Less-Lethal Self-Defense Products

Not every defensive encounter will justify the use of lethal force, so it’s always a good idea to have tools like these to help protect yourself in such situations.

posted on May 14, 2023
Less-Lethal Self-Defense Products

A. In addition to its classy appearance, the Cold Steel Heavy Duty Cane features an extra-strong handle with a partial crook constructed from heavy-duty nylon. Opposite, it’s slightly larger than 1-inch-thick aluminum shaft has a taped contour and is heat treated for added strength and durability. The end is capped with a heavy-rubber ferrule for better traction on slick or icy surfaces.

 MSRP: $39.99; coldsteel.com

B. A truly multi-featured defensive tool, the Sabre 3-IN-1 Stun Gun Safety Tool With Personal Alarm And Flashlight combines multiple defensive tools in a compact device roughly the size of a credit card. An ultra-loud 115 dB alarm could scare off a potential attacker at the push of a button and is audible to 1,000 feet, while pressing another button activates the built-in, 70-lumen flashlight that’s good for quickly locating items in the dark. The stun gun delivers a painful 1.154 µC (microcoulomb) charge to maximize your self-protection when faced with an attacker. Colors include gray, pink or turquoise. MSRP: $31.99; sabrered.com

C. A modern version of a tried-and-true self-defense tool, Galco’s Change Carrier snaps on or off a belt or strap for instant access to a coin carrier or—should the situation warrant it—a makeshift impact weapon. Available colors include black or brown. MSRP: $59; galcogunleather.com

D. Dual tapered ends, long grooves and a glossy-black finish on the Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen add elegance to its design. CNC machined from black 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum for durability, it features a screw cap with a robust pocket clip and measures slightly less than 6 inches long. One Schmidt P900M Parker-style black ball-point ink cartridge is included. MSRP: $34.99; smith-wesson.com

E. A practical defensive pairing, the Mace Personal Alarm + Pocket Model Pepper Spray Combo delivers Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) with an ultraviolet dye and dispenses continuous spray for approximately 20 blasts at a distance of 12 feet. A protective flip-top safety cap covers the firing mechanism, which must be lifted to begin the firing sequence. The included personal alarm keychain emits a 130 dB shriek at the push of a button. MSRP: $21.99; lapolicegear.com


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