I believe that most people put in the wrong situation under dire circumstances are more than likely going to look for ways to defend themselves from violence. You may not be a gun owner and you may not carry a knife on you either. Heck, you may have both but just be caught off guard during an attack.
However, there are other things that can defend you beyond what you may think. As a great example, anyone can carry a flashlight pretty much anywhere, and no one’s going to bat an eyelash at it, no one’s going to think twice about it. Sure, you can’t bring a gun or even a knife into certain places but nobody cares about a flashlight.
Flashlights don’t even have to be used as a physical weapon. You can use them to distract the threat. A quick flash to the eyes will stun anyone for at least a second and makes the statement that you are not to be messed with.
A few second could be all you need to start putting distance between you and the threat. That little split second could be the opportunity that I needed to do the minimal amount of violence to end the situation.
We need to remember that if you’re like me, and you feel like you’re a person who’s prepared, I never really want to be in those scenarios. But if someone else chooses to make decisions that puts me in a confrontational scenario, my choice is to win. My choice is to live. My choice is to take care of mine. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I need to be a bad guy.
If I can get away from something without ever having it become a physical thing, I’d be happy. I’m totally fine with those sorts of things because the best answer is always to not get involved in the physical dustup. It’s much better to not take the chances of what could happen on the slightest little mistake here or there. And anytime you involve yourself with another human being in a physical fight, you’re taking big chances, whether you realize it or not. It doesn’t matter size age or gender. Anyone can really hurt anybody, and you have no idea what people are capable of until it’s too late.
So if I can use my flashlight to distract you, and get away from you, all the better. I win! I would much rather get away of danger than have to fight, but maybe that’s just me. Speaking for fighting with a flashlight…There are a lot of different ways to use a skeletonized aluminum piece of metal, and use it as a minor weapon. But for now, I will give you my top recommendation.
If you’re holding a flashlight with an end cap activation, it will feel natural in the hand. You can keep your thumb away from it and keep the activators in sight. Holding it this way also adds weight and mass to your hand while protecting it. In the event that you have to strike someone, you can choose to do an overhead strike, like a hammer, or throw a regular straight punch. The extra mass, weight, and hardness in my hand will make any strike much more aggressive.
That’s our first lesson about flashlights and how you can use them in a defensive mode as well as it just being the most generalized tool that you have in any kind of emergency kit. It’s something you’re generally going to have with you in one way or another
That’s our first lesson about flashlights and how you can use them in a defensive mode as well as it just being the most generalized tool that you have in any kind of emergency kit. It’s something you’re generally going to have with you in one way or another!
Personally, I love my Emergency Baton made by Steel River. These guys made a police-inspired baton that has a built in LED flashlight. The lights are very bright and will easily stun anyone eyes if shown right in their face. The grip of the baton gives me the confidence that I could swing it at full force against any threat.
I recommend you check out theirs if you are in the market! Since you are coming from my blog too, you’ll probably get a special discount from them.