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Pepper spray defense in road rage

Lance MurrayComment

Hi everyone, I think it’s amazing that using a little good OC pepper spray can quickly diffuse a possibly dangerous confrontation with an angry motorist in a road rage incident.  In about 90% of confrontations where a good OC pepper spray is used in defense, it stops the attacker long enough for you to get away and call 911 or access another form of defense that may be more lethal, but I highly recommend that you learn how to use a pepper spray as defense properly.  There are plenty of accurate training videos on line for you to check out, and the best ones are law enforcement training videos and self-defense instructor’s videos.  I offer some of the most powerful, effective and recommended pepper sprays on the market today, and some are law enforcement grade, all for purchase in my store here, so please browse and purchase the one you like now and be protected. Please check out these videos of pepper spray being used in road rage incidents.  Thank you and have a safe day.

Greetings everyone

Lance MurrayComment

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I thank you all for visiting my blog.
2017 has been an awesome year for me,
I have acquired thousands of members, and
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can purchase top quality less than lethal self defense
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years, and I hope that you have been able to use
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coming year. Stay Safe, and Happy New year.
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Women Show a Significant Increase in Purchase of Less Lethal and Self-defense Weapons

For WomenLance MurrayComment

Women’s safety has consistently been a major cause of concern for civilians.  In a bid to improve their safety, companies in the North America less lethal and self-defense weapons market provide a large array of women-specific self-defense measures in categories such as stun guns, Taser devices, lighting devices, and pepper sprays. Over the recent past, the sales of these products, especially through the female population, has increased significantly, even making it a major driver for the market.  Also, companies are working to improve the size, weight, and response time of each less lethal weapon aimed at women to improve their effectiveness and consequently, the player sales figures.

As a complementary fact to the high sales of less lethal self-defense weapons by women, the category of pepper sprays is expected to continue its lead over others in the North America less lethal and self-defense weapons market.  Pepper sprays were already the most-purchased item in this market in 2014.  Owing to the increasing female owners of less lethal weapons and the convenience of carrying and using pepper sprays as an effective deterrent, this segment is expected to retain its dominance past 2020

The North America less lethal and self-defense weapons market is not dominated by individual players.  It rather shows a list of top companies that specialize in specific less lethal weapon types, finds Transparency Market Research in a new study.  Sig Sauer, Walther, and Crosman are currently the three biggest manufacturers of air-powered less lethal weapons.  FOX Labs, MACE Security, SABRE are the leaders in pepper spray manufacture.  Force Heavens, Surefire, Streamlight, and Tigerlight are the top contenders for manufacture and sales of flashlights and others lighting devices. The Taser devices segment, on the other hand, contains TASER International, Inc. which is now Axon, as the only major player.

This information was gathered from Transparency Market Research

Guys using pepper spray for self-defense

Pepper SprayLance Murray1 Comment

Hello all you guys out there.  Even though women and criminals are the most buyers and users of pepper spray it is okay and recommended for guys to carry it too, and a lot of guys do.  From my surveys and talking to guys about less than lethal self-defense, I found that guys like to carry and use pepper sprays.  For one thing they like to carry pepper spray in their vehicle in case there is a road rage incident they won't have to use their gun unless needed.  If someone is coming at you, you can spray them through your window opening and avoid a bad interaction or a deadly event.  I carry a pepper spray in my vehicle at all times so I can be protected and deter some angry person on the road if necessary when I'm driving. Pepper sprays are rated to withstand up to 120 degrees and they won't rupture, but if you carry them in your car and you live in a hot place like Phoenix, Los Angles, and others, don't carry it in your glove box, put it in your console or somewhere in the shade down low and you’ll probably have better luck of it not bursting.

Guys also like to carry and use steel batons and tasers, so when they are walking around they have good less than lethal protection, but it's okay for you guys to carry pepper spray, either in your vehicle or on your person, they’re not just for women.  You can get some of the best pepper sprays and other less than lethal defense products at www.lessthanlethalselfdefense.com.  Have a safe day.

Shopping for a pepper spray device

Pepper SprayLance Murray2 Comments

Hi everyone,

If you have been shopping for a pepper spray device for your self-defense and you find it all confusing. Well let me try to make it a little easier to understand.

