For most of us, there isn’t a day that goes by where we’re not behind the wheel or in the passenger seat of a vehicle.
All wrapped up in our “steel cocoons”, one would assume that it’s a virtual safe-zone to get from Point A to Point B, right?
According to the Department Of Justice, the last several years have seen a spike in the number of assaults in and around vehicles.
Whether it’s a criminal carjacking… “road rage” attack… or the out-of-control hot-head whose parking space you mistakenly grabbed at the grocery store, it’s a scary reality for today’s “sheepdog” protector that you MUST be prepared to defend yourself from threats like these.
Obviously, if you can drive away from the problem, that’s your best bet, right?
But if you’re boxed in by other vehicles, surrounded by other people, or simply can’t smash the gas pedal into the middle of a busy intersection without causing a 50-car burning inferno, you may be forced to fight back.
Other than keeping your windows closed, your doors locked, and (legally) carrying a firearm…
Here Are 3 Unique “Vehicle-Defense Weapons” You Should Keep In Your Car Or Truck – That AREN’T A Gun…
Now don’t get me wrong…
Of course I’m a big supporter of responsibly arming yourself with a firearm and a knife to protect yourself in public.
But let’s face it… not everyone “carries”, and not every attack requires a lethal response.
Here are some unique alternatives that work extremely well for personal- and vehicle-defense…
This was a trick I learned while living in a rural area of New Mexico that was heavily-populated with competing gangs… and virtually NO police response!
In fact, I’ve literally had stand-offs with as many as 5 vicious gang-members outside of my home when they’ve tried to “tag” my property with their gang signs – or party outside my home in the middle of the night.
Yes, I was armed when I went out to ask them to (not so politely) “move on”… but I never had to even draw my weapon.
All I needed to do was flash my LED tactical flashlight into their eyes and believe me, it took the fight right out of them.
Because they couldn’t see that my other hand was on my weapon… but they knew that someone this “prepared” could spell D.A.N.G.E.R. (even D.E.A.T.H.), and they backed off.
So, if you see someone approaching your vehicle, don’t be afraid to grab a high-power tactical light and stop them right in their tracks with a spotlight straight to their eyes… and yell at them to “STOP RIGHT THERE!”.
Bubba’s “Thug Thumper”
Another “weapon” I’ve kept in my vehicle is some type of baton or club to use as an impact weapon.
Now, I regularly carried an expandable baton for my security and bodyguard details, but for vehicle defense, I found that there just wasn’t enough room inside my truck to flick it open to use it as a weapon.
I needed an alternative and that’s when a “trucker” friend of mine, Bubba (yup!), told me about the “tire thumper”.
This kinda looks like a sawed-off baseball bat and is commonly used to check tire pressure.
But it’s just as commonly known among long-haul truckers as a powerful weapon to have on hand as they’re walking around their rigs in the dark of night at a truck stop.
(Oddly, they even make “holsters” for these things!)
For you, you can “jab” an attacker’s face if he was trying to reach inside your window – or pop someone on the shin or side of their leg to send them to the ground, writhing in pain.
By far, one of my favorite weapons to carry in my vehicle has always been a “stun gun shocker”…
If you’ve ever been shocked by an outlet (or forgot to unplug the toaster as you tried to fish out that damned corner of bread that broke off), then you already know what an electrical shock feels like.
But at only 110 or 120 volts, it’s really not that damaging.
Currents greater than 500 volts are considered “high-voltage” and are more likely to cause electrical burns, internal injuries, and even cardiac arrest.
Now – for a stun gun – multiply that by 20 TIMES!
A 10,000 volt hand-held “stun gun” will make even the biggest, baddest thug poop his pants and back off with a yelp.
Where To Position Your “Vehicle Defense” Weapons For Fast, Easy Access…
Now I used to carry all of these in my vehicle at once and had them stashed in different locations I could easily reach depending on the situation.
… my high-power flashlight was usually inside my driver-side door compartment so I could reach down with my left hand to grab it quickly…
… my “thug thumper” was kept on the floor, in between the right side of my seat and my center console so I could reach down to grab it if someone was trying to get through my window…
… and I wedged my “stun gun” into one of those weird cubby holes in my center console area
Ok, I recognize this may be over-kill for a lot of people… but watching the images of the BLM riots and seeing innocent drivers being stopped at protester-made “check-points” made me realize that any ONE of these weapons could come in handy if my family and I were ever stopped and surrounded by a mob – or even a grabby panhandler or carjacker.
It’s good to have options to be able to use all three of the weapons, depending on the situation.
Eventually, I switched over to a 10,000 volt, “shockwave torch” baton with a built-in LED spotlight in it.
I still had the light to shine in an aggressor’s eyes in order to blind them and get them to think twice…
… but since the shockwave torch baton would already be in my hand, it gave me much further distance to “zap” them with if needed, and the added feature of a “spikey” tip that magnified the impact if I needed to use it as an impact weapon.
Positioning it was easy too…
Instead of having weapons littered all over my truck, I just keep it at-the-ready, right next to my driver side door where it’s super handy…
… BUT no one can see that I’m “armed” from either side of the vehicle if they’re looking in.
However you load out your rig… it’s always good to have options and think about ways that you can have these powerful “back up weapons” readily available to defend yourself when needed.