Personal Defense Products: Non Lethal Choices - The Top Three

Self-defense and personal defense are human rights that are as old as the hills, at least in free societies like ours. Ever since biblical times man has defended himself-sometimes with weapons. When you say the word 'weapons', most people think of deadly force. And indeed there are over 200 million handguns alone in the United States. But deadly force is responsible for partially spawning the idea of nonlethal choices for personal defense products and personal security products.

The idea of killing someone for stealing your purse or assaulting you not only is grossly unfair but to many it's downright repugnant. A goodly number of Americans do not believe in deadly force. Therein lies part of the success of the personal defense products and personal security products industry which has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years especially.

Here we will review the top three nonlethal choices for personal defense products that people use for self-defense, personal safety and personal security.

The first product for personal security and personal safety and the most popular personal defense product in the world is pepper spray, sometimes known as defensive spray or OC spray-OC stands for oleoresin capsicum the main ingredient in all pepper sprays. It is a derivative of one of the hottest peppers known to man and can cause some debilitating effects when sprayed in the face. It causes coughing and choking, shortness of breath, tearing of the eyes and very intense pain for as much as 45 minutes.

The usual concentration of OC is 10% but some pepper sprays have as much is 18%. The most common measurement of hotness of pepper sprays is Scoville heat units or SHUs. Most pepper sprays are in the 2 million SHU range. Fox labs pepper sprays are in the 5.3 million SHU range. They are used by almost all law enforcement agencies in the country. By comparison habanero pepper has 500,000 SHUs. Pepper sprays are on average close to 90% effective.

Stun devices are second on the list as the most popular choice for self-defense and personal security. They are hand-held devices with two or more prongs on one end that conduct an electrical charge when applied to an assailant that short-circuits the body's muscular system causing the blood sugars in the body to be depleted. The effects can last for 5 to 10 minutes with no long-lasting ill effects. Stun devices Personal Defense Products with the exception of tasers are on average 90% effective too.

Tasers are a form of sophisticated stun device that are used by over 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States. There are civilian versions of tasers, the most common of which is the C-2 taser which was developed specifically for women. Tasers are nearly 100% effective and have been shown to have more stopping power than a 9 mm handgun. They are considerably more expensive than regular stun devices. But then again how much is your life worth?

And last on the list of personal security, personal safety and personal defense products are panic alarms or personal alarms. They are small, inexpensive hand-held noisemakers that emit a loud ear-piercing sound as much is 130 dB to scare away an attacker and/or draw attention to your potentially dangerous situation.

Those are the three most popular personal defense products they can be used for self-defense, personal security and personal safety.

Article Source: Bryan J Buckner

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