When most people hear the name Uzi the first thing that pops into mind is the lead spitting sub machine gun of the 70′s and 80′s, it’s not likely an image of anything remotely less lethal. However, from the infamous Israeli firearms company comes a line of new age self-defense tools amongst which is the Uzi Tactical Defender self-defense pens. These robust writing utensils combine everyday efficiency with compact self-defense effectiveness. Modeled with respect to the martial arts kubaton weapon, these self-defense pens are great for concealment and ready for self-defense at a moment’s notice. Crafted from aircraft grade aluminum, these pens are created to withstand a beating and deliver one at the same time. There are two models available from the Tactical Defender series, the TACPEN 1 & TACPEN 2. The TACPEN 1 flaunts a jagged metal crown which can be used for gouging and stabbing, the crown can collect DNA evidence in the event that it is used in a close quarter combat situation and scratches off a piece of the assailant’s skin. The TACPEN 2 sports a pointed edge which can be used for targeting an assailant’s pressure points and delivering precise strikes, but also doubles as a glass breaker in emergencies. Both models measure roughly 6 inches in length, come with a one year warranty, and accept the standard Parker style, Schmidt and Fisher Space pen refills. This Less Lethal Alternative is available at many online retailers such as Amazon.com.
The next less lethal alternative to be featured on this site comes from an American cutlery company called Schrade. The SCPEN4BK is one of their tactical pen models designed for practical use as well as self defense use as a striking tool similar in function to a kubotan. Self defense applications include striking boney parts of the body such as the skull, hand, collar bone, and floating ribs. It can also be used to manipulate pressure points to force compliance of none compliant subjects. As comfortable in the office as it is in the field, this survival pen can be used as a window breaker, an emergency whistle and includes a fire starter. The durable aluminum body means it can take the abuse of every-day carry. This pen DOES NOT include or conceal a knife blade. The Schrade survival tactical fine point pen is CNC machined with 6061 T6 black aluminum body. It features a removable ferro rod and storable striking plate which increases the pen’s uses from practical use and self defense to survival in the field. The pen features a survival whistle cap and has a pocket clip for versatile carrying options. Due to the item’s size it can be carried and stored just about anywhere. The pen holds one black Starminen Fine Point D1 pen cartridge. The items dimensions measure 5.90 x 0.50 x 0.40 Inches.
The next less lethal alternative we’ll discuss on this website is the Smith & Wesson tactical pen, (model SWPENMP2BK ). For a few years now Smith & Wesson has been developing new less lethal self defense options to accompany their line of firearms, knives, and other rescue tools. Their tactical pens are derived from an old martial arts weapon known as the Kubotan. This weapon is used to strike at parts of the body that are exposed and consist of not much else other than the bones and skin such as the hands, wrist, skull, and collar bone. The Kubotan can also be used to manipulate pressure points in order to accomplish various arm locks. The version of the Kubotan that was created as an addition to be carried on a key chain was developed by Sōke Takayuki Kubota in the late 1960s for use by female law enforcement officers.
This newer version of the Smith & Wesson tactical pen applies the same self defense principals as the original design but updated to suit the needs of today’s civilian and law enforcement markets. The SWPENMP2BK measures 5.8 inch (14.7 cm) overall length and has a weight of only 1.4 ounces. The design is durable as the pen is made of reliable T6061 aircraft aluminum. The design is also practical as it can be used to write with and refilled with Schmidt P900M parker style black ball point cartridges.
A few weeks ago I came across an interesting article featuring a product specifically made for women. The product was created by a woman who had her self been attack and realized that all her self defense options had been left at home. Through this experience she created a prototype sports bra that had a concealed sheath for a small defense knife, stun gun, or even a self defense spray. The product that was developed from the prototype is known as the Booby Trap Bra. The idea is similar to that of a neck knife, where the self defense tool is within easy reach and accessible during a hostile confrontation. This sort of self defense solution is ideal for women who live an active life style, running, jogging, and spending time outdoors by themselves. It’s a simple solution for self defense, it provides light, effective, and affordable self defense. The bra is made in the United States.
