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6 Effective Self Defence Weapons For Personal Protection



2023-02-24 10:10:58




6 Effective Self Defence Weapons For Personal Protection


Rising crime is one of the harshest realities everyone in South Africa faces today. There isn’t much light at the end of our tunnel. Chances are that crime will either get worse or remain at the level that it is now. For this reason, it is a good idea for everyone to be aware of some of the non-lethal self defence weapon options there are out there.

Six of the most effective non-lethal self defence weapons available today include blank guns, CO2 guns, pepper spray, knuckle dusters, batons, and tasers. You can get various options within these subsets, including different sizes and styles.

Not everyone will feel comfortable carrying around a replica of a gun on their person, meaning that blank guns and CO2 guns will be out of the question for them to use for self-defence. Therefore, getting clued up on the various self defence weapons available to ordinary people, how they work, the pros and cons, and some available options is a good idea.


Six Effective Non-Lethal Self Defence Weapon Options

 Ultimately, deciding which self defence weapon will suit you best will come down to personal preference. Whether you are looking for something with a scare factor or something you can easily conceal on your person, several options are available. But before deciding on your preference, you should dig into some of the nitty-gritty information on each available option.


1. Self Defence Weapons: Blank Guns

Blank guns are one of the best non-lethal alternatives to firearms. They look like the real deal and feel like the real deal, but you do not need a license to own one. They will also not shoot live rounds, making them a safe alternative to a lethal firearm. You get many different options of blank guns, coming in an array of sizes and styles.

Blank guns fire blank cartridges filled with gunpowder instead of bullets. They make a loud noise and produce a small amount of smoke, replicating what you might see and hear if you had to shoot a real firearm.

Pros of using a blank gun:

  • You do not need a license to own one in South Africa;
  • It sounds, feels, and looks like a real gun;
  • It is cost-effective;
  • It makes a loud noise, and some produce a flash, which is a deterrent.

Cons of using a blank gun:

  • It is not a real firearm; it can only scare off an attacker, not stop them;
  • They have a bit of a kickback.

Some good options to choose from include the following:


2. Self Defence Weapons: CO2 Airguns

CO2 airguns can fire various projectiles, including pepper and solid nylon balls. The speed at which the projectile will fire depends on numerous factors, including gravity, resistance to air, speed, weight, and the power and temperature of your CO2 canister.

These guns allow for better accuracy when shooting pepper balls, which means that not only will your CO2 airgun scare off an attacker, but you can cause minor injuries or put your assailant down for enough time to get away.

Pros of using a CO2 airgun:

  • Legal to own and operate one in South Africa without a license;
  • Easy to handle with little recoil;
  • You can fire projectiles that will hit your target;
  • Quiter than a blank gun.

Cons of using a CO2 airgun:

  • The accuracy and power of your CO2 airgun will get affected by the weather;
  • CO2 cartridges can get costly if you are frequently buying;
  • They are not as powerful as lethal firearms.

Some good options to choose from include the following:


3. Self Defence Weapons: Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is a popular choice as a self defence weapon. It is a non-lethal irritant that utilizes a derivative of chili peppers in a liquid form to stop and hinder an assailant. Many people would not willingly carry around a gun replica, but they would be happy to carry some pepper spray on their person for safety.

The effects of pepper spray include swelling of the mucus membranes in the eyes, nose, and throat, burning sensations in the lungs and eyes, breathing difficulties, coughing, and can even result in temporary blindness. Typically you can feel the effects anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

They come in various types, including foggers, grenades, and 500 ml extinguishers.

Pros of using pepper spray:

  • Easy to conceal;
  • It can deter an assailant long enough for you to get away;
  • Readily available.

Cons of using pepper spray:

  • Challenging to operate if you are untrained;
  • Windy conditions can mean blowback, which might hinder the user;
  • You can contaminate a large area if you do not release the spray in small doses.


4. Self Defence Weapons: Knuckle Dusters

You typically use knuckle dusters in close combat situations. These rounded metal rings are crafted to fit around your fingers so that when you throw a punch, it has an extra solid backing, often allowing you to end a fight quicker than you might have if you were not wearing one.

Pros of using a knuckle duster:

  • Due to its solid nature, this self defence weapon can cause severe injury;
  • It can act as a deterrent. If an assailant sees that you are willing to use this in a fight, they may back down.

Cons of using a knuckle duster:

  • They can cause serious injuries;
  • You must get very close to your assailant to use this self defence weapon.


5. Self Defence Weapons: Batons

Batons have been a firm favourite for police officers for years. These days they are becoming increasingly popular as a form of self defence weapon for the public. They can be dangerous options if not used appropriately, but if you can hit your assailant on one of their joints, you can hinder them long enough to get away. You can also use it to put space between you and your attacker.

Pros of using a baton:

  • It has a collapsible feature that allows you to store it in your pocket and bring it out if and when you need it;
  • Your assailant might retreat if they think you will use a baton on them.

Cons of using a baton:

  • You need to get close to your assailant before you can use it;
  • If you hit a person hard enough on the skull, you can cause severe damage;
  • If you do not know how to handle one of these correctly, your assailant might be able to take it from you and use it on your instead.


6. Self Defence Weapons: Tasers

Tasers deliver an electric shock that will disrupt your nervous system, resulting in temporary incapacitation. After pepper spray, this form of self defence weaponry is one of the most popular choices today. You get two kinds of tasers, vault tasers, and shooting tasers.

You would use the vault taser like a stun gun, pressing it directly against your assailant’s skin, delivering an electric shock. The shooting taser fires two small darts connected to the taser by thin wires. You can shoot the darts up to 11 metres; the electric shock can penetrate through clothing.

Pros of using a taser:

  • Tasers will subdue an attacker long enough for you to get away;
  • Easily accessible;
  • It uses non-lethal force to stop an attacker.

Cons of using a taser:

  • If not handled correctly, you might shock yourself;
  • If your assailant is on drugs, they might have an irregular heartbeat, and using a taser on them could result in their death;
  • Tasers can be bulky to carry.


Final Thoughts

There is an array of excellent self defence weapons out there, and selecting which one will be the best for you will come down to personal preference. If you would like to chat about any of these options, our team at Tactical Defence Store would be happy to answer any of your questions. Contact us today to talk about your safety.



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