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Mace Pepper Gun

Mace Pepper Gun

Mace Pepper Gun

The Mace Pepper Gun is a great self defense tool. The advantage of the Mace gun over traditional pepper sprays is it’s ease of use. A typical key-chain pepper spray with a pull down actuator is a little more difficult to aim accurately. However, because the Mace gun has a trigger similar to an actual firearm, it’s easier to keep steady and results in a more accurate aim.

Mace Pepper Guns are refillable. The replacement cartridges are 28 grams (about 1 oz) and water-filled practices cartridges are also available.

It’s a pepper-packed self-defense weapon, containing a canister of 10% OC pepper spray. It can send a stream of liquid whoop-ass 25 feet and make any predator cry like a school girl.

Pink MACE Pepper Gun

Pink MACE Pepper Gun

The MACE™ PEPPER GUN uses an advanced delivery system utilizing patented Bag-in-a-Can™ Technology. This system allows the pepper spray to spray like an aerosol in a continuous fashion from any angle, even when the Pepper Gun is held upside down. Sprays 7 blasts up to 25 feet. Trigger activated LED light allows for better aim and temporarily disorients intruder.

Mace Pepper Gun is available in 4 colors; Black; Sky Blue; Pink; and Silver

Mace Pepper Gun comes with:

  • Pepper Gun dispenser
  • One 28 gram OC cartridge
  • One water test cartridge
  • Batteries (for LED light)
  • Sprays up to 25 feet
  • OC cartridge contains up to seven 25-foot blasts
  • Pepper Gun comes with water yest cartridge

It retails for $69.95 and replacement cartridges are $21.95. Practice cartridges and holster are also available.

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How To Shoot Pepper Spray

Police Issue Pepper Spray

Police Issue Pepper Spray

In the last 10 years, pepper spray has increased in popularity as a means of self protection for women around the world. However, pepper spray education and instruction in how to use it, have not kept pace with the overall rise in sales.

The results have been predictable, record numbers of women who own pepper spray but have no practical knowledge of when to deploy it or how to use it properly.

There have been reports of accidental discharges, misfires, women spraying themselves while attempting to fight off an attacker and perps taking taking the pepper spray away and using it against their victims.

Pepper spray makes a great choice for self defense; it’s non-lethal, inexpensive, easy to use, small, inconspicuous and extremely effective when used properly. So the important thing is to learn how to use it and practice with a water-based practice spray to become proficient in how to deploy it correctly.

The following tips will help you to use pepper spray the proper way so that you’ll avoid accidental discharge and insure that you hit your intended target while minimizing the risk to yourself.

BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Having a canister of pepper spray on your key-chain, in your purse or in your car will not help you one bit if you allow an attacker to surprise you. You need to know what’s going on around you at all times and have your pepper spray in hand and ready to use while you are walking to and from your vehicle.

Pay attention to your surroundings and be ready, you may only have a second or two to react.

React Quickly And Confidently

React Quickly And Confidently

REACT QUICKLY AND WITH CONFIDENCE

Remember, the objective is to surprise the attacker. Pull out your pepper spray only when you are prepared to use it. Don’t give the attacker any time to think and react to it.

When you’re ready to shoot, go into a slight crouch with your feet about shoulder width apart and evenly balanced.

Hold your non-shooting hand out and yell stop as you shoot. This will focus your energy on the task at hand and may draw the attacker’s attention toward your hand and away from the pepper spray. It also gives you time to raise and aim the spray before you shoot.

NOTE: Some women may not want to use one hand because they may not be able to aim accurately unless they hold the spray with both hands. Either way, determine which method works best for you by practicing first.

Hold your shooting hand steady as you shoot, never thrust your hand forward as it will affect your aim. Make sure that your upper body remains balanced and still. This will allow you to aim more accurately and with consistency.

As you fire, step backward slightly, but don’t turn your back on him! This will give you more time, create more distance between you and the attacker and draws the attacker into the spray. While stepping back, do so in a slow, steady and deliberate manner while trying to limit upper body movement as much as possible.

Don’t shut your eyes while spraying. You need to see where you are shooting. If your aim is off slightly, simply adjust your aim and continue shooting.

