What do you think is the best weapon for every day self-defense?

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  1. profile image57
    Schattenreichposted 12 years ago

    What weapon would you choose to carry with you? A knife, a gun, a batan? Pepper Spray?

    1. paradigmsearch profile image60
      paradigmsearchposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I just give them a great, big smile…

    2. psycheskinner profile image84
      psycheskinnerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Caution, company and an assertive attitude.

    3. leeberttea profile image57
      leebertteaposted 12 years agoin reply to this


      This will pretty much stop anything from doing you harm, and do so at a safe distance.

    4. Inspired to write profile image81
      Inspired to writeposted 12 years agoin reply to this


      1. Druid Dude profile image59
        Druid Dudeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Knowledge And awareness

    5. qwark profile image61
      qwarkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      A General dynamics F-16!
      It's a dangerous world out there!   sad:

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image90
    Rochelle Frankposted 12 years ago

    Super-vigilant awareness.

  3. profile image0
    Onusonusposted 12 years ago


  4. Beth100 profile image72
    Beth100posted 12 years ago

    Awareness of yourself and your surroundings at all times.  Proactive thinking is the best.

    1. profile image52
      gkrooposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Beth.  The mind is the key weapon.  Think the way the enemy does not.

      1. profile image52
        gkrooposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I found that you can maneuvre more if you stay silent keeping the mind still.  The enemy's mind is agitated.

  5. profile image0
    PrettyPantherposted 12 years ago

    I agree that awareness is the best weapon.  Second to that, learning self-defense is the most useful.  A knife, gun, or pepper spray can be turned against you; your knowledge of self-defense cannot.

    1. jmvelo profile image61
      jmveloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Learning self defense is indeed a good way to keep yourself safe. However, if your knowledge of self defense leads to overconfidence on your part, than I believe that can be used against you.

      1. Marcus Teague profile image61
        Marcus Teagueposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        This isn't entirely true. In self defense, your opponent is almost always an uneducated, mindless street thug who's acting out of desperation or anger. They are never toe-to-toe masters of fighting like martial art opponents who are going to examine you.

        Simply standing up to a criminal is often enough to get them to back down. If they don't believe you have what it takes, hitting them hard enough somewhere will be. Women who are raped are never fighters or they never fight hard enough.

        In other words, criminals are always going to prey on who they think is weak. Showing overconfidence lets them know that you believe you have what it takes to take them on, and if they believe you (they usually do), they won't prey on you.

        1. Reality Bytes profile image77
          Reality Bytesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          This is just SO wrong!

  6. akirchner profile image91
    akirchnerposted 12 years ago

    Totally agree - and not putting yourself in situations where you are at risk!

    I carry a malamute with me when I walk as it kind of frightens me if I walk alone in parks, etc.  I am not sure that Griffin would actually protect me per se but I think he might frighten someone by his size and his considerable howling/barking at unknown people! I also carry a cell phone in my pocket so it is not visible and I also carry my keys in my hand with the keys pointing out - and do other self-preservation things. 

    I don't believe in 'weapons' per se but then again, I've never been attacked but I try and be 'street smart' in all things and try not to expose myself to situations where I would be in danger because I'm a woman - and I'm old(er).

  7. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years ago

    ..yes...awareness and words help...glad i don't feel the need to carry a weapon...

  8. Daniel Carter profile image65
    Daniel Carterposted 12 years ago

    A can of pepper spray can do wonders, irregardless of battle training. Forget the other weapons. Too many legalities you don't want to be involved in.

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      ...well?...how'd it go tonight...good I hope!

  9. mythbuster profile image74
    mythbusterposted 12 years ago

    I've been reading up on kubotans and these seems like good self defense devices that might be very effective for targetting pressure points and giving a defender time to escape an attacker. The devices are like extremely small batons and a person/defender can probably keep control of these devices so they're not used against the defender. From what I've been learing, a person should have a good knowledge of self defense techniques and just use the kubotan to quickly strike the attacker then run away or strike the attacker to cause a release of grip so the defender can run away.

    1. profile image0
      kimberlyslyricsposted 12 years agoin reply to this


  10. profile image0
    girly_girl09posted 12 years ago

    The best advice I ever heard was to "think like a predator". I take a lot of criminal justice classes and have learned way too much about the minds of criminals to not be hyper-vigilant and observant of my surroundings. I really want to get a gun, but I haven't yet. I want to be an attorney someday, and I'll definitely get a gun to keep in my bedside table at night. Maybe keep one locked in a drawer in my office, too.

