Former Marine Thomas Autry was walking home from his waiter job in Atlanta when he says 4 suspicious looking people. He ignored them and kept walking until he realized they were following him.
Once he saw they were armed with a shotgun and a pistol he ran until the group caught up with him.
Autry pulled out his pocket knife, kicked the shotgun out of the attacker’s hands, and stabbed one of the attackers at which point they ran off.
The police found the attackers at the hospital where one of them was pronounced dead. Autry was shaken but unharmed. The situation could’ve been much worse had Autry not had the ability to defend himself.
Too often guys think self-defense only applies to chicks and that’s just not true there may be a time when you need to defend yourself it’s not just because you tried to pick up someone else’s girl at the bar.
When that time comes these 8 self-defense tips that actually work will really work can mean the difference between life and death.
Don’t be afraid to run away!
As we can see in the introduction Thomas Autry was a trained Marine but he knew in a situation in which he was clearly outnumbered by dudes with weapons the best option was to attempt escape. There’s no shame in running away if it’ll save your life.
Being aware is being safe!
For any would-be attacker their biggest weapon is the element of surprise! I just watched an interesting news piece that featured a convicted serial mugger explaining what they look for in a target. One thing that was surprising to me was one of his favorite places to mug people were on their own driveways. It’s counter-intuitive since we all think about getting assaulted in a dark alleyway or something…
In fact, someone’s driveway would be a perfect place to get a victim :
You’re not paying attention since you feel safe at home
Often your tired if you’re just getting home from work
Maybe you’re carrying things which are perfect to steal
In that same video the mugger said he actually didn’t like attacking women because they tend to scream and make a lot of noise. He said one woman had a whistle which made him run away after she blew it. Having something that draws attention to the situation is a good thing. Remember most criminals don’t want witnesses
Pepper spray is your friend!
Mace isn’t just for chicks. If you’re in a situation where you’ve got multiple people (possibly armed) against you what’s more important? Your ego or your life? Pepper spray can neutralize several targets at once but you’ve got to have it somewhere with easy access. Self defense experts recommend you don’t aim for the face as in a stressful situation trying to aim anywhere is likely to result in a miss. It’s best to try to create a shield around you by spraying in an “S” form. That way even if they duck or try to dodge the mace they’ll still get hit giving you those precious seconds to escape
Strike back with a strike pen!
If your attackers are less than 1 foot from you then pepper spray may actually be counterproductive as you may end up getting hit with your own mace! For that reason, if they’re already up close then hand-to-hand combat might be the only solution. If that time comes you should be prepared with a strike pen. A strike pen is a literal pen but so much more.
Strike pens are so effective that even secret service agents carry them! Normally they can cost anywhere from $15-$50 Here’s a coupon I found where you can get one for free just pay for shipping. It expires soon though. Watch a video on how to use a tactical pen
Go to The Light!
A flashlight baton that is. If you are in a tough spot like maybe an intruder has broken into your home or something like that then a strike light could save your life. A strike light is basically a flashlight and a baton combined. Every police officer in America is issued one of these because they’re so effective.
What about a gun?
A firearm is, of course, an effective self-defense tool but honestly it’s not the most practical self-defense tool for everyday use for several reasons:
There are thousands of regulations on where and when you can have a gun
Guns aren’t cheap. Just a basic pistol can run you $200+
Guns are heavy and many people don’t want to carry them around. There are free concealed holsters but even then some might like the extra weight on their bodies all the time.
Getting a concealed carry permit can be tough or next to impossible in some jurisdictions.
A gun requires training or it could end up hurting you or a loved one rather than a would-be attacker.
At the end of the day, we never know when an attack might happen. Your absolute safest bet is to be ready at all times but keeping on guard always is a stressful life that most of us would rather not live. That’s If you have something like pepper spray or a strike pen with you that will serve as your mental shield in case of an unpleasant surprise and give you the power to fight back! Most attackers if they see you’re not just an easy target they’ll move on. If they sense that you’re afraid that’s when you get robbed. For many guys who have been victims of an attack, it wasn’t getting their stuff taken that hurt it was the beating to their manhood that hurt the most. That won’t happen to you if you’re prepared!