Effective range

One thing you should be looking for is how far it will shoot out, they can range from 6 feet to upwards of 20 feet or more.  This mostly depends on the size of the container (can), the larger the can, usually the greater the distance it will shoot, so If you are looking to carry one in your purse or pocket it will probably be a 2oz or 4oz size. With good 2oz size model they usually are good for 8 to 15 feet. You can get them in a spray (stream), a fogger, or a gel, the gel tends to have a greater effective range.  With a good 4oz unit it usually has a greater effective range of 15 to 20 feet and comes in a spray (stream), fogger, and gel.

Next is Strength

You want to have one that is strong and effective.

The active ingredient in pepper spray is capsaicin, which is a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, including chilis

Determining the strength of different manufacturers of pepper sprays can be confusing and difficult. Statements a company makes about their product strength are not regulated. A method using the capsaicin and related capsaicinoids (CRC) content of the product is unreliable as well, because there are six different types of capsaicinoids, causing different levels of irritation. Manufacturers do not state which particular type of capsaicinoids are used. Personal pepper sprays can range from a low of 0.18% to a high of 3%. Most law enforcement pepper sprays use between 1.3% and 2%.

 CRC does not measure the amount of OC within the formulation. Instead, CRC is the pain-producing component of the OC that produces the burning sensation.

The federal government of the United States makes no mention of Scoville heat units (SHU) or OC in their requirements, a few states within the US (Michigan with a 10% OC limit) that do mention OC limitations.

Some manufacturers may show a very high percentage of OC and, although OC is the active ingredient within the formulation, it does not indicate pepper spray strength. High OC percentage also indicates that a spray has more oil content; which, can possibly use lower grade pepper oils (but, more of it), or lower grade capsaicinoids (within the major CRCs) and also has less ability to soak and penetrate skin than a formula with a less, but higher-quality, pepper oil, because oil has hydrophobic properties.

The OC percentage measures only the amount of chili oil extract contained in the defense spray, not the strength, pungency or effectiveness of the product. Other companies may show a high SHU. The SHU is a measurement of the base resin compound and not what comes out in the aerosol. The rated irritant effect of the resin may be diluted depending on how much of it is put in the can.

“The Wildfire 18% formula is one of the hottest, and more importantly, the fastest reacting spray we’ve ever tested.  This spray immediately permeates the pores of the skin, closes the eyes, and inhibits the respiratory system.  What makes this product so effective is the purity of the pepper used in formulating this product…only food grade 3 million or 4 million scoville heat units pepper used.  


You should also know the effects, what it does.

Pepper spray is an inflammatory agent that causes immediate closing of the eyes, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and coughing.  The duration of its effects depends on the strength of the spray, but the average full effect lasts around thirty to forty-five minutes, with diminished effects lasting for hours.

I hope with this information you can understand about the pepper spray determining factors and be able to choose a good pepper spray that will help keep you safe

By Lance Murray

Tips for parents on how to prepare their kids for college

For ParentsLance Murray3 Comments

Preparing for college is a goal that both you and your child need to work towards. It’s vital that you take an active role during this process, to ensure your child succeeds! College life presents a number of new challenges for the high school graduate becoming a new college freshman. Not only will your child  be living on their own for the first time, in most cases, but they are also responsible for managing their own time and finances. At the same time, college entrance is not always a step-by-step process and students and parents must determine the steps they need to take as they go. 

If you have been asking yourself, What steps should I take next to help my child move forward?, here are 10 ways to successfully prepare your child for college:

1. Determine What Type of Education Your Child Want: Students attending college should first determine what type of education they want. The types of jobs that are available will determine which college your child chooses to attend. There are two basic types of colleges that are available, these include:

  • Community, Technical and Junior Colleges
  •  Four-year Colleges and Universities

If your child have a career in mind, be certain to research the exact course requirements that they will need to prepare for within high school as well as early in college. In addition, your child will also need to research the type of education that their chosen career will require so that they can select the appropriate type of college to attend.

2. Prepare for College Academically: While your child is still in junior high and high school, it's time to begin thinking about college and how they can prepare academically. There are numerous ways they can begin preparing early in their high school career and these include taking college-level courses and standardized tests as early as possible.

