Tips On How To Use Pepper Sprays Properly

In today’s article we’re discussing what pepper sprays are but more importantly tips on how to use them properly.

In our informative story ‘Everything You Need To Know About Pepper Spray’ I cited an article in the journal Medical News Today that defined pepper spray or OC (oleoresin capsicum) spray “as a lachrymatory agent (meaning it can cause teary eyes and a runny nose)-a compound that makes the eyes tearful. The active ingredient in pepper spray is also an inflammatory agent that swells up the eyes and mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract, it causes pain, and often temporary blindness. It is used in self-defense against human and animal attack, as well as for riot and crowd control” (by law enforcement).

According to every available source, it is the largest selling nonlethal product for self-defense in the world, largely because it is legal in most countries whereas other self-defense products such as stun guns, for example, are illegal. You may even have a defensive spray, but do you know how to use it correctly? Here are some tips on the proper usage of them.

Before you get a pepper spray, know what the laws are in your state. They are legal in all 50 states, but some cities and states have restrictions on the potency of them and the ingredients that are allowed in them.

This may seem a little bit silly but know what the capabilities of your pepper spray are before you use it. Every pepper spray has an expiration date stamped on the bottom of the canister. If it has expired, the pepper spray will do you no good. Also if the pepper spray has a maximum range of 8 feet and your target is 15 feet away, your spray will not work at disabling the assailant.

Our third tip would be to know how to grip the pepper spray and access the button to activate it. Some sprays have built-in finger grips that help in aiming. Not all of these defensive sprays are activated the same way so make sure you know how to activate yours. Some sprays have a flip top safety and others slide from left to right or vice versa. The reason this is important to know is that when the time comes to use the product, and it will come, you don’t want to be fiddling around trying to figure out what to do.


MACE Pepper Gun

Almost all sprays need to be held in an upright position. There are a few exceptions; notably the Mace pepper gun, one of the most effective defensive sprays you can get.

And the last tip is to practice using your pepper spray. Get used to the feel with using the spray in outdoor conditions which is more than likely where you will be. Even a slight breeze can blow the pepper spray off target unless it uses the delivery system called a ballistic stream that is meant to overcome (in most cases) the effects of wind.

For civilians, pepper sprays are the number one self-defense product. They are inexpensive, reliable and legal just about everywhere including foreign countries. They can disable an assailant long enough for potential victims to get away and seek help.

Law enforcement agencies have been using pepper sprays for nearly half a century to help them in doing their jobs. They are part of the “continuum of force” all law enforcement agencies use starting with a lawful order all the way up to the deadly force of a handgun.

Every law enforcement officer in the country carries pepper spray on his utility belt. What does that say about the effectiveness of it? Isn’t that the best endorsement you can get?

We have 120 Pepper Sprays from all the major manufacturers for you to choose from. That makes the largest number of choices in any one place on the Internet.

Please share with us your secrets about pepper spray. Do you have pepper spray? Have you used it? How have you used it? Don’t be bashful-tell all!