Who carries a "stinger"?


December 27, 2002, 09:04 PM
Who carries a 'stinger' as non-leathal self-defense? I just bought 4 and divied them out to wife and my 2 young adult female kids.

Anybody ever use one in a defensive event? :)

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George Hill
December 27, 2002, 09:46 PM
Huh? What is it?

Frank Jones
December 27, 2002, 10:07 PM
James Keating's little punching doohickey:


Surprisingly effective. You hold it in your palm and the point sticks out between your fingers. They work very much like brass knuckles, without the...historical baggage.

December 27, 2002, 10:08 PM

Designed by James Keating, made of hard plastic, it concentrates the strike of your fist into a tiny point, delivering your power into a small and devastating pin point strike.

Just wondering who carries one?

December 27, 2002, 10:11 PM
Both my wife and I carry one most of the time, but we've never had to use them, fortunately. I got mine from River City Sheaths, he's made me a number of sheaths over the years, decided to try the stinger as a non-lethal self-defense option. The nice thing, is that being made from plastic means it doesn't show up on a metal detector. It looks pretty non-threatening, so I doubt any LEO would have a problem finding it in your pocket, as long as you were behaving yourself;)

George, it's an impact weapon, you hold it in your closed fist, a rouded "nub" projects just past your closed fingers, if you struck someone, they would experience a much more painful hit than normal. In trained hands, it has even more appications; nerve strike, pressure points etc.
Check out www.rivercitysheaths.com for info and pics.

Huh, while I was slowly typing my repl, 36 people beat me to it!;)

December 27, 2002, 10:20 PM
I own one, and carry one. Love it!

Also gave one to my girlfriend earlier this year, she carries hers daily too.

Wonderful weapon, very effective. I plan on getting several more of them in the future, a couple as spares for myself, and others to give away.
Almost tempted to become a dealer for them, I have that much confidence in 'em.

Been working on a page about the Stinger for a few months... maybe one of these days I'll actually get it finished, heh. :rolleyes:

December 29, 2002, 12:16 PM
Those stingers look good -- effectiveness of a kubotan with the stability and natural hold of brass knuckles. All that for $10. It does require that you be already in grappling range.

I carry an ASP key defender. It serves quadruple duty as key chain, flail, OC dispenser, and kubotan. It works at a variety of distances and works as a distancing weapon. The disadvantages are the greater price (about $25, plus routine replacements for old OC cartridges) and that, at 5-1/2" (not counting the keys), it's a bit unwieldy. I just found out ASP makes a shorter one, a palm defender. I may ask for that for my birthday.

December 29, 2002, 01:53 PM
First time I saw that. Looks like a good idea.

December 29, 2002, 02:20 PM
I just ordered a Stinger.

December 29, 2002, 02:46 PM
Wow, that Pen-gun looks sweet!

You are going to review it for us when it arrives right?

December 29, 2002, 05:57 PM
I prefer brass knuckles....

December 29, 2002, 07:22 PM
Originally posted by WonderNine
I prefer brass knuckles....

Hmm... yes... but are they legal where you live? They arent in most places.

The Stinger is perfectly legal... I mean, afterall, its just an accupressure massaging tool. (Yes, it works for this, rather well.)

December 29, 2002, 09:47 PM
& for those "more elightened" areas that won't accomodate anything that "protrudes", a standard AA "mini-mag"-type flashlight makes for a very decent "tool."

Noncompressable hand-thing, & a very astute hammer-thingy on both ends.

December 29, 2002, 10:15 PM
but, it's just a flashlight!
;) ;)

December 29, 2002, 10:31 PM
That's right.

Merely illumination.

& that carries so many extra thoughts as to never require a discussion.

George Hill
December 30, 2002, 11:55 PM
A roll of quarters works well too.
Of course, so does a small 5 pound sledge.

December 31, 2002, 12:00 AM
I am sure I will post something about it. But I don't think there will be much to say. It is basically a glorified zip gun. But a cool novelty never the less. This months Small Arms Review had a number of articles on pen-guns and I happened to see the ad for this one in Shotgun News the same day I read the articles. I love gadgets like this so I coudln't resist. It will make the perfect companion to my pen-knife. And both will no doubt be safe queens.

Kahr carrier
January 4, 2003, 07:40 AM
A ROLL OF QUARTERS Funny my cronies and I use to carry those in High school.:evil:

Lone Star
January 4, 2003, 07:58 AM
"Stinger" to me means the old OSS/CIA .22 caliber "fountain pen".

This Keating item may violate some laws against brass knuckles and similar devices. Better check local laws.

This sounds like something that fictional heroine Modesty Blaise would use. She got a lot of mileage out of her kongo that sometimes posed as the handle to her purse...

Lone Star

January 4, 2003, 09:43 AM
I just ordered a stinger switchblade ice pick.

January 4, 2003, 12:36 PM
This Keating item may violate some laws against brass knuckles and similar devices. Better check local laws.

The beauty of the thing is that is does not enclose the fingers, it only protrudes, so it doesnt fall into a brass knuckle catagory as the law in a lot of places is worded... but still can, so yes, Lone Wolf makes a good point... best to check.

Personally, while I know its not under state law, I dunno about city laws, but I dont wanna either... Its a massage tool, a pagan fertility symbol, etc. etc. etc. whats so illegal about that? ;)
The nearly 4" knife blade, or the 6" double edged sheath knife, might be of more concern than a little ol' hunk of plastic anyway. :D

January 4, 2003, 03:54 PM
Hmm... yes... but are they legal where you live?

Now that you mentioned it, I never even thought of that.

Of course what difference does it make as I've been carrying without CCL for years.

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