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FL180FL180 MemberPosts: 58 Member
I'm looking into buying a tactical pen and am looking for some recommendations. I've done a little research and some of the features I think I'm interested in are:

A twist function to use the pen. Don't think I want a removable cap, either screw type or click type, as I plan on using the pen part regularly and don't want to have a loose cap to worry about or loosing part of the pen during a self defense scenario.

A pointed end, not worried about a "DNA catcher" but if it had one in addition to a pointed end, that would be fine.

Good quality

Good grip

I've seen some of the S&W models and some from UZI. Most had some of the qualities I'm looking for but not all. What else should I look at? What do you use and why is it a good choice? I not interested in spending a small fortune either. I'm looking in the ballpark of $30.

Thanks!
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  • MississippiBoyMississippiBoy Senior Member Posts: 819 Senior Member
    WTH is a "tactical" pen? Does it have a tiny poison gas canister in it, a la James Bond?
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Why not just carry an ice pick?
    Jerry
  • kmeierskskmeiersks Member Posts: 121 Member
    Tactical pens are solid steel pens that are intended for Everyday carry when and where you cant have a knife or gun. Got a kershaw knife/light/pen combo at walmart for $20. has all the exact features you're looking for. -Kyle
    P.S. Also has glass breaker tip.
  • MississippiBoyMississippiBoy Senior Member Posts: 819 Senior Member
    kmeiersks wrote: »
    Tactical pens are solid steel pens that are intended for Everyday carry when and where you cant have a knife or gun. Got a kershaw knife/light/pen combo at walmart for $20. has all the exact features you're looking for. -Kyle
    P.S. Also has glass breaker tip.

    Ah, I see. Do you need an operator's license to carry one?
  • kmeierskskmeiersks Member Posts: 121 Member
    Dont think so. Here in MI at least im no lawyer but to me its just a heavy steel pen. Therefore not realy a dengerous weapon. Its used more as a last ditch thing. Not for killing but jabbing and stabbing to get the hell outa dodge.
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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Don't go crazy with the glass breaking tip. When you learn how easy it is to break tempered window glass, you realize a regular ball point pen would do the job just right.
    Unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck!
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  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Get yourself pulled over by a cop......when you're signing the ticket....steal his!
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • FL180FL180 Member Posts: 58 Member
    WTH is a "tactical" pen? Does it have a tiny poison gas canister in it, a la James Bond?

    Ha ha ha... I'm not the one that decided to call these things "tactical", that's just what they are called.

    My job requires me to go through airport security multiple times a week and spend several nights in different cities in hotels. I can't bring a traditional self defense weapon of any sort with me so this is a compromise I can use while walking to/from the hotel and dinner. I also bring a very bright and sturdy flashlight that I could also use to defend myself. A "tactical pen" seems like a great option for me since I also do a lot of signing my name, ect...

    Anyway, thanks for the recommendations.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,324 Senior Member
    WTH is a "tactical" pen?

    I'm not sure, but I'm a little dubious about it being mightier than a sword.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • mkk41mkk41 Banned Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    I'm looking for a 'tactical' scotch tape dispenser.
  • Fat BillyFat Billy Senior Member Posts: 1,813 Senior Member
    I'll see your tactical tape despenser and raise you a gas operated stapler. I'm just hoping you don't have a ballistic staple remover. I guess that's why Office Depot works so well. :silly: Later,
    Fat Billy

    Recoil is how you know primer ignition is complete.
  • rallykidrallykid Senior Member Posts: 657 Senior Member
    Walmart has a Kershaw set with the pen, knife and an el heaps flashlight for $20 right now. Picked one up tonight just in case Santa missed out on the deal but I can't open it until Christmas.
    No, I do not have a pink fuzzy bunny fetish but apparently my Facebook hacking wife does.
  • kmeierskskmeiersks Member Posts: 121 Member
    You have been thread skimming rallykid. Auto-matic naughty list. Ho Ho Ho:silly:
  • rallykidrallykid Senior Member Posts: 657 Senior Member
    kmeiersks wrote: »
    You have been thread skimming rallykid. Auto-matic naughty list. Ho Ho Ho:silly:

    I actually read a similar thread on another forum and then read this one. I popped back into his one on my phone when I got home from work and still had the other browser open. So now he knows about it twice and the poor guy on the other forum doesn't know where to look. Must be getting too senile in my old age to handle 2 browser windows at once. I should go let he other guy know about the pen now lol
    No, I do not have a pink fuzzy bunny fetish but apparently my Facebook hacking wife does.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,324 Senior Member
    Fat Billy wrote: »
    I'll see your tactical tape despenser and raise you a gas operated stapler. I'm just hoping you don't have a ballistic staple remover. I guess that's why Office Depot works so well. :silly: Later,

    Hmmm. . .would a Tactical Paperclip double as a carabiner for rappelling? I've been thinking about a Tactical Necktie that can latch onto a single-point AR-15 sling adapter. . .
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • GonzalezGonzalez New Member Posts: 5 New Member
    I guess tactical pen i squit a useful and effective tooln for a self- defense and security purpose. As it has some interesting features in it which is really helpful. And on the other hand it's also easy to keep, carry and use. No problem what-so-ever.
  • FL180FL180 Member Posts: 58 Member
    OK, I get it... Y'all are obviously part of the "I'm anti anything that has the word 'tactical' in its description and anyone that has or wants anything 'tactical' is a wannabe SWAT team member that plays too much 'Call of Duty'" group.