Our next piece of less lethal tech comes to us from a company called AEGIS who specializes in less lethal intermediate force options for military, law enforcement, corrections, and private security. This company based out of Rockville Maryland produces a semi-compact yet mighty less lethal device for the control of non-compliant subjects dubbed the MK 63 Trident. This multifaceted weapon combines all of today’s leading less lethal technology into one awesome package; electroshock, chemical agents, distraction devices, and blunt force trauma. All these options allow for fast transfer up and down the force continuum depending on what the situation calls for. There is pepper spray for further distances as well as a distraction high intensity strobe light. In circumstances of hand to hand combat the Trident can be used as a martial arts tonfa for blocking or striking, and it also delivers electric shocks like a drive stun device. The MK 63 Trident has been subjected to prolonged independent safety studies to insure that it remains as less lethal as possible and has been tested to with stand drops from 21 feet to ensure it’s field reliability. In addition this weapon is water proof up to three meters. In addition the unit has a tactical rail for mounting additional upgrades or accessories. This weapon system is now being field tested by law enforcement officers of Colerain and Fairfax Ohio, who so far all seem to like the easy use and diversity of this product. This all comes to us from a company that stands by it’s less lethal credo, ” Defend. Protect. Preserve.” I have requested a demo device from the manufacturer to conduct further tests in order to provide a further detailed review on this product. Keep checking back for future updates about the MK 63 Trident.
This next item on the discussion board was debatable as to if it should be on a less lethal site, because this bad boy delivers a nasty PUNCH! The Punch by United Cutlery is a wicked and compact self defense tool that is literally a sharp spike. Like a Kubaton, this item is meant to be carried on your keychain but many other reviews that I’ve seen about this item suggest that it may be a little big for that. Regardless, this item will easily fit in your pocket or handbag. This is a two piece unit, the spike and cap. The cap protects you from the sharp end while the unit is not in use, but pops off in a split second when needed. The spike measures just over a half inch and the overall length is 5 1/4 inches, with a few quick jabs from this menacing tool your attacker will surely get the point that you are not one to be messed with. The handle is made of impact resistant plastic and has a nice rigid fan shape on it’s end to allow for a firm grip when needed. The Punch will leave your attacker running home to mommy as if he were the one who just got bullied. This unit used to be available at several online vendors, but I think it has been discontinued. If you’re lucky you can probably still find this on the web, but it may require some digging on different sites. On a personal note I have one of these units that I carry with me where ever I go, it’s so light and slim that I hardly notice it in my pocket.
This next less lethal tool is one that will never leave your side, much like man’s best friend, and is appropriately named Brutus The Bulldog. While Brutus doesn’t have a tail to wag, his bite can certainly be felt when someone trifles with his master. The great thing that I have found about Brutus is that he is virtually legal to carry without permit in any state. Brutus is made of impact resistant plastic and is meant to be carried on your key chain so he never leaves your side. One other nicety about this product is that it doesn’t announce it’s self as a weapon therefore will be unexpected. Many people may just think that you have a thing for animals if they notice your key chain. Brutus and the Black Cat which is a similar tool have grown rapidly within the female demographic of users within the last few years. When it comes time to unleash his bite, one simply has to insert the index and middle finger through Brutus’s eye sockets, attain a firm grip, and then swing for the fences. Brutus has pointed and sharp ears for jabbing and slashing at your attacker. Brutus comes in several different coat colors thus can be accessorized to the users liking. Brutus is made by a company that produces several other less lethal devices called Personal Security Products and is based in Little Rock Arkansas. Their products are widely spread over the internet and available at several online vendors.
Our next Less Lethal Alternative is a close quarters combat aid developed in Israel by MAOR Self Defense and is called the Hand Shock. This light and easy to use combat tool is used to increase the power of fist strikes like brass knuckles and to manipulate pressure points, sort of like when using a kubaton. A plus of this tool is that it causes immediate pain to it’s target, but most likely will not leave permanent injury. Another pro of this particular unit is that it is hard to knock from your hand if your assailant attempts to do so. The Hand Shock is made from impact resistant rigid plastics. The unit measures 14cm in length and weighs 150 grams. Optional carrying cases are available for this unit as well.
This unit retails for around $39.00 on most sites.
This next Less Lethal Alternative combines the ruthless aspects of nature’s swiftest predators, tigers, with modern technological improvements in less lethal self-defense. The TigerLady is a hand-held, easily concealable self-defense tool which mimics the tiger’s natural defensive retractable claws. The tool is made from high-impact plastics and the claws are deployed by squeezing the unit in the palm of your hand. The claws feature a DNA collector which can be used to identify an assailant even if the intended target doesn’t get a good look at their face. The user of the TigerLady can maintain control over the unit with the included wrist strap in the event of a confrontation. The TigerLady is made in the USA and the organization also provides a portion of the proceeds to a NPO who’s main goal is to end violence against women; a cause we can all get behind.