For those of us who lawfully carry handguns and or knives for self defense the question arises what if deadly force is not needed at first or if at all in a self defense situation ?
What if there is no weapon displayed by the other party ?
What if there is no disparity of force ?
What if it is a dispute over a parking space or some other stupid issue and the other party just will not let it go and physically gets into your safe zone ?
What if they become physically combative ?
What are your alternatives ?
If you have H2H training this is definately advantages for you.
Police officers carry other less-lethal weapons so that they can deal with the majority of physical altercations that do not require deadly force.
Though you may not be a LEO some of the alternative less-lethal weapons that they carry may be used by the legally armed citizen if state and local laws allow.
Pepper spray is the first that comes to mind. Easy to carry and conceal and effective the majority of the time when a quality brand is carried and used properly.
The personal Taser is becoming more popular and is small enough to be concealed on the off side from your firearm.
Canes and other impact weapons are permissable in some areas but as with any weapon proper training should be obtained before carrying and using.
I bring this up because having an alternative and using it first before using deadly force if the situation allows coud save a lifetime of regret down the road.
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