Debbie and I are in Europe as you read this personal security post. It is tough to protect your family as you fly and travel, but I have good and comforting news for you. I travel with plastic packs of razor-sharp pencils that you can buy in any drug store. They’re great for sketching and note taking on the road and a mighty personal defense weapon when used with proper skill. I also travel with my plastic Travel Wrench. These beauties, perfect for an emergency bike repair, are meant to be used as a personal defense weapon. Any provoker getting a proper hack with the Travel Wrench will be instantly out of commission. It is one of the most powerful and fully legal, multi-purpose tools I am aware of. When at home I carry it, mace and my mini Leatherman multi knife set.
Obviously, mace and knives are not winners at airport security, so it is best to professionally improvise, as Debbie and I do. I have learned that there is zero downside in being fully prepared and loads of upside and comfort. Debbie and I both have a Florida concealed weapons license. I suggest that you take the NRA handgun safety course and get licensed in your state where possible. We have a copy of Self-Defense Laws In All 50 States as well as Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States. Do not get involved with firearms until you have given both guides your serious attention. I am not much of a handgun fan. Each of us has a Smith & Wesson BODYGUARD, which is 38-caliber, five-round revolver with an integrated, red-dot laser. They are nice guns, but are darn loud, have a real kick and not much range. A better choice would be a 1911 45-caliber. Click to Wilson Combat for a look at some world-class 1911 45-caliber firepower.
Being prepared is both a luxury and a comfort. It takes planning, diligence and a fair amount of effort. It is for these reasons that most Americans remain soft and vulnerable targets for those out to do harm. With deadly housebreaks on the rise, one would think that citizens would wish to be prepared. This is unfortunately not the case for most. I hope you will join Debbie and me in securing your family’s self-defense, whether at home or on the road.