Product Reviews and Video Demonstrations
Lance Murray reviews products on a regular basis and shares some of what he finds here to further clarify use of self-defense products.
Taser Bolt or C2
A Taser or conducted electrical weapon (CEW) is an electroshock weapon sold by Axon. It fires two small dart-like electrodes, which stay connected to the main unit by conductors, to deliver electric current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles causing "neuromuscular incapacitation". Someone struck by a Taser experiences extreme pain and over-stimulation of sensory nerves and motor nerves, resulting in strong involuntary muscle contractions. Tasers will incapacitate, not just cause pain compliance, and are thus preferred by some law enforcement over non-Taser stun guns and other electronic control weapons, which, like a Taser when used solely in "Drive Stun" mode, can only do the latter.
Some Taser models, particularly those used by police departments, also have a "Drive Stun" capability, where the Taser is held against the target without firing the projectiles, and is intended to cause pain without incapacitating the target. "Drive Stun" is "the process of using the EMD (Electro Muscular Disruption) weapon [Taser] as a pain compliance technique. This is done by activating the Taser and placing it against an individual's body. This can be done without an air cartridge in place or after an air cartridge has been deployed.
The Taser fires two small dart-like electrodes, which stay connected to the main unit by conductive wire as they are propelled by small compressed nitrogen charges. The cartridge contains a pair of electrodes and propellant for a single shot (or three shots in the X3 model) and is replaced after each use. There are a number of cartridges designated by range, with the maximum at 35 feet (10.6 m). Cartridges available to non-law enforcement consumers are limited to 15 feet (4.5 m). The electrodes are pointed to penetrate clothing and barbed to prevent removal once in place. Earlier Taser models had difficulty in penetrating thick clothing, but newer versions (X26, C2) use a "shaped pulse" that increases effectiveness in the presence of barriers.
A Kubotan is a pressure point weapon, a self-defense keychain weapon developed by Sōke Takayuki Kubota in the late 1960s. It is typically no more than 5.5 inches long and about half an inch in diameter. The material is usually of a hard high-impact plastic. The body of the Kubotan is lined with six round grooves with a screw eye or swivel and split ring attachment at one end for keys. The Kubotan keychain was originally based on a small bamboo weapon called the “hashi stick”, an invention by Kubota’s father Denjiro. Its popularity grew in 1969 to 1970s when Kubota, at the request of Senator Edward M. Davis then former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, created the weapon and began training female officers in its application. It is often touted as extremely effective in breaking the will of unruly suspects with painful locks and pressure point strikes. Because of this, the Kubotan is also sometimes dubbed the ‘instrument of attitude adjustment’.
The principal targets in self-defence include bony, fleshy and sensitive parts such as knuckles, forearms, the bridge of the nose, shins, stomach, solar plexus, spine, temple, ribs, groin, neck and eyes. The Kubotan is usually held in either an icepick grip (for hammerfist strikes) or forward grip (for stabbing, pressure point attacks and seizing). Common uses include hardening the fist for punching, attacking vulnerable parts of an assailant’s body, and gaining leverage on an assailant’s wrist, fingers and joints. As a pressure point weapon it can attack any point a finger can, but with greater penetration because of the smaller surface area at the ends. A typical pain compliance technique involves seizing an attacker’s wrist and sealing both hands around it with the length of the Kubotan laid across the radius bone. Downward squeezing pressure is then applied to the bone to take down the attacker.
The Kubotan may appear as an innocuous key fob to the untrained eye. In some cases however it may be recognized and considered an offensive weapon in some jurisdictions. In the United States there are few legal restrictions on Kubotans, with the notable exception that they are prohibited as carry-on items for air travellers. Improvised versions of the Kubotan can be readily found and put to use. Because a Kubotan is just a rod of a hard material, any restrictive regulation would most likely be ambiguous and undefined due to the ability for any common item to be used in a kubotan-like fashion. In this respect, the Kubotan can be substituted by everyday items such as hairbrushes, pens, markers, flashlights, small wooden dowels and even electronic cigarettes. A Kubotan weapon can be a good choice for you, especially if you usually have it in your hand, ready to use at any time, but it is a short effective distance of your arms length, meaning that you have to be in contact of your assailant in order for it to work, you can’t throw it and expect it to be of any effectiveness. If you decide to carry a Kubotan and plan to use it for your defense then you’ll have to practice using it and should take a self defense class. This is very important because taking a self defense class will help you to know how to react correctly when the time comes, therefore you will have greater success at defending yourself and getting away. There a lot of video’s out there for you to watch but actually taking a class and practicing is best. Check out this video, it’s one of many that will give you an idea of what it will do when used properly.
