I was recently talking to a man who was telling me the story about his black eye. He had been walking down a street in the early afternoon when two men came up behind him quickly and began to harass him. Before he knew it, he was clocked in the face and his wallet and phone were stolen. He goes on to tell me “I just wasn’t prepared, and I should have been.”
Being a victim of a violent crime is more of a common occurrence than some people think. What we do to prepare ourselves on a reasonable level can be the difference between victim or defender.
To be even more prepared, here is a quick list of 4 items you can easily carry with you each day. They don’t take up much space, and each has their own advantages.
1) Your Firearm
Did you guess that I’d start with this? My firearm is always with me wherever I go. I make sure to practice with it often, and trust it’s reliability to work if ever needed. My setup consists of a Glock 27 (sometimes a Glock 23) loaded with Hornady Critical Defense rounds, and rides in an Alien Gear IWB Holster.
2) Tactical Pen
If you aren’t sure what a tactical pen is, do yourself a favor and Google them. These nifty devices fit in your pocket and offer you not only a strong instrument to defend yourself against an attacker, but also a pen to write with.
3) Pocket Knife
When I was a kid, my Grandfather showed me the value of carrying a pocket knife with me at all times. We would use it everyday, and I still do. Although my knives have changed over the years, there is rarely a single day where it doesn’t come in handy.
4) Paracord Monkey Fist
Some will tell you you’re nuts, I will tell you that you’re awesome. The Paracord Monkey Fist is something that can break bones and get you away from trouble. It simply consists of a ball bearing wrapped in paracord. Many are set up to be used with your key-chain, making it even easier to carry around with you.
Before you go out and buy any of these items, make sure that they’re legal in your area. Some localities do not allow some of these. Do your research before you spend the money.