Legal Self-Defense Weapons?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
16 Feb 2008

14 Responses to “Legal Self-Defense Weapons?”

  1. BK Says:

    Interesting post…my only real comment is that the cat may not be as useless as you think. Picking it up and throwing it at an attacker could have quite an interesting affect. Of course, this may take some practice, so you should start immediately learning how to throw your cat accurately across great distances…just kidding! (Though, to be honest, I would keep that idea in the back of your mind…if it really came down to my life or my cat…I’m a dog person…Fluffy’s going for a ride!)

    Also, on a more serious note, I would avoid the keys between the fingers technique. You typically, in my experience, cannot get a sufficiently good grip to employ the keys with power. They tend rotate in your grip as you strike and you end up just hitting with your knuckles instead. A better technique, in my opinion, is to hold a single key (preferrably the longest, strongest one) between your thumb and forefinger, with the flat of the key resting on the second knuckle of your index finger. Now, using a thrusting motion to the eyes/throat/temple, you can generate more power, achieve greater penetration, and inflict more significant damage.

    Great blog…keep up the good work!

  2. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey BK, I like your thinking but I would frame it as launching the attack trained cat to claw up the attacker so it would past muster with my wife and step-daughter. :)

    Thanks for the tip with the single key. It is like so many things… more info is better so one can find what suits them. I found one piece of advice on a web page that stated if your car alarm panic button worked from within your house… why get a house alarm? It kind of made sense to me so I really appreciate any advice so folks can evaluate the advice for themselves.

    Take care,

    John W. Zimmer

  3. Douglas Arcidino Says:

    I agree about the way to use a key for self defense. I have seen the corner of a credit card or drivers License. Used the same way. I also have a friend that teaches woman to carry a small safety pin like for a diaper. Open the safety pin up and weave it into the shirt. This way it is easily accessible.


  4. Krista Says:

    I really like the products they have at – they have a ring that looks like a beautiful plain ring that you wear on your index finger and it has mace in it…they also have mace that is in what looks like a cell phone. I think both of these items are great because they aren’t obvious and they do the job.

  5. Rick B. Says:

    You have some good ideas for self defense that I never thought of. The cat really is an interesting idea. The ultimate weapon of course is a firearm, but there are obvious potential legal ramifications. Even if you use it in self defense. I have seen the pepper spray ring and the pepper spray guns. You can get them at There is also the common pepper spray that fits on a keychain. I don’t have pepper spray but got a stun knuckles stun gun at

  6. Matt Klein Says:

    A cane is a perfectly legal weapon and can be swung with lethal velocity. It can be used to poke, hook, or club an attacker, and can be kept in your car or house. Your best weopon is your mind. Walk down the street in the opposite direction of traffic so no one can follow you in a car. If it is late at night and you are stuck in a bad area, walk down the middle of the street with your keys between your fingers and talk to yourself out loud. No one will come near you.

  7. shanette Says:

    there are these key chains that look like cats and you put your fingers through the eyes and you have instant self defense weapon (similar to what you are trying to do with the keys) i just googled self defense keychain cat and you can find lots of places that sell them. there is also a site called that sells a similar version that doesnt look like a cat.

  8. Chip Says:

    2nd attempt. I’m Chip, New Orleans. Former pro-kickboxer. I’ve invented the most cost efficient life saving device in the world. Saved many peoples lives. Presently retailing in 3 Walgreens here in New Orleans, and at The American Police Supply.

  9. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Chip,

    This looks like a cool self-defense device that should give one an edge, especially a woman walking to her car!

    The only issue might be if it is legal in the local where one resided. In California for instance almost every devices of this kind is illegal.

    Thanks for the information!

  10. Chip Says:

    I am the inventor, saved many peoples lives….

  11. Chip Says:

    Thanks John for the input..I’m now in 7 Walgreens and growing slowly..

  12. Chip Says:

    Hi John, Chip in New Orleans. The PierceProtector is legal in Ca. Shipped many units there. John, now The PierceProtector is in 12 Walgreens. Working on nation-wide Walgreens. Chip

  13. Chip Says:

    Hi John, Chip here in New Orleans. The PierceProtector continues saving peoples lives in Houston and here in New Orleans. Now The PierceProtector is retailing in 15 Walgreens here in New Orleans.

  14. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Thanks Chip!