Best Tactical Pen Methods: How To Use A Tactical Pen Without Mistakes

Tactical Pen Techniques: The Best Tactical Pen Tactics And Methods

They tazed him three times… and it did NOTHING.

When they finally took him down, he was still fighting.

The judge who sentenced Brian Sanchez-Padilla to 39 total years in prison ruled he used a deadly weapon.

His victims?

Two cops who tried to roust him for sleeping in a public park.

When Sanchez-Padilla got belligerent with the male and female officers, they tried to arrest him…

…and that’s when he went NUTS.

What happened next was a good example of what you DON’T do with a weapon like that.

That’s why you need hear…

How To Avoid 3 Common Tactical Pen Mistakes!

Tactical Pen Techniques: The Best Tactical Pen Tactics And Methods
Tactical Pen Techniques: The Best Tactical Pen Tactics And Methods

Brian Sanchez-Padilla was a strung-out drug addict who left a treatment center early against doctors’ orders.

He was also high on K2, a synthetic marijuana known for its nasty side effects.

That’s why he was sleeping in a park when the two police officers found him.

His lawyer tried to argue in court that the judge shouldn’t have categorized his pen as a deadly weapon.

But the convicted criminal used that pen to repeatedly stab one of the officers near the eye.

In other words, he was trying to BLIND the cop.

In the end, the police took him down, and he was convicted of aggravated assault (with an enhancement for using a deadly weapon).

But when I read that story, I kept thinking about how it illustrates a very dangerous reality of the pen as a weapon.

Given how many of us carry tactical pens these days, we should learn from this nasty example… and keep a few other facts in mind when carrying a tactical pen.

1. The Tactical Pen Is Not A Knife

Look, I know using a criminal as an example is a little weird, but hear me out.

Lots of people carry tactical pens as emergency weapons, and I’m one of them.

The problem is, a lot of us “good guys,” just like “bad guys” like Brian Sanchez-Padilla, think of the tactical pen as a tiny knife.

It isn’t one.

Now yes, people can be and have been stabbed with pens.

A few years back at “Comic-Con,” two fan-boys famously got into an argument about who was sitting too close to whom, and one stabbed the other with a pen “near the eye.”

The result was pretty ineffective, and the victim went to the hospital with a “minor cut.”

The cop Sanchez-Padilla jabbed, by comparison, was injured more, but not enough to stop the two police officers from taking the scumbag down.

In other words, a tactical pen is more like a “tactical poking device” than it is a knife.

But that brings me to…

2. The Tactical Pen Is Not A Precision Weapon!

Last summer, in Harlem, a guy walked up to another dude on a train platform and tried to stab him in the eye with a pen.

He instead hit the victim in the mouth (and then ran off).

Just like the Comic-con pen-stabber, and just like Brian Sanchez-Padilla, that guy found out fast how hard it is to hit a small target with a pen.

Because the pen (tactical or not) is not as sharp as a knife, the only target you can really dig into are the eyes.

The eyes are small compared to the head.

And the head is usually moving, especially in a fight.

Sanchez-Padilla tried and failed to stab out a cop’s eye.

If he had instead used his tactical pen like a kubotan, to concentrate the pressure of his strikes, he might have been able to stop the cops from taking him down.

(Not that we would have wanted him to.)

The point, though, is that if YOU use a tactical pen, you’re not going to make precision strikes to the eyes.

You’ll have to use it more like a kubotan or yawara (the Japanese term for a wooden dowel).

When you do, you’ll use it to concentrate the force of your hand strikes to those targets you CAN hit.

3. The Tactical Pen Is The WORST Option For Security Checkpoints

By now, if you’re like me, you’re probably seeing how you would use a tactical pen as a tool for defense…

…and if you don’t already have one, you’re thinking about getting one, right?

There’s one big problem, though.

Security people are already “hip” to the idea of the tactical pen.

They’ll spot the knurled grip and the all-metal construction, and if you try to take a tactical pen past a security checkpoint…

…they just might take it from you.

For that reason, if you want a pen weapon for flying, or when going past any other security checkpoint, switch out your tactical model for a non-tactical all-metal writing pen.

