- Best Weapon for Self-Defense
- May you legally carry the weapon?
- May the weapon be deployed quickly?
- May the weapon be used effectively?
- Are you capable of using the weapon effectively?
- Will the weapon’s effect be fast enough?
- Will you have the will to use the weapon?
- What if the attacker takes the weapon?
- Knives as self-defense weapons
- Firearms as self-defense weapons
- Best firearms for self-defense
- Best firearms for home defense
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May you legally carry the weapon?
No weapon is effective unless you have it with you and not all weapons are legal for you to carry, or they may have limitations on where or how they may be carried. A .44 magnum revolver is highly intimidating and very effective but it is too bulky to carry with you in all situations. Even in states that permit concealed carry, you are limited as to where you can carry, and, in many situations, it is not in your best interests to carry, such as to a business meeting.
While smaller firearms may not be as effective as larger ones, they are better for continuous carry since they are easily concealed and easier to carry. This means they will usually be there when you need them, whereas bigger weapons may not always with you. The same holds true for knives and any other weapon. For any weapon to be an effective self-defense weapon it must be legal for you to carry, you must be proficient with it, and you must have it with you at all times.