The Best Self Defense Weapons and Guns for Women

The Best Self Defense Weapons and Guns for Women

Finding a really great self-defense weapon for a lady is more difficult than it sounds. The female body curves differently than the male body, so concealing a weapon, especially a handgun, can prove to be difficult. Hauling around a bulky weapon in a purse is also not the best or safe solution.

Whether at home or on the go, we ladies need options when it comes to female-friendly self-defense. We decided to compile a few of our favorite self-defense weapons and guns for women that are light and easily concealable, no matter what the occasion.

Best Self Defense Weapons and Guns for Women

1. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield | Compact Handgun

I have been trying to get my hands on this handgun for quite some time – they are always flying off the shelves. The Shield is a palm-size, slim-and-trim lightweight handgun. It is easily concealable at only six inches long, 4½ inches high, less than an inch thick and weighing just 19 ounces.

The Shield is designed specifically for concealed carry, whether in a slim-line holster or a purse. Many law enforcement officers have begun carrying this handgun as backup. It can serve either as a primary citizen-carry tool or a full-power, no-compromise backup for off-duty law enforcement officers.
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2. Kimber Pepper Blaster II | Pepper Spray

For a non-lethal option, the Kimber Pepper Blaster II stands out as an innovative and convenient choice. Unlike traditional bulky pepper sprays, this slim device easily fits into a pocket, ensuring quick accessibility when needed. The gel solution it deploys provides a longer shelf life compared to aerosol sprays, offering peace of mind to users. This non-lethal option proves effective in deterring attackers while providing a safe distance between the user and the threat.

3. Paracord Monkey Fist

The Paracord Monkey Fist serves as a versatile and discreet self-defense tool with survival applications. Its compact design allows for easy concealment, making it a practical option for personal safety. Despite its unassuming appearance, the power it packs can effectively deter and slow down any potential attacker. Understanding the utility of the Paracord Monkey Fist adds a layer of preparedness to any woman's self-defense strategy.

4. Gerber Ridge Open Assist Knife

A compact and lightweight self-defense knife is an essential tool, and the Gerber Ridge Open Assist Knife perfectly fits the bill. Slightly taller than a tube of lipstick and weighing only 1.5 ounces, this knife features a serrated high carbon stainless steel blade. Its easy one-handed opening mechanism ensures quick accessibility, and the liner lock system provides security, ensuring the knife deploys only when intended. The Gerber Ridge offers a discreet yet effective solution for personal protection.

5. Taser Strike Light | Stun Gun

For those uncomfortable with carrying a handgun, the Taser Strike Light presents a compelling alternative. Combining a stun gun with a flashlight, this dual-purpose device enhances personal safety, especially during nighttime encounters. The integration of a flashlight adds an extra layer of protection, providing visibility in low-light situations. The Taser Strike Light caters to individuals seeking a non-lethal yet potent self-defense option.


Selecting the right self-defense tools is a crucial aspect of personal safety, and women face unique considerations due to their body shapes and preferences. The options discussed in this comprehensive guide offer a range of choices, from compact handguns to non-lethal alternatives, ensuring that women can find the perfect self-defense solution for any situation. By understanding the features and benefits of each option, individuals can make informed decisions to enhance their personal security. Preparedness and awareness are key, and this guide empowers women with the knowledge needed to make confident choices in self-defense.

Do you know how to keep your weapons hidden, but accessible, in your home?

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Apr 11, 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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8 Responses to :
The Best Self Defense Weapons and Guns for Women

  1. jolene velarde says:

    I personally carry the water bottle from “Black Label”. Its practical, functional & still feminine enough to not look like a weapon!

  2. Bob the Gun Geezer says:

    Hey Ladies — when some 250 pound, horny, drug-crazed thug grabs you and expects to have his way with you, there is only ONE of the self-defense weapons on this list that I would recommend — a GUN!!! You need something that will immediately neutralize the threat, can fire as many shots as needed to put him down (and keep him down), and can do it long before he gets close enough to grab you and put you in a choke hold. All the rest of the weapons listed are only going to p*** him off and make him really mad! The only possible exception is the Kimber Pepper Blaster which is actually a pepper shooting gun — much more effective than the typical aerosol pepper sprays. It would be useful in a crowded place where your bullets might strike innocent persons. But you should still carry a GUN for backup in case the limit of two shots from the Pepper Blaster don’t do the trick. Practice, practice and periodically practice some more with whatever GUN you choose until using it becomes a natural reflex. And mentally condition yourself that your life is much more valuable than that of your attacker, so that you will have no qualms or hesitation about pulling the trigger when fractions of a second could mean the difference between you surviving — or NOT.

  3. Joe says:

    Dear ladies
    Please do not pull a pocket knife on an assailant for defensive purposes… especially one as diminutive as that (not to mention, its a Gerber. Move along) A blade that short couldn’t reach any vitals easily even if you had training.
    Also, the stun gun is an equally bad idea. The tasers that fire prongs into you actually work insanely well to neutralize a threat… but anything requiring you to get in close and make contact with your attacker will 1) put you in more danger and 2) not even really be that effective. Tasers work because the two prongs have the two different charges and your body connects the circuit. Stun guns have a preconnected circuit, meaning you are not at all effecting them on a neurological level, and are merely just causing them temporary burning pain (which anybody who has been stunned once can fight through)
    The mace, while typically a good choice, also has its cons. Mace would have little effect on an attacker amped up on uppers, the wind could be blowing in the wrong direction, splashback, indoors, etc. I’d still suggest mace over the knife or the stun gun though.
    I don’t believe I have to say anything about the monkeyball.
    I guess the moral of the story here is get a gun. It’s the best. Mace is your second best choice. And learn to fight.

    1. Leila says:

      That was my first thought reading this list. My Dad is in the military and he always said that a knife is a bad choice, especially for women. We have smaller and weaker hands, wrists and arms making it easy to quickly disarm us. Especially if you have had no training in how to fight with a knife. Get a gun, practice, practice, practice. Know what you will say, make sure drawing your gun an flipping off the safety are second nature to you and make sure you are confidant inn hitting your target. Stay safe!

  4. Robert Swafford says:

    This is a great article and hope to hear more about this.

  5. Steve says:

    I think the motto pepper spray and run away is the best for women’s self defense. Nice post with good info here!

  6. Robert M says:

    Very good list. I think what most people don’t realize is that women have different needs than men when it comes to self defense, especially guns. We wrote about this here: Maybe someone will find it useful. Anyways, thank you yet for another great article.
    – Robert M

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