Non Lethal Weapons: Which one is for you?

When prepping, bear in mind the top two necessities according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: physiological and safety needs. Of course, you’re going to need food, water, clothing, and shelter to survive, but you must also look out for your safety and security. 

Safety and security needs mean you can protect yourself and your family from an unforeseeable crisis (financial, health, and physical protection). Physical protection from what? Let’s say from ill-willed individuals who intend to hurt you or maybe from wild animals. In short, for self-defense purposes. 

For this, you’ll be needing self-defense weapons, and of course, we don’t want to inflict harm fatally, so it is best to choose non lethal weapons. It is safe for both parties and, at the same time, guarantees the protection of you and your family. 

How well aware are you of these non lethal weapons? If this sounds interesting to you, read up, and we’ll find out which non lethal weapon suits your needs best.

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Non lethal weapons are instruments used to induce pain but minimize the risk of permanent injuries and casualties. Others would call it a non-deadly weapon because it aims to take control of the target with temporary pain and has no lifelong harmful consequences.

There are many types of non lethal weapons, and each one serves its purpose. Some may need precautions handling, and some require proper training before use, while some may be safely used by civilians. As long as its use will not cause any fatality, it may be classified as a non lethal weapon.


Non lethal weapons are now widely used for different purposes. For civilians, it is used for self-defense; law enforcement uses it for crowd control, peacekeeping, and riots. 

In short, the purpose of non lethal weapons include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-defense (against human or animals)
  • Incapacitation of the target but not inflicting permanent or fatal harm
  • Crowd control for riots
  • Combat (Training or actual)
  • Safety and protection (for prepping purposes)


There are many kinds of non lethal weapons, and it has different effects on its target. Such as: 

  • inflict pain and cause blunt trauma (batons)
  • temporary visual impairment (tear gas)
  • auditory effects (flashbang)
  • electrophysiological effects (tasers)
  • pharmaceutical effects (tranquilizers)

At this point, you are now quite clear of the definition, purpose, and effects of a non lethal weapon. Now let’s find out the types of non lethal weapons, its uses, and which one suits your needs.
owning a pepper spray is the correct grip. Use your thumb to press the spray, and the four other fingers to securely grip the canister. Keep a safe distance between you and the target so it won’t get knocked out of your hands. 

Aim for the eyes when spraying, and when the target has shut eyes, move into a safer position and call the authorities if possible. When the residue of a pepper spray comes in contact with your eyes, wash it thoroughly with running water.

Stun Gun

Always familiarize yourself with the use of the stun gun before making any purchase. Identify its safety switch, instructions, and how to aim the target. It is suggested to aim the stun gun from the waist up to the neck. When firing, hold the trigger for a minimum of three seconds, but if the target is exposed longer, it will be more effective.’

Before using, make sure to turn on the safety switch and check if the batteries are charged. Note that even the target holds on to you while you’re still holding the trigger, you will not be affected.

Stun Baton

A stun baton is a stun gun combined with a baton. This is perfect for elderly people who can pretend this is a cane. It is also the ideal non lethal weapon against animal attacks, especially dogs. Or if your purpose is just mere self-defense, the stun baton is perfect for you. 

You can also get a stun baton with a flashlight, which makes it a great addition to your doom’s day prepper bag. The stun baton has the same usage instructions with a stun gun, except for the baton part, which inflicts blunt paint.


When using a baton, remember that pain is induced, not to cause injury. That is why it is suggested to hit only parts of the body that has the major muscles. These are the thigh, shin, elbow, glutes, or hands. Always stay away from the head, neck, and groin, which may cause complications like internal bleeding.

Bean Bag Gun

Bean bag guns are legal in over 50 states in the US and do not require background checks before owning one. Depending on the manufacturer, some bean bag guns can reach targets 20-30 feet away. 

Always make sure that the safety pin is pulled back when not in use. To make sure that you are always prepped in emergencies, prefill the cartridge so you can fire instantly. 

Upon assembly, follow the instructions properly on the user manual, and check if all parts are complete. Bean bag guns need to be clean and maintained properly, even when not in use. 


It is not safe to use tasers to people with known cardiac conditions, is pregnant, has seizures, and epilepsy. The best area to hit the target is the torso, neck, underarm, groin, upper shoulders, upper hip, or areas where the nerve centers can affect the whole body. 


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