13 Best Personal Defense Equipment

List Updated January 2021

Bestselling Personal Defense Equipment in 2021


Pepper Defense (Pack of 2 10% OC Pepper Spray, Pink - Quick-Fire Finger Grip Holster - Max Strength Police Grade - Emergency Non Lethal Weapon for Personal Safety and Protection

Pepper Defense (Pack of 2 10% OC Pepper Spray, Pink - Quick-Fire Finger Grip Holster - Max Strength Police Grade - Emergency Non Lethal Weapon for Personal Safety and Protection
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Maximum strength Police Grade pepper spray formula contains 10% Pepper & UV Dye to Mark Attacker for Police ID - Includes two pink pepper spray units
  • Protect yourself and your loved ones in style with the brand trusted since 1991 by law enforcement agencies across the U.S.
  • Up to 10 one-second shots & 10 ft. range - Fires in a powerful cone-shaped stream for optimal attacker facial coverage & reduced blowback to user
  • Pink leatherette quick-fire finger grip holster features a safety lock - No need to unsnap holster to fire
  • 4-year shelf life guarantee - Our pepper spray is shipped fresh with maximum shelf life.

Mace Brand Police Strength Pepper Spray Pepper Gun 2.0

Mace Brand Police Strength Pepper Spray Pepper Gun 2.0
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • The Mace Brand pepper gun is refillable. The OC pepper spray is contained in a cartridge that may be replaced when empty
  • LED strobe light
  • Integrated Picatinny rail allows you to attach accessories
  • Upto 20-ft range
  • Stream pattern spray

SABRE Red Pepper Spray & Personal Alarm Safety Kit - Police Strength Pepper Spray & LOUD 120 dB Keychain Personal Alarm

SABRE Red Pepper Spray & Personal Alarm Safety Kit - Police Strength Pepper Spray & LOUD 120 dB Keychain Personal Alarm
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • POWERFUL PROTECTION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS-Have the most powerful pepper spray available in your grasp, coupled with an attention-grabbing 120 dB alarm both from the industry's most trusted source
  • PROTECTION AGAINST MULTIPLE THREATS AT A SAFE DISTANCE-SABRE Pepper spray contains 25 bursts (up to 5x other brands) at up to 10 feet (3 m) away
  • AMPLIFIES YOUR CALL FOR HELP-120 dB, re-usable, dual siren alarm calls for assistance in an emergency and can even help deter & frighten off an attacker. Simply pull & replace keychain pin to turn on/off
  • EASY ACCESS, EASY-TO-USE ON-THE-GO SAFETY-Attach to your keys, bag, or backpack and be prepared to defend yourself and alert others should danger occur
  • GREATER VALUE-Get both great personal security tools with this convenient combo pack, two great personal security tools for one low price

SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray - Police Strength - Compact Size with Clip (Max Protection - 35 shots, up to 5x's more)

SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray - Police Strength - Compact Size with Clip (Max Protection - 35 shots, up to 5x's more)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • MAXIMUM STOPPING POWER - Max strength formula is backed by our in-house HPLC laboratory - guarantees max stopping power, eliminate the 30% failure rate noted with other pepper spray brands (Univ of Utah study); + UV marking dye helps suspect ID
  • #1 PEPPER SPRAY BRAND TRUSTED BY POLICE AND CONSUMERS WORLDWIDE - Including New York, Chicago PD, Los Angeles County Sheriff's & U.S. Marshals; Made in the U.S.A. and ISO 9001:2008 certified with a 4-year shelf life from the date of manufacture
  • PROTECTION AT A SAFE DISTANCE AGAINST MULTIPLE THREATS - Impressive 10-foot (3M) range; 35 bursts (up to 5x other brands) in a powerful stream delivery to reduce wind blowback. More bursts mean you can engage more targets from farther away
  • EASILY ACCESSIBLE - Ideal for non-key chain users, clips easily and securely on belt, pocket, or inside backpack or purse. Twist lock safety top prevents accidental discharge.
  • FREE TRAINING VIDEO - packaging includes link to free training video, ensuring you are prepared on how to use your SABRE Pepper Spray, in addition to publicly available safety tips on our blog. This item is not for sale in some states

