3 Strange Self Defense Items You Should Carry!

When people think about self defense, they most often think about punching, kicking, throws, etc.

However, have you ever thought about how you’d survive extreme self defense situations such as:

*Mass Attacks
*Hostage Crisis
*And other threats caused by civil unrest

Now many of you might think this is overkill. That’s fine.

But I’m of the mindset that you NEVER know when an attack is about to happen and in what form it will come.

Sept. 11 was a good example of that. So was Katrina. And look at all the demonstrations that are happening these days? It doesn’t take much for these things to turn ugly…FAST!

So here are 3 of the “weirder” self defense items most people don’t think about carrying, that I feel you should have on you at all times:

1. Mini-​​Prybar

The number of uses for a pry-​​bar are endless.

The model I carry is the “Exhumer 8″ from Dead On Tools.

If you’re on the run or bugging out, you can use it for breaching obstacles, gaining entrance to a door or even getting out of a trapped car.

I have mine wrapped in 550 paracord and it’s a beast of a self dense tool as both ends are brutally sharp and will seriously jack someone up!

2. Universal Handcuff Key

As controversial as it may seem to some, you want to be able to escape from handcuffs if you need to.

There are plastic keys now that fit nearly all (or all) handcuffs universally and take up no room at all.

I use the one from Magna Light and I’ve sewn my pants tag partially closed so it creates a snug pocket to hide this key.

If you’re ever handcuffed behind your back (as in say a home invasion, hostage situation, etc.), you can easily get the key and unlock yourself or hand it off to someone else to unlock you.

3. Security Officer’s Badge

The thing about thugs is that they know that the stakes are much higher if they attack a police officer.

Now, I’m not saying to impersonate an officer, but let’s say you get trapped in a riot as a result of a demonstration that went horribly wrong.

Assuming that police aren’t the target of the demonstrators, having a badge that looks like an officer’s badge could ward off attackers who think you’re just another easy mark as they rampage through the area.

You just take out the badge and tell them to “Back off! Just go your way and I’ll go mine and neither of us need to make this an issue. Got it?” and then back out to safety as you assume their agreement.

There’s a bunch of other stuff you should carry as well.

In fact, I actually carry 29 URBAN SURVIVAL RESPONSE ITEMS on me at all times!

These are all items you would use for survival or during an “escape & evasion” scenario where you were targeted or caught up in a violent attack, (such as in a riot or looting as a result of natural disaster, etc.)

If you want to see all of the items AND how to use them to survive ANY scenario, then check out our website at:


Now you’d think that 29 survival items would make you look like you’re loaded up for a trip up Mt. Everest, right?

But actually, no one would ever know you’re carrying this stuff!

All of the items fit in a small survival bag (that’s only 7″ x 8.5″) that I keep on me, either in a laptop case that I’d normally carry anyway, on my person, or in my “everyday bag” from my military days.

It’s literally almost like having a Batman Utility Belt on you at all times!

You can decide what works best for you, but I’d personally feel naked without these survival items. The confidence you’ll have that you’re prepared for anything is a real comfort in today’s world.



  1. handcuffs says:

    While I totally agree,that there is three items for personal security that should be carried at all times. Especially by seniors,women and especially college age girls away from home going to school. But the three above items mentioned in most states will land you in jail if miss used. So there are other means,that stay well with in the law in most all states. Pepper spay,stun guns and electronic whistles.

  2. Leon says:

    Absolutely correct!
    Handcuff key =Jail
    Security badge =Jail
    Concealed weapon =Jail .….even a roll of pennies in a
    48 yr. old ladies purse.. Illinois vs Wilson 2009. Mary Wilson ‘Not Guilty of Assault’ after injuring a mugger .… CONVICTED of ‘Possessing a Concealed Weapon’ after admitting she left the roll in her purse for protection.
    These laws should NEVER be violated!

    Because those who make and enforce these laws are those most likely to be the whom and why and you will need them!

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