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Which Self-defense Product is Best?

Most of us don’t like to think about a negative encounter with an assailant, unfortunately we all need to be prepared for the unexpected. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to have your own personal safety non-lethal weapon. When there is a wide variety of self-defense products available for your personal safety how do you choose the right one for you? Here are some of the pros and cons for the most popular products.   

Mace and Pepper Spray

Mace and pepper spray are the same thing; mace is a brand of pepper spray. Pepper spray impairs the assailant visually, causing pain and tears, and sometimes temporary blindness. This kind of non-lethal self-defense product has several pros including being easily carried because of it’s small and discreet size, most are very affordable, and each has a great range of use.

Despite pepper spray’s many pros, it does have some a con: The spray direction can be affected by wind, sometimes blowing towards the victim and losing some or all of its effectiveness in disabling the assailant.

Stun Guns and Tasers

Stun guns use a high voltage to stun or cause temporary paralysis, and, like pepper spray, are small and discreet in size. Though effective and relatively inexpensive, stun guns have a limited range, because most have to be touching the assailant to be used.

The taser on the other hand has greater range because its metal probe darts are shot out of the gun, and like the stun gun cause temporary paralysis. The disadvantages of a taser is that both metal probes must hit the target to be effective, also taser devices can be an investment. Both devices must be charged before use.


Another self-defense product available is the kubotan, a keychain size metal piece with a cylindrical pointed tip, that is jabbed into the assailant’s tender areas and pressure points with force. Kubotans are reusable, small in size and easily carried on one’s keys. As with the stun gun, kubotans must be used in close range and those who wish to use it well, should receive training.

Personal Safety Devices

There are many types of non-lethal weapons that one can carry such as a whistle or noisemaker, blowgun, throwing stars, and knives. Before choosing your self-defense weapon, do a little research and find what will be the most comfortable for you to use. Check out Personal Safety Superstore’s wide selection of personal safety weapons and devices.

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