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Pepper Spray

 Here are the basic FAQs for pepper spray along with a great selection of a wide variety of sprays. If you have any question just drop me an email at rick@myhightechsecurity.com

 

What is pepper spray?

 Pepper spray (or OC spray, which comes from oleoresin capsicum, the active ingredient) is designed to temporarily blind a person through a lachrymatory agent which causes tears, pain, and swelling of the eyes. It doesn’t require a direct hit but the closer to the eyes it gets the better it works.

 What is OC (oleoresin capsicum)?

 Those who enjoy eating hot peppers know the “burn” they can experience. That feeling is caused by capsaicin. This chemical is present in all hot peppers. It is extracted, purified, and mixed with other inert chemical compounds such as propylene glycol so that it can dissolve in water. The mixture comes in various strengths depending upon the amount and quality of capsaicin in the compound.

 How does pepper spray work?

 The capsaicin and other chemicals are placed in a container under pressure. When the trigger is pushed or pulled, the chemicals spray out in various forms, depending upon the type of canister you have. Normally it is either a mist or a more concentrated spray. When the chemicals hit the face it is akin to rubbing an extremely hot pepper directly across the eyeballs. The eyes get immediately irritated, begin swelling and tearing, and the person may even fall down from the pain. This gives you time enough to run or seek help. The chemical works well on either people or animals.

 How strong is my pepper spray?

 The best measurement is to look for the shu rating. This tells the scoville heat units. The more the better, with a 2,000,000-unit spray sufficient for almost all needs. You can also look for the OC percentage, which is often expressed around 10, 15 or 20%. However, since the OC in one spray may actually be hotter in one spray brand versus another a 10% spray may be more effective than a higher percentage spray. All of our pepper spray works well.

 Does pepper spray work and what are the effects?

 Pepper spray mostly works but it is not a magic wand. There are some few people who are naturally more immune to the effects of the spray, and others who work hard at getting used to the spray and still being effective. Other than those, yes it does work if used properly. Spraying into a strong wind may get the spray on you instead of the other person. Spraying them in the knee might not work as well as you want. If you do it correct, they will be incapacitated for about 30 minutes. Blindness is quite common during that period. However, don’t stick around to see what happens, I have personally seen a person take a full shot of pepper spray in the face and still have enough willpower and energy to tackle the shooter and wrestle him to the ground.

  

I hope you learned a little in this pepper spray FAQ. Be sure to look around the store and see what you can use for you self-defense and protection. 

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