SABRE RED Kuros! Pepper Spray—Police Strength—Aqua Key Case with Quick Release Key Ring, 25 Bursts & 10-Foot (3 m) Range

SABRE RED Kuros! Pepper Spray—Police Strength—Aqua Key Case with Quick Release Key Ring, 25 Bursts & 10-Foot (3 m) Range
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021

SABRE Red Key Case Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring - Police Strength - 25 Bursts & 10-Foot (3m) Range with Practice Spray Option

SABRE Red Key Case Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring - Police Strength - 25 Bursts & 10-Foot (3m) Range with Practice Spray Option
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • MAXIMUM STOPPING POWER - Maximum strength formula is backed by our in-house high performance liquid chromatography laboratory which guarantees maximum stopping power, eliminating the 30% failure rate experienced with other brands (Univ of Utah study)
  • #1 BRAND TRUSTED BY POLICE AND CONSUMERS WORLDWIDE - Including New York, Chicago PD, Los Angeles County Sheriff's & U.S. Marshals; made in the U.S.A. and ISO 9001:2008 certified with a 4-year shelf life from the date of manufacture
  • PROTECTION AT A SAFE DISTANCE AGAINST MULTIPLE THREATS - Impressive 10-foot (3M) range; 25 bursts (up to 5x other brands) in a powerful stream delivery to reduce wind blowback); plus UV marking dye aids in suspect identification
  • EASILY ACCESSIBLE - Quick Release Key Ring provides access to spray when keys are in ignition or lock while the locking top safety helps prevent accidental discharge; finger grip enhances aim and product retention
  • FREE TRAINING - Packaging includes link to free training video in addition to publicly available safety tips on our blog

VIPERTEK VTS-989-58 Billion Heavy Duty Stun Gun - Rechargeable with LED Flashlight

VIPERTEK VTS-989-58 Billion Heavy Duty Stun Gun - Rechargeable with LED Flashlight
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021

SABRE Red Runner Pepper Gel - Police Strength w/ Adjustable Hand Strap (Max Heat w/ 35 Bursts) – Comes w/ Optional SABRE Personal Alarm w/ Clip & LED Light (120dB Alarm-Heard up to 600’, 185 m Away)

SABRE Red Runner Pepper Gel - Police Strength w/ Adjustable Hand Strap (Max Heat w/ 35 Bursts) – Comes w/ Optional SABRE Personal Alarm w/ Clip & LED Light (120dB Alarm-Heard up to 600’, 185 m Away)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021

Tactical Flashlight 1000 lumens?Waterproof Military LED 5 mode Handheld Flashlight Torch with Attack Head and Audible Alarm Tail Design for Defense or Emergency

Tactical Flashlight 1000 lumens?Waterproof Military LED 5 mode Handheld Flashlight Torch with Attack Head and Audible Alarm Tail Design for Defense or Emergency
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021

Ninja Personal Defense Spike Black

Ninja Personal Defense Spike Black
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • A) Overall Length: 9 inch
  • B) Stainless Steel Blade
  • C) Item Includes: nylon sheath with Belt Carrying Pouch.

Non Lethal Self Defense Weapon - Easy to Conceal Carry or Hide - Perfect for Women and Men - Extended Striking Distance - Light Weight - Better Option Than Knives Guns Stun Guns By Fast Strike Defense

Non Lethal Self Defense Weapon - Easy to Conceal Carry or Hide - Perfect for Women and Men - Extended Striking Distance - Light Weight - Better Option Than Knives Guns Stun Guns By Fast Strike Defense
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021
  • NON LETHAL SELF DEFENSE WEAPON WITH INCREDIBLE STRIKING SPEED: This flexible Whip is easy to conceal and carry. Lightweight and so compact that it will clip on or fit into most anything
  • FLEXIBLE WHIP DESIGN: Flexible spring steel cable with a 1\4" Stainless Steel rounded end, works well during training to strike targets or objects. The heavy-duty handle with clip can be adjusted for left or right carry
  • SIMPLE SELF DEFENSE FOR WOMEN AND MEN This product requires no special training or special techniques to be used effectively. A better option than knives, stun guns, fighting sticks, tasers or expandable batons
  • COMPACT SIZE IS EASY TO CONCEAL CARRY weighs only 3 ounces and can be hidden inside of clothing, clipped to multiple types of purses, bags or pack packs, or simply thrown in a car. The handle clip gives the user many options on how and where to carry the weapon including the option to wear around the waist or attached to a belt
  • 100% SATISFACTION GURANTEED: you will love how this whip is so flexible and easy to use or you can simply return it and we will provide you with a refund

