The more skills you posses the more options you have available in a crisis and the better you will look to the court following any action you take.  If your sole self-defense option is a snub revolver you can expect the state’s criminal prosecutor, your attacker’s civil attorney and the local media to portray you as the proverbial “hammer that went in search of a nail.” A mix of alternative force options helps you to avoid being that hammer. Some of the better second tier alternative force options include: pepper spray, a personal tactical flashlight and empty hands martial art fundamentals. Third tier alternative force options include: folding knife skills, various Kubotan-style micro batons training, weapon retention skills and first-aid skills. Any skills that employ tools like the folding knife, pepper spray, or micro baton can be applied to a near limitless supply of improvised objects.  A personal tactical flashlight is so innocuous it can often be carried into the most restrictive anti-weapon environments. Skills like weapon retention, martial arts and first-aid require no additional space on your belt and can be “carried” anywhere. 

Training in all these skills is available to the legally armed citizen throughout the country and available through many experienced and qualified defense tactics (DT) trainers. The advantage DT programs have over traditional martial arts programs is the learning curve.  A DT course is designed from the ground up to give an “average” policeman (older than the typical bad guy) or the “average” police woman (smaller than the typical bad guy) proven self-defense skills after only a few days of training while an equivalent martial arts programs require years. DT skills translate readily to the lawfully armed citizen.