Self-Defense and Self Defense Products : How Do You Decide?

By: Ken Potter

With all of the various types of Self Defense Products on the market today, how do you determine which product it right for YOU and for what situation? I can honestly answer this one!! It is nothing but a personal choice. You must have some basic knowledge of the product you are thinking about purchasing. Some products are very simple to use (such as pepper spray and electronic
whistles) and others can sometimes be just a
little more intimidating to use (such as kubotans, stun guns or telescopic stun batons).

RegardIess of what self defense product you choose, you should practice and become familiar with the self defense weapon. The reason I call it a weapon is because you will be using it as one. You MUST be confident so when the need arises you react instinctively and with FORCE. You are being attacked and you DO have the right to protect yourself and your family!!

Do as much as you can to avoid a confrontation - "anticipation and avoidance" are the key words. If you get caught up in a situation, try to talk to an aggressor without provoking them. Practice relaxation, as appearing fearful or stressed can actually provoke an attack. Remember that body language is important in aggressive situations, so maintain a comfortable distance between you and the aggressor.

This technique is not always successful and that is when you MUST to be ready to ACT.

Steady yourself if danger threatens. Panic can disable you, so again it's useful to learn how to keep control in a difficult situation. And if you must fight back, adopt what police term the "bash and dash" approach. Primary targets are the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, throat, groin, knees or shins; choose whichever is easiest to get to.

If held from behind don't struggle forward, you'll only exhaust yourself. Instead throw yourself backwards to surprise your attacker or stomp on the lower leg or foot.

You have the right to defend yourself with reasonable force and this includes using items you have with you such as an umbrella, bag, briefcase or keys. However, don't carry or use anything that the law would regard as an offensive weapon. Once you've achieved your primary aim of stunning or surprising your attacker, get away as fast as you can. If you manage to overcome them don't attack again, you could be putting yourself in more danger or you could end up being charged with assault.

Let's talk about some Self Defense Products:

Pepper Spray:
OC is an inflammatory agent. Contact with mucous membranes like eyes, nose, throat and lungs causes instant capillary dilation. This results in major tearing of the eyes, if not temporary blindness, and breathing restriction. Sprayed into an attacker's face, pepper spray is an excellent self defense product - the victim will be incapacitated long enough for you to get away or get help. And the effects are not long lasting; you needn't worry that you've caused damage as you could with mace or tear gas.

USE:
Carry the pepper spray unit in your hand with your thumb on top of the trigger. (Make sure the little hole is pointed in the correct position - facing away from you - when you are holding it.)
When you are confronted, back up and begin spraying back and forth like you would a can of air freshener, creating a shield of pepper fog between you and the attacker.

Make him come through the fog to get at you. The spray won't stop him, but he will be distracted as he tries to avoid the spray. And, if you are lucky and good, you've doused him really good so the chili pepper oil begins to get in his eyes and mouth.

Use the distraction to either escape or to physically defend yourself. But don't just stand there.

NOTE: Pepper spray is NOT a substitute for a firearm. If you are attacked with deadly force, you need to respond with deadly force.

Check your local laws for purchasing and use in your state or city.

Kubotans:
The Kubotan increases the power of any strike. It is not necessary to waste time or miss an opportunity by trying to be overly precise. It's better to react naturally. Good targets are the groin, stomach, solar plexus, throat, the arm, the shin, hip bone, collarbone, ankle, and kneecap. A sharp strike to a bony part of the body will encourage an assailant to stop his attack. A harder, well placed blow can easily break bones--especially if the force of the blow is not hindered by clothing.

The most basic applications involve striking or poking vulnerable areas of the body with the Kubotan. Generally speaking, swinging strikes work better against bony surfaces while fleshy areas are more susceptible to pokes and jabs with the ends of the Kubotan. With this concept in mind, a person avoids the confusion and frustration of trying to remember specific strikes for specific targets. Instead, one simply remembers to strike bones and poke soft tissue and pressure points.

There is no wrong strike. Just hit as hard as you can the closest body part. The strike does not have to be perfect. Since nerves are close to the surface of most bony parts, even a glancing blow will inflict enough pain to make your assailant think twice about continuing his attack.
You can also use the keys that you have attached to the kubotan. You can hold the kubotan and swing the keys. It is most effective when you hit the face.

The kubotan is legal and entirely unregulated. To most people, the Kubotan is little more than a nondescript key ring. While the Kubotan is not particularly intimidating, it remains an effective self defense installment. It really can save your life.

Stun Guns and how they work:
Stun guns use high voltage and low amperage to temporarily disable an attacker for several minutes. The stun gun does not rely on pain for results. The energy stored in the gun is dumped into the attacker's muscles causing them to do a great deal of work rapidly. This rapid work cycle instantly depletes the attacker's blood sugar by converting it to lactic acid.

In short, he is unable to produce energy for his muscles, and his body is unable to function properly. The stun gun also interrupts the tiny neurological impulses that control and direct voluntary muscle movement. When the attacker's neuromuscular system is overwhelmed and controlled by the stun gun he loses his balance. Should the attacker be touching you, the current will NOT pass to your body!

There are numerous types of stun guns on the market today. Each one has a role to play. This again comes down to personal choice. Stun Guns can range from 50,000 volts up to 1,000,000 volts. All are classified as Non-Lethal Self Defense Weapons. My preference in a stun gun is the Stun Master Hot Shot. This choice is due to the size and the wallop that it provides. If I am attacked the Hot Shot is going to Mess up the attacker's day!

With a stunning device, you must check your local laws to ensure it is legal to purchase and use.

Telescopic Stun Baton:
The telescopic stun baton that I prefer protects you in three ways: a Light, a loud 120db Alarm and 800,000 volts of stopping power. It's rechargeable so you never have to buy batteries. Its 21.5 inches long when fully extended, and only 13 inches when collapsed.

The full length of the metal part is electrified. If the attacker tries to grab the Telescopic Stun Baton from you, he will be shocked. A push of the trigger immediately expands the Telescopic Stun Baton and starts shocking. Just push it on the end to collapse. It is very easy to do.

You shouldn't worry about being shocked should the attacker be touching you. Won't happen! The current will not pass to you. It will shock through a 1/2 inch of clothing.

With a stunning device, you must check your local laws to ensure it is legal to purchase and use.

I will repeat an earlier statement: Do as much as you can to avoid a confrontation - "anticipation and avoidance". If and when this is not possible, PROTECT YOURSELF!!!!

Remember:
BE CONFIDENT
BE FORCEFUL
BE SAFE !!!!!!!

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