Everyone should carry at least one non lethal weapon. Yes, even if you already carry a firearm. Why? Because not every conflict calls for a lethal response.
Does a pickpocket deserve a bullet in the head?
Sometimes a non lethal weapon is the right answer.
It’s a calculated means to deter, intimidate, or stop a threat.
Or maybe you just don’t want to carry a gun. In this case you need a different method for protection.
Or maybe firearms (and knives) just plain scare you.
Perhaps, you’re unfamiliar with them and have no desire to become familiar.
In this case, your best bet is to:
- carry a non lethal weapon
- take a class on how to use it effectively
The good news is, there are so many types of non lethal weapons available today.
Weapons that are non lethal but still extremely effective for defense tactic.
As you’ll soon discover, non lethal weapons are incredibly intimidating and can inflict severe pain.
And the best ones can stop an intruder in their tracks.
What Non Lethal Weapon Means
However, before we go on, it’s critical you understand how non lethal weapons are classified and what that means exactly.
Non-lethal weapons, also called less-lethal weapons, less-than-lethal weapons, non-deadly weapons, compliance weapons, or pain-inducing weapons are still weapons.
They are intended to be less likely to kill a living target.
Less likely than conventional weapons such as knives and firearms.
It’s often understood that unintended or incidental casualties are possible whenever force is applied.
However, the use of non-lethal weapons attempts to minimize the risk as much as possible.
The bottom line is – if you use any of the following weapons and someone ends up dead, there could be serious legal ramifications!
Using a non lethal or less than lethal weapon does not remove you from responsibility if someone gets seriously injured or dies.
The following weapons should only be used in real life-threatening – self-defense situations.
So let’s go over the 9 best non lethal weapons to keep you and your loved ones safe:
- The StrikePen
- ViperTek Heavy Duty Stun Gun
- Devil Juice Pepper Spray
- FastStrike Tactical Whip
- Cold Steel Baseball Bat
- Monkey Fist
- Konnex ET15 Survival Shovel
- HyperWhistle Emergency Whistle
The StrikePen is a whole pocketful of EDC tools rolled into one milled aluminum package.
From the bright LED flashlight to the interchangeable tooltips. Thie StrikePen is a serious piece of survival gear.
The solid tungsten steel striker tip makes it an excellent close-quarters weapon. Plus it doubles as an emergency glass breaker!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a StrikePEN if didn’t write with a smooth black ball-tip point.
And a replacement ink cartridge is also a welcome addition.
But the bottom line is a tactical pen (like the StrikePen) is an ideal non lethal weapon.
That’s not to say it cannot kill someone if shoved into a lethal area of the human body. However, if you know how to use a tactical pen properly, it can stop an intruder in their tracks.
Hell, even if you must use it to stab an intruder in the eye, they will still likely survive the incident.
Yes, they will likely be blind for the rest of their life, but they will still be breathing.
The ViperTek produces enough electrical power to drop a large man in seconds flat.
Plus, it has extra design features such as snatch prevention.
If a threat attempts to take the device from you, the side shock plates will deliver high voltage shock. You sort of want them to try and take it from you!
The Vipertek Stun Gun also has ultra-Sharp spike electrodes. These help to penetrate thick clothing to deliver the high voltage shock with maximum impact.
It also includes an internal Rechargeable Battery. So no expensive batteries to buy and replace.
The main handle has a non-slip rubber coating to keep the device firmly in your grip.
Devil Juice Pepper Spray
Earlier this year, I read an interesting news article. It was about a man hospitalized after eating one Carolina Reaper.
It said to be the hottest chili pepper known to man – at around 2,000,000 Scoville Heat Units!
This pepper causes intense dry heaves, blinding headaches, and some near-stroke symptoms.
But what if the “pepper” in a pepper spray was that powerful?
Devil Juice is measured at 3,000,000 SHU – an astounding 50% hotter than the Carolina Reaper!
It can spray this blinding defense up to 6’ and across 120deg. Devil Juice also gives you a wide strike zone for hitting your attacker.
Good thing it comes with a safety to prevent accidental discharge in your pocket!
But The FastStrike Tactical Whip is not quite like that; it’s better!
