Delivering both utility and protection, Cold Steel’s Black Talon II is the perfect addition to your everyday-carry gear. This newly revamped blade is needle sharp and features the distinctive downswept point and pronounced belly of the original, but with new Carpenter CTS XHP steel construction and a redesigned tip for additional strength and durability. Use in a variety of weather conditions is no problem, as the textured premium G10 scales offer maximum retention in cold or wet conditions. The 4-inch plain edge or serrated blade makes the knife easy to conceal while the Tri-Ad locking mechanism gives added safety and strength. This thin, lightweight knife is one you can count on to help you escape the stickiest of situations.
Easy to carry and practical, Browning’s new 4-in-1 Survival Pen combines some of the most important survival tools in a rugged aluminum casing—a flashlight, a cap light, a writing pen and a tactical glass-breaker with a hardened tungsten carbide point. The pen features a lock on/lock off twist switch to prevent accidental operation of the flashlight and a pocket clip for easy access. The white LED light has an effective distance of 22 yards, and four LR41 batteries give the pen an eight-hour run time.
Staying safe on college campuses should be a primary concern. The TigerLady self-defense tool is a non-lethal solution that helps you feel safe and in control in any environment. Modeled after a cat’s retractable claws, the TigerLady is ready to respond with a simple squeeze of the hand. Make a fist and the device immediately exposes three claws between your fingers, with hollow channels to capture the attacker’s tissue for DNA analysis post-assault. Weighing less than 2 ounces, the TigerLady is small enough to fit in a pocket or handbag, and it requires no maintenance, strength, skill or training to use. Once the TigerLady is in your hand, it is always at the ready.
Based on real feedback from first responders, the new 86 Rescue Tool from ChannelLock is designed for easy, one-handed operation in high-stress situations. The Rescue Tool combines the versatile linemen’s head with more than five other tools into one do-it-all piece of equipment, making it perfect to keep in your vehicle or in your toolbox at home. ChannelLock’s Rescue Tool can shut off gas valves and pry open windows and doors, and it also includes multiple safety functions that are essential in emergency situations.
Designed to hold a single shotgun, AR rifle or handgun, the Solo-Vault series is designed to keep home-defense firearms both secure and accessible at all times. Created as an answer to the homeowner’s need to keep a home-defense firearm close at hand, the ShotLock Solo-Vault stores a single semi-auto, pump or over/under shotgun. Constructed of 14-gauge steel, the vault’s small and compact size allows it to be mounted securely anywhere in your home or vehicle. The five-button, programmable lock can be opened to deliver your weapon in hand in less than three seconds, preparing you to defend against any attack.
For women who want to defend themselves without feeling like they are carrying a typical “personal safety device,” Blingsting pepper spay is the perfect protection. Created by a mother/daughter team to inspire more women to keep self-defense items with them 24/7, the refillable Blingsting is great for travel, walking the dog, while you’re out for a jog or when you’re heading off to college. This stylish pepper spray can be attached to a purse, backpack or even a dog leash.
A disaster strikes. You need to get out of town, but your gas tank is empty. How would you get your family to safety? The Xtracycle EdgeRunner 24D cargo bike is poised to be the backup you need! Its 20-inch rear wheel makes it easy to load kids or cargo, the chromoly steel frame absorbs shock, and the beefy tires smooth out bumpy roads. The best part? It rides like a regular bike with a low center of gravity and a well-designed frame. The bike’s disc brakes allow for quick stopping in any weather. The 24D’s upright riding position and wide saddle can accommodate both parents, from small to tall, comfortably carries up to three children as well as a spacious cargo bay complete with FreeLoader straps for strapping on larger items and a removable all-weather, PVC-free lid.
Carry your firearm concealed while driving or jogging and still retain total accessibility, stability and comfort with the T-Sholster 360BBH. This ambidextrous and multi-directional holster is excellent for 24/7 carry and can accommodate most autopistols and small-framed revolvers. The bellyband also includes an integrated pouch with three universal magazine pockets and retention straps to keep additional lifesaving gear in place, such as a knife or a flashlight.
The TLR-2 series from Streamlight combines a bright white light with a red laser-aiming device into one compact package. These units use LED bulbs to give the shooter a more durable light with longer run times compared to older incandescent bulbs. All TLR-2 units attach to the Picatinny or Glock accessory rails on a pistol or long gun. Attachment takes just a few seconds, and the unit is very secure once in position. The flashlight in the TLR-2 is rated at 300 lumens. A rocker switch at the rear of the unit allows for both momentary-on and constant-on modes. There is also a toggle switch that allows the shooter to choose between light only, laser only or light and laser activation. Two 3V CR123A batteries power the TLR-2 for about 2.5 hours when using both the light and laser continuously. Green lasers are much more visible to the human eye compared to red lasers. In fact, green lasers tend to be so much more visible since they are useable during full daylight conditions. The TLR-2G features a green laser and controls that are identical to the controls of the TLR-2. Two 3V CR-123A batteries will run the light and laser on this unit for up to 1.25 hours continuously.
SafeTech’s Quicklock Padlock is the only electronic padlock with radio frequency identificaton (RFID) and Bluetooth capabilities. Users can download a free mobile app to connect with the Quicklock Padlock through their iOS and Android smartphones to open the lock via Bluetooth and track who accessed the lock and when. For users without a smartphone or those who want additional options to open their lock, wireless RFID access is available in the form of a ring, label, keycard or a fob. The Quicklock Padlock also features built-in data tracking, so it can be used as a portable inventory management or entry solution. One phone can be used to control multiple padlocks, or up to 50 RFID fobs can be used to open one Quicklock so several members of a family can have fast, secure access.
An emergency situation can arise out in the public and even in the comfort of your own home. It’s up to you to be prepared to defend yourself. Take a look at these self-defense weapons and tools that can keep you safe no matter where you are.
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For More Information
Cold Steel Black Talon II
Browning Survival Pen
TigerLady Defense Claw
ChannelLock Rescue Tool
BlingSting Pepper Spray
Xtracycle EdgeRunner 24D
T-Sholster 360 Bellyband Holster
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Winter 2016 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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