Don’t wave the spray like a fire hose, this does nothing but waste the spray. Aim, shoot and look where you are hitting and correct if necessary.

Aim for the head and shoulders. Shooting for about 2-3 seconds is usually adequate. At this point, an attacker will normally pause for a moment while he tries to gather himself as the pain and uncontrollable coughing spasms set in. Once he’s disabled, stop spraying, and escape.

Water-Based Practice Spray

Water-Based Practice Spray

PRACTICE

Shooting pepper spray accurately is like any athletic activity, it requires practice to achieve perfection. No one would dream of using martial arts to protect themselves without first practicing, so why would you do that with pepper spray?

Don’t wait until something bad happens until you first use your spray. Buy a water-based inert spray to practice with, until you are comfortable using it.

BUY SOME PEPPER SPRAY!

So now it’s time to purchase some spray. Do you want a 1/2 oz key-chain model, or a larger one to keep in your purse? Would you prefer a stream or a fogger? Which one is better, pepper gel, pepper foam or OC pepper spray?

There are many options to choose from and the best way to determine which one is right for you, is to visit our pepper spray guide.

So, educate yourself, practice and don’t depend on anyone else for protection. Take it upon yourself to provide your own protection and you’ll feel safer and more confidant. Good luck and stay safe!

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Pepper Spray – How To Choose The Right One

Habanero Peppers

We’ve blogged about how pepper spray and other self defense weapons have been used against an attacker and how effective it can be as self defense tool. However one of the things that we haven’t mentioned, but just as important, is how to choose the right one.

Pepper Spray comes in many different sizes, shapes, strengths and dispersal patterns so, picking one can be a bit confusing. So, lets break down the various types of defensive sprays based on three characteristics;

  1. Chemical Composition
  2. Formulation
  3. Delivery Method

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

There are three types of defensive sprays on the market today. OC is the only one refered to as “Pepper Spray” because it’s actually made from hot chile peppers. CS and CN are considered “Tear Gas” and are made from chemicals.

  1. CS (Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile)
  2. CN (alphachloroacetaphenone)
  3. OC (Oleoresin Capsicum)

Police use Tear Gas for riot control, but it’s also available for civilian use

CS and CN (commonly called tear gas) are chemical irritants that affect the membrane tissues. Tear gas works by irritating mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, and causes crying, sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, pain in the eyes, temporary blindness.

It will also burn the skin where sweaty and or sunburned. In highly concentrated doses it can also induce severe coughing and vomiting. Almost all of the immediate effects wear off within an hour, although the feeling of burning and highly irritated skin may persist for hours.

Also, both CS and CN are man-made chemicals that are carcinogens and may lead to long-term health problems.

OC Pepper Spray

OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) generally referred to as Pepper Spray, is the most common and effective defensive spray. OC is an inflammatory agent, unlike CS and CN which are irritants. OC is not a man-made chemical, it is created from a variety of hot pepper plants and as a result, is natural, non-toxic and causes no permanent damage. OC begins working immediately, and typically takes about thirty to forty minutes for its effects to subside.

OC dilates the eye capillaries, which causes temporary blindness. Next, it enters the throat and inflames breathing tissue, resulting in severe coughing. Therefore, its effective on people under the influence of drugs who might not feel pain. The attacker is still able to breathe, so OC isn’t life threatening, but is extremely debilitating and uncomfortable.

Scoville Heat Chart

FORMULATION – SHU’S

Pepper Sprays come in a range of concentrations from 1% to 18%. Most people believe that 18% is the best because it’s made up of the highest concentration of OC. However, the best method to determine a pepper spray’s effectiveness is to find out the heat rating. The heat rating of OC pepper spray is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU’s). The SHU for a standard bell pepper is 0, while Habanero peppers are approximately 200,000 to 300,000. Many OC Pepper Sprays have an SHU of between 1,000,00 to 3,000,000. So, purchasing OC pepper spray with a concentration of 18% is fine, but the most important thing to consider is the heat rating. Pepper Spray with a higher heat rating will incapacitate an attacker and make him more uncomfortable than a pepper spray with a lower heat rating.