SABRE Personal Alarm with Motion Detector, Magnet, & Key Ring – LOUD 120dB Alarm - Hear Up to 600’ (185m) Away

SABRE Personal Alarm with Motion Detector, Magnet, & Key Ring – LOUD 120dB Alarm - Hear Up to 600’ (185m) Away
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021

2 Pack Personal Secutiry Alarm - 130DB SOS Emergency Self-Defense Safety Loud Alarm Keychain with LED Flashlight / Rape Attack Sound Grenade for Women/Kids/Girls/Superior/Elderly by Baleauty

2 Pack Personal Secutiry Alarm - 130DB SOS Emergency Self-Defense Safety Loud Alarm Keychain with LED Flashlight / Rape Attack Sound Grenade for Women/Kids/Girls/Superior/Elderly by Baleauty
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2021

Choosing an Appropriate Weapon for Defense, Protection, and Survival

Whether choosing a weapon for personal defense, protection, or survival it is crucial to know which type of weapon is appropriate for what type of situation. Having the appropriate weapon for the appropriate situation will prove its effectiveness.

A weapon, if used with care and caution, can be an essential tool for defense, protection, and survival. However, there is a major difference between all size weapons and their primary uses. In order to have the appropriate weapon for the appropriate situation an understanding of all types of weaponry and their power should be taken into consideration.

The first weapon to choose for personal defense during an attack or even a possible invasion would be a weapon that keeps as much distance between you and your enemy as possible. A weapon such as a high caliber sniper rifle. Even if not used as a tool for defense a high caliber sniper rifle can be an essential tool for hunting large game from a distance. High caliber sniper rifles such as the Barrett M82A1 or even a Remington 700 are only just two of many sniper rifles that can be used for protection and overall survival.

The second best survival weapon is a high caliber assault rifle. Although only law enforcement and military personnel are allowed to possess fully automatic weaponry semi-automatic weaponry is still available for civilian defense and protection. High caliber assault rifles such as the FN FAL is just one of many assault rifles that are appropriate for defense and protection from a distance. The purpose of a high caliber assault rifle is to keep the enemy at a distance using a high caliber projectile such as a .308 round or even a 7.62x45 round.

Another weapon that is necessary for personal defense, protection, and survival is a medium to light assault rifle. Again, only law enforcement and military personnel are allowed to possess fully automatic weaponry but semi-automatic weaponry is available for civilian use. A medium to light semi automatic rifle is needed for personal defense during close quarters combat (CQC). Close quarters combat can range from city streets to the inside of a house. Medium to light semi automatic weaponry necessary for CQC usually entails a .223, 5.56, or even a 7.62 round. The most common rifles that shoot these size projectiles are the AR's and the AK's although many other rifles can shoot this type of round as well.

The fourth weapon to choose is a classic 12 gauge shotgun. This can be any style, shape, or size. An old fashioned 12 gauge is the perfect tool for hunting game, self defense, and even breaching. Already 12 gauges are commonly used for hunting and personal defense but they are a very suitable high powered close range weapon for destroying hinges and locks to doors in order to gain access. This tactic is most commonly used by law enforcement, S.W.A.T, and military personnel.

A rifle that should be common within all American households should be the .22 Long Rifles. The .22 Long Rifle is the most common rifle for training youth to shoot, hunting small game, and target shooting. Although not a very powerful round to use in case of an attack of any sort it is still a round that can be used nevertheless. Most .22 Long Rifles are built with just a few parts making them a very reliable weapon for survival needs for the fact that they last for decades, can endure almost all types of weather, and can be fixed easily if broken.

Sources:

"What's the Best Survival Weapon?" By Keith McCafferty