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.
MACE has recently released a new design of their original Pepper Spray Gun called the Pepper Gun 2.0. This item’s new design features the same functionality as the previous design but is meant to provide a more tactical look. The redesigned version has a picatinny rail system at the top of the weapon which allows the user to attached accessories such as a laser mount. The weapon uses a replaceable 28 gram pepper spray cartridge, each cartridge provides approximately seven spray cycles and has a reach of up to 20 feet. The MACE Pepper Gun 2.0 features a self defense strobe light which can disorient attackers and is activated by the pull of the trigger. The 10% OC/pepper spray also contains UV dye so that assailants can be identified by police. Upon direct contact with eyes, respiratory system and mucous membranes, the active ingredients in the pepper spray will cause eyes to slam shut, coughing, and an intense burning sensation to the skin. Effects should lessen in approximately 45 minutes. This item comes in a black and orange color scheme as to identify it as a less lethal weapon and has various accessory options such as holsters.
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The next less lethal alternative is a revamp of a previously reviewed self defense item, the Guard Dog Olympian. The Olympian by Guard Dog Security Products is a less lethal multipurpose device which features the so-called “Triple Threat” of self defense options. The unit has a high voltage concealed stun gun for close encounters, a built in OC/pepper spray (18%) that can spray a target at 16 feet, and a 175 lumen flash light (improved from previous version) which is also great for everyday practical use. The OC/pepper spray also contains a UV dye which can be used by police to identify assailants after the encounter. The flashlight’s bulb has a 100,000 hour life span. The unit is rechargeable and comes with a USB charger so you can always keep it ready to go and comes with a small leather carrying case. The unit it self also features a rubberized grip for firm control of the unit when using it. It also features a dual safety switch: One for the stun gun and one for the pepper spray to prevent accidental discharge. As with most of Guard Dog Security Products the Olympian is backed by a lifetime warranty. The unit measures 4 inches in length and is available in a variety of colors. This can be an ideal solution for both men and women who like to jog as well as for students who walk from one place to another by themselves late at night. I have seen this product retail at some online retailers for $49.99.