Basics of Pepper Spray


Oleoresin Capsicum, commonly called “Pepper Spray”, is the most commonly used defensive spray in the United States.

What does Pepper Spray do?

Generally what happens when someone gets sprayed is:

These effects are not guaranteed to happen.

Do not expect pepper gas to incapacitate but rather be something that will give you time to escape an attacker.

Common patterns of dispersion

  • Stream (Think of a Squirt Gun)
    • Pros:
      • Maximizes range
      • More Resistant to Wind & Weather
    • Cons
      • Not readily inhaled
      • Harder to hit target
      • Requires greater degree of accuracy
  • Foam (Think of shaving cream)
    • Pros
    • Cons
      • May ‘blowback’ on user in windy conditions
      • May ‘glob’ onto clothing or skin, preventing effective atomization
      • It can be thrown back at you
  • Burst or Fog (Akin to Wasp & Hornet Spray)
    • Readily inhaled
    • High volume of product put out in short duration
    • Causes the most cross contamination

Selecting a Pepper Spray Can Model

  • Mace, Sabre, Fox, and Guardian OC are the most reputable brands of pepper spray.
  • Go with a “Flip Top” model over one that requires you to twist the switch and then push down.

Carrying Pepper Spray

  • I do not consider bag/off body/purse carry as a viable means of carrying pepper gas.
  • The best methods for carrying pepper gas are:
    • Belt Mounted Holster or Kydex Sheath
      • A custom kydex rig can make the deployment smooth and fast.
    • Keychain
    • Front pants pocket
    • Back pants pocket

Conclusion

  • One of my favorite things about pepper gas is that it gives you another use of force option for situations that may not merit deadly force but in which unarmed combatives may not be the best option.
  • Pepper spray makes a solid defensive device for places in which guns and knives are a “NO-GO”.
  • You can purchase pepper spray for about $7 a unit so they should be looked at as disposable weapons.
    • They are also something to send your daughter off to college with after showing her basic principles of personal defense and how to deploy the gas effectively.
Pepper spray Demonstration; U.S. Marine Corps ...

Pepper spray Demonstration; U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jerry Syrek, an instructor assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Security Department, sprays U.S. Navy Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Joel Pichardo with pepper spray during the one week Auxiliary Security Force Academy held on board NAS Jacksonville. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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