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The Best Self Defense Weapons and Guns for Women




Finding a really great self defense weapon for a lady is more difficult than it sounds. The female body curves differently than the male body, so concealing a weapon, especially a handgun can prove to be difficult. Hauling around a bulky weapon in a purse is also not the best or safe solution. Whether at home or on the go, we ladies need options when it comes to female-friendly self defense. We decided to compile a few of our favorite self defense weapons and guns for women that are light and easily concealable, no matter what the occasion.

1. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield | Compact Handgun


I have been trying to get my hands on this handgun for quite some time – they are always flying off the shelves. The Shield is a palm-size, slim-and-trim lightweight handgun. It is easily concealable at only six inches long, 4½ inches high, less than an inch thick and weighing just 19 ounces.

The Shield is designed specifically for concealed carry, whether in a slim-line holster or a purse. Many law enforcement officers have begun carrying this handgun as backup. It can serve either as a primary citizen-carry tool or a full-power, no-compromise backup for off-duty law enforcement officers.

(Read more at Guns and Ammo)

2. Kimber Pepper Blaster II | Pepper Spray


Many pepper sprays are bulky and not very convenient to carry, but the Kimber Pepper Blaster is slim enough to conceal right in your pocket. It is also a gel solution rather than an aerosol spray, with a much longer shelf life than typical pepper sprays.

(Read more at Kimber America)

3. Paracord Monkey Fist


A paracord monkey fist is beneficial to carry on you for survival and self defense purposes. It’s super easy to conceal and carries enough power to slow down any attacker. Trust us, you don't want to be on the other end of one of these guys.

(Read more at DIY Ready)

4. Gerber Ridge Open Assist Knife


The Gerber Ridge is a great self defense knife for women. It is just a little taller than a tube of lipstick, and lightweight weighing only 1.5 ounces. Featuring a serrated high carbon stainless steel blade. Easy one-handed opening makes this knife quickly accessible, while maintaining a liner lock system to ensure it opens only when you want it to.

(Read more at Southwest Gerber Knives)

5. Taser Strike Light | Stun Gun


A stun gun is a great alternative for those that don't feel comfortable toting a handgun. We love the Taser Strike Light because it integrates a flashlight for extra protection at night.

(Read more at Taser)


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  1. jolene velarde

    April 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I personally carry the water bottle from “Black Label”. Its practical, functional & still feminine enough to not look like a weapon!

  2. Bob the Gun Geezer

    April 17, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    Hey Ladies — when some 250 pound, horny, drug-crazed thug grabs you and expects to have his way with you, there is only ONE of the self-defense weapons on this list that I would recommend — a GUN!!! You need something that will immediately neutralize the threat, can fire as many shots as needed to put him down (and keep him down), and can do it long before he gets close enough to grab you and put you in a choke hold. All the rest of the weapons listed are only going to p*** him off and make him really mad! The only possible exception is the Kimber Pepper Blaster which is actually a pepper shooting gun — much more effective than the typical aerosol pepper sprays. It would be useful in a crowded place where your bullets might strike innocent persons. But you should still carry a GUN for backup in case the limit of two shots from the Pepper Blaster don’t do the trick. Practice, practice and periodically practice some more with whatever GUN you choose until using it becomes a natural reflex. And mentally condition yourself that your life is much more valuable than that of your attacker, so that you will have no qualms or hesitation about pulling the trigger when fractions of a second could mean the difference between you surviving — or NOT.

  3. Joe

    May 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Dear ladies
    Please do not pull a pocket knife on an assailant for defensive purposes… especially one as diminutive as that (not to mention, its a Gerber. Move along) A blade that short couldn’t reach any vitals easily even if you had training.
    Also, the stun gun is an equally bad idea. The tasers that fire prongs into you actually work insanely well to neutralize a threat… but anything requiring you to get in close and make contact with your attacker will 1) put you in more danger and 2) not even really be that effective. Tasers work because the two prongs have the two different charges and your body connects the circuit. Stun guns have a preconnected circuit, meaning you are not at all effecting them on a neurological level, and are merely just causing them temporary burning pain (which anybody who has been stunned once can fight through)
    The mace, while typically a good choice, also has its cons. Mace would have little effect on an attacker amped up on uppers, the wind could be blowing in the wrong direction, splashback, indoors, etc. I’d still suggest mace over the knife or the stun gun though.
    I don’t believe I have to say anything about the monkeyball.
    I guess the moral of the story here is get a gun. It’s the best. Mace is your second best choice. And learn to fight.

    • Leila

      February 5, 2015 at 3:49 PM

      That was my first thought reading this list. My Dad is in the military and he always said that a knife is a bad choice, especially for women. We have smaller and weaker hands, wrists and arms making it easy to quickly disarm us. Especially if you have had no training in how to fight with a knife. Get a gun, practice, practice, practice. Know what you will say, make sure drawing your gun an flipping off the safety are second nature to you and make sure you are confidant inn hitting your target. Stay safe!

  4. Robert Swafford

    July 9, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    This is a great article and hope to hear more about this.

  5. Steve

    August 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    I think the motto pepper spray and run away is the best for women’s self defense. Nice post with good info here!

  6. Robert M

    January 18, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Very good list. I think what most people don’t realize is that women have different needs than men when it comes to self defense, especially guns. We wrote about this here: Maybe someone will find it useful. Anyways, thank you yet for another great article.
    – Robert M

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