3. Selecting Colleges Successfully: The type of college your child chooses is a personal decision that is based on their individual needs and talents. When selecting colleges, it’s important that you and your child consider the following questions:

  • Why do you want to go to college?
  • What do you hope to achieve by going to college?
  • Do you have an idea of a career you would like to prepare for?
  • Do you want to stay near home, in the same state or move to a different state?
  • Do you have a preference of environment, such as urban, suburban or rural?
  • Would you be happier in a small college or large university?

4. Prepare for College Financially: There are several costs that are combined to create the final cost of college for a semester. These include:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Other course expenses

There are several ways that you can prepare for college and the first one begins by saving money as early as possible. There are several savings accounts that offer tax benefits that parents can begin early in a child's life. These include 529 College Savings Plans and many states have these available. It is also a necessity that you begin searching for scholarships that your child can apply for as soon as possible.

The FAFSA is a very important part of preparing financially for college. The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be filed online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. The FAFSA requires that you and your child have your taxes prepared as early as possible. You can begin submitting your FAFSA January 1st and the deadline is June 30th.


5. Setup A Long-Term Plan and College Checklist: By preparing for college as early as possible, you and your child should be able to set up some long-term milestones that they need to meet as they proceed through the college preparation process.


6. Apply For Colleges Effectively: Once you all narrowed down the college or colleges that you are going to apply to, you need to begin gathering some information that they will require. Applying for college is easy if you fill out your forms correctly, turn them in on time and provide them with the necessary documentation. When you apply for college you'll need to send several items with your application, including:

  1. Official High School Transcript
  2. Application Fee
  3. College Admissions Test Scores
  4. AP Exam Scores
  5. Letters of Recommendation

7. What Your Child Needs For College: If your child is going to live on campus, which is something most four year colleges and universities require for your freshmen year, they will need to bring a list of important items along with them. Here's a list of commonly needed items by first time freshmen:

  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator (small combo unit)
  • Camera
  • Radio/iPod/MP3 player
  • Cell phone
  • Computer, preferably a laptop if possible with a printer
  • 3 prong extension cords and power strips
  • Desk lamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Laundry bag, basket, soap and some rolls of quarters
  • Weather specific clothing.
  • Umbrella, raincoat, jacket, shoes, etc.
  • First aid kit with pain relievers
  • Your health insurance information
  • Iron and small ironing board
  • Bedding
  • Backpack
  • Bike with a good bike lock

8. Financial Literacy: Teaching your child how to manage their money and set a budget early in high school is important. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get your child a checking account and teach them how to make smart financial decisions. Students should also be taught about credit card debt early. If your student must have a credit card, it is vitally important that you teach them to pay off the card each month and to only use it in emergency situations.

9. Register for College: Finally, the day has come! Your child selecting which courses they want to take at their new college. First and foremost, you all will most likely need to meet with a college advisor. They will be able to guide your child as to which courses they should begin with their freshmen year. Your first semester may also be a mix of the basics that everyone has to take as well as certain courses required for your degree.

10. Developing a Graduation Plan: The most important thing once your child enters college for the first time is to prepare a 4 year graduation plan. This will ensure that they remain on track to graduation within that 4 year time period. This graduation plan should include both their short and long term goals-for college and beyond graduation.

Following these simple steps, you will be able to prepare your child for college and set them up for success, not only financially but also teach them the life skills they will need for when they are on their own at college.

About the author: As America’s Education Coach, Tanya Knight is a skilled advocate for the importance of higher education. The acclaimed author of Who Says You Can’t Go to College?, she is also an engaging public speaker and personal mentor.

A graduate of Columbia College, Tanya also holds an MBA in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Education Leadership with a focus on retention.

Tanya’s diverse client list includes high school students, adult learners, school districts, colleges, universities and Fortune 500 corporations. Each and every client receives personalized services that draw on Tanya’s extensive experience working in the fields of education and human service for more than 10 years.

This information is from;                                                                                                                   https://www.education.com/reference/article/10-ways-successfully-prepare-your-child/

By Tanya Knight

Ultimate College and Campus Safety Tips

For StudentsLance Murray2 Comments

9 Ways to Stay Safe on Your College Campus

Stay Safe on Your College Campus

If 2015 numbers are any indication, more than 20 million students in the U.S. will head to college this fall. Unfortunately, with so many students, dorm rooms, and valuables, even America’s safest college towns experience some forms of crime, including burglaries, thefts, or assaults.