The Zebra F701, or one of the all-metal Parker pens, are good choices for temporary “security carry.”

For anywhere that isn’t a security area, however, I love a good tactical pen.

They’re sturdy, they have the design features you want in a self-defense tool like this (including good traction for gripping and jabbing), and… well, they’re just freaking cool.

As long as you know what the tactical pen can and can’t do, you can avoid critical mistakes when using it as a weapon.

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Best Tactical Pen: 3 Things To Look For When Shopping

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Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Do you carry a tactical pen?

Are you thinking about buying one?

If we accept the concept, the idea that a very hard, either blunt or pointy object the size of a pen in your pocket is useful for self-defense, then we must then look for what to buy.

How do we know what qualities we require in a tactical pen?

There are many on the market.

There are more on the market than probably are necessary, and thus we have many, many choices in front of us.

So what do we look for?

3 Things To Look For In A Tactical Pen!

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best tactical pen for kubotan, yawara, pocket stick techniques

A tactical pen doesn’t have to be the most expensive on the market.

It doesn’t have to be even the nicest looking.

It does have to have certain qualities, though.

Here, therefore, are 3 things your tactical pen MUST have.

1. It Should Be Large

First of all, your tactical pen needs to be reasonably large.

This is because you need to be able to get a good grip on it, and you need to have some of it sticking out from your hand in order for you to effectively poke the other guy.

There are some very small compact tactical pens on the market.

There are even some small sort of tactical styluses.

They aren’t really long enough.

The smaller the pen is, and the smaller around it is, the harder it’s going to be for you to get a grip on it.

Remember that in a fight the adrenaline dump of an actual self-defense encounter is supposed to turn you into a lobster-clawed helpless mutant, who can only use gross motor functions.

Well, if that’s the case, then you don’t want the tiniest, finest pointed little miniature tactical pen in your pocket.

You want something of reasonably good size that you can wrap your fist around.

2. It Should Be Metal

Your tactical pen should be metal.

Most of the tactical pens on the market are aluminum.

There are some that are made of other metals, like titanium or other relatively lightweight but sturdy metals.

You don’t want plastic.

Anyone can buy a plastic pen.

I suppose in a pinch a plastic pen is better than nothing.

Just like if you were to use a flashlight as a striking implement, a plastic flashlight is better than nothing, but you want a metal flashlight if at all possible.

The fact is, you will have no difficulty finding a metal-bodied tactical pen.

So make sure yours is metal.

3. It Should Be Textured

You want to make sure that that metal is textured, so that the tactical pen will not slip out of your hand.

The exact type of the texturing doesn’t matter.

It could be knurled.

(Knurling is sort of a crosshatch pattern in the metal.)

When you run your hand across it you can feel the friction that the crosshatch pattern creates.

That is when you help your hand not to slip along the barrel of the pen.

It could be fluted, which are sort of grooves cut into the pen.

It could have rings cut into it, looking like something out of a 1950s space movie.

It doesn’t matter, as long as the pen isn’t smooth as glass, and something that will squeeze right out of your grip the moment you have to try and hang onto it.

The pen should be painful.

By that I mean when you jam it into someone else, the end should be small enough that that’s painful.

Almost any pen is going to be this.

It doesn’t matter if it’s rounded, if it’s blunt, if it’s tapered into a very pointy tip.

Some tactical pens are sharp enough at the end that you could stab people with them, with the cap on or off.

(On most tactical pens, the actual writing implement end is sharp enough that you could stab someone with it.)

Any tactical pen with the cap off is sharp enough to stab someone, but many of these tactical pens are tapered, such that you can stab with the body of the pen.

Keep all these factors in mind when you are shopping for your own tactical pen.

You’ll be glad you did.

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Tactical Pen: 3 Things You Need To Know!

Jeff Anderson

Everywhere you turn, these days, you see tactical pens.

These are large, metal, often very pointy and knurled pens that are intended to pass as “everyday carry” items…

…when in fact they are impact weapons.

Now, most people, even those at security checkpoints, will know what these are for.

