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The 14 Best Self-Defense Weapons for Men in 2022

One thing we’ve all had to get better at during the past year is self-reliance. We had to learn how to take care of ourselves, whether it be exercising at home or learning the best self-care routine. Of the plethora of options you could go about when taking care of yourself, self-defense is the most vital. Defined simply, self-defense is protecting yourself from any threat to your health or well-being. The threats you face can come from many sources, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll focus on the ones from other people or from animals.

Your arsenal of self-defense weapons should be discreet, easy to carry, nonlethal, economical, and effective. A self-defense weapon is a thing that every man should own as well as one of the handiest tools in general. Here are our top picks for self-defense weapons for you to have at all times.

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Stun Gun: Guard Dog Diablo II Tactical Stun Gun Flashlight

Guard Dog Diablo II Tactical Stung Gun Flashlight

Part 320-lumen flashlight, part 5 million-volt stun gun, the Guard Dog Diablo II is a multifunctional defense tool with solid (we mean solid) stopping power. For a stun gun to be effective, it should deliver at least 1 million volts, says Top Stun Guns. This one is concealed within an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy body that is shockproof for the user. An emergency glass-breaker bezel rounds out the specs. For $33, it’s a powerful yet not-too-crazy self-defense weapon that you won’t have to replace, thanks to the built-in rechargeable battery. But don’t be fooled — this is still a powerful weapon that requires training.

Emergency Whistle: Hyperwhistle Original

Hyperwhistle Original is a handy emergency whistle.

A police siren can emit up to 120 decibels. Jet engines run up to 130 decibels. The explosions from your favorite fireworks can blast up to 140 dB, which is also the threshold at which humans experience hearing pain. The Hyperwhistle emits a screech at up to 142 decibels. Can you imagine someone (or something) trying to harm you while getting blasted by a such painful level of sound? Yeah, neither can we. This tool has a range of up to 2 miles, so it’s great to have as part of a wilderness survival kit as well.

Pepper Spray: Sabre 3-in-1 Pepper Spray with Key Ring

Sabre 3-in-1 Pepper Spray with Key Ring on a white backdrop.

With a formula that includes CS tear gas plus UV-marking dye to aid in suspect identification, Sabre’s 3-in-1 Pepper Spray packs maximum strength in a small bottle and is used by law enforcement across the U.S. The 10-foot range is good for 25 bursts, which is about five times more than other brands, according to Sabre. The keyring makes it easy to carry and a locking top protects from accidental discharges. Sabre uses military-grade tear gas for its pepper spray but steers clear of CN tear gas, which can burn the skin and eyes.

Biker Whip: Fast Strike Biker Whip

Fast Strike Biker Whip.

Indiana Jones had the right idea carrying a whip. The nonlethal striking force of this Fast Strike Biker Whip was designed for quick, easy use and, most importantly, it’s lightweight to carry and easy to conceal. Some dudes wear it like a belt on their jeans. Reaching 17 inches long, this whip was inspired by the self-defense whips used by motorcyclists. The flexible stainless steel whip is strong enough to break windows and malleable enough to curl in a pocket. Honestly, we prefer this to a gnarly baton which, used incorrectly, could cause irreparable damage.

Tactical Pen: Gerber Impromptu

Gerber Impromptu tactical pen on a white backdrop.

Sounds kind of like a joke, right? Tactical pen? With a bevy of features outside of the ability to write your monthly rent check, though, these tools are nothing to laugh at. The Gerber Impromptu features an integrated glass-breaking tip so you’re able to extricate yourself from a threatening situation. The ink cartridge is from Rite in the Rain, so you’re always able to take important notes no matter the weather. A stout body made from machined steel means that this writing tool can even function in a melee if needed.

Credit Card Knife: Cardsharp2

Cardsharp2 is a compact credit card knife.

The Cardsharp2 from Iain Sinclair is an interesting concept. When stored, it takes up about as much space as a credit card. However, when folded into a ready-to-use configuration, it transforms into a knife with a 65mm cutting edge. This definitely isn’t a weapon that you’d take into prolonged battle, but it’s an extra layer of security if you often travel to less-safe places. The ultrasharp, surgical steel blade can double as a prep knife, too, for your next battle against mirepoix.

Keychain Kubotan: Tactical Pointed-Tip Grooved-Grip Kubotan

Tactical Pointed Tip Grooved Grip Kubotan.

While the Kubotan looks like a gnarly vampire stake, it has a slew of nonlethal uses for self-defense. Attach this lightweight aluminum stick to your keys for simple carry and, in the event of an attack, you can do one of the following: Grip it to harden your fist for punching, use as a flailing weapon and whip your keys at the attacker, or take the Kubotan and strike your assailant’s hands and joints. In self-defense, it’s best to go for sensitive parts if accessible, like the bridge of the nose, shins, or knuckles. A well-placed strike can break bones.

Travel Door Lock: Addalock

Addalock beside a doorknob.

When you’re traveling, give yourself additional peace of mind with the Addalock. If you’d prefer an additional locking device on your hotel room or Airbnb door, the Addalock makes it easy. Used on inward-opening doors, it is wedged into the strike area — preventing the door from being opened. Made from steel and installed in just seconds, the Addalock is a simple, strong addition to your arsenal of self-defense options.

