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Pepper Spray

Question: How far does pepper spray?

Answer: Depending upon the wind, most pepper sprays using a stream spray pattern fire 8 to 12 feet . Pepper sprays using a cone/mist spray fire from 6 to 12 feet.

Question: What is the difference between Pepper Spray and Mace?

Answer: Mace and Pepper Spray are two DIFFERENT self defense products: Traditional chemical mace (CN) is classified as an irritant and is similar to tear gas. Pepper Spray is classified as an inflammatory agent and will immediately incapacitate an assailant.

Question: How long are the effects of Pepper Spray?

Answer: The effects will last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Pepper Spray can disable an attacker long enough for you to get to safety if you are in a threatening situation where you need to defend yourself. The effects aren\'t long term and won\'t kill the attacker.

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Question: What do you do if you get pepper spray in your eyes?

Answer: Wash the exposed area with soap and water to remove all oils and dirt, which might entrap the irritant. Flush the exposed area profusely with cold water three to five minutes.

Question: What is the difference between Pepper Spray and Tear Gas?

Answer: One is a liquid while the other is a gas.Tear gas is not used for self-defense.

Question: Are All Pepper Sprays the Same?

Answer: No, all pepper sprays are not the same. Pepper sprays are rated in two ways: Percentage of Oleoresin Capsicum in the agent itself, and the “hotness” of the spray, which is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU’s).


Everything You Need to Know About Buying Pepper Spray

If you've ever bitten into a chili pepper and in addition to the intense burning in your mouth, found your eyes and nose burning and watering. Then you've experienced a very small sample of the sensations that pepper spray can cause. The pungent "Spicy" heat in peppers comes from naturally occurring chemical analogues called Capsaicinoids. Most OC sprays contain an extract from natural peppers.

Depending on the manufacturing process, pepper spray can be dispensed anywhere from a few inches to several feet away from your target. When the active ingredient contacts the skin, it can temporarily incapacitate an attacker. The attacker experiences intense burning of the skin, nose and eyes, making it difficult to see and affording you an opportunity to leave the area. Some formulas produce a spray, others a foam stream. Still others add a harmless vegetable dye, to help police identify perpetrators.

Non-lethal defense products, like pepper spray, incapacitate your attacker. Since most people don't meet an attacker every day, you have no choice but to carry your pepper spray with you everywhere. Never knowing if you will need it. You carry it in a purse, on a belt, in a pocket; indoors and outdoors; in freezing as well as hot humid weather. Under those conditions, cheaper pepper sprays may fail. So, if one night you or someone you love needs pepper spray, a cheaper brand may not work as expected.

In order to be effective, pepper spray must make contact with a person's or animal's mucus membranes. That would be in the eyes, nostrils and/or mouth. 

Once pepper spray contacts mucous membranes, the effects are as follows:

1. Temporary blindness (involuntary closing and temporary inability to open the eyes - I should stress that OC Spray does not actually alter or impede the physical structure or mechanical operation of the eye or ocular components - it's just the autonomic reaction to the intense burning sensation);

2. Temporary inability to breath (due to swelling of sinus and mucous membranes in the nose and throat and involuntary interruption of autonomic responses);

3. Due to reduced breathing capacity and compromised oxygen transfer (dilated capillaries), many people exposed to pepper spray report experiencing lightheadedness, disorientation, confusion and loss of muscle control. This is particularly what gives the assailant's intended victim that brief window of opportunity to escape.

A sublime skeptic, upon being issued a canister of OC Spray, conducted a self-exposure exercise. He read the instructions and paid especially close attention to the decontamination procedures. Anticipating the worst (or maybe the best - depending how you look at it) he decided that the best place to proceed with the self-exposure test was in his shower to accommodate rapid decontamination. So he stripped himself down and jumped into his shower. He held the canister out at arm’s length and gave himself a brief burst of the pepper spray - upon which gravity carried the excess OC to exactly where you do not want an irritant to contact you. Of course he couldn't see and he had difficulty breathing and his motor coordination was severely limited. He had great difficulty executing the decontamination procedure, but gained supreme confidence in and respect for the effectiveness of pepper spray.

Buying Pepper Spray: Before you make a selection, here is what you should consider:

Dozens of different brands of cheap pepper spray are being sold everywhere online. Some products are advertised as costing just pennies per container. Think about it, there are times when it's smart to buy something cheap. When the product could save your life, cheaper may not be so smart.

· What size and shape canister should you get?

· What strength Pepper Spray do you need?

· Are you a Jogger?

· Do you hike the back country?

· Do you live, work or drive in a high crime area?

· Do you work early or late?

· Are you a student?

· Do you attend venues?

· Do you sometimes socialize with someone you don't know well?

· Are you concerned about vicious dogs, bears and other wild beasts?

· Do you want protection against carjackers, rapists, and muggers?

· Are you concerned about protecting yourself in your own home? 

The Legality of Pepper Spray:

Pepper spray is legal in the United States, which makes it legal in all 50 states. However, states and cities can and do add restrictions. Which also means restrictions to online purchases.

At the bottom of this page, please check PRODUCT LAWS & RESTRICTION for your city or state before purchasing pepper spray.