While safety is a priority for most colleges, there are several additional ways you can improve your own safety and keep your belongings secure. Before heading off to college, review these nine safety tips.

1. Familiarize yourself with your school’s Campus Safety office.

Every school has a Campus Safety or security office, and part of your tuition funds it. Make the most of this resource by utilizing its services. Your college’s website likely provides information like office hours and phone number, but you can also visit in person when you arrive on campus.

Next Step: Call or visit the Campus Safety office and request information about their programs. Find out if your campus has the following services and how you can take advantage of them:

  • Blue light emergency phone stations
  • Campus escort services
  • Safety maps with suggested secure routes
  • Support for a safety app like Campus Safe

2. Take extra precaution at night.

On average, sexual assaults and other crimes are more likely to occur at night. And while you shouldn’t scare yourself into assuming danger is around every corner, you also shouldn’t take unnecessary risks, such as walking alone at night. Instead, use the buddy system or call campus security for a ride.

Next Step: Can’t avoid walking alone or heading to an unfamiliar location? Download a personal safety app, such as SafeTrek, which was developed for college students. When you walk alone, launch the app and hold your thumb down on the safe button. Once you’re safe, release your thumb and enter your pin. If you need help or are in danger, releasing the button without entering your pin will notify local police of your location.

3. Always lock up.

Just as you wouldn’t leave your house without locking the front door, don’t leave your dorm or apartment without locking up — even if you’re planning on only being gone a few minutes. If you live on the first floor, close your windows and either shut the blinds or hide your valuables in drawers any time you leave.

Next Step: Purchase a small safe or dedicate a drawer for storing your laptop, iPad, and other valuables when you’re away from your room. If you use a safe, keep it hidden in a closet. If you live on the first floor of a building, make sure your windows lock. If they don’t, you can purchase a sliding window lock (Amazon) or security bar (Amazon).

4. Maintain privacy on social media.

Social media is a great platform for connecting with friends and family worldwide or sharing updates about your life. However, with everything you post, stay aware of who else could be viewing your profile. Avoid geotagging your photos, as it reveals your location to strangers, and don’t publicly announce when you’re home alone or are leaving your home unattended.

Next Step: Review the settings on each of your social media profiles. Disable location services, make your accounts private, and think twice before sharing anything. Remember: once something gets posted on the Internet, it’s tough to remove it entirely.

For more information on keeping your accounts secure, read through our Social Media Safety Guide.

5. Be careful when getting into your car.

Most people don’t think to look in their backseat or under the car before getting behind the wheel. A predator could potentially be hiding in one of those locations, however, especially if you tend to leave your car unlocked or keep your windows rolled down. When walking to your car, approach at an angle that allows you to see around the vehicle, and check the back seat before opening the door.

Next Step: Lock your car doors and engage your car alarm every time you leave your car, even if you’re running just a quick errand. If your car doesn’t have an alarm feature, our Aftermarket Car Alarm Comparison can help you find a reliable alarm option.

6. Know where you’re going.

Whenever you set out to town or class, make sure you know where you’re heading and how to get there. Walk with confidence and avoid looking confused, even when you’re trying to navigate a new location. If you’re in an unfamiliar area, don’t use headphones or let your phone distract you, and focus on finding your destination.

Next Step: Download your campus map onto your phone and use your GPS to find popular, highly trafficked routes to get to your destination. Apps like Campus Maps can also help you find your way around your school campus. Always try to avoid walking along deserted paths, and when in doubt, stick to the routes with which you’re most familiar — even if they take a little longer.

7. Understand your campus’s and city’s crime.

The more you know about the crime in your local area, the better you can prevent similar incidents from happening to you. Most colleges and universities provide on-campus crime statistics, and several websites offer a thorough overview of a city’s crime rates, including the type of offense and specific locations where the crime occurred.

Next Step: Research your college’s reported on-campus crime by visiting the U.S. Department of Education. If you have specific concerns or questions not addressed by the site, contact your school’s Campus Safety office for more information. Use a site like City-Data.com to learn more about the crime within a particular city.

