pieces of EDC gear that a person can have. Knives are one of the most versatile tools known to man and can perform a wide variety of functions.

One of those functions is personal defense. A knife is just as deadly as a gun and is much more easily concealed. It doesn't need ammunition, there are far more locations in which one can purchase a knife and they don't require a license.

Bear in mind that knives are off limits for all the same places as guns according to federal law, so federal buildings, secondary and primary schools are knife-free zones. Brandishing and other laws regarding self-defense apply to knives as well, so that's something to be aware of. You can't fly with one either.

State law, just as with firearms, can vary regarding knives. Certain types may be off-limits - such as switchblades, balisong aka "butterfly" knives and so on - as can concealing knives over a certain blade length. Some states prohibit concealing knives that are clearly intended as weapons rather than tools (such as "tacticool" knives"), some prohibit concealing fixed blades and so on; it all comes down to the state one lives in.

However, a good folding knife should be easily found. Blades should be of sufficient quality that they will take and keep an edge; look for higher carbon steels, as they have the requisite hardness to take an edge. Eschew serrated edges; they're only good for steak.

Yawara Run That By Me Again

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One tool for self-defense that can be carried everywhere is a yawara. In essence, a yawara is a short stick. When held in the hand, points protrude a short distance above and below the palm. These points are used to strike vital points on the body.

Other names exist for them; "yawara" is the Japanese word for the object and just happens to be the most widespread.

There are many shapes and materials used to fashion them. Dumbbell shapes are quite popular, some have ridges for better grip, some are quite pointy at the ends and so on; nearly any cylindrical or cylinder-esque shaped object four to six inches in length can be used as an improvised yawara. Many martial arts supply companies and other self-defense product companies make them.

Materials used include metal, wood, fiberglass and other polymers; non-metallic versions can therefore be carried anywhere since there's hardly a law against carrying a small stick or piece of high-impact plastic. The latter goes through metal detectors just fine and some of them come with holes for keyrings.

Whilst there are entire martial arts devoted to their use (yawarajitsu, for instance) and there are a wealth of advanced yawara techniques to be learned, simply hitting someone good and hard where it will hurt can work very well. Vital and/or sensitive areas like the eyes, nose, teeth, throat and so on will not suffer much insult from a yawara before serious damage occurs.

They are legal, concealable and cheap.

Pepper Spray For When Things Heat Up

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One of the few non-lethal or less-lethal alternatives to firearms that seems to work in the real world is pepper spray. Also known as mace (actually a brand name that became associated with the object; sort of like Styrofoam or Velcro), pepper spray is an aerosolized liquid containing an emulsifier and a certain amount of capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers.

The amount it hurts depends on the amount of capsaicin. Usually, the concentration used on humans is less than half a percent - 0.25 percent is not uncommon - and the kind rated for bears is usually 1 to 2 percent capsaicin.

It's legal in all 50 states and doesn't require a license to purchase. Some states regulate where/whom one may purchase them from, the amount one can carry and what concentration can be carried. You can't carry it on a flight, but it CAN go in checked baggage. Knives, though, cannot.

Use is simple - let the bad person have it right in the kisser. Capsaicin causes pain on skin contact, and is much worse in the eyes and airways, so a shot of it to the face will either stop them or at least give them enough pause so you can cheese it. If the spray works on polar will work on humans.


About The Author

Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.

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