Non-Lethal Self-Defense Items

Here are three popular self-defense products to consider.

Non-Lethal Self-Defense Items
Pepper spray, stun guns, and self-defense umbrellas make good non-lethal defensive weapons.

People must develop effective self-defense strategies, such as carrying the appropriate weapons to survive an attack to combat crime. With fewer police officers on the streets and longer reaction times, citizens must be able to defend themselves.

Crime is Rising

The crime of robbery is a growing threat, and according to FBI Uniform Crime Reports, robberies were at the rate of one per minute in the United States last year. While 15% of robberies occur at home, about 42% happen on the street or in a parking lot and are strong-arm robberies. Other crimes that put a person's health and safety into question -- assault, battery, menacing, etc. -- can also be a threat when you're out and about.

With this crime growing more prevalent, it's a good idea to consider ways to protect yourself, specifically the best non-lethal weapons you might carry for self-defense. Here are a few that are simple, effective, and legal for you to have and that might save your property or your life:

Pepper Spray

If you could only carry one self-defense item, it must be pepper spray. This product is legal in all 50 states, with only a few size and concentration restrictions. The main ingredient is capsaicin, derived from red chili peppers and strong enough to repel an attacking grizzly bear. When you spray an attacker in the eyes, they usually collapse and are stunned for 20 to 30 minutes; however, the effects are generally short-lived with no permanent damage.

Pepper spray can be purchased for less than $10, making it cost-effective. It's simple to use and requires no training—just point-and-shoot. One of its best features is its small size. The product is small and discreet, making it easy to carry anywhere; some units are small enough to be held on a key chain.

I recommend the SABRE Crossfire Pepper Gel. I used the SABRE RED MK-3 CROSSFIRE GEL as a police officer and a Sheriff's Deputy, and I know that stuff works when used correctly. Yes, SABRE RED MK-3 CROSSFIRE GEL is the SABRE Crossfire Pepper Gel, but it is the closest you can get as a civilian, especially for the budget.

Stun Guns

A stun gun is an electrifying weapon that delivers a powerful shock that incapacitates an attacker when it touches them. The product is simple to use: Touch the metal prongs on the front of the unit to any part of the attacker's body, and a powerful current of electricity is released, effectively stunning the attacker and stopping them for up to 10 minutes.

These self-defense weapons are widely used and come in a variety of styles. Some stun guns double as lipstick cases, flashlights, and cell phones. These small and compact weapons make them ideal for carrying in pockets and bags. You can purchase a "good" disguised stun gun for as little as $25. I recommend one that works as a flashlight.

Stun guns are legal in most states but not in Hawaii or Rhode Island. All states have laws governing the use of firearms, but stun guns are not considered firearms and are not subject to the same regulations. However, most states classify them as dangerous weapons and have laws governing how they can be carried and used. If you want to take a stun gun, talk to the police about the local laws.

One disadvantage of this weapon is that you must touch it to the attacker's body to use it, whereas you can shoot the pepper spray from up to 10 feet away and still be effective. Another thing to keep in mind is that you must fully charge stun guns to function.

I recommend the VIPERTEK VTS-195 Heavy Duty Aluminum Stun Gun.

Self-Defense Umbrellas?

These specially designed and reinforced umbrellas serve as effective self-defense weapons in a pinch. They are made of high-strength plastic, fiberglass, and carbon fiber, making them light (about 2 pounds) but solid and durable enough to knock down an attacker. You can swing an umbrella like a cane or bat and use it to block blows. This weapon is handy for people who live in cities where it rains a lot.

In most cases, these umbrellas are incredibly well-made and, as a result, quite expensive; a good one will cost around $125. Experimenting with your new umbrella to understand its balance and weight is a good idea. These umbrellas usually have detailed instructions on using the weapon to swing and strike.

Most states allow defense umbrellas made of plastic, fiberglass, or carbon fiber. Steel ones are typically not legal, nor are those with a blade at the umbrella tip. Before making a purchase, check with the manufacturer to see if they meet these requirements for being street-legal.

Citizens must rely on their means of self-defense as crime continues to rise. These three weapons, pepper spray, stun guns, and self-defense umbrellas, are excellent choices because they are non-lethal, practical, portable, and legal in most states. Armed with these weapons, you'll have the confidence and ability to handle any situation.

I recommend the Security Umbrella. It will be your most expensive umbrella!


This article examined the use of three popular self-defense products—pepper spray, stun guns, and self-defense umbrellas—and why they are such good choices.

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