It’s a concealable, 17” stainless steel spring cable with a solid striker.
It’s simple to use and can strike from any direction, unlike a knife with only one sharp edge.
The FastStrike’s solid grip handle makes sure the weapon stays in your hand. And the pocket clip makes it easy to attach in a pocket, purse, or backpack.
Only drawback? It doesn’t make that sweet whip-crack sound!
When checking out a strange noise in the middle of the night, there’s always a toss-up.
Do you take a flashlight or a baseball bat?
With the StrikeLight, you can avoid the question altogether and carry both!
It includes a powerful LED flashlight and multiple light modes. The best self-defense light mode being a disorienting strobe setting.
With a StrikeLight, you’ll intimate a threat and head off a more serious altercation.
If the situation goes from bad to worse, the solid aluminum construction lets you use the light as a baton.
Plus, the aggressive teeth and end points make quick work of anyone on the receiving end of your swing.
If you need a little more reach, the barrel extends another 4 inches with the twist of a wrist. That’s 4 more inches of intimidation!
Of course, a good old baseball bat is a shockingly good non lethal weapon!
While I love the look and feel of a wood bat for baseball, I don’t prefer it as a self-defense weapon. Why? Because they can splinter in two at the worst possible time – like during an attack.
The Brooklyn Crusher is made of nearly indestructible polypropylene. Plus it gives you a HUGE 29” reach.
At just over 2lbs, it’s got enough heft that anything you hit isn’t likely to come back for more.
Add barb wire to make your own better version of “Lucille” from the Walking Dead.
One of my very favorite self-defense tools is also one of the oldest – a Monkey Fist Knot.
The monkey fist surrounds a heavy ball with wraps of rope, giving you a weighted end on your line.
They’re great throwing a length of rope over a tree branch – or to make a devastating close-quarters weapon.
You can buy one pre-tied, but it’s way more fun to tie one yourself.
Plus, it’s a great skill to add to your plans and allow you to make them any weight and size you need.
All you need are:
- some 550 paracord
- a large ball bearing (or pool ball for a more dangerous option)
- a simple monkey fist jig
With these tools and a video, you can make your own Monkey Fist.
TREKOO Survival Shovel
The TREKOO is a solid survival tool, made for more than just digging ditches!
This survival shovel has tons of extra tools hidden in the handle. From a compass, a signal whistle to a Ferro rod fire striker capable of creating a shower of 3000 deg sparks.
The TREKOO Shovel blade is also sharp on one side and acts as an axe blade. This blade can even do fine detail work such as shaving kindling.
The other side holds a saw blade for large wood and other materials.
Now, I’m not saying it was designed as a self-defense weapon; it was not.But a solidly built axe/saw on the end of a stout 24” handle isn’t something I’d want anyone swinging at me!
This survival shovel is intimidating without having to use it.
And if you do land a few blows, you’re going to inflict some serious (but likely non lethal) damage.
Plus, if you’re into preparing and survival, you’ll want a survival shovel in your survival gear stash anyways.
With 142dB sound levels, The HyperWhistle is disorienting and painful in close quarters. It’s so powerful that it comes with hearing protection for the user.
Imagine trying to fight with that blowing in your ear!
Even if your attacker persists, this loud whistle will draw attention from as far as two miles away.
A survival whistle is a smart device to add to your non lethal weapons arsenal but it would be wise to have some other weapons as well.
Non Lethal Weapons Wrap Up
If you’ve made it this far into this article, you’re serious about getting a non lethal weapon. Now it’s just a matter of deciding which ones make the most sense for you.
Maybe its the StrikePen along with some self-defense classes. Classes that will teach you how to use a tactical pen most effectively.
Or maybe its the Devil Juice pepper spray you can add to your backpack or purse.
I’d even suggest you get a couple of different options and learn how to use them all. That way, an attacker will regret ever having messed with you.
But this only works if you take action. You can only improve on non lethal self-defense if you invest some non-deadly weapons today.
Ok, before you go – did we miss any non lethal weapons? Is there a new gadget that you feel should be on this list but isn’t?
Don’t keep that information to yourself, share in the comments below!