Remember to be aware of your surroundings and look in peoples eyes, that will help a lot. Thank you for visiting my blog and stay safe.
My Defense Tool
I like this less than lethal self defense tool. It’s easy to use and to wear and I got a good response from people that checked it out and carried for a few days. I did a full product evaluation on it and here it is.
My Defense Tool self-defense device
Owner/Inventor- John Graden
By: Tanco Industries LLC, Lance Murray
December 28, 2016
Made of durable plastic
Comfortable adjustable elastic strap
Can be an effective tool to fend off an attacker
Fits easily in most purses, handbags, and pockets
Easy to hold on to and discreet
Can take on plane when traveling
Easy to use
Can wear on hand and still use your hand to do tasks
Has DNA and fiber collection capabilities on the tip
Short effective range (arm’s length)
Not easily located in purse, when dark out
The tip is not very pointed making it less effective than it can be
Instruction booklet does not give enough information. It should guide you to the demonstration video on your website, and you should firmly suggest that people get some kind of self-defense training, which is very important for learning how to react if the situation arises where you are attacked, and practice using it
When worn by a large handed person, the tip barely sticks out and may be less effective
It has only one contact area to use in defense (the tip)
Has attractive packaging box that is recyclable, easy to read, and easy to open
Suggestions for improvement
Make the device tip longer
Make the light grey area with name on it glow in the dark so that it is easily located in purse/handbag
Have a pointed tip located at the top (other side) with a small platform protruding from the side for your thumb to hold on to for more options of defense, because most attacks are from behind, using their arm or arms around your neck or body, you could use the other end to poke and stab also
Your training video should have a woman demonstrating its use on a man or dummy, not just a commentary
This device was sent to me by John Graden for evaluation. I think this less than lethal self-defense device is an inexpensive and effective weapon if you know how to use it, have a little self-defense training and can be aggressive in an attack. I gave it to a female friend for a few days, age approximately 65, which goes out for walks in the evening, and she said that she liked it. She stated that it feels good, it’s discreet and easy to put on and still be able to use her phone, and she felt better about being able to protect herself. Because most women are delicate and not very aggressive, and freeze or freak out if they get attacked, they need to have some defense training to be more confident in how to use this type or any type of weapon. This type of weapon can be considered a type of Kubotan weapon, and your training should include how to use it on pressure points also, which can be very effective and take little effort. I recommend this device because it is easy to use, its discreet, inexpensive, and can do what it is intended to do.
You can get this at my online store https://www.lessthanlethalselfdefense.com/ where you can also find some of the best less than lethal self defense products and helpful information, so please check it out, have a great day, and stay safe.
It retails for around $39 at http://www.zahal.org/products/hand-shock-self-defense-tool?path_parent=218525
Maor Hand-Shock Tool
“Hand-shock” is a tool intended as an aid to self-defense which was developed in the framework of the “Maor Self-Defense” system. It is intended to serve as an aid in stress situations such as assault, attempts kidnapping, attempted rape and other crimes of violence.
In such situations, the attacked person will look for something from the environment, which might be of use as a weapon – such as a stone, stick, bottle, keys etc.; these might be of some use but are definitely not an optimal solution. Some people carry with them weapons such as brass knuckles, nunchakus, switchblades and the like. These are liable to cause permanent injury, which may be irreversible, and which could expose the user to litigation by the assailant. A further disadvantage is, that they are not convenient to carry around, and thus may not be available in case of need. Hand-shock is able to overcome most of these disadvantages by its properties.
Firstly, it is small and lightweight. It may be easily carried in the pocket or a purse, as it is of the size of a hand, and of low weight. Secondly, while it reinforces the actions of the user’s hand (and protects his/her fingers), it does not cause permanent damage, but mainly instant pain – a kind of brief shock. Third, it does not drop from the hand, when that is opened in order to grasp or push the assailant. Fourth, it does not require long and complex training; a brief basic training enables the user to make use of the tool while carrying out instinctive or other self-defense moves which he would do anyway.
Length: 14 cm.
Width: 7.5 cm.
Thickness: 1.5 cm.
Weight: 150 gram
Material: Rigid plastic
Hand-Shock Sheath sold separately. Fits 40mm belt. Made from Kydex by Front-Line Ltd. Israel.
I think this weapon is a good choice because if used properly it can stop an attack simply by applying pressure to certain pressure points. Using pressure points to disable a person has been done for years, and it works, plus there are no moving parts to fail or pepper spray that once used it’s done. When you get one, be sure to watch the video on how to use it and practice it a couple times.