If you are wondering what your choices are in Self Defense Weapons much of that will depend on where you live but even in restrictive states there are still plenty of good options available to you for protection purposes.
Everyone knows the basic self defense weapons like pepper spray or stun guns but those items can be restricted where you live so be sure to check out the stun gun laws and pepper spray laws so you have a better idea of what you can purchase. If you are in a state that does not allow them there is still hope.
Personal Alarms -
These Self Defense Weapons are a great alternative should you live in a restrictive state. They are perfect for all ages including children and in fact, it is highly recommended to teach your children to carry and use one should some stranger try to grab or hurt them.
What they do is drop and start kicking, screaming and firing off the personal alarm which is usually 110-130db and will grab some attention and hopefully scare off the creep. This holds true for anyone of any age or sex really. All you do is pull the pin out of it to make the device start screaming for help. Even if your attacker grabs it from you he won't be able to turn it off without putting the pin back in it and by that time you should be gone!
Personal alarms are inexpensive and easy to use and carry so it really is something you should consider carrying all the time. Besides helping to scare off an attacker it can be used to signal for help when lost or stranded in the woods when camping or hiking. There are tons of situations where having 130 decibels of screaming alarm can come in handy and I bet you can too. Definitely worth a look.
Retractable Steel Batons -
These Self Defense Weapons are not able to be sold, carried or possessed by any resident of California. For the rest of us, although you still want to talk to local law enforcement before you carry one on your person or in your vehicle, these devices are great to have on hand when needed.
For you to use retractable batons all you do is flick your wrist or swing your arm down towards the ground if doing a wrist flip and at a downward angle if doing an arm swing.
Once the Retractable Baton is open it should lock allowing you to use it to jab them in the body or even an eye. This is also handy should you ever become trapped or come across someone trapped in a car with the windows up and need it get the window broke quickly. A steel baton will make quick work of this for you.
You can find and buy retractable batons online for an average of $19-199.00. This of course varies with size (standard sizes are 16, 21 or 26 inch) and with the manufacturer as with some you pay for the name but is definitely a worthy Self Defense Weapon.
These little keychain Self Defense Weapons
are often misspelled kubatons since they are essentially little batons. The are often made from various types of metals and from different types of wood including bamboo and even compostire materials and plastics. Depending on the type you choose they can vary drastically in weight and durability.
Kubotans usually are only around $5-10.00 and can be found all over including the internet. With this or any other type of weapon it doesn't hurt to consult your local police prior to purchase to ensure you can legally carry one of these items on your keychain.
To use you can hold it like a handle and use it to turn your keys into a mace essentially and you would use it to swing at your attacker to get them to back off and leave. You can also use them to jab at an attacker that grabs you from behind and has his arm around your neck or mouth. In that circumstance as in most, aim for the groin if possible but the face is good too!
A Kubotan can also be used to help get you out of a car that is maybe upside down, on fire or even submerged. It can be used to help break out a window and get you free.
For five to ten dollars it is more than worth the money costs to get one as it is for all of the other Self Defense Weapons mentioned here. No matter which you choose you should at least choose one!