In these trying times… there are things that you don’t leave home without.
Like many, I have my own EDC “Everyday Carry Gear”.
Most of “us” (“us” being informed, law abiding citizens) carry around gear that helps insure that we have what we need, when we need it to take care of business;
For those of you who don’t speak the lingo, more intel on EDC is available here:
Listen to this guy. He knows what he’s talking about. And remember;
“Guns don’t kill people. People with beards kill people…”
I was talking to a friend tonight as I sat watch on the HAM traffic in the Philippines. It was far too cold (-20s) to go outside or work in the shed, so I just sat and surfed.
My SoCal buddy asked me if I had a favorite Tazer to recommend.
First, I’ve been known to associate with “SoCal lackeys” from time to time (if I have to), but they usually hail from someplace else and they’re well-blooded before I’ll speak to them. That said, this particular cat is rock solid. He’s been banged up all around the rock like the rest of us and although he’s from Cali, we kinda trust him. Okay, maybe if we’re already bleeding out… and he’s the only guy standing for miles… LOL!
Someday he’s gonna migrate his family to someplace real, like Idaho… and then we’ll probably trust him more. He’s actually the guy who invented the Spool Tool, a paracord storage device that’s become invaluable to us (literally globally). We use them up here in the snowy mountains of Montana and we’re using them in places like balmy Tacloban, Philippines as our relief crews work to help those recovering from the terrible earthquake of Oct 15th and then… Typhoon Haiyan.
If you don’t have one of these tools, you’re really missing out. Seriously. This belongs in your glove box, your tool box and even your damned sock drawer. This tool is THAT good. There are about a 1,000 uses for Paracord. Trust me.
Anyway… we were on the topic of Tasers because in many parts of the world, having a personal firearm is prohibited. So, you find “other ways” to defend yourself.
Here’s how the conversation went;
“While I have a taser, it’s not something I’d haul around or give to a loved one as “protection”.
Seriously. Between gear that LEO buddies carry and stuff available to the “common man” I’ve tried them all. I don’t really think that there is such a thing as a “good” taser”.
When it’s “go time” I’m reaching for a Glock.
First, if you’re licensed to carry a Tazer, you can more than likely be licensed to carry a firearm.
We’re developing collapsible staffs here that have 3 stage stun circuits built into them. Here at the bunker… we like “3-d.” So, we call those stages “Deter, Defend and Death.” We live in the land of wild animals and there’s no telling what you might walk up on. You might not want to carry a rifle or a pistol into the woods as you walk your fences with your dog and your kids, but you’ll more than likely take a walking stick with you anyway, right?
A case can be made for these “stun sticks” in urban environments as well. The “bangsticks” that we’re developing for “field use” are just as useful as you walk your dog down the streets of your neighborhood.
A “staff or walking stick type weapon that bites hard” will go a long way to providing the ability to “engage, separate and then flee” to safety.
But I digress. Let’s get back to “tasers”. Here’s what I tell people;
Tasers vs Guns;
This is what cops carry. It’s more powerful than the ones that most civilians can purchase for self-defense. Trust me when I tell you that you don’t want to be on the wrong end of one of these bad boys.
As I see it, here’s the fundamental problem with tasers;
- If you fire the taser at a target and miss, you’re screwed.
- If you get a “clothing disconnect” you’re screwed.
- If you hit your target, 30 seconds after you taze the guy, he’s gonna get up and come at you again. And, I guarantee you that he’s gonna be pissed off. You’re screwed.
- And, if you have to “reload” that taser… you’re screwed. Reloading a taser isn’t easy, especially during crisis.
Additionally, once the cops respond, you’re putting yourself at risk holding anything that looks like a weapon in your hand. Standing there over somebody who’s flopping around doing the “million volt mamba” with a pistol silhouette in your hand can get you shot. I’m serious.
If you find yourself in this situation and the cops show up;
DROP THE DAMNED THING. DROP IT LIKE IT WAS ON FIRE!
(And no, a taser won’t hit you with a million volts. I just made that up because I liked the imagery!)
Of course there are other non-lethal alternatives, if for some reason you don’t want a gun in the house or on your person;
I say forget the taser altogether.
We have all heard of pepper spray and mace right?
Did you know that these solutions come in gels and foams, too?
One of my favorites when teaching women to defend themselves is Pepper foam. The reason for this is that Pepper Foam is a really good choice for most applications. It’s easily concealed in your purse. It’s easily concealed in your hand. And, it’s brutally effective without making a big noise (unless you count the screaming of your target).
It’s easy to use, you have a range of about 12 feet and with practice you can use it without getting it on yourself. The damage from Pepper foam lasts 15-30 MINUTES and it’s extremely painful. The assailant’s eyes, nose and skin will burn and they won’t be able to see.
We all remember this photo. It’s an image that captures an idiot college campus cop in California (See? You wonder why we shake our heads at Californians?) spraying unarmed college students with pepper foam. I’m not showing you this photo to talk about that (the jerk got fired and then some), I’m showing it to you so that you can SEE how the foam comes out. It’s easy to see exactly where you’re spraying it. Here’s a guy who compares Pepper foam to Pepper Spray.
I will point out that your mileage may vary;
As you can see, it’s easy to see where you’re spraying. If you miss, you just keep hosing the jerk down until you soak him/her enough to do the job.
Then, you don’t stick around and act like an idiot. You run like the devil was chasing you. The idea is to put as much distance between yourself and your opponent as you can before you dial 911.
Remember, “Foam gets you Home”.
It’s inexpensive. It’s a $15 deterrent.
And, it works.
Think “Stocking Stuffer”…