There are several different kinds of less lethal weapons which can be used for protection. Whether they are used by law enforcement, or the average citizen, these weapons are not deadly, but can paralyze an attacker, giving individuals the opportunity to get free. Depending on thee type of attack, the situation, and the manner in which you want to paralyze or hinder the attacker, these are a few of the options available to you for protection.
This is possibly the most widespread less lethal agent available, which is dispersed in an aerosol form. CS, OS, or a combination of both chemical agents are the top three options available. Regardless of the intended use, the effects on attackers are the same; burning, irritation, and pain are experienced, to the membranes which are exposed to the chemical agent. The eyes are one area which you can attack, with pepper spray (OS). Other sprays can target the mouth and nose, which inhibits an attackers ability to breath.
The second option of less lethal weapons for protection are electrical weapons. Stun guns are commonly associated with this type of weapon, where the body is inhibited through the shock waves and pulsation, which paralyzes the individual being stunned. By overwhelming the normal communication between the brain and muscles, muscle contractions and pulsing are commonly associated with the stun. Tasers are similarly used, to stun and shock the attacker, allowing an individual a window of time to get away from the threat, and place themselves in a more inviting, safer location.
There are also a series of blunt force objects which can be used, as a less lethal means of protecting yourself. Blunt objects, or certain types of launchers, can keep you safe, and can temporarily paralyze or knock out an individual or an attacker, giving you a brief moment to get away and call for help. Single and multiple shot projectile weapons are available, and they can cause great bodily harm when needed for protection in a dangerous situation.
Batons, brass knuckles, or other similar blunt, or hard objects, can also cause a great deal of pain to an attacker. Whether used to attack the head or face, or other body part, with a strong enough strike, you are going to be able to injure the individual attacker to a certain degree, giving yourself an opportunity to get to a safe location if you are attacked in a dangerous location. If nothing more, it can give you a window of time to get help or call for help when needed.
Depending on the situation, the level of threat, and where you are, different weapons are going to work best as a means of protection. Just because they are non lethal weapons, does not mean they can’t help you in a dangerous situation. These are a few great examples of the different kinds of less lethal weapons which can be used to protect yourself, in a number of situations.