Small high-performance flashlights have over the years become a must-have accessory, they are small, quite affordable and come in handy for several purposes. Most EDC (Every Day Carry) flashlights are adjustable from as low as 50 lumens, to up to 1600 lumens, with a battery life that can run into several months. The adjustable beam feature gives you the flexibility to either utilize the flashlight as a regular flashlight or a weapon where the need arises.
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In the event that a need arises where you need to defend yourself, your EDC flashlight can be used as a weapon for that purpose. Here are a few practical ways to use EDC flashlight for self defense:
1. Directing the light beam directly towards the face of an attacker
With the capacity to beam up to a thousand lumens at a few rapid clicks, shining your EDC flashlight directly towards the eyes of an attacker will significantly distort their vision, and depending on how much contact is made, will cause temporary blindness. This is a great self-defense mechanism that gives you enough time to either physically attack or get away from an assailant.
2. Hitting the attacker with the flashlight
Although small, your average EDC flashlight is made of pretty rugged material like metal. Hitting an attacker with a small flashlight in vulnerable spots like the eye, throat or groin area can pack a punch. Most EDC flashlights also have protruding metal hedges or bezels which are sometimes sharp. This can also be used to inflict minor injuries to vulnerable spots on the attacker, enough to buy you time to get away.
3. Throwing the flash light at the attacker
Similar to the hitting an attacker with your flashlight, you can also throw the flashlight at your attacker. Although it is often times recommended that the light be beamed directly at the attacker’s eyes, where you do not have enough time to try options 1 and 2 above, this is always a last resort option if you confident of your throwing accuracy. The impact of an average EDC flashlight weighing between 2.5 to 5 ounces thrown directly towards an attacker’s face can inflict minor injuries, especially to the face, enough to buy you time to escape.
Applying some of the tips provided above are additional ways to get the best out of your EDC flashlight to defend yourself if the need arises.