Recently, I introduced a couple of options for women's concealed carry (and for anyone looking into CCW), but the focus was centered around less-than-lethal options. However, there are circumstances where it may not be possible to prevent escalating a conflict to the life-threatening level. In these situations, a potentially lethal option may better suit one's defensive needs. In this video, I introduce two potentially lethal self defense options for concealed carry.
1. Pocket knife.
There are tons of different styles of pocket knives that may be used for self defense. They may vary in blade, grip, deployment method, locking mechanism, and method of carry. The knife blade itself may vary in blade steel, blade shape, coating, serrations, or blade length. The grip may vary in material or shape. The deployment method may utilize different styles of assisted or unassisted open. The clip may be capable for alteration or fixed for tip up or tip down carry, or for right or left handed use.
Here is an example:
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D2 steel, drop point blade, Cerakote coating, plain edge, 3.82" blade length
G10 grip, ergonomic for traditional or reverse grip
Unassisted, thumbstud deployment
Axis locking mechanism
Tip up carry, adjustable for right or left hand
Effective range for a pocket knife is on contact. Advantages: there are a plethora of options so a user may choose a knife (or multiple knives) customized for their specific preferences, easily concealed, relatively inexpensive, no ammunition needed. Disadvantages: limited range.
Handguns, whether revolver or semiauto, provide a distance option for deterring threats. They can vary in feeding method (revolving cylinder, removable box magazine, or breech loading), caliber, and size depending on the operator's preferences. Even within a caliber, the bullet and amount of gunpowder in the cartridge can vary, altering a firearm's ballistic performance. Effective self defense range is, on average, from 0-25yds (depending on caliber, and operator skill) Advantages: functional at short or long range, higher capacity allows for defense against multiple attackers, threat of mortal injury serves as a force multiplier for those defending against a stronger attacker, or against multiple assailants. Disadvantages: expensive, ineffective after ammo is depleted, high potential for danger for untrained operators, less easy to conceal than the other options (and, generally speaking, smaller firearms concede either caliber size, ammo capacity, or both).
Knives, especially folding knives, are easy to conceal under most circumstances due to their small size. The variety in option for handle material, blade steel, shape, edge, and more makes it easy to acquire a blade for various purposes. As an edged tool, a blade can serve for practical purposes as well as self defense. But their small size makes it feasible to carry more than one knife at a time, if the desire is to keep separate blades for separate tasks. However, pocket knives offer an edge in melee combat. So, to use them effectively, one must be within contact range. Anatomically, women are smaller and less muscular than males. So, in physical conflict, women have a distinct natural disadvantage, and wielding a knife may not be enough of an advantage to counter the natural discrepancies between body type. In this situation, a firearm serves as a force multiplier. This type of tool allows a (smaller) female to defend herself effectively against a (larger) male attacker. A firearm's ammunition capacity also helps an individual to better their odds in surviving a self-defense encounter against multiple assailants.
When I introduced the topic of concealed carry, many who posted comments on the videos expressed that they only carry one option for self defense, and that generally, it was a potentially lethal tool. Considering that I carry several options of both less-than- and potentially lethal, I was curious what your opinions were on the subject. Do you carry less-than-lethal, potentially lethal, or a combination of the two? Buy Exclusive FoD Art Here: http://bit.ly/FODPICS PASSWORD: Destinee