How Average Joe Defends Self & Family

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“You have a 67% better chance of walking away from a hostile encounter if you defend yourself with simple techniques!!”


“The best defense against a surprise attack is not to be “surprised” … Bruce Lee

July 2018… Average Joe Survival is a site dedicated to simple self-defense techniques & a review of lethal & non-lethal weapons. Most tactical techniques & weaponry featured come with videos on the basics of protecting yourself in the event of an assault.

Hopefully you haven’t been up to this point… but if you have been in threatening situation where it has turned violent, the physical & emotional scars can last a lifetime! Nobody wants to be a victim, however the 2016 statistics from the FBI tell a chilling story of increasing violent attacks in this country:

  • In 2016, there were an estimated 1,248,185 violent crimes
  • Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses increased 8.6 percent when compared with estimates from 2015.
  • Aggravated assault increased 5.1 percent 
  • Rape (legacy definition) increased offenses increased 4.9 percent
  • Violent crime was 386.3 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants

In 2016, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced 5.7 million violent victimizations—a rate of 21.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons

US Government Bureau of Justice Statistics

The reason why i put this site together is that the world is becoming an increasingly violent environment for everyday people like you & I… the Average Joe’s! Here you will find everyday / legal items & personal self-defense techniques that will increase your & your families chance of survival such as:

    • Flashlights
    • Keys Chains
    • Knives
    • Batons
    • Rings
    • Salt Guns
    • Stun Guns
    • Pens

Average Joe Survival tools & techniques Dan Kleinke brick break

My name is Dan Kleinke and over the last 23 years, I have had the honor of training with some of the greatest martial artist on the planet. Everything from full contact kickboxing to some of the deadliest styles of Korean Hapkido & Tae Kwon Do… not only as a continuous student, but also as an instructor with a current rank of 3rd Degree blackbelt.
I am also a Army veteran who proudly served six years.
(photo on the right is me going through 5 brinks when I tested for 2nd Degree)

My “5 Golden” Self-Defense Rules!

  1. Have a Plan! Nobody wants to be a victim of an assault, however you may be involved in a situation where you where it’s going to happen and you are attacked. Having a basic plan & practice it with someone you are comfortable.
  2. ALWAYS Be Aware of Your Environment! Many attacks can be prevented by monitoring your surroundings. We all know about the “leaving at night/ parked in a dark lot” scenario, however many attacks happen that could have been avoided. Stay away from potential assault situations like events were people have been drinking heavily, jogging in remote areas (especially with headphones on), etc. Listen to your instincts… if the hairs on the back of your neck is starting to rise, get out.
  3. Determine Your Level of Commitment if Assaulted! When it comes to protective weapons, are you comfortable with carrying a lethal 9mm pistol… and actually using it? How about a non-lethal options such as a stun gun or taser, maybe something as simple as pepper spray or just more self-defense training (your own body has plenty of weapons)? Get comfortable with any of the above protective measures that you would not hesitate to use if attacked.
  5. Do Not Hesitate if Attacked: All the research of self defense weapons & training will do you no good if you freeze when assaulted. That is why I preach choosing the weapon / technique you are most comfortable with & practice your plan. The more you practice, the more confidence you will have & the less you will need to think


Lethal & Non-Lethal Weapons

Smith & Wesson SWMP4L

8.6in Folding Knife

  • 3.6in Clip
  • Point Blade
  • Aluminum Handle
  • Outdoor Tactical Survival
  • Everyday Carry
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Smith & Wesson SWMP4L 8.6in Stainless Steel Assisted Folding Knife with 3.6in Clip Point Blade and Aluminum Handle for Outdoor Tactical Survival and Everyday Carry

DIMENSIONS: 8.6 inch (21.8 cm) overall length with a blade length of 3.6 inches (9.1 cm) and a weight of 7.6 ounces.
DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 4034 Black Oxide S.S. with a black aluminum handle with rubber inlay
DEPENDABLE: Quick and easy access with the convenient pocket clip, flipper/finger actuator and M.A.G.I.C. assisted opening
VIDEO SABRE Tactical Stun Gun & LED Flashlight — Delivers 1.139 Serious Pain Inducing microCoulombs & 80 Lumen —Life Time Warranty & Training Video IncludedSECURE: Have confidence that the blade will not slip with the security of the liner lock and safety lock
BE PREPARED: Knife features an ambidextrous thumb plate

Other Options to Fit Your Needs: 

