Staying Safe – You Don’t Have to be Dirty Harry

While I do own a nice Glock 19, and carry it when I travel, you don’t have to have a gun with you at all times to feel safe, even when alone. In Arizona the gun laws are very lenient, and I’ll talk more about those choices at a later time, but for those times when you don’t want to carry a bulky sidearm there are many other options. I have four things with me at all times when I hike alone. The first is a lipstick-size stun gun, that hangs on my keychain. The second is pepper spray, about the same size. I also have a very loud whistle that I hang around my neck. The fourth is an app that I downloaded to my Blackberry that emits a horrible screech if  I need it to. While the latter two aren’t exactly going to “put down” any attacker they will startle them enough that I might be able to run away – or they’ll attract others in the area, on whom I might be able to call for help. I’ve also had self-defense training. Again, another topic for another time.

I don’t recall where I bought the stun gun but I found one almost identical at the Home Security Superstore.  It delivers 350,000 volts which, if delivered for 3-5 seconds will give you 5-10 minutes to get away while your attacker recovers. Best of all, it doesn’t cause anyone permanent damage, if you’re queezy about hurting another human being no matter what evil intentions he or she had towards you. The mini stun gun is rechargeable, comes with the charger and has an LED flashlight too. It’s under $30 and weighs less than two ounces. You get a 90 day money-back guarantee and a three-year warranty. I’ve never had to use mine, but knowing I have it gives me peace of mind.

The same online marketplace has a pepper spray three-pack that looks to be better than what I own. I just might send away for this – only $14.95. The three parts include the canister and one sprayer for the car visor and another for your key chain.  Not only does pepper spray effect your assailant for 20-30 minutes, but it emits a UV dye so law enforcement can later identify him or her. It has a 36-month shelf life.  The money-back guarantee and warranty are the same as the stun gun – 90 days, and three years, respectively.

I do want to make it clear that I have NOT ordered from the Home Security Superstore and can’t vouch for its products or its service.  This does give you an idea of the kind of low-priced self-defense products available, however, and the cost doesn’t present any high-priced risks.

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