8. Learn how to defend yourself.

There’s nothing more empowering than knowing how to protect yourself physically. You’ll feel safer and more confident, especially if you live or travel alone. You don’t need a black belt in karate to master self-defense; all you need are a few classes and tips from a professional instructor. There are several types and styles of classes from which to choose, depending on your interests.

Next Step: Sign up for a self-defense class in your area, such as Krav Maga or jiujitsu. These classes are often available at colleges and gyms. If you’re feeling shy or nervous, ask a few friends to take the class with you.

9. Have safety and security supplies readily accessible.

Keeping a few safety supplies on hand can help you feel more protected. While stun guns aren’t legal in all states, less drastic self-defense products like pepper spray and mace are easier to obtain and can be just as useful. Many colleges also provide new students with whistles, which you can use to alert those nearby when you require assistance or are in danger.

Next Step: Pack your chosen safety supplies into a small kit, and fasten the kit on a key ring, lanyard, or backpack. These items should be easy to grab at any time, as they won’t do you much good if they’re buried at the bottom of your bag.

College is an incredible and rewarding experience. But as busy as you’ll be with adjusting to independence, new classes, and new friends, don’t forget to stay safe and maintain awareness. Following these nine simple steps can significantly increase your chances of having a safe and successful school year.

*SafeWise has conducted impartial research to recommend products. This is not a guarantee. Each individual’s unique needs should be considered when deciding on chosen products.

This information is from SafeWise.com                                                        By Melissa Darcey

My Defense Tool Product Evaluation

Product EvaluationLance MurrayComment

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

Product Evaluation

By: Tanco Industries LLC, Lance Murray

Email- lance@tancoindustries.com

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
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to hold on to and discreet
  • Inexpensive
  • 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

Overall summary

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 storehttps://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.


Self-Defense Lanyard Product Evaluation

Product EvaluationLance Murray2 Comments

A Lanyard keychain can be effective when used in a self defense situation. Here's my evaluation on the Hayes Innovations keychain lanyard.  

Self Defense Lanyard                                                                     

Manufacturer; Hayes Innovations

Product Evaluation by;

Lance Murray,Tanco Industries LLC

August 5, 2014


  • Fits easily in most purses
  • Durable metal latch
  • Durable nylon strap
  • Could be effective
  • Inexpensive


  • Lanyard can easily slip out of your hand or be taken away from you and be used against you
  • Can be irritating when driving if Lanyard touches your leg.
  • Limited effective range, slightly longer than arms length

Suggested improvements;

  • Make the holding end open so you can put your hand through it and hold on to it, like a dog leash.
  • Make it narrower.  It will still be strong and effective while cutting down on manufacturing cost.
  • Make it a bright color like pink so it is easier to see in your purse.
  • Add a glow in the dark strip so it is easier to locate.
  • Make it shorter and stretchable so that when you swing it in defense, it will stretch out to about 16” inches.
  • Have clasp on a swivel so that the whole thing easily moves around when storing it in your purse or pocket.
  • Add a 1”inch diameter ball with spikes on it to aid in the damaging effect given when struck with it.

Overall summary

I think this Self Defense Lanyard sent to me for evaluation by owner/developer, B. Hayes is a great product and can be effective in the prevention of an attack in a less than lethal manner when engaged by an attacker.  When used properly it is readily available for use because you usually have your keys in hand while walking to your vehicle, your home, or your office.  Swinging a bunch of keys at someone’s face and connecting will definitely get their attention and possibly give you that chance to run away, yell for help, and possibly arm yourself with some other defense weapon you may be carrying like pepper spray, firearm, or any others.  In any case one should have some kind of defense training that teaches you how to be aware and spot possible threats and how to be prepared so you can defensively react when the situation arises however, the lanyards effective range is very short being limited to your arms length plus the length of the lanyard with average length keys attached, approximately 12” inches, and can be somewhat ineffective if the assailant raises their hand or arm to block it when it is being used against them.  Overall a great product, inexpensive and easy to use, and with some minor improvements, it would be an even better one.

What is a Kubotan weapon and why it's effective

Product EvaluationLance Murray1 Comment

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.



