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8 Ways to Spot a Bad Self Defense Product

Yay! Finally got my newest article up today! It’s titled, “8 Ways to Spot a Bad Self Defense Product Before It Kills You.”

Long title, long article. Slaughters a few sacred cows and lets slip a few industry secrets.

Want to know another secret? What sparked this article was the pile of brochures that have been arriving in my mailbox in preparation for SHOT Show. One of the new ‘latest and greatest’ offerings looks to me like a horrendously bad idea — something that I could tell by a glance at the advertisement even without getting my hands on the product itself.

Here’s the clue on that one: If the carry device is intended to mimic another piece of emergency rescue equipment, it’s probably a bad idea. When you need a fire extinguisher or a first aid kit, your gun just isn’t the right tool for that job and you sure don’t want to be grabbing it by mistake.

Go read the new article and let me know what you think of it here. What other red flags would you suggest?

5 Responses to 8 Ways to Spot a Bad Self Defense Product

  1. JD says:

    I don’t know about any flags, but if this doesn’t fit the bill of something to avoid I don’t know what does.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=o6FYr0N3xt8#t=0

    • Here’s the red flag I see on that one:

      If part of the sales pitch is, ‘When you use our product, you won’t have to learn how to shoot!’

      That covers a multitude of similar sins, doesn’t it?

  2. Tam says:

    Because misery loves company, you should read this, too.

    My soul hurts.

  3. larryarnold says:

    Does this product, in use, make me look like a cop. For instance, concealed carry badges. We aren’t cops, and shouldn’t want to be.

    Or a ninja. It’s concealed carry for a reason.

    Can I explain why this is a self-defense product to a jury?

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