DELIVERY METHOD

The next thing to consider is the delivery method. This is just as significant as the formulation in determining which Pepper Spray is right for you. Each delivery method has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. The delivery methods are; the stream, fogger, foam, gel and combination.

Stream

Stream

The stream works in a way similar to a high pressure garden hose nozzle. A large amount of spray being forced through a small opening in a short amount of time.

Advantages
The stream has the largest range, up to 20 feet, so you will be able to keep a safe distance between you and the attacker. It’s made up of heavy droplets so it’s not likely to be affected by strong winds and won’t blow back into your direction. The stream can be shot directly into an attackers face, making it particularly effective. The stream is the only model available in the popular key-chain version that many women like.

Disadvantages
Although the stream has the best range, the user must be precise in their aim, which could prove to be difficult under the stress of the circumstances. If an attacker is within close range, it may be tough to get an accurate shot to the face. The stream doesn’t last as long as some of the other models. Shooting a large amount of spray means you will empty your canister quickly. The stream doesn’t create a mist-like barrier so a direct hit to the face is required for it to be effective.

Fogger

Fogger

The fogger, as its name implies, creates a fog-like spray pattern. It is made up of much finer droplets than the stream, so it lingers in the air much longer.

Advantages
Foggers are under high pressure, so the range is nearly equivalent to the stream, about 15 feet. The fogger also creates a mist-like barrier, that hovers in the air for several minutes, which makes it effective against multiple assailants. The fogger is especially effective indoors. Spraying the fogger in a doorway or hallway will make it nearly impenetrable. This is ideal if you need to hold an off attacker for a few minutes to give yourself time to escape through a window or another door.

Disadvantages
Because Foggers are under high pressure and they discharge a large amount of spray, you’ll empty your canister pretty quickly. Foggers could be affected by heavy winds and blow back in the users direction. Not available in the key-chain model.

Foam

Pepper Foam

The pepper foam looks like a foam-type shaving cream and can cover an attacker’s entire face, making it difficult to see.

Advantages
The pepper foam sticks to the face and any attempt to wipe it off will cause deeper penetration into the skin. It includes a UV dye that marks the attacker for law enforcement to identify him. The range is good at 8 to 10 feet.

Disadvantages
It doesn’t create a barrier like the cone mist or the fogger. The user must aim accurately to achieve a direct hit to the face. Not available in the key-chain model.

Pepper Gel

Pepper Gel

The pepper gel is a glue-like substance that reacts similar to the pepper foam and sticks to an attacker’s skin.

Advantages
The pepper gel sticks to the face like glue. Like the Pepper Foam it marks the attacker’s face for law enforcement to identity easily. The pepper gel has an excellent 18 foot range. Any attempt to wipe it off, causes further penetration into the skin.

Disadvantages
It doesn’t create a barrier like the cone mist or fogger. The user must aim accurately to achieve a direct hit to the face. Not available in the key-chain model.

Combination Spray

Mace Combo Spray

A combo spray combines the the effects of OC Pepper Spray, CN Tear Gas, and UV dye to create a triple threat to an attacker.

Advantages
The OC causes the eyes to burn and induces an uncontrollable coughing attack. The CN causes intense burning and disorientation. The UV dye marks the attackers face for law enforcement. The combo comes in a stream and fogger model.

Disadvantages
Because it contains CN gas, it does have chemicals in it that can cause long term health risks. Not a big problem for you, just your attacker, unless you accidentally spray it on yourself or the wind blows it back in your face. Also, it’s not available in the smaller key-chain model that many women prefer.

There really is no right or wrong defensive spray, it’s really just a matter of preference. Do you want something with a longer range, or would you rather have a spray that doesn’t require perfect aim? Do you want a smaller key-chain model or a larger one to keep in your purse? These are questions that only you can answer, but hopefully you now know enough about the various options that your decision will be eaiser.

So now that you have a better idea of what type of defensive spray to buy, it’s also important to learn how to use it. It’s not as simple as point and shoot. Many women purchase pepper spray without being properly trained on how to use it.

So next time we’ll discuss techniques on how to shoot your pepper spray to maximize your chances off success.