    Forget I asked. Besides, I just bought the new Black Ops game for my XBox so I gotta go gear out for a hard core all day and night marathon of that! Yeah! :cool2:
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,739 Senior Member
    FL180 wrote: »
    OK, I get it... Y'all are obviously part of the "I'm anti anything that has the word 'tactical' in its description and anyone that has or wants anything 'tactical' is a wannabe SWAT team member that plays too much 'Call of Duty'" group.

    Forget I asked. Besides, I just bought the new Black Ops game for my XBox so I gotta go gear out for a hard core all day and night marathon of that! Yeah! :cool2:

    These are tactical pens, people don't freak when they see them and the ones of metal construction can do good damage to the face and neck in short order. (fine christmas gift also)

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    This style of pen is only tactical if no one sees it before you need it.
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    If you want to break glass, just carry a Leatherman.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,871 Senior Member
    Anybody watched "Casino?" Remember Joe Pesci with the ballpoint pen?
    I'm just here for snark.
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    Anybody watched "Casino?" Remember Joe Pesci with the ballpoint pen?

    I remember that scene. One of my favorite movies.
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • Jack BurtonJack Burton Member Posts: 386 Member
    Anybody watched "Casino?" Remember Joe Pesci with the ballpoint pen?

    Yes but can a mafia hit qualify as tactical? I was thinking more of a Jason Bourne knife vs pen fight scenario myself. By the way I disqualify that pen as being tactical on the basis of it lacking at least one picatinny rail. :jester:
    Came for the fishing, stayed for the guns.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,663 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Here's a better option than the pen, and it's pretty likely to slide right through the screening process:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOWEN-Knife-Belt-sz-38-Knife-is-Belt-Buckle-Leather-Belt-Knife-by-BOWEN-/150955804998?pt=Collectible_Knives&hash=item2325aac946

    Jerry

    You get caught with pen, they make you leave it. They catch you with blade, you go to jail.

    Remeber the guy who took one on a plane, then called a radio station to brag about it? They arrested him.
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • Fat BillyFat Billy Senior Member Posts: 1,813 Senior Member
    Just jab an old plactic Bic pen through the spyder, clover, spider web or obsene verbage on the neck of the thug that grabs you and leave or go for your carry gun. If carry gun is already in your hand save the Bic pen and continue like normal. Once pen is inserted pulling back or pushing forward wil enhance the effect. Yes your honor, in fear of my life I swung my arm and the pen in my hand must have punctured the persons neck allowing me to flee. OOPs! :roll: Later,
    Fat Billy

    Recoil is how you know primer ignition is complete.
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Spk wrote: »
    If you want to break glass, just carry a Leatherman.


    You don't need much but a little knowledge to break tempered auto glass. Ive done it with my bare hands (no gloves) before with out the first cut. I've used a car antenna to completely clear a window before. Here is a good example. Most of the time these gimicks for glass punches are made up by people who are looking to make money. Sure I carry a punch because it's something I may have to do every day, but in an emergency believe me, I'm not wasting time looking for something to break out glass!
    Unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck!
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  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,581 Senior Member
    Grandma had a 22 caliber pen.

    Lots of knives, black jacks, scissors, screwdrivers and so on, she worked at a pharmacy and had a gift for taking weapons from drunks and street thugs without them noticing.
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  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,581 Senior Member
    You'd be amazed how much stuff that's "not allowed" easily slips through airport screening.

    Guy I knew just days after 9-11 took a ceramic knife from PR to NYC, both ways, in his carry on, stuck the blade on a tub of toothpaste.
    If this post is non welcomed, I can always give you a recipe for making "tostones".
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,663 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    I get your need. Like I said I even looked for myself for the same reason. I'm just afraid that with the way they look they will be on the next list of banned items and I'll just be donating it to the next La Guardia non-english speaking TSA guy that decides he likes it.

    I wouldn't get a branded one for that reason. If it has Surefire emblazened across it, then it's kinda hard to argue you didn't know it could be used as a weapon....
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • Fat BillyFat Billy Senior Member Posts: 1,813 Senior Member
    Can you get the pens at KGB surplus? The flash light looks like new technoligy. I guess using smaller bullets is effective if they are poison as well. :yikes: Later,
    Fat Billy

    Recoil is how you know primer ignition is complete.
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