Sabre 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray 

  • Police Strength
  • Compact Size with Clip
  • Max Protection – 35 shots, up to 5x’s more

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    • MAXIMUM STOPPING POWER – Max strength formula is backed by our in-house HPLC laboratory – guarantees max stopping power, eliminate the 30% failure rate noted with other pepper spray brands (Univ of Utah study); + UV marking dye helps suspect ID41xpRcMBzKL pepper spray for self-defense & tactical protection
    • #1 PEPPER SPRAY BRAND TRUSTED BY POLICE AND CONSUMERS WORLDWIDE – Including New York, Chicago PD, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s & U.S. Marshals; Made in the U.S.A. and ISO 9001:2008 certified with a 4-year shelf life from the date of manufacture
    • PROTECTION AT A SAFE DISTANCE AGAINST MULTIPLE THREATS – Impressive 10-foot (3M) range; 35 bursts (up to 5x other brands) in a powerful stream delivery to reduce wind blowback. More bursts mean you can engage more targets from farther away
    • EASILY ACCESSIBLE – Ideal for non-key chain users, clips easily and securely on belt, pocket, or inside backpack or purse. Twist lock safety top prevents accidental discharge.
    • Internal Rechargeable Battery – No expensive batteries to buy
    • Non-Slip Rubber Coating
    • Lifetime Warranty

  • FREE TRAINING VIDEO – packaging includes link to free training video, ensuring you are prepared on how to use your SABRE Pepper Spray, in addition to publicly available safety tips on our blog.

Other Options to Fit Your Needs:

SABRE Tactical Stun Gun & LED Flashlight

  • Delivers 1.139 Serious Pain Inducing
  • MicroCoulombs & 80 Lumen
  • Life Time Warranty
  • Training Video Included
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  • PROTECT YOURSELF WITH EXTREME STOPPING POWER! This tactical and strong pain-inducing stun gun has an impressive 1.139 µC charge (intolerable pain)—reliable protection when you need it most! Independently tested by Rassettica Testing Ltd [see exam certificate on left]sabre stun gun flashlight tactical self-defense
  • DEFEND UP CLOSE AND AT A DISTANCE – Deliver a very loud & intimidating 95 dB when you deploy your stun gun which sounds like a subway train approaching. Also includes a bright 80 Lumen LED flashlight with high, low and strobe settings
  • TOUGH DESIGN – MADE EASY TO CARRY – Durable aircraft grade aluminum construction; includes belt holster, clip, and wrist strap for instant access; safety switch prevents accidental discharge; includes rechargeable battery (cord included)
  • FREE TRAINING VIDEO – KNOW HOW TO USE – Maximize your safety. Learn how to use your SABRE stun gun before you go out and about with access to a free online training video
  • VIDEO SABRE Tactical Stun Gun & LED Flashlight — Delivers 1.139 Serious Pain Inducing microCoulombs & 80 Lumen —Life Time Warranty & Training Video IncludedLEARN THE TRUTH-WATCH THE VIDEO ON THE LEFT! – Volts DO NOT INDICATE strength! The US Natl Inst of Justice confirms CHARGE, measured in microCoulombs (µC), is the TRUE measure of strength! 0.5–1.0 µC = PAIN | 1.0+ µC = INTOLERABLE PAIN

    Other Options to Fit Your Needs:

    ATOMIC BEAR Tactical Pen

    Self Defense Pen and Window Breaker 

    • Used in Police and Military Gear
    • Best Defense Ballpoint Pens
    • Free pouch
    • 2nd ink refill
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    • BADASS WEAPON THAT WILL GO UNNOTICED – The SWAT Pen writes smoothly and evenly and can smash through about anything. Includes 2 large ink refills and a belt pouch. Compatible with: Atomic Bear ink tactical pen self-defenserefills, Parker, Fisher Space, Rite in the Rain, etc.
    • MADE FOR THE LONG HAUL – Comes with a LIFETIME warranty. Feels high quality, balanced and is rugged enough to handle the unexpected. With a tough machined military grade aluminum body & ultra-hard glass-breaker tip. Not too heavy. Great grip with thumb rest for maximum striking power.
    • IN CASE THE DAY TAKES A TURN – Added to your tactical gear, this self defense pen and the FREE video training are giving you the extra layer of security you need anywhere you go.