    Right now, I carry police-grade mace, with is thankfully legal in my state (not all states, a bummer when traveling!). I've also taken a self-defense course (please take one - you can find them free almost anywhere!)

    Awareness is key and remember - "think like a predator!" I see women all the time and think "omg...what walking targets".

    For example, if I am walking to my car at night, I will walk in the middle of the parking lot (well-lit), instead of on the sidewalks, near trees and other places where someone could hide or pull me into. I actively scan the shrubs and parking lot for any movement.

    My new car doesn't have keyless entry (which I HATE!!!!), so I always have my keys ready before I even set foot outside. When carrying my keys, I make a fist with one key sticking out between my fingers which would make a fairly nice weapon if someone attacked me.

    If I have to walk in a really sketchy area, I take off my grandmother's engagement ring and slip that into my bra. That way, it won't shine like a beacon to mug me and if someone takes my purse or asks for my jewelry they (hopefully) won't find it.

    And, when I'm in really sketchy areas, I will also hold my pepper spray in one hand, open, with my finger on the trigger. Pepper spray or even a gun can give people a false sense of protection - it can take a while to fumble through your purse to find it and spray it at your attacker.

    I may sound paranoid, but I've sat through way too many criminal justice lectures to know what goes on out there. It is better to be over prepared when it comes to protecting yourself.

    geez....maybe I should have written a hub on this, instead! big_smile

  11. raisingme profile image80
    raisingmeposted 12 years ago


  12. drvosjeca profile image61
    drvosjecaposted 12 years ago


    I bumped up in to theme... Im Taekwondo master and my opinion would be that best wepon is if you can se your hed and have a quick legs to run away...  smile

  13. metalguy profile image57
    metalguyposted 12 years ago

    Your hands are your best weapons if you have the belief how to use them properly.But,we have got so immersed in town-life we don't give importance to them.

  14. alternate poet profile image67
    alternate poetposted 12 years ago

    Either get over your deep paranoia - or if your society really requires that you go around armed then change your society - or move.

  15. Polly C profile image91
    Polly Cposted 12 years ago

    I reckon probably learning some kind of martial art is the best method of self defence, though fortunately I have never felt in danger personally. Mind you, it's still a good skill to know, just in case.

    It is illegal to carry knives, guns and pepper spray here in the UK. Some women have rape alarms though, which give off an extremely loud and high pitched sound.

    1. alternate poet profile image67
      alternate poetposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Anything that can make a lot of noise is good - along with the ability to run.  big_smile

      Everything else is just a comforter to allay the fear of fear itself - any self respecting attacker will be able to take your weapon off you, lots of noise and running works best every time.

    2. profile image57
      Schattenreichposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Polly and alternate poet... I really like your posts.....

      1) Yes, weapons might be illegal in some areas. Even across the US you have different rules for different states. The carrier is responsible for ensuring legality. If you get too dependent on any one weapon you might not only get tempted to break the law but also be extra vulnerable if you suddenly have to leave your "tool" behind.
      2) Yes, every weapon can be used against you. Pepper spray, knives, you name it. Furthermore you might expose yourself to risks many for instance casual knife carriers in my experience are very unaware off. Did you know that while carrying a knive in most parts of the US might be legal, if you get into a situation where the police shows up and you hold your knife visibly to the officers approaching the scene, they have the permission to shoot you on sight? A knife is considered a deadly weapon. You with a knife out within 21 feet can be and will be considered a leathal threat... whether you are the bad guy or good guy.
      3) Pepper spray: Note: pepper spray is a pressurized spray that unless tested has a great likelihood of failure. You have to test it at least once a month and it only has about 7-10 applications (most of them anyways). Note: pepper spray cannot be used in closed quarters without risking spraying yourself (i.e. elevators, bedroom, and hallway) Note: a lot of folks are rather resilient against the impact. In the US soldiers, police officers, fireman and several other groups are purposefully exposed to such and stronger agents to build resistance to them. These people will not be held of significantly by a personal pepper spray. And guess what... now you made them really mad!

      All this being said, at my martial arts school we teach women self-defense. One advice we give our students is something that caught my attention in your posts..... Alarms... noise.

      We recommend women to carry a loud sports whistle! (My next article will include a note on this on the Defend-Yourself Hub).

      The whistle allows for several things:
      1) It cannot be used against you (well I suppose you could get wacked over the head with it... but you get my point.)
      2) You can put it in your mouth and blow while having your hands free. Example: you are getting attacked in a parking lot. You cannot retreat to the safety of a building; Do you know where to go? A woman in heels outrunning an athletic attacker? Think about it. Get under a parked car! You can cling to the underside of the car with all your might while blowing the living hell out of the whistle. It will be extremely difficult for anyone to grab you and pull you out. You can hold on with your hands and still kick with your legs in case someone tries to grab you. You will win a lot of time in this situation and can get a lot of attention using the whistle or any similar alarm. Awareness and knowledge goes a long way.

