Self defense key chains are a must for any woman. We all carry keys, so why not use them to our advantage in a life threatening situation?
While you may have never thought to use a key chain to take down an attacker, don’t dismiss it’s effectiveness in doing so. In fact, these things are so deadly that they are illegal in many states. And don’t try to get past airport security with one either. You will be detained and possibly even charged. Put the kitty into your checked baggage.
Self Defense Key Chains: The Bad Kitty
Perhaps the most popular and deadly device disguised as a key chain is the cat ear self defense key chain. While cute and innocent looking enough to be passed off as an accessory, this kitty can do some serious damage. In an instant, the eyes of the cat become finger holes and the ears, spikes. A few blows anywhere on the body with the bad kitty is sure to inflict significant damage. All you really need it to do, though, is buy you enough time to get away.
These cat ear self defense key chains come in a variety of styles and colors. They are also made of many different kinds of materials. While I would recommend a steel or aluminum kitty over a plastic kitty, all can be equally effective. My friend Tammy at Stunning Ladies has a great variety of these for sale on her website, so check them out! She also includes a free snap away ring with every purchase. I will go into why that is important next.
Self Defense Key Chains: Situational Awareness
I have said before that one of the key things that will keep you safe is staying very aware of your surroundings. At all times. Don’t walk across a parking lot with your face in your phone, and always be aware of every person and every door within 50 feet of you. If you conceal carry a gun, wear it every day. And if you carry a kitty key chain, carry it properly.
To get the best use of your self defense key chain, always walk with your fingers in the eye holes of the kitty. I walk with my two middle left hand fingers in the eyes, because I want to be able to draw my gun without hesitation with my right hand. If you are not carrying a firearm, feel free to use whichever hand you want to.
When you get to your car, snap the kitty off of your keys and make a quick assessment of your surroundings. Including all around your car and in the back seat. Place the hand with the kitty behind your back as you unlock your car. Quickly get in, lock the doors, and start the engine. The reason you want to separate your keys from the kitty is that now you have weapons in both hands were you to be attacked. The keys in your right hand can become a “key knife fist” and the kitty in your left a set of spiked brass knuckles.
The first few seconds in and out of your car are when you are most vulnerable. You have two options: run or fight. Run if you can but have the upper hand if you are forced to fight.
Self Defense Key Chains: Legal or Not?
This really all depends on where you live. In many states (CA, IL, MA, NY, MI, MO, VT) these are classified as brass knuckles and are illegal. In other states, you may need to be of a certain age or need a conceal carry permit to legally carry one. The statutes mainly apply to the “metal” self defense key chains; hence the reason for the plastic ones. Don’t underestimate the damage a plastic kitty can do! They actually stab quite well and scratch deeply with ease.
Check your state’s laws regarding purchase and possession of self defense key chains. Online retailers should flag you if your state prohibits them. And like I said above, don’t try to get one past airport security. Even if it is plastic.
Self Defense Key Chains: More Than Just The Kitty
In addition to the famed “kitty,” these key chains come in a variety of other designs. There are dogs, skulls, monsters and many others. So if you have a man in your life, he can carry one more suited to his needs.
Other types of self defense key chains include the “monkey ball,” kubotan spikes, mace, and tasers. All of these are viable alternative choices to aid you in self protection, but each comes with good and bad reasons for choosing them. Ultimately, it is up to you to choose the best methods of protection to suit your needs.
Self Defense Key Chains: What Are You Waiting For?!
Self defense key chains are cheap! The metal versions go for $8 – $15 each, and the plastic ones for 2 or even 3 for $10. Why wouldn’t you get one? Even though I carry a concealed firearm every day, I still also carry a defensive kitty on my keys. I want to be sure that I am always prepared, and prepared in multiple ways in case of an unforeseen circumstance. Like being caught off guard, for example. For this low of a price, you can afford to get several, and they also make GREAT gifts!