How do you know what self defense device is best for you

Finding the Best ToolLance MurrayComment

People ask me " How do I know which self defense device is best for me"  It's easy to find out, I just have them answer a few questions;

  1. Have you ever fired a gun
  2. Have you ever taken a self defense class
  3. Have you ever been attacked
  4. Do you feel confident in your ability to defend yourself in a sudden situation
  5. Do you drink or do drugs when you go to parties
  6. Do you do a lot of outdoor activities, like hiking, biking, or walking
  7. Do you attend school
  8. Do you live, work, or attend school in a big city
  9. Are you a young or older male or female

If you answer these questions in the comment or reply box I will gladly recommend a less than lethal self-defense device that would be best suited for you along with some tips in defense for staying safe.

I look forward to your answers so I can help you decide.  Thanks for visiting my blog and stay safe.

Why do so many women wait to come forward?

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Why do so many women wait to come forward?  In October, Donald Trump’s senior campaign adviser, A.J. Delgato, told MSNBC that the women accusing the now president-elect of past assault and harassment couldn’t possible telling the truth because “these allegations are decade old.  If somebody actually did that,,, any reasonable woman would have come forward and said something.”  The same why didn’t you say something-earlier question has been asked during almost every headline-making sexual-harassment scandal.  Earlier this year it was lobbed at former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson when she complained about her then-boss, Rodger Ailes.  Paula Jones got it in 1994 about Bill Clinton.

Veiled character attacks aside, many women do, quite reasonably, assume they would come forward immediately if they were in that situation, says Louise Fitzgerald, professor emerita of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, who specializes in the psychological effects of sexual harassment,  “But that’s not what happens.”  She says.

In a landmark study published in 2001 in the Journal of Social Issues, psychologist Julie Woodzicka and Marianne LaFrance interviewed 197 women about what they would do if they were confronted with inappropriate or aggressive sexual provocation in a professional setting.  The women said that they would get angry and refuse to put up with it.  But when Woodzicka and LaFrance subjected 50 of the women to inappropriate comments in what they believed were real job interviews—the interviewer asked if they wore bras to work, if they felt they were sexually desirable—every woman, without exception sat through the interview and answered the questions.  None reported the interviewer’s behavior.  Later, they said they hadn’t been angry.  What they’d felt was fear.

“We really didn’t think the difference between their assumptions and their behavior would be so stark,” says LaFrance, a professor at Yale.  “My first response as a scientist was,  “Wow, this data is so great!’  my second thought was,  ‘Oh God, this is awful for women.’ ‘’

When the women were being harassed, their most common reaction was to smile.  It was this fake placeholder smile that they plastered on their faces, “says Woodzicka, a professor at Washington and Lee University, “and then just left there for the duration of the job interview.”

It’s like they were literally grinning and bearing it,” LaFrance says.  In a follow-up study published in 2004, the psychologist showed the footage of women’s interviews to men and women and found that men were most likely to misread the smiles as genuine.

Woodzicka and LaFrance studied only in-the-moment reactions, however.  After the incidents, Fitzgerald explains, rational considerations about whether and how to respond come into play.  A woman who’s been harassed might consider who did it and how important that person is to the company.  Will she be believed?  Can she afford to lose her job or burn a professional bridge?

Quitting is not an option for people who are living paycheck to paycheck.  But Fitzgerald says highly paid women with prestigious careers also put up with harassment, because “the higher you go up the employment ladder, the more difficult it is to find a job to replace the one you’re leaving.”

During Anita Hill’s testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee about the sexualized atmosphere she experienced while working for Clarence Thomas in the 1980’s, she was criticized for having kept in touch with him and for following him across two jobs (one ironically, at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).  You might “You might need to call on this person for references,” says Hill, now a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University.  “Unless you’re willing to explain to future employers why you’re not speaking to this person, there is an understanding that if this is someone you worked for, someone that holds a key to your future in his hands, you’re going to have to maintain some kind of relationship.

“I like to believe that now we understand these kind of situations better,” she adds.  “But people should remember that even if it takes them years, or they don’t come forward at all, that doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen.

I got the information for this post from Bloomberg Business Week Nov. issue 2016

Women military personnel get attacked and raped too

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Women in our military need protection against sexual assault too.  Although everyone goes through some defense training and know more about how to prevent a personal attack than most of us, it still can happen, and you need to be prepared.  Here's a story of a young girl that was attacked and raped on her base while doing her job.