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iPhone Pepper Spray

Self Defense? There's An App For That!

iPhone cases come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but this one is definitely an original. A European company named Piexon has developed SmartGuard, an iPhone case that also serves as a pepper spray case. It’s designed to protect both the phone with a durable case, and the user with a can of pepper spray.

iPepper

A small canister of pepper spray clips into the case along with your iPhone. In the event of an attack it can be quickly deployed. Play Angry Birds on the iPhone then fight off angry robbers with the pepper spray.

According to the manufacturer, it provides 6, 1/2 second bursts at a approximate range of 5 feet. The pepper spray is disposable and replacement units are available. The case retails for about $35.00 and replacement pepper spray canisters sell for around $20 bucks. I’m sure iPhone users will be disappointed that there isn’t an app to disperse the pepper spray, but I’m sure there are enterprising app designers working on one as we speak!

The jury is still out on this product. Not sure if it’s a great idea to have pepper spray that close to your face when answering a call. Of course we advocate people carrying some type of self defense weapon, but we’re unsure how iPhone users will feel about the added bulk. Also, the canister looks pretty small, I doubt if it’s even 2 ounces.

However, if it helps people to protect themselves I guess we’re all for it!

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Pepper Spray Defense

So recently, on Fox News, Megan Kelly said that pepper spray was “…basically a food product.” Well, this apparently set off a major uproar among some in the media, and so called civil libertarians. So, lets take a closer look and analyze her comments for accuracy, shall we?

She says “…it’s a derivative of actual pepper, it’s a food product essentially.”

OK let’s take a look at the first part;

“…it’s a derivative of actual pepper…”.

Well, modern pepper spray is made from a compound called OC. (Oleoresin Capsicum)

  • Capsicum is the genus of plants that pepper spray is made from.
  • Oleoresin is a naturally occurring mixture of oil and a resin extracted from various plants.
  • Capsaicin is a colorless, pungent crystalline compound that is derived from capsicum and is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes.

All hot peppers contain Capsaicinoids. Capsaicin, the strongest and most commonly mentioned of the Capsaicinoid family, is so hot that a single drop diluted in 100,000 drops of water will produce a blistering of the tongue. It’s pretty clear that OC pepper spray is made from hot pepper plants.

So are we in agreement that pepper spray is a derivative of pepper? If you said yes, congratulations, you’re ready for lesson number two.

In the second part of her statement she says, …”it’s a food product essentially.” OK, I feel silly even having to point this out, but if it means educating some obtuse, reprobates, well I’m all to happy to be of service.

For thousands of years, peppers have been used to add flavor and spice to bland and boring foods. The Aztecs discovered chilies in the wild and began cultivating them almost 6,000 years ago. The Mayan Indians cultivated hot chili peppers and also used them to add flavor to food. Both the Aztecs and Mayans also realized that by burning large quantities of hot chili peppers, they were able to weaponize it to ward off enemies with the smoke. (The first pepper spray?).

Peppers are used today to spice up certain foods to add flavor. Red peppers, green peppers, jalapenos and habaneros are just a few of the many peppers used in food today.

So, it looks like Megan Kelly’s comments are in fact accurate and pepper spray is in fact a food product.
Those of you who would argue otherwise are being disingenuous. (That means liars, for those of you who don’t own a thesaurus.) Pepper spray does produce some discomfort and can be pretty painful. However, its completely free of long term problems and is a great way for cops to deal with miscreants who have nothing better to do than to disrupt the live of normal people.

When Megan Kelly makes a statement calling pepper spray a food product it gives the impression that pepper spray is natural and therefore relatively harmless, which it is! This does not fit the agenda that the Occupy Wall Street Types and their enablers in the Media try to project. They want to convince people that the police are bad and their use of pepper spray is cruel and inhumane. If that is your argument, than make that argument. Give us a well thought out argument why you believe the police are overreaching their authority. Don’t try to mislead people into believing the tactics (in this case pepper spray) used by police are inhumane. Pepper spray can sting, induce coughing and cause temporary blindness. However it has exactly zero permanent or long-term effects.

Get your facts right and make a legitimate argument supporting your position and maybe, just maybe, you might not look so foolish.

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