New Self-defense Hat from FAB Defense

Self-defense ink pens, self-defense key chains, self-defense belt buckles…why not a self-defense hat? The latest addition to the FAB Defense lineup is indeed a hat. If you’re picturing a hat that is itself a weapon, though, you might be a bit disappointed.

The “Gotcha” hat is described by FAB Defense as a “less lethal” design. The weapon isn’t the hat itself but is hidden in the brim of the hat. It’s a personal defense tool meant to be used on pressure points, but it can apparently also be used for restraining or disarming assailants. By all appearances it seems this tool would take some practice to master.


The Gotcha tool is manufactured from MIL-SPEC reinforced polymer composite. FAB Defense lists this as a pro for many reasons, primarily because the tool will not set off metal detectors. A holster of sorts is built into the hat and the company states the tool can be easily drawn from it. According to FAB Defense, attackers would be completely taken by surprise by your drawing a weapon from the brim of your hat. No word on how much pressure or weight it can tolerate or whether it is replaceable, should the tool alone break.

According to the press release, the hat comes in four colors: black, coyote, dark earth, and OD green. On the website those colors differ; instead of coyote, digicam is listed. All are made of 100% cotton and can be personalized by affixing a patch to their fronts. You can take a look online at this link.

MSRP not listed but the hat is sold on some sites for $39.75.

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  • Rousso

    Some dude on Youtube recommends speaking with the Russian accent for self-defense.
    Might be more useful

  • datimes

    I had a self defense fingernail clipper but the TSA took it.

  • John Yossarian

    Not really new, as I remember seeing this product a year or three ago. A neat concept, and a better weapon than fists. One would need to be a practitioner of melee weapons tactics to fully utilize it.

  • alternator

    I actually own it. Not worth $40, but it doesn’t suck.

  • Anomanom

    Or you could get a cap with shot sewed into it for USD 20 and slap your opponent about the head with it like your grandma used to do.

    • Bob

      You beat me to it. I was gonna suggest fishing weights in the back headband…

    • billyoblivion

      Your grandmother wore a cap with shot in it? And hit people?

      My grandmother was Italian. She didn’t wear caps, or move much from her chair. She just made a phone call and then you REALLY got in trouble.

  • Midwest Marco

    The original self defense hat.

  • Al Wise

    Been around for 3 years. Nothing new here.

  • Dickie

    Yeah this is old. Another katie post…smh

  • pithy

    Doesnt this require you be a flat-biller? Thats the real travesty, here–being a flat-biller.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Wow, now that is really dumb.

    I carry a gun so I dont have to wear sh-t like this.

  • Giolli Joker

    This is funny.
    A blog post on this very same product was published on TFB on June 16th 2015… by Katie!
    (I just typed “FAB” in the search field to find it…)

  • iksnilol

    I am expected to defend myself with a hat now?

    • LCON

      coming soon tactical self defence Boxer shorts.

  • SCW

    Someone has been watching a little too much Peaky Blinders on Netflix.

  • These things are just silly; the only practical use of a hat for self defense is to get one that has some weight in the back and sling it at an attacker as a distraction while you either draw a real weapon, close in with a kick, or just good ol’ fashion run like hell. The only way any of those goofy pressure point thingumbobbers are of any use beyond “throw it in their face and run” is if you put in far more effort at MAD NINJA SKILLZ!!! martial arts training than 99.99999% of people will ever have the time and energy for, so if that’s all you’ve got you’re better off using your fists and feet than slowing yourself down reaching for a gimmick.

  • Wanderlust

    By order of the Peaky Blinders!

  • mazkact

    See here 007 this may look like an ordinary baseball cap but on closer inspection…………………………………..

  • SD

    Ah, the Mako Group. One of the worst companies in the industry.

  • garymac66

    Whatever happened to the Sap Hat? It was a ball cap with a lead shot packet sown into the rear panel. Grab the brim and whack a mole across the chops.