BEST NON-LETHAL SELF-DEFENCE WEAPONS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

It is always necessary to be on the lookout for danger where ever you may go these days. Unfortunately, carrying a firearm to protect yourself against danger isn’t always an option. Thus your next best thing, apart from any self-defence training, would be to carry a non-lethal weapon. Have a look at the following products to help you make the right decision on what to carry with you for your own protection.

Non-lethal self-defence weapons

1. Stun Gun and Tasers

First off, a stun gun and taser are two completely different things.

  • • A taser shoots probes at your target, typically within a range of up to 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meter).
  • • A stun gun has prongs that need to make direct contact with your target.

It’s good to know the difference when asking for one at your retail store. Either way they immobilize the target within a minimum of five seconds - this will give you plenty of time to remove yourself from the situation.

SABRE STUN GUN/FLASHLIGHT 3800K VOLT BLACK

 

2. Tactical Knife

This is probably the best self-defence weapon which you can carry, with the potential of being more effective than a firearm within 6 meters, and mentioning the correct training in the effectiveness sense. Construed as a basic tool, not only can it be used in this manner as an everyday object, but can come in handy as a self-defence instrument, with the comfort of good concealment. Features to look out for includes:

  • • Weight (lightweight);
  • • Sturdiness (grip that fits your hand to hold up in a fight);
  • • Length (+-7cm);
  • • Concealability.

SAFARI OUTDOOR SOG SALUTE BLACK CLAM  PACK KNIFE

3. Pepper Spray

Pepper spray has been one of the most popular defence mechanisms over the years. It is important to know that it will not stop the attacker, but only slow them down. This quick, easy to use, effective self-defence item causes severe irritation to the eyes, skin and respiratory system. Hitting the eyes makes your attacker close their eyes, taking away their vision and causes disorientation for up to 45 minutes. This gives you more than enough time to get away to a safe environment. 

SAFARI OUTDOOR SABRE PEPPER SPRAY POCKET UNIT WITH CLIP .75OZ

4. Telescopic Baton

If you have the skills to think quickly to strike hard and fast, then a baton would be the perfect self-defence weapon for you. A baton causes pain and immobilise your attacker, but you should always use it with the intent to induce control and perceive the threat of pain, not aim for injury or death. In a nonlife-threatening self-defence scenario, you can strike an attacker’s arms, hands, legs or collarbone. The best baton would be one that expands as they are applicable in just about any situation. A more robust baton is perceived as more daunting to an attacker, and a longer baton has the ability to be wielded at a further distance for greater protection.

SAFARI OUTDOOR MONADNOCK AUTOLOCK BATON 21IN SUPER GRIP

5. Bulletproof vest

A bulletproof, or commonly referred to as “Ballistic” vest, is an added component for your self-defence and adds a layer of safety that you can count on. If you find yourself surrounded by high-violence areas, then being prepared is better than being caught out. They are light in weight, making movement safer in a dangerous situation, and can also be used as shelter in an active shooter situation.

SAFARI OUTDOOR SAFE GUARD STANDARD BULLETPROOF VEST INCL 2 PLATES

Conclusion

Finding the best self-defence will make you feel better prepared to protect yourself in nearly any scenario. Remember that if you should use any weapon for self-defence reasons, in a potentially lethal manner, you need to have a good reason and be able to clearly articulate and justify that you perceived a threat to life and had no other reasonable means of stopping the attack. Also take note, that training in regards to the tools/items will be the key in effectiveness, using the above in a self-defense scenario.

If you’re looking to purchase non-lethal self-defense weapons, look at our Safari Outdoor selection. If you have any questions, contact us or visit your nearest Safari Outdoor branch – we’d love to help!  Questions with regards to relevant self-defense training, contact our expert, Cruy Cruywagen at cruy@so.co.za

 

Sources:

  1. A Secure Life: Tasers vs Guns
  2. A Secure Life: Self-defense without a gun
  3. The Home Security Super Store: Using a baton for self-defense
  4. The Home Security Super Store: Self-defense bulletproof gear
  5. The Home Security Super Store: Self-defense batons
  6. Security Pro: Pepper spray: Everything you need to know
  7. SOSC: Safari Outdoor Shooting Club
  8. Safari Outdoor Training Center