      I really liked your posts! Thank you! Polly I am curious about the rape alarm you mentioned. I think that is a great idea. I would like to look some more into this. Do you have any further resources about how this is used/approached/encouraged in the UK?


    3. CMHypno profile image86
      CMHypnoposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Trouble is that as nobody in the Uk takes any notice of car alarms or house alarms going off, so would anyone respond to a rape alarm? We seem to be developing into a walk on by society unfortunately.

  16. profile image0
    wademcmasterposted 12 years ago

    I'd vote the pepper spray for legal reasons.  BUt more than that, training to handle a knife attack would be the most valuable, chance of successfully dealing with a gun unarmed are really slim, a knife is pretty slim too, but possible.

  17. profile image0
    SwampDonkeyposted 12 years ago

    I just show them my large phallus!....well......I Am a Donkey!!!  wink

  18. Reality Bytes profile image77
    Reality Bytesposted 12 years ago

    For self- defense I believe a blade is the best weapon.  Every time your attacker strikes, cut them.  Eventually they will stop hitting you or they will bleed out.

  19. ediggity profile image58
    ediggityposted 12 years ago

    Nun Chucks.

  20. Alison Graham profile image95
    Alison Grahamposted 12 years ago

    I think I must have led a very sheltered life, judging by the comments in this thread.  Where I live, everyone smiles, everyone speaks to each other, young people may be a bit loud from time to time, but are good natured and friendly.  I count my blessings and think that the only thing I need to use for my defence in my town is a sharp pair of eyes when crossing the road.

  21. sabrebIade profile image74
    sabrebIadeposted 12 years ago

    A lot of people don't know Bruce Lee himself carried a gun.
    He owned a M1911 pistol and a .38 revolver.
    Lee himself said that no matter how fast you are, you can't be faster than someone pulling a trigger.

  22. maven101 profile image74
    maven101posted 12 years ago

    Your brain...

  23. ocbill profile image52
    ocbillposted 12 years ago

    stun/taser gun

  24. Michael Adams1959 profile image77
    Michael Adams1959posted 12 years ago

    If it is a pistol, it does need to be at least a 9 mil. no smaller, you want knock down power with your gun, I carry a 9 or 40 cal or 357. Depends on day what I am wearing and going.

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      ...don't mean to be naive..but you carry a gun with you all the time? seriously or you're j/k?...i hope it is j/k.....

      1. Michael Adams1959 profile image77
        Michael Adams1959posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I do have it with me most all the time. whether that is actually on me or in my vehicle, never look to have to use it, don't want to ever use it, though I did have to get it out once at an atm, but yes I do have it and no I never want to have to use it. I do have a blast going and popping off 50-100 rounds on targets, but seriously there are areas here that I have to go into and will not go without protection

      2. readytoescape profile image60
        readytoescapeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        It doesn’t make much sense to own a firearm for personal protection and then leave it at home.

        “Excuse me Mr. Perpetrator can you wait right here while I run home and get my gun?”

        “I promise I’ll be right back, I swear.”

        “No I won’t Call the Cops”

        “You just wait here with your knife and I’ll be right back”

    2. alternate poet profile image67
      alternate poetposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I hope this is ironic - or do you really mean that you go out every day happy in the knowledge that you are prepared to kill another human being?

      1. Mark Knowles profile image57
        Mark Knowlesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I believe him. According to his profile:

        "I am sold out to Jesus Christ my Saviour. Iam "compelled" to go out and preach the Gospel. I am currently in the Dayton, Ohio area, starting an evangelism ministry teaching churches to "GO YE" into all the world. " wink

  25. lorlie6 profile image75
    lorlie6posted 12 years ago

    Come on writers...the PEN!  ~And of course my mouth~

  26. earnestshub profile image84
    earnestshubposted 12 years ago

    A large container of common sense. smile

  27. denden mangubat profile image71
    denden mangubatposted 12 years ago

    praying to God

  28. USMCwifey09 profile image62
    USMCwifey09posted 12 years ago

    Krav Maga.

  29. si news profile image59
    si newsposted 12 years ago


  30. LeanMan profile image81
    LeanManposted 12 years ago

    You don't need to carry a weapon, unless you are an expert in using it then there is a very good chance that it could be used back on you..

    Use your brain - don't get in situations where you put your self in danger.

