Another Line of Defense

By Lisa Metheny published on in Gear

A trip to the local grocery store or gas station has become a survival test in some areas of the country. Sadly, we live in a deteriorating society in which you must keep your defenses up or at the very least have your inner Chuck Norris on speed dial for a quick retrieval if necessary. Although firearms are often the primary focus when we think of devices to protect ourselves with, other devices on the market offer an alternative when you need to gain the upper hand. Many of these devices are often categorized as non-lethal devices. Some experts express a concern over such a phrase and suggest a more acceptable term would be “less than lethal devices.” Even though the terminology may be up for debate it is hard to argue the popularity of such devices is on the rise.

Kimber Liquid Fury

Kimber PepperBlaster II

Kimber PepperBlaster II

The Kimber Firearm Company has a reputation for a standard of excellent and quality products. That same attention to detail has been applied to the Kimber PepperBlaster II hand held unit. Thanks to its painfully hot pepper ball of liquid fury that disperses at 90 mph and out to 13 feet, it leaves your attacker disabled for up to 45 minutes. Two highly concentrated non-aerosol pyrotechnic pepper solution charges give you a second shot. Since it is not pressurized like an aerosol spray, it does not lose pressure over time. The ergonomically designed unit fits easily into a pocket or purse and comes in two colors: gray and red.

ASP Agent Baton, Devastatingly Discreet

ASP Agent LevelLoc Expandabe Baton

ASP Agent LeverLoc Baton

If you prefer to walk softly but carry a big stick then you will like this device. ASP (Armament Systems and Procedures) Agent Baton is a small, lightweight, easy to grip, discreet and extremely effective baton. Made from aluminum and high-grade carbon steel this baton has a striking surface rating of 240,000 PSI tensile strength, which in layman’s terms translates into a devastatingly low profile baton that packs a punch. When fully retracted the Baton measures 7.5 inches but rapidly extends to become a 16-inch LeverLoc less-than-lethal device. Because the ASP Agent Baton is lightweight and small, it easily hides in a pocket or waistband making it an ideal baton.

Sabre Scare Tactic

Sabre Mini Stun Gun

Sabre Mini Stun Gun

The Sabre 500,000 volt stun gun measures only 6 inches tall but offers a less than lethal, painful dose of electrical current. If the visual intimidation caused by the electrical current, which flows from probe to probe, is not enough of a deterrent then perhaps the thunderous noise created from those same currents will issue a serious scare tactic to anyone foolish enough to challenge someone holding this device. This device does require a direct contact to the attacker’s torso area. The stun gun provides users with an on/off safety switch and separate activation firing trigger mechanism, operates on two 9-volt batteries, and is equipped with a wrist strap and belt holsters, and a 2-year warranty.

These are just a few of the examples of devices on the market today which are easy to use, affordable and most importantly may save your life by offering one more line of self defense. It is important to note most states allow residents the option of carrying less-than-lethal devices. However, it is strongly advised you check your local regulations regarding any type of less-than-lethal devices.

Do you have a favorite alternative line of defense? Tell us about it in the comment section.


Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.

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