I like all kinds of gear, and I always enjoy checking out the new stuff that hits the market. Tactical pens are a new type of tool that many people wouldn’t expect. I thought they were a joke at first, but after doing some research I find myself intrigued by these unassuming little weapons. That is why today I am reviewing Smith and Wesson’s Military and Police Tactical Pen. S&W’s version has been around for some time and have been recently increasing in popularity because they are unassuming yet incredibly lethal carry options. Plus, they double as sweet pens.
Smith and Wesson’s tactical pen is machined from T6061 aircraft aluminum making it both lightweight and strong and it is anodized a jet black for a durable and stealthy finish. The pen actually writes quite well and can be refilled with a variety of ink cartridges, including the Fischer Space Pen refills (If you haven’t tried one, space pens are great for a non-lethal pen alternative).
What I like about this pen is that the cap is a pop off cap vs. a screw cap. That makes it much easier to use this pen for writing. The fits very securely to either end of the pen. It’s so secure you could attach this pen to a lanyard or belt loop as an alternative to its sturdy pocket clip.
As for the effectiveness of this pen as a weapon, well, the end is very focused. If you were to have to use this and hit someone in the head there is no doubt in my mind that you would fracture their skull. The pen feels very good in the hand. Naturally, in a self defense encounter I would much rather have a gun or even a good folding knife, but this pen adds some versatility to your every day carry – plus, it’s a sweet pen.