While violence against women has many facets, one thing that is key is educating and arming women with self-defense weapons so they can defend themselves should the possibility of violence arise.
But what are the best self defense weapons for women? We’ve compiled a list of 10 best self-defense weapons to carry so you can feel calm and confident should you be met with violence.
When considering carrying a self-defense weapon, it’s important to that you feel comfortable carrying the item. If it’s bulky or you’re unsure how to use it, it won’t be of much value.
Most weapons will fall into three categories: stun guns, tasers, sprays, and impact. If you’re curious about which weapons may or may not be legal, it’s best to check with your state laws before buying anything.
Keep reading below to find a weapon that could accommodate your preferences and easily fit into your purse. These weapons work anytime, whether you’re on a night out or traveling.
Knives are one of the best self-defense weapons available. Apart from self-defense, their uses are abundant. A knife is also a lethal weapon and in some cases more powerful than a gun.
A heavier knife might not be a good choice for carrying in a purse, so choose one that’s lighter and about three inches long. Be sure to check your state’s laws before deciding to wield a knife.
Tasers or stun guns work well especially if your attacker is close. They work by sending millions of volts into the body, stopping the attacker which allows time for you to run for help.
A stun gun or taser with a flashlight could be beneficial. Use the light to first blind your attacker and then use the taser to fend them off.
Alarm keychains are a great choice for women on college campuses. Some come with buttons to press, others require pulling, but they share a commonality: they’re all really loud.
It’s important to note that while alarm keychains are easy to carry around, they’re far from weapon status. They cannot harm but merely project a (loud) warning signal to ward off attackers or grab the attention of the surrounding public to come to your rescue.
If you want to opt for a more hidden self-defense weapon but like the idea of a stun gun, a lipstick stun gun might be your thing. And even more so, it’s concealed as a lipstick container that blends well with the contents of a bag.
Even with its small size, make sure you understand how to use it.
Pepper spray is a go-to for many women because it’s non-lethal and nearly anyone can use it with little education. A shot of pepper spray to the opponents face can render them helpless for several minutes. Police officers are known to use pepper spray as well.
Pepper gel is a newer product that has some benefits over a spray. Gel has a greater distance (up to 20%) and is more sticky. The burning is more intense as well, and it works well indoors.
A whistle seems more ‘old school’ but it works similarly to the alarm keychain. Blowing it could scare off a threat. Whistles are also light enough to carry in your purse.
Did you know your cell phone could be helpful if you run into an attacker?
At first, PANIK may seem like an alarm system, but it’s much more sophisticated. A specially selected PIN ensures that your assailant cannot disarm the app. Aside from giving off blaring sounds and a light show, it taps into your social media to alert family and friends that you’re in trouble.
For some women, carrying a knife might be uncomfortable. Tactile pens are meant to give a similar blow while remaining camouflaged. Tactile pens also can be used for another purpose — a regular everyday pen, which makes them a brilliant choice to keep in your bag.
Arm yourself with self-defense…literally! This self-defense cap looks like a plain cap, but due to the heavy material inside, it delivers a striking blow. While this probably won’t fit in your purse, it’s a quick move if you’re suddenly attacked.
Self-defense weapons don’t have to be threatening-looking. Sometimes they can be in plain sight!
Self-defense rings can be worn, and when you make a fist, they release a point that can scratch or puncture. You don’t have to worry about someone grabbing it or knocking it off.
If you don’t feel like wearing it while you’re out, simply pull it out from your purse or bag and slide it on when you’re alone.
Before you make your weapon choice, there are a couple of things are essential to know.
Understand your weapon and feel comfortable using it. Practice techniques if you need to.
Know where your weapon is and make sure it’s easily retrievable. Fumbling around for your weapon only causes panic. Ensure your confidence by placing it in an area that’s easy to access.
Always make sure your weapon is legal and familiarize yourself with your state’s laws.
Weapons can only protect you so far. Consider combining them with self-defense classes to amp up your defense level.
Be aware of your surroundings. If situations or people seem sketchy or leave you feeling nervous, remove yourself and seek help.
Being alone as a woman should not have to feel threatening or frightening. Arming yourself with self defense weapons and information can help you feel more confident and aware.
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