In addition to learning martial arts as a form of self-protection, there are a variety of additional tools that you can use to protect yourself in potentially dangerous situations. Here are four self-defense tools that we recommend.
One of the most common tools for self-defense is a simple can of pepper spray. While most pepper spray is nontoxic, it is a powerful agent in warding off attackers. By stimulating the eyes to produce tears, the spray can temporarily disable somebody trying to harm you. Pepper spray is most effective when used at a distance of three to 10 feet. It is a good idea to carry pepper spray when traveling through areas that make you feel vulnerable. It's vitally important that you train with this tool so you know how it's used, and be fully prepared that using this tool may partially incapacitate you as well as your attacker.
A taser is an electroshock weapon that can be highly effective in warding off attackers. The sale and use of tasers in the state of Utah are legal without major restrictions, making this a good choice of tool for self-defense purposes. It is important to not confuse a taser with a stun gun. The primary difference is that tasers can be used from a far distance, while a stun gun requires direct contact with the attacker. More importantly, tasers are capable of incapacitating an attacker through temporary electrical paralysis, whereas stun guns merely cause pain, rather than incapacitation.
Be advised also that tasers do not have 100% effectiveness. A taser only works when both prongs make contact, so accuracy is vital. Thick clothing can prevent effective contact. Large attackers or heavily intoxicated attackers can sometimes continue fighting through the shock, even when effective contact is made. Don't misunderstand; it's an excellent tool, but you need to understand its limitations.
Keeping a small blade on you in potentially dangerous situations can be a lifesaver. Despite what many people may tell you, a set of keys is not an efficient self-defense tool. Like any other type of weapon, it is important to know how to use the blade. If you are not well-trained, you could end up hurting yourself or giving your assailant a chance to use it against you. As a bonus, a blade can also be used in a variety of survival situations.
Home defense is a common reason to own a firearm, and doesn't require a concealed carry permit, although you do need to know the basics of safe storage, as well as basic firearms safety. Since those basics are taught in a concealed carry course, we recommend getting your concealed carry permit before purchasing any type of firearm whether you intend to wear it on your person or not. And once you are confident in your knowledge of use of force law and safe handling of the weapon, including accurate marksmanship, I see no reason not to carry it with you anywhere you're legally permitted to do so.
The Sig p365 is a slim firearm that holds an ungodly number of rounds for its dimensions. It's smaller than the M&P Shield 9mm AND the Glock 17 and Glock 19, but the extended magazine holds 12 rounds comfortably. It's reliable and comfortable to both wear and shoot. In short, it's ideal for when you want to carry a concealed weapon. Requirements vary from state to state, so make sure that you are aware of the law if you are traveling with your gun. The cornerstone of all gun safety practice is to remember the four rules of firearms safety: treat all guns as if they are loaded, never point the weapon at anything you are unwilling to destroy, finger off the trigger until the decision to fire has been made, and always be aware of the state of the weapon, the target, and what's behind the target.
It is our belief that everyone should take ownership of their personal safety, including their personal defense. Equipping yourself with the proper self-defense tools will give you peace of mind in a variety of situations.