Getting the Most Out of Your Tactical Pen
A tactical pen looks like an ordinary pen, but it has a pointed tip that is designed to be used as a weapon. Some tactical pens are also heavy enough to hit someone with or to break glass. Small and easy to conceal, they are a popular choice for people who may need to defend themselves but do not care to carry a traditional weapon such as a gun or a knife.
If you carry a tactical pen, you should have a plan for using it if you are attacked. Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your tactical pen.
Surprise Your Attacker
Capitalize on the element of surprise. It’s unlikely that an attacker will expect you to pull out what looks like an ordinary pen and begin stabbing or bludgeoning them with it. You can use this to your advantage by quickly going on the offensive before your assailant has the time to process what is happening.
Know Where on the Body to Strike
You can strike with a tactical pen on any part of the body, but strikes in certain areas are more effective than others. On the head, look for an opportunity to strike the eyes, ears, nose and throat. On the upper body, strike the base of the neck, the armpit, the sternum or the ribs. If you can strike the hands, aim for the knuckles or the back of the hand. A strike to the solar plexus is very effective. Lower body strikes that are particularly effective include the groin, the knee and the thigh.
If you use the tactical pen as a bludgeon, any sensitive area will be affected. Knees, groins, and even the insteps of feet are particularly sensitive to being struck with a blunt object. Striking these areas repeatedly and with as much force as you can muster will have the most impact.
Remember that you want to subdue your assailant to the point where they cannot continue to attack you or follow you. Once you get them to that point, run and get help.
Strike early and often. Use repeated strikes, delivered quickly and with as much force as you can generate. This is no time to hesitate or to second guess yourself. Be as aggressive as you can. Your attacker may be surprised that you are fighting back, and this will work in your favor, giving you those few extra seconds that can make the difference between getting hurt and getting away.
Keep going until you can get away from the person who is attacking you. While you may stun an assailant with the first strike of your tactical pen, you may need to strike several more times. You want to get to the point where either your attacker leaves because they know they will be unable to subdue you without further risk to themselves, or you can escape.
Hang on To Your Pen
A tactical pen has an advantage over some other weapons of self-defense in that it is difficult for it to be used against the person wielding it. Other weapons such as pepper spray, can be easily turned on you as you try to use them against an attacker. The only time a tactical pen could be used against you is if you drop it and it is picked up by your assailant, so be very careful not to drop it.
Breaking Glass to Escape
A tactical pen can also be used to break glass or other objects. Some tactical pens are made of heavyweight stainless steel, making them useful for breaking windows so that you can escape. If you are trapped in a room and need to break a window to get out, your tactical pen may provide enough force to do that. If you are in a car that has become submerged in water, you can break a window in the car through which you can escape, or which will equalize the pressure, allowing you to open the car door and escape that way.
You may also be able to escape from restraints such as duct tape or zip ties using your tactical pen. If you can maneuver sufficiently to be able to cut the restraints, your pen’s pointed tip will be a handy way to cut or puncture whatever it is that is binding you.
Remember That It Is a Weapon
When you use your tactical pen, keep in mind that it is a weapon. It can wound and, in some cases, kill. If you use it as a weapon, you could be held responsible in the same way you would if you used another type of weapon such as a knife or a gun. If you get into a situation in which you have to use your tactical pen, even in self-defense, remember that you could be charged. It would be presumed that you knew it was a weapon when you purchased it.
It Can Be Used in Extreme Conditions
Because of the material they are made from, which is usually aluminum or stainless steel, tactical pens can be used in extreme temperatures. Some pens can be used in temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero, or as high as 200 or more degrees.
It’s Still a Pen
Of course, your tactical pen can always be used as a pen. Most tactical pens can be refilled with readily available ink cartridges, so you’ll never run out of ink. In fact, using your tactical pen as your everyday pen is a good way to make sure that you’re never without it, should you need it for self-defense as well.
Buying a tactical pen is a good first step in defending yourself if you are ever attacked. Having a plan in case you ever need to use it will help ensure that it is as effective as it can be.