GIFT SELECTION IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT. MAKE IT EASIER BY THINKING ABOUT THE PROTECTION OF YOUR LOVED ONES.
The holiday season is almost upon us. Every year, it seems to come earlier.
For most, the season is filled with cheer and reconnecting with families. But for others, the holidays are the time to prey on those who have too many things on their minds to consider their own safety.
At this time of year, you will see shoppers with arms full of packages, headed to their cars and oblivious of their surroundings. The malls are packed, and most are “gun-free zones,” often leaving the masses without a firearm for protection should the need arise (remember: As with all forms of selfdefense, make sure to abide by all local, state and federal laws).
Your home is also a likely place that thieves might target to steal a firearm. If you want to have secure access to your firearm without having that giant safe in your living room, Tactical Walls has an abundance of solutions for you. From its moderately priced shelves that offer quick access to your handgun via a magnetic locking mechanism to larger, fulllength mirrors that can house several long guns, Tactical Walls provides a quality-built, classy piece of furniture that will fool most thieves. Yet, it will still allow you to get to your firearm in the event you are home during a break-in. The shelf models might also be a good place to display your latest shooting trophy. Pricing starts at $245. (TacticalWalls.com)
SHARPEN YOUR DEFENSIVE POSTURE
If you do find yourself in one of those “gun-free zones,” you still need to be prepared. The folks at SOG Knives have several options to allow you to defend yourself until you can either get help or get to safety. SOG partnered with Kiku Matsuda, one of the foremost tactical knife designers and blade grinders in Japan. The Kiku 4-inch fixed-blade features a VG-10 steel blade and comes with a low-profile Kydex sheath. This is a beautifully shaped blade. This knife comes in at $254. If you are looking for a folding blade, the Kiku Assisted is not just a good-looking folder, it also features a straight, high-end, VG-10 stainless steel tanto blade. At just $140, it’s a bargain. Both knives are RC 59-60 hardness with Micarta handles and can also be engraved to make it a special gift. If your loved one gets one of these in their stocking, you definitely won’t see them in the gift return line. (SOGKnives.com)
A LESS-LETHAL OPTION
Are you looking for something to augment your lethal defensive firearm? The F4 tactical from Pro Defense Tactical offers an OC spray device that attaches to the Picatinny rail on your long gun. It delivers 10 percent OC spray and an ultraviolet light-sensitive dye for easy identification of your assailant. The F4 adds just ¾ pound to your firearm and has a range of up to 25 feet. The MSRP is $104. Crossfire OC refills are $24. (Pro-Defense.com)
LIGHT IT UP
No kit is complete without a good light. While there are many great handgun lights out there, it will probably mean you have to buy a new holster. To alleviate that problem, you can get a handheld flashlight, but that can be cumbersome and require changes to your pistol or long-gun grip. Petzl has a solution to that with the TACTIKKA +RGB headlamp. It features great battery life, as well as proximity lighting or focused lighting for movement. TACTIKKA +RGB also has red, green or blue lighting to preserve night vision. TACTIKKA +RGB is a HYBRID headlamp that is also compatible with the CORE rechargeable battery. Coming in at just under $55, this versatile light will brighten up someone’s holiday cheer. (Petzl.com)
PHONE CHARGING WITH A TWIST
If you own an iPhone 6, 7 or 8, Yellow Jacket has the ideal selfdefense weapon for you. Yellow Jacket is a high-voltage stun gun concealed inside an iPhone case. Yellow Jacket has two safety features that help prevent accidental discharge while being easily deployable within an instant. The case can be used to drive your assailant away from you while buying you time to escape or get to your firearm. It can be used against an attack from virtually every direction, even if you are attacked from behind. In addition, the external battery can double the life of your iPhone. If you are already going to be carrying a phone, this device can save you from carrying an additional device. At $79 for iPhone 6 and $179 for the iPhone 7 and 8, you can get a self-defense tool and keep your battery charged longer. It comes in several color options (in case you are looking to match your attire!). Look for an upcoming article on the tactics of using a stun device such as the Yellow Jacket. (https://YellowJacketCase.com)
KEEP IT SAFE
In 2015, more than 5,800 guns were stolen from vehicles in just 25 reported cities. An emerging tactic is to target gunfree zones and vehicles displaying firearm affiliations (gun stickers, NRA or even hunting decals). If you are forced to leave your handgun in your car, one way to prevent this is to have a vault installed in your vehicle.
One of the easiest to install is the Hornady RAPiD vehicle safe. It has a unique system that makes it quick and easy to mount in your vehicle. There is no need for drilling new holes or removing parts of your interior. For the RAPiD system, there is a cable to lock to your seat brackets and an inflatable bladder that fits between the seats to keep the system in place on the roughest of roads. To open the safe, simply place the RFID wristband, key fob or decal over the reader, and the safe springs open to present your handgun. At just under $180, it’s an investment to protect an investment. (Cabelas.com)
DON’T PROCRASTINATE THIS YEAR
Whatever you decide this year, avoid the crowds on December 24th. Plan early, and think about the safety of your loved ones. Nothing says you care quite as much as doing everything you can to make sure all your loved ones are protected from harm! GW
Even Santa knowsthat the gift of self-defense is the greatest gift of all!
Closed, the Tactical Walls Shelf looks like an everyday wall decoration and gives you a place to display your decorative items. However, inside the Tactical Walls Shelf, your handgun rests in comfort and is ready when needed in an instant.
IRight: The TACTIKKA +RGB is light, yet powerful, with 250 lumens. It providesplenty of light to illuminate that “bump in the night,” so as not to blind Santa, who’sjust doing his job.
Left: SOG Knives has been making sturdy, dependable, beautiful knives and other tools for decades.The Kiku collection is as stunning as it is functional. The Kiku 4-inch fixed-blade (rear) and the Kiku assisted-open folder are just two in this collection.
The F4 Tactical offers a second option in a defensive situation. It delivers a mixture of OC spray and UV dye for when deadly force is not an option but the situation still needs to be diffused. (Photo: Pro Defense Tactical)
Lightning packed into a phone case is the only way to describe the Yellow Jacket. It’s packed with enough juice to jolt your assailant and give you time to escape. The added plus is that you get added battery life for your phone. (Note: This device is not recommended for jumpstarting Rudolph’s nose.)
The Hornady RAPiD Safe is a great gift for anyone who is on the road a lot and sometimes must leave their gun in the car. With the rise in gun thefts from vehicles, don’t risk your sidearm to an unlocked glovebox. (Photo: Hornady)