    Tactical pen for self-defense video▶ Includes 2 Hrs of Online Training

    We constantly invest in innovation to serve YOU with the products you need. Our products systematically get better ratings, #americapride, and are sold across the Country. You will love everything about this pen. Just in case, we offer a risk-free LIFETIME satisfaction Guarantee.

    Other Options to Fit Your Needs:

    Langxun 2 Pack Keychain

    Folding Pocket Knife / Self Defense Keychain Knife

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      • Keychain Size: Weight-0.75 oz | Open Size-4.9 in | Floding Size-2.8 in | Blade Size-2.1 in | Clour-Black | Packing Quantity-2 pcsLangxun 2 Pack Keychain Folding Pocket Knife / Self Defense Keychain Knife
      • Key Shape Design: This key knife is made from stainless steel, key chain tool conceals a compact blade in the size of a standard house key.
      • Safe and Versatile Knife: Imitate the design of the backlock additional safety while the knife’s in the open position, it can be used as a box cutter or camping, hunting, fishing, kitchen. Can be attached to your keys and in a critical moment can be self-defense.
      • Gift Ideas: Graduation, anniversary, birthday, gifts for him or her, mothers day gifts, college student gift ideas, daughter, bachelorette party.
      • After-service: Comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

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    The Ultimate Self-Defense Tactical Flashlight & Baton

    • StrikeLight The Ultimate Self_Defense Tactical Flashlight & Baton

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      • Made from solid aluminium, this is a serious self-defense tool that can take out any attacker, big or small.
      • At simple twist of the handle this will extend another 4 inches allowing you to strike from a large distance.
      • It also works as a blinding flashlight with 3 light functions. The first function is full brightness, the 2nd is half power and the 3rd function is strobe lights.
      • On top of this you can also adjust the light size. Keep the strike light closed for a wider light. This is best for close combat. Then twist and extend the baton and the light becomes smaller and more focused. Use this feature for long distances.

      Tactical pen for self-defense video

      Check out the VIDEO for more information on this incredible weapon and the capabilities it has to offer in self-defense

    Other Options to Fit Your Needs:


Rotobow Titanium Self Defense Ring

Keychain | Tool | Tactical Gear

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  • Self defense ring is made from high strength titanium alloy.
  • Premium quality titanium and high precision manufacturing makes this titanium ring a perfect everyday carry tool Rotobow Titanium Self Defense Ring keychain tool and tactical gear
  • Tactical rings are easy to carry in your pocket or keychain.
  • Titanium is a perfect material for everyday carry due to its lightweight, strength, corrosion resistant and non-allergic
  • Self Defense Ring size: 22 mm; Thickness: 8 mm; Weight: 18 g

“The item fit just right, and I was expecting it to be larger. Perfect size. It arrived sooner than I thought it would as well. I highly recommend.”

“A high-quailty hunk of titanium! Put in your pocket until you need it!”

Other Options to Fit Your Needs:

Salt Supply Pepper Spray Gun Self Defense Kit

Long Range Pepper Spray Gun

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  • ALL IN ONE KIT – Each SALT self defense kit includes 1 pepper spray gun, 10 pepper spray rounds, 10 practice rounds, 1 magazine (7-round), 1 lockable case (lock not included), 1 easy to follow user manual. (12 gram, non-threaded CO2 not included)
  • LONG DISTANCE FOR YOUR PROTECTION – 150+ feet and 21 shots of proven range vs. 6-10 feet for normal pepper spray.
  • MILITARY STRENGTH – Proven safe and effective by agencies including the U.S. Military, State police and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  • MOST RELIABLE – Our military strength pepper spray has a 5-year shelf life (more than double the industry standard).
  • EASY TO USE – No violent kick or loud bang when fired. Can be loaded ready to use indefinitely, so when you’re in need, SALT is ready.

Other Options to Fit Your Needs:

VIPERTEK VTS-989 Self Defense Stun Gun

– 230 Million Volt

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  • VIPERTEK VTS-989 Heavy Duty Stun Gun
  • Extremely Powerful Built in LED Flashlight
  • Rechargeable Battery – No expensive batteries to buy
  • Ultra-Sharp Spike Electrodes helps penetrate through thick clothing
  • Snatch Prevention – Should an assailant try to snatch the device from you, the shock plates on the side of the unit will also deliver a high voltage shock.

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This type of chaos & violence in the past been has typically been secluded to certain parts of a major city or international regions like the Middle East. Times have changed and ordinary citizens in this great country have been physical & emotionally effected in increasing numbers, many times resulting in death of innocent family members.