10 Non-lethal weapons for self-defense
08/22/2019 / By Mary Miller / Comments
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10 Non-lethal weapons for self-defense

While guns might be popular self-defense weapons, they aren’t the only items you can use to defend yourself. Sometimes, all you need is a good, old-fashioned tactical weapon to stun, disorient, or incapacitate your attacker. Here are 10 of the best non-lethal weapons you can use for self-defense. (h/t to DoomsdayMoose.com)

Tasers and stun devices

Handheld tasers deliver a high-voltage shock to incapacitate your attacker for several minutes, giving you enough time to run away. The only downside is that they are contact weapons that require you to be close enough to your attacker in order to shock them. Taser guns, stun guns, and similar stun devices are long-range alternatives. They can shoot your assailant with a pair of electrical probes at a distance of up to 15 feet away. These devices won’t leave any lasting injuries and they can be concealed to look like everyday items, such as cell phones, flashlights, and lipstick dispensers.


Batons are cylindrical clubs made of a durable material, such as wood, rubber, plastic, or metal. These melee weapons can be used to initiate offensive strikes or block incoming attacks. Some are even collapsible and will only expand as you swing them. These models are the easiest to carry around at all times.

Baseball bats

When choosing a baseball bat for self-defense, consider picking an aluminum one. An aluminum baseball bat offers greater durability, accuracy, and power over a wooden one. As blunt weapons, baseball bats can cause some serious injury. (Related: 5 Everyday items you can use to protect yourself in a dangerous situation.)


Key chain weapons

While you can use the keys themselves as weapons in survival situations, you can also attach hidden weapons to your key chain. Some options for self-defense key chains include brass-knuckle style devices, kubotan, and small blades.

Tactical flashlights

If you can find a tactical flashlight with at least 120 lumens of light output, you can use it to temporarily blind your attacker. Once your assailant is blinded, you can then use the flashlight like a baton to stun them with a well-placed blow.

Tactical whips

Tactical whips require some skill to use, but once mastered, they can inflict a substantial amount of pain in a fraction of a second. These weapons are also easy to carry around, since they can be folded up to fit inconspicuously in a pocket or purse. Some versions can even wrap around your wrist like a bracelet.

Pepper spray

Pepper spray is a much safer alternative to tear gas. Derived from chili peppers, pepper spray can cause an immediate burning sensation that will disorient your attacker. Some versions only have a range of around four to six feet, while others can reach up to 15 feet away.

Sonic weapons

As the name implies, sonic weapons produce a loud sound meant to startle your attacker. They won’t do much good as hand-held weapons, but they can draw attention to yourself to alert bystanders that you are being attacked. This can deter your assailant from pursuing you further.

Rubber bullets and non-lethal shotgun shells

If you do have a gun, you can shoot your assailant with rubber bullets instead of regular bullets. They can inflict severe pain without causing lethal injuries. Non-lethal shotgun shells also provide a lot of firepower without causing permanent harm. They are designed to knock a person down rather than penetrate the body.

Bean bag guns

Bean bag guns use pressurized nitrogen cylinders designed to launch bean bags at 135 feet per second. They have a range of up to 20 feet away and can be used and reloaded with ease.

Learn to protect yourself with other non-lethal weapons by visiting Preparedness.news.

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