Defense Key: CRKT Williams

CRKT Williams defense key.

Discreet, easy to carry, nonlethal, economical, and effective: The CRKT Williams definitely hits all the requirements for this list. You carry keys with you every time you leave the house. This key from CRKT, however, is an addition to your keychain featuring an ergonomic handle and a pointed end. While it doesn’t look like much, it may be enough to quickly get you out of an unanticipated situation. Additionally, the tip can be used as a Phillips-head screwdriver, so you’ll be able to make impromptu repairs as well.

Keychain Knuckles: Brutus Bulldog Self-Defense Keychain Knuckle Weapon

Brutus Bulldog Self-Defense Keychain Knuckle Weapon.

The goal is to make self-defense accessible while not worrying yourself sick about what could happen. Set out for a warm-weather run or nighttime dog walk with only your music and keys knowing if you tread into the wrong area you’ll be protected. Disguised as a bulldog keychain, the Brutus Bulldog Self-Defense Knuckle Weapon becomes a spiked accessory fitting around your knuckles, made to strike an oncoming assailant and pierce the skin. The ABS molded plastic is said to be unbreakable. Cat or dog-ear weapons are not legal in states that do not permit brass knuckles.

Horn: Sabre Sport and Safety Horn

Sabre Sport and Safety Horn on a white backdrop.

We’re not joking. Get a horn. Audible over a half-mile away, this compact horn fits in your car door (it’s only 4.75 inches tall) and is incredibly loud. This noise could startle an aggressor and make them flee. Sabre says the alarm also reduces the risk of bear attacks. A bear deterrent such as this is great to have while hiking and camping. Periodic blasts can alert bears you’re in the area, thereby decreasing surprised and aggressive behavior. An easy-to-use button makes firing simple.

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Door Stop Alarm: GE Personal Security Door Stop Alarm

The GE Personal Security Door Stop Alarm on a white backdrop.

Technically speaking, a door alarm isn’t a weapon. However, it’s still an essential tool to have in self-defense. This door stop alarm by GE can be easily used at home, and even brought during your travels. When the alarm is activated, a 120-decibel alert will sound, allowing you to get to safety and kick out possible intruders. If you’re the type of man who finds himself traveling often or ends up staying the night in a sketchy place, this door stop alarm is a must-have.

Self-Defense Ring: Defender Ring

The Defender Ring on a white backdrop.

A self-defense weapon will only be useful if you happen to be carrying it when you encounter trouble. Think about the type of jewelry that you’re most likely to leave on for the longest. You’re probably thinking about a ring, right? So, a self-defense weapon discreetly integrated into a ring is a great solution. Defender Ring has a catalog of different rings you can choose from. If you get into a dangerous situation, simply unscrew the pearl-shaped ball off of the Defender Ring to expose the 5mm stainless steel blade. Then, punch, slice, grab, or rake to get yourself out of harm’s way.

$59 at Defender Ring

Your Body: Marine Martial Arts App

Screenshots of the paid iOS app Marine Martial Arts.

Every time you start checking a social media app or your fantasy baseball team on your phone, open the Marine Martial Arts app for a quick training session in close combat. With hundreds of pages of content, this portable training manual is instructive, simple, and includes both hand-to-hand and hand-to-weapon tips. Ask your significant other or roommate to practice before dinner to help you get the moves down.

$2 from iOS App Store

What Is the Most Effective Self-defense Weapon?

Simply put, the most effective self-defense weapon is the one you are carrying. No amount of research or training with a specific weapon will help you if you aren’t actually carrying it. So, regardless of what you choose, make sure that it’s comfortable enough for you to want to carry it all the time.

Prepare yourself by taking a local self-defense class. Also, keep aware of your surroundings and show no fear. Nonverbal displays of confidence can go a long way. Remember: Your goal with a self-defense weapon should be to quickly employ it to get yourself out of a dangerous situation, not to engage in a prolonged fight. As a matter of fact, the only prolonged battles you should consider taking part in are ones that involve today’s best Nerf guns.

What Is the Best Legal Weapon for Self-Defense?

Any time you make physical contact with someone else, either with a part of your body or with a weapon, you open yourself up to the liability that comes with hurting them. Sometimes this is your intention — but in today’s litigious society, it might not be worth it. Therefore, a non-contact, non-chemical weapon such as a tactical flashlight is a good bet. Blinding light might cause your attacker some mild discomfort and disorientation, but there’s little to no risk of long-term injury to them. Protecting yourself takes many forms, after all.

What Is the Best Self-defense Weapon Besides a Gun?

Again, the best self-defense weapon is one that you are carrying and know how to use. With any weapon, take time to learn how to use it. YouTube has tutorials for everything these days. During tense situations, it can be easy to get flustered and confused. In these situations, you’ll want a weapon that is intuitive and simple to use. Also, maintaining and increasing distance between you and your attacker should be the main goal of personal defense. For these reasons, we like simpler self-defense gadgets like tactical flashlights and pepper sprays. They’re simple to understand and use, and they allow you to create distance and escape.

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