Should You Carry a Tactical Pen?

Should You Carry a Tactical Pen?
Should You Carry a Tactical Pen?

When I walk out of the house I have a ton of stuff in my pockets. And unlike some friends of mine, all of the items I carry are practical. For instance, I don’t have fish hooks in my pockets or a water filter or a signal mirror and whistle.

I have my Glock 19 in an inside the waistband holster. I have a spare magazine, my cell phone, car keys, a blank piece of paper (to write down brilliant ideas that never seem to come), credit cards and cash, a Benchmade knife that clips to my pocket and a tactical pen that also clips to my pocket.

Now, if you carry concealed, I’ll bet that most of those items are what you carry too, except perhaps for the tactical pen, and in this article, I want to change that. You see, I think every person that carries a gun should carry a tactical pen too.


Well, first off, I believe that you should always have a pen on you anyway. And if you’re going to have a pen in your pocket it might as well be one that serves a purpose and not the ballpoint pen you brought home from the last motel you stayed at.

The second reason to have a tactical pen is that it gives you a less than lethal option to deal with a potential attacker. For example, on their duty belts, police officers’ carry their gun, a baton, pepper spray, and stun guns. The last three items give the officer a chance to use less than lethal force on a suspect so they don’t have to immediately resort to their gun. (Which is what would likely happen if they didn’t carry anything else.)

And as civilians, I think that you and I should have a less than lethal option too. Just picture this and tell me what you think is going to look better: Let’s say that, heaven forbid, you had to use your firearm in self-defense and shoot somebody. And that you’re sitting in front of a jury as some scumbag lawyer is saying how you were a trigger happy person who was just looking to shoot someone that day. And this lawyer points out that all you had on you was a gun because if someone ever messed with you, you always planned to shoot them.

Or, what if that same lawyer was trying to portray you as a trigger-happy person and you could say to the jury “The last thing I would ever want to do is be forced to defend myself by shooting someone, which is why I carry a tactical pen on me at all times. But since the robber pulled a knife on me I knew the pen wouldn’t stop a knife so I had to draw my gun and shoot.”

Now I’m no lawyer…

But I’d imagine that it’s going to look better in front of a jury if you can show that you had other options on your person. Of course, there are other less than lethal choices such as pepper spray, but I prefer the tactical pen. After all, as I mentioned earlier, I carry a pen on me every day anyway, so why not a tactical pen?

Perhaps you’re wondering what tactical pen I carry? Well, I looked around at all different types of pens. I looked at fancy pens costing all the way up to $200, to Smith and Wesson pens for around $40. What I ended up buying was a Maxam pen which costs about $30, but I think you can find it cheaper if you search online. It has solid construction and the ink cartridges are refillable.

Before I forget, another big bonus of the tactical pen is the fact that you can carry it places that you can’t bring a gun. For instance, we know that we can’t bring a gun into the airport. (Yes you can check it in your luggage, but you can’t bring it in your carry- on.) Well, I just got back from vacation in Puerto Rico and I brought my tactical pen with me. I’ve never had a problem getting it through airport security and either has anyone else I know.

In addition, if you happen to live in Maryland, California, or New York, where it’s next to impossible to carry concealed, at least a tactical pen gives you another tool at your disposal to defend yourself. So if you haven’t thought about it before, I would certainly consider getting yourself a tactical pen this week (or at least some type of less than lethal option.)