There is one tool that I always carry and it is something I believe you should carry too. This surprising tool has multiple functions and can be used to complete everyday tasks but can also be used as an effective protective device. It is not a firearm or a knife. It is a tactical pen.
Why carry a tactical pen instead of a knife or a firearm? Here is my rationale: The aforementioned weapons should be trained with as often as possible so you can avoid injuring yourself or others. People who buy and carry firearms and knives but never train with them are extremely dangerous people. The tactical pen allows you carry a tool that can be used for routine activities (like taking down notes, signing checks, etc.) or as an effective weapon. Tactical Pen's come in many forms, shapes, sizes, and even colors. They are extremely easy to personalize and will last you a long time. They are also extremely cost effective compared to many knives. My tactical pen is pictured above. It is a black Smith and Wesson pen. Some tips on tactical pens:
1) Train with them! Hold them in your hands often and see how the grips feel. Hold it in every possible way you can think of so you can find the most optimal grips. Some grips will be obvious, others not so obvious. Experiment so you can discover which grips feel good for you. Grip is vital in actually utilizing the weapon and the time to discover the best grip is not when the attacker is bearing down on you. Discover it now.
2) Practice drawing it from the place you wear it. If you place it in your pocket and then get attacked sitting down, that is a bad time to discover you cannot deploy your pen. Practice drawing it from standing, sitting and lying down (face down, face up and on both sides). Just as grip is vital so to is the ability to draw and deploy the weapon. It will do you little good if you cannot access it so practice drawing often.
In summation, I advocate the pen largely because it is more difficult for you to injure yourself than it is with a firearm or knife. Also, not all situations warrant a knife or firearm. The litigation that will ensue when you stab or shoot someone can also be avoided if you have other weapons to call upon. In other words, if a firearm is your only option and you shoot someone unnecessarily because you had no other options, you could face serious legal (not to mention moral) ramifications. The tactical pen is a great tool to add to your daily carry items for that reason. It gives you more options.
In addition, there are many places you cannot legally carry firearms or knives. Knives are also subject to varying laws regarding their length, method of deployment, etc. There are no such restrictions with the pen. You can carry it virtually* anywhere and are thus always armed. The pen may not look like much but having been on the receiving end of the tactical pen before, I can tell you from experience that it can inflict immense pain if you choose to do so.
Even former CIA Officer, Jason Hanson, founder of http://spyescapeandevasion.com/ carries tactical pens. He is someone who has lived the life of a warrior and he knows the value of the tactical pen. Does he advocate firearms and knives too? Of course. However, he understands the value of having weapons like the tactical pen for situations where it is not legal to carry firearms (and the other situations I already mentioned). I encourage you to visit his website as he has many outstanding resources for citizens who are concerned about protecting themselves. He is able to offer a different perspective as I have not served in the CIA. Warriors gather the best information from many sources, from many teachers. Do this.
If you have any more questions about tactical pens email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live in the Battleground,
*I say virtually so that I will not have people mad at me when they discover the one place you can't carry them. I have yet to travel to a place that won't allow them but that does not mean those places don't exist. Ultimately, it is up to you to do your own due diligence when it comes to carrying any weapon.
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