So, you want to carry a tactical pen?

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    So, you want to carry a tactical pen?

    I've seen a few of these ridiculous looking "tactical" pens on CTD and didn't give much thought to them past a mall ninja wanting everything to be tacticool. I really wish they didn't look so silly.

    I never considered a tactical pen as a useful weapon when compared to my Glock or even my EDC Knife (spyderco delica 4). However in a recent trip overseas I found myself wishing I had something, and thinking that a traditional looking heavy duty metal pen might just be the item. Really, when I was totally unarmed I think that a tactical pen could actually be a significant asset in a situation where you are otherwise fully disarmed.

    -What are you thoughts on tactical pens when you are in an area where you cannot have an identifiable weapon?
    -Do you know of any suitable pens that don't look like a joke? Seriously, some of those pens are embarrassing.

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    Check out Rick Hinderer's products, we have one of his Extreme Duty Pens and the thing is no joke, I want one of the smaller ones.

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    I think a tactical pen can be a legitimate weapon if you have proper training. Without training, its pretty much just a pen. With training, its a pen and another tool in your arsenal.

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    Zebra F 701. Readily available in most stores. If you want to go all out for a purpose built one, cool. But I mainly needed a good pen that would not break when it fell on a concrete floor and secondarily needed something to wield off a bum that did not take no for an answer. Basically, it's something I can get my hands on quickly at work. And it's not going to break the bank. Writes great too.

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    A pen is a pretty good weapon if you ask me. I'm constantly confused when people here say that you need some training to implement a simple object. I understand training for firearms and pepper spray, but a pen or collapsible baton? If you're talking about the legality of using such weapons, it isn't really training to look up laws on the internet.

    But really, how hard can it be? Someone is trying to attack you, you remove pen from pocket and shove it in their throat.

    Well, maybe you're right. I started to think back to my whiskey drinking days and it just dawned on me that most men can't throw a decent punch to save their life. Carry on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Shot View Post
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    A pen is a pretty good weapon if you ask me. I'm constantly confused when people here say that you need some training to implement a simple object. I understand training for firearms and pepper spray, but a pen or collapsible baton? If you're talking about the legality of using such weapons, it isn't really training to look up laws on the internet.

    But really, how hard can it be? Someone is trying to attack you, you remove pen from pocket and shove it in their throat.

    Well, maybe you're right. I started to think back to my whiskey drinking days and it just dawned on me that most men can't throw a decent punch to save their life. Carry on.
    I agree, its a gross motor skill. Having an object in your hand like a pen is a force multiplier. The fact that it is a pen, means you will have to write with also. Having a good tacpen is a viable option in your arsenal of SD weapons: light, easy to carry, easy to index when needed. my .02

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    As far as training goes...A good solid spike is just that. It can be used for any number of purposes and any one who has ever had any training with a kubaton will be ahead of the pack. Knowing pressure points and break holds is an added plus. But just having a sharp stick is better than being poked with one.

    I would never pay $60.00 for one . I won't even begin to think about who would pay over $100 for an aluminum or steel pen.

    I found a "Tactical pen" at the last gun show I attended. Its from Tactical Elite. I have no idea who they are or where they are located. From the $15.00 price tag I would have to guess they are a Chinese company. Milled aluminum barrel and cap. It takes Cross or Fisher refills. It doesn't have the crenelated end but it does have the glass breaker at on end.

    The pocket clip is also milled aluminum and was very inflexible. It made it a chore to insert or remove from your pocket. A few moments with dremel to cut a tension relief hollow and it is fine. I'd bet that this pen could be found cheaper than the gun show price that I paid for it.
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    So, do you carry with an ink cartridge in the barrel or not? (sorry, couldn't resist)
    Anything that might give you an advantage in a SD situation can't be a bad thing IMHO.
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    I gotta agree with chiefjason--the Zebra 701 can't be beat for the price, and it doesn't scream "tactical" so it passes scrutiny by over zealous security guards who confiscate nail clippers, pen knives, etc. And I do keep an ink cartridge in the barrel, but not cocked like my .45 1911.
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    I'll check out the zebra. I would be up for spending a bit on a good pen, just cuz I like having nice stuff, but the problem is i KNOW I'll loose one every few weeks. There are a fair amount of low priced options. I found some here
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    John Farnham recently wrote that he's travelled to a number of countries carrying a Cold Steel Sharkie. In Germany he was asked about it and he said he had arthritic hands and needed a fat pen. That got him through.
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    Given the likelyhood of loss and not wanting a pen that will be identified as a weapon, I think the Zebra is the one for me! Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHTFGearLLC View Post
    -Do you know of any suitable pens that don't look like a joke? Seriously, some of those pens are embarrassing.
    Depends on what your definition of a joke is I guess. If its in your shirt pocket only the very top will be visible anyway.
    Its just another tool, and just because you own or carry a tool does not mean you know how to use it. Just like a handgun. Most people in general including members here have never even been in a physical fight in their adult life and have no hand to hand/martial arts combat training of any kind. If a larger and stronger man gets his hands on you a tool like a pen may be a viable weapon to give you some needed advantage. If you know how to use it. Most people would be better off working out regularly and just getting in some semblance of shape, and then get some basic martial arts training. Fat Twinkies tire quickly and don't fight very well.

    Out of curiosity is this one of the type of pens you would call silly?
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