Some are more aggressive than others.

Some even have gun company logos on them, or other dead-giveaways.

Still, in a lot of cases you can carry a pen where you can’t carry anything else.

And, honestly, I use my tactical pen for writing more than anything else.

But there are some things you need to know if you do carry a tactical pen… and the time comes actually to use it.

3 Things You Need To Know About Using A Tactical Pen!

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Okay, so, the question we naturally have to ask is, HOW do we use a tactical pen?

A lot of people will just tell you to buy one, carry it, and, uh, just kind of… poke them with it?

It turns out there’s more to it than that.

There are specific techniques for using the tactical pen.

The thing is, those techniques aren’t terribly complicated…

…but there is a right way and a wrong way to do them.

1. Hammer Grip Or Pointer Grip

You can hold your tactical pen in your fist in sort of a classic hammer grip, projecting from the top of the hand, or sticking out in sort of a pointer grip.

You can smash with your hammer hand with your pen coming out of the bottom of your hand, or you can poke with the pen coming out of the top of your hand in that pointer grip.

You can extend your index finger along the length of the pen, as if you’re pointing with your finger but you’re really pointing with the pen itself.

These different grips have different amounts of control versus power.

The hammer fist grip with the pen is the most powerful.

  • Make your fist.
  • Your pen projects from the bottom of your hand.
  • You smash, as if you’re trying to hit something on a table top.

2. A Downward Motion Is Most Powerful

The downward motion with the tactical pen is the most powerful technique you can use.

It’s a lot more powerful than just jabbing or poking in a straight line.

Picture an angry Soviet premier pounding the table and going, “We will bury you!”

When you pound with the bottom of your fist, that’s a very powerful motion.

The hammer fist is a very useful natural weapon because when you pound with the bottom of your fist, you’re less likely to injure your hand, even when striking a hard surface.

Well now, shove a pen in there.

You can drive that pen downward with a great deal of force.

You can really stab that pen into whatever you’re attacking.

3. You Don’t Actually Have To Break The Skin

I should stress that when you’re striking with the tactical pen, whether or not you actually penetrate the enemy, whether or not the pen actually enters his body, is not important.

If I stab at you with the pen and the pen pokes you really hard and doesn’t break your skin, it’s still very painful.

Picture being jabbed in the gut with somebody’s fingers.

Most people’s fingers aren’t going to pierce your skin.

But if I take two fingers and I poke you really hard in the stomach, it’s probably going to hurt.

It’s because I’m compressing your body as I’m poking at you.

Well, do that with a rigid implement that can’t feel pain, and is much less likely to break than the bones of your hand, and you’ve got a tactical pen.

It really hurts.

Tactical Pen Tip BONUS: How You Grip It Determines How You Use It

Here’s a fourth, bonus tip in our “trilogy.”

The grips for the tactical pen dictate its use, therefore.

You have your hammer grip, which is where the pen projects beneath your hand and you smash with it.

You have your pointer grip, which is where you sort of poke the pen in front of you as if you’re holding a magic wand, and drive that tip forward.

The pointer grip is useful when attacking the eyes or a target of precision because you want better control over the point of the pen.

When smashing with your hammer fist, you don’t have a whole lot of control over the point.

That’s a very blunt kind of approach.

When poking in a pointer grip it’s much more easy for you to control where the tip of the pen goes, and you can more accurately target something like your opponent’s eyes.

Remember, this isn’t easy even at the best of times because he’s moving around.

He’s not just standing there waiting for you to find his eyeball.

Then there’s the reinforced grip, which takes advantage of your body’s natural neural pathways.

If I take my pen and I hold it in my pen, and I extend my index finger down along the barrel of the pen, such that I’m pointing at you with both my index finger and the pen, my body remembers what it’s like to point and gesture with my index finger.

So wherever I point with my index finger I’m also pointing with the pen.

If it sticks out a little farther than my finger, when I stab with my finger I’m stabbing with the pen.

That is one way of taking advantage of your body’s natural memory for pointing at things, in order to reinforce your accuracy in pointing and sticking with the pen.

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