Every person has the right to self defense against someone that is attempting to harm you, someone you love, and someone unable to protect themselves. CYFworld believes in the second amendment and the proper use of firearms for protection. At the same time, we believe that all who own a firearm should be properly trained. Using a firearm for protection isn't right for everyone. Here we share some insight to consider, as you decide if a firearm is the right self-defense tool or you. For those that carrying a firearm is not the right choice, we also share some of our top picks for non-lethal self-defense weapons.
The Byrne LE Pepper Ball Pistol fires pepper balls 340 ft per second with an effective range out to 80 feet. For those that are not comfortable with a firearm, this is a non-lethal alternative for self and home defense. There are also holsters available.
Pepper Spray Gel is a proven deterrent for attackers. This large Law Enforcement grade Pepper Gel is ideal for maintaining distance with bursts effective out to 25 feet. We recommend this product for protection in the home and in areas where a larger can of Pepper spray can be conveniently carried or easily accessed.
In a more convenient carry option that can be attached to your keychain or bag, this Law Enforcement grade pepper gel is what we recommend for everyday carry with an effective range out to 10 feet
Sabre Tactical Pepper Gel is significantly smaller than Phoenix Home Shield with more capacity than Sabre Keychain Pepper Gel. This Law Enforcement grade pepper gel has an effective range out to 18 feet and comes with a belt clip and holster, which provides a great alternative to either larger or smaller Pepper Gel options.
Made by the Kimber, a gun manufacturer known for quality, this Pepper Blaster shoots Pepper gel 90 miles per hour at your assailant. An inside the waistband holster can be purchased for convenient carry. This is a great product, with the only downside we found being that it only has two shots.
The advantage of Pepper Spray is that you can maintain your distance from an attacker, but in enclosed places, like a vehicle, this Vipertek Stun Gun packs a punch.
A Kubaton is a simple weapon that focuses all of your striking power into a small point, causing pain to any part of the body and significant damage to vulnerable areas like the face, temple and neck. The great thing about a Kubaton is that they can be carried anywhere
The firearm controversy continues to make headlines. Fear is used by people on both sides of the issue to advance their agenda. It all comes down to Education, Training, Respect for the firearm and Personal Responsibility, to take advantage of the self-defense benefits, while avoiding innocent people getting hurt. A firearm is neither good nor bad. It's a tool that can be very useful when used correctly and with the right maturity.
To determine if a firearm is the right protection for you, you must answer “yes” to the following:
Gun Rules (adapted from the NRA and Hunter's Safety Programs)
Nothing beats in-person firearms training. In addition to gaining comfort with your shooting positions and the function of your firearm, having experience in target acquisition, staying controlled and steady with the loud BANG and recoil management that prepares you for a follow-up shot is something that can only be done during firearms training with a real gun and real ammunition. Video coming soon. Subscribe below for access and content updates. Contact us for live training, available in Arizona.
Improve your Skills at Home
In addition to live fire training, with the price of bullets and the time it takes to get to a range, practicing at home will significantly improve your skills. Most modern pistols can be dry-fired, which means you can pull the trigger without a bullet in the chamber. This improves your ability to quickly acquire the target, implement a smooth trigger pull while keeping your sights aligned, and follow-through, which is keeping sight aligned on the target after pulling the trigger. Before doing this, take out the magazine, or check the cylinders in the revolver, do not have any ammunition in the area, check the chamber to ensure it is empty, then check the chamber again. Still, point in a safe direction. Some pistols, like rimfire (22 caliber) should only be practice fired with snap caps. Check the firearm owner's manual.
Training and Replica Pistols
Having a training pistol that only shoots a laser or a BB gun replica of your firearm will also allow you to continue to practice at home, which will accelerate your learning, comfortability and accuracy with your firearm. Some of the most popular replica BB guns are as follows:
Eliminate Unauthorized Access:
Clearly Identify the Target and Beyond
Mentally Prepare for Possibilities
First Rule: When the firearm is not on your person, ensure it is inaccessible to those who should not have access to it. I have several small biometric pistol safes that fit securely under the vehicle seat with a steel cable attaching it to the steel bars underneath. I also use velcro strips to attach the safe to the vehicle carpet in some vehicles where the safe slides out while driving.
How do I Concealed Carry?
Outside the waist band:
Inside the waistband
There is not necessarily one BEST gun or caliber to carry for self-defense or to use in the home or vehicle. The larger the "energy transfer" from the bullet to the attacker, the more leeway you have on shot placement and the higher your odds are for incapacitating the attacker. With that said, a firearm does no good while you are out if your firearm is at home in your safe. Likewise, the extra power or energy transfer from your firearm does not help if you cannot reliably handle the recoil and reliably hit your intended target. A good minimum standard is to be able to place all shots within an 8”x 12” target at a distance of 15 feet. Another factor to consider is how far a shot fired will penetrate through the intended target or through things like walls in a home. You are responsible for any damage your firearm causes, even if it is unintentional. In your home, a much larger firearm can be used. Many people prefer shotguns for home defense due to the fact that there is more forgiveness for poor shot placement due to the wide spread of each shot. Shotguns are also less likely to penetrate multiple walls that other choices of firearms will easily penetrate. At the same time, others, like Law Enforcement personelle want to ensure their firearm and choice of ammunition has the ability to penetrate thick clothing, or things like a windshield or car door. Each of these factors should be taken into consideration when choosing your self-defense firearm.
Caliber: 38 special (revolver)/380 ACP (semi-automatic)
Caliber: 9 mm
Caliber: 357 mag (revolver) / 357 sig (semi-auto)
Caliber: .40 S&W
Caliber: .45 ACP
Important to note
Laws vary by state. Some allow loaded firearms, others require the firearm to be in locked containers for transport. Click HERE for more information on transporting firearms
Concealed Carry, Reciprocity, Purchase, & Possession:
Click HERE for State by State Summary.