Megan was observing the night flight operations on base one night when she realized she had been followed by an intoxicated man from the barracks. “I felt a hand on my shoulder. At first I thought it was someone I worked with...But I got turned around and thrown to the ground. I realized I was in trouble,” said Megan. “When he was done I just stayed there. I watched him walk back to the barracks. I remember sitting there thinking, what just happened? This doesn’t happen: not in the military, not in the Marine Corps, not to me.”

Megan didn’t open up about what happened to her right away. “My shop (co-workers) noticed the bruises on my thighs and arms, but I brushed it off and explained it away,” she said. “I didn’t want to be that girl. I didn’t want to be sent home,” she remembers.

In the months that followed, Megan struggled with depression and found it difficult to perform everyday tasks, even basic tasks at work. “I would sleep with my lights on, my curtains open, and my doors open. I became suicidal. I didn’t want to keep on living like this.” After a trauma like sexual assault, it’s common to experience psychological, emotional, and physical effects like sleep disturbances and suicidal thoughts. When Megan realized the severity of these effects, she knew it was time to reach out for help.

Since she enlisted in the military, sexual assault briefs had been included in regular safety trainings and meetings, so Megan knew exactly where to go when she decided to file a Restricted report. “A Restricted report is kind of like a baby-step. When you file Restricted, you can get all the medical help and mental health care you need and still remain completely anonymous. Your CO (commanding officer) won’t even know your name.” She later converted her report to “Unrestricted,” allowing an investigation to occur.

“You can push it out of your mind, but eventually the depression and the anxiety creeps up on you. So I reached out to my roommate and told her what happened.” Megan was overwhelmed by the support she received from her roommate as well as the rest of her team and command.

Today, Megan is happily married and expecting a child. She still deals with challenging days and tough memories, but she feels better equipped to handle those thanks to the mental health care she received and support from her spouse. “It took a long time for me to realize that it’s alright to feel not-okay some days. I just need to be real with myself and say, ‘Okay, today isn’t going well, what can I do to feel a little bit better?’ Sometimes it’s as easy as getting my nails done and feeling pretty—because for the longest time I didn’t even want to feel pretty.”

She proudly shares her story to let other survivors—especially those in the DoD community— know they are not alone, and that help is available. “The more I speak out, the more positive responses I get. I hear from people all the time that this happened to (their) wife, partner, or mom. It made me realize I’m not the only one with this skeleton in the closet.”

If you are a member of the DoD community and have experienced sexual assault, know that you are not alone—and support is available. Safe Helpline is a 24/7 confidential crisis service specifically designed for survivors of sexual assault in the military. Safe Helpline is free, anonymous, and secure.

I got this information from a RAINN post

Sabre Red Spitfire key chain pepper spray great for self defense

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Sabre Red Spitfire in red case

Help protect yourself with Spitfire, the most compact and fastest deploying key chain pepper spray on the market. Easy to deploy over your shoulder against a threat approaching you from behind, the spray can hit the attacker from up to 6-8 feet away. Spitfire deploys the maximum strength SABRE RED formulation in a cone delivery for approximately 8 bursts. Boasting a 4-year shelf life that's double the industry average, SABRE RED provides a much a better value. Made by SABRE.


- The most compact and fastest deploying key chain on the market. - #1 brand used by law enforcement worldwide. - Cone pattern delivery has a greater respiratory effect on the attacker. - Provides approximately 8 bursts with a range of 6-8 feet. - Size: 0.2 oz. - Red - Spitfire is refillable.

- State laws prohibit shipment of this model to the following states: AK, DC, HI, MA & NY.

I think this is a great little pepper spray unit.  It's not to big and it packs a powerful punch, even though it doesn't have a long range, I think it would be very effective. You can get this at Amazon for about $15.  You can get this at https://www.amazon.com/Sabre-SF-01-RD-US-Spitfire-Pepper-Release/dp/B008TY45LO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1474490012&sr=8-4&keywords=spitfire+sabre

The Maor Handshock self defense device

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Maor Handshock Device 

“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 seperatly. 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.

It retails for around $39 at http://www.zahal.org/products/hand-shock-self-defense-tool?path_parent=218525

Here is a video showing how to use it