    If you do end up in a situation where you are threatened noise is the best defense, but don't shout "help", people will be scarred to come to your aid - SHOUT "FIRE", everyone will come!!!

  31. Shadesbreath profile image82
    Shadesbreathposted 12 years ago

    I wear a big, two-handed sword on my back at all times and I wear a viking helmet with one of the horns broken off so that would-be attackers know that I am a veteran of many battles.

    1. lorlie6 profile image75
      lorlie6posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      God, Shades, what an image-what with your avatar and all.  Do you even put that beer down?

  32. saddlerider1 profile image59
    saddlerider1posted 12 years ago

    My bare hands and if that don't work then my compact pistol tucked nicely strapped to my ankle:0)

  33. camlo profile image86
    camloposted 12 years ago

    I'd choose a pump gun ...

    No, I've never actually needed a weapon, other than my mouth.

  34. waynet profile image66
    waynetposted 12 years ago

    My arse, deadliest weapon after a dodgy curry, gas and turtles heads fly at projectile speeds!!

    1. camlo profile image86
      camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      That would definitely be better than even a pump gun ...

      1. luvpassion profile image64
        luvpassionposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        F-22 Raptor


        1. leeberttea profile image57
          leebertteaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          You forgot the pic!


        2. readytoescape profile image60
          readytoescapeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          That one's kinda tough to fit in your purse,

          But I like the way you're thinkin!

  35. readytoescape profile image60
    readytoescapeposted 12 years ago

    The best self-defense is keeping a wary eye on your surroundings and the people in it, for added security,

    I like a .45 Auto in a quick release holster. It tends to keep all situations from escalating to injury and/or death for all those around…..other then the attacker.

    Oh and for those of you that only like to keep their gun locked up, like in a drawer, when was the last time you went out carrying your dresser?

    Just a thought.

  36. Bill Manning profile image58
    Bill Manningposted 12 years ago

    Being broke and ugly is the best defense, since nobody would bother you! smile

    1. Dave Barnett profile image57
      Dave Barnettposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      two guys, Smith and Wesson. Works every time.

  37. profile image0
    Surabhi Kauraposted 12 years ago

    For self defense, the biggest weapon is patience and forebearing and ofcourse non-violence.

  38. SilentReed profile image83
    SilentReedposted 12 years ago

    I take my chance out in the streets. Better than being home alone at night with a neurotic wife. :-)

  39. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 12 years ago

    sarcasm big_smile

  40. Gypsy48 profile image77
    Gypsy48posted 12 years ago

    Awareness and confidence

  41. timorous profile image82
    timorousposted 12 years ago

    Humour, sarcasm, talking gibberish.  Confuse your opponent until they think you're absolutely nuts. smile

    1. Alya rose profile image60
      Alya roseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Lol^_^my cousin tried it once and it actually worked...for a couple of seconds lol.

  42. Zebedee353 profile image59
    Zebedee353posted 12 years ago

    I think the best weapon is having proper training and being confident in your ability to use what you have been trained on. That could be hand to hand, weapons (such as firearms etc.)or simply knowing how to defuse a confrontational situation.

  43. ripples profile image62
    ripplesposted 12 years ago

    It is not much practical to carry gun or sword always.
    Fingers are the best weapon when used accurately on pressure points.
    If you dont agree with me, consider a woman pushing her fingers suddenly and forcefully into the eyes of a villan.
    In kalarippayattu(traditional martial art of kerala), there are tricks to make a person unconscious by pointing your forefinger at his marmam(vital points in human body). Knowing some tricks will help a lot.  Though making different parts of your body like elbows and knees as strong weapons is possible they need good practice

  44. grayvitaliy profile image59
    grayvitaliyposted 12 years ago

    your head... it`s really useful to avoid sh*t instead of getting into it

  45. profile image63
    logic,commonsenseposted 12 years ago

    doan tase me bro!

  46. profile image0
    klarawieckposted 12 years ago

    SARCASM! big_smile

  47. Devanni profile image61
    Devanniposted 12 years ago

    Commonsense, and confidence.

  48. profile image63
    logic,commonsenseposted 12 years ago

    don't forget Logic! smile

  49. wildorangeflower profile image61
    wildorangeflowerposted 12 years ago

    RUN< just RUN

  50. jcales profile image55
    jcalesposted 12 years ago

    Statistics show there is more fear from a knife than a gun. A gun is quick with pain, but a knife is prolonged pain and the thought is extreme anxiety. I think a taser gun is good though. You don't really hurt them they are just disabled. I'd rather evade the situation than be in it as you get older and wiser.


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