Reader Dev left this comment:
Its 2010, I mean growing up “2000” was thrown into EVERYTHING to make it look futuristic. Do we really need to be lugging around what is essentially late 19th Century technology for personal protection? I mean Captain Kirk is rocking his slick Phaser on Star Trek, you don’t see him with a 1911 or a Security Six in his belt.
Maybe is the future here? Can we dump these crude peices of metal for some better technology?
Well what do we have for options?
Pepper Spray (OC) and Tear Gas (Mace) have been around for a good while. They work to irritate sensitive tissues and cause pain, discomfort and blindness due to the tear reaction, and difficulty breathing due to mucus production.
Overall OC is the suggested chemical because it is considered more effective, also Mace has a high vapor pressure, meaning that if you live in Northern Climates like I do, on a cold day your tear gas canister might spray just liquid and not irritating vapor.
Still I listed the above biological effects of OC, and to be honest I don’t like them as self defense items:
OK he’s a hurting boy in that video, and hardly graceful. Still its not like he’s laying on the ground crying for mommy. He’s still able to fight, and he’s still able to function and react to his environment. He’s at a disadvantage, but is that disadvantage enugh for you to overcome the deadly threat?
More Videos Here and Here And more in the linking pages.
I wouldn’t bet my life on it. Seems that a lot of the debilitating effect of OC spray is a panic reaction. Your eyes slam shut, you feel burning pain, and your breathing becomes very difficult. Many people will just give up when this happens. That’s why the above videos exist. To Teach police officers that even tho if feels like the world is ending, that isn’t so, and they can fight through the effects. This works for criminals as well as officers.
Also note that more than likely if you spray an attacker you WILL also get a good wiff of the stuff yourself.
I do not like OC at all.
Next up are Tasers and stun-guns. First up, unless there are some products I’m missing stun guns (electronic stun devices that require direct contact) do not disable, but only cause pain and numbness. Because they need direct contact and only cause pain, pain thresholds very GREATLY from person-to-person, these are also of little value for personal defense IMHO. Now Tasers are neat! They fire darts at the target allowing targets to be engaged at range allowing a tactical advantage, and the electrical impulses actually cause muscles to seize and spasm. This is a mechanical reaction, and will not vary from person-to-person, if you get hit with a Taser you WILL fall down. A buddy of mine is Career Army, and while he was a pasty dork when we were in High School and College together, he’s a goddamn adonis of muscle these days. He got Tased at a trade show, and he was sure that he could ride the lightning. He sent me a video of him getting held up so he wouldn’t bounce his head off the concrete floor and screaming like a girl.
Still how effective are they? Bob S. has a great post up on this Go over and check it out, also check out Bob’s blog because he kicks so much ass there aught to be a LAW!!! 🙂
In his post (which you should read the whole thing…I’ll wait) was this video:
If the darts fail to connect, or the connection is broken, the subject is free to move again, with only some residual stiffness and spasms. How about if everything works just great?
You’ve got until the battery runs out (only a few seconds) before your attacker is back on the offensive.
I think Tasers are GREAT tools for Police. You see as a civilian I have one dichotomy when it comes to personal defense. Deadly force, and no Force.
I’ve heard people say you should always carry pepper spray or a stun device if you carry a gun because it allows you to respond to threats with other degree of force.
Technically I also have my fists and feet. Still I see it this way. Either I’m in physical danger, or I’m able to walk away. We can discuss that in another post or the comments if you all like, but I’ll leave it there for my point.
Cops don’t have that issue. Somebody being an asshole and violating the law, but not threatening life at that moment is STILL a police concern. A taser allows them to stun somebody without getting in contact with them, and handcuff them and arrest them.
I see packing a stun gun AND a set of handcuffs as a legal nightmare. Also a HUGE liability if your attacker has friends who don’t take kindly of the guy or gal playing Paul Blart.
Also remember that while Police DO carry OC spray, handcuffs, radios (for backup) and tasers….they still also carry guns and reloads.
I would say that if you aren’t sure about carrying a gun, or are waiting on your permit, the non-gun defensive weapon I personally recommend (and myself carry when I’m in a gun-free zone, or a place that doesn’t recognize my carry permit) Is the Ka-Bar TDI The short single-edged fixed blade doesn’t count as a “Weapon” under most laws (but check your state’s laws first, as I know it was illegal for me to carry this in North Carolina, so I left it in my hotel room at the NRA Convention), and its simple design makes it very easy for carry and use. Still it isn’t much of a force multiplier, it is simply better than foul-language or that dipshit liberal pie-in-the-sky bit of wishful thinking of carrying your car keys in your fist.
But overall when people are concerned about personal protection, or protections of innocents, they reach for a personal firearm. Its still the best tool in the tool-box.
Good Luck, Dev!