Why Pepper Spray Should Be Your Nonlethal Weapon Of Choice
Effectiveness, Cost, Legality, and Ease of Use
Pepper Spray is the most popular non-lethal weapon for self-defense and for good reason. Pepper spray is very affordable and has an 80 to 90% efficiency rating when it comes to defending against assailants. While the second most popular non-lethal self-defense weapon, stun guns are not legal in several states, pepper sprays are legal everywhere. A big advantage of using pepper spray as a self-defense tool is that you can avoid being in close contact with your attacker.
Many pepper sprays are small enough to be easily concealed. There are some that even come on or can be attached to keychains, so they can be quickly accessed whenever you need one. For safety’s sake, you should have at least one with you at all times. Pepper spray is effective, but only if you have it with you! That’s why we love this KeyGuard Carabiner Pepper Spray from Mace brand.
The Mace Brand Carabiner pepper spray is ideal for carrying on your keys or backpack. It has a hinged safety cap that opens to reveal the actuator button and even has an orientation tab that allows you to feel when the unit is properly aimed.
Pepper spray will not protect you just because you are carrying it. Many people make the mistake of buying pepper spray for self-defense and not practicing using it. They end up spraying themselves in the face or not being able to get it to spray because they do not properly test their spray before they are in a state of need. Unless you train to use any tool or weapon under stress, you will experience the “freeze response.” Your mind will go blank and you will forget that you even have the weapon. One great benefit of this unit is that once you can practice all you need because once you deplete the contents of KeyGuard Carabiner you can refill the device with the Mace Brand Refill Unit.
Of course, we tested this little beauty out. We like that with the simple flip of your thumb you can open the cap and press the button. Yet it doesn’t come open so easy as to accidentally go off. It has been windy every day here and not wanting to have the full pepper spray experience I gave the button a short press with the nozzle angled downward. The dispersal was an even cone of spray that traveled an impressive distance and speed. Even with being cautious, we ended up breathing in a very small amount of the vapor and WOW this stuff is strong. With living in a rural community we are self-reliant when it comes to home and personal protection. This device offers us a non-lethal means of defense when more drastic measures aren’t warranted.
Pepper spray works by inflaming the mucous membranes of the attacker’s eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. This causes them to instantly close their eyes and be temporarily blinded by the sudden onslaught. Attackers encounter breathing problems as the pepper spray is extremely pungent. The effects usually last 30 – 45 minutes, depending on its potency. But it’s in the first few seconds that you can make your escape to safety. It’s a great self-defense weapon because it can immediately incapacitate your attacker, giving you the few seconds you need to run for cover.
Consider the OC potency, range, and delivery method of the pepper spray canister you are considering to purchasing. The Mace Brand Carabiner pepper spray model sprays in a cone pattern, has up to 6 bursts and has a 5 foot range. Mace Brand Carabiner pepper spray is a formulation of 10% Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) and its effects should lessen in approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
You should not rely solely on a weapon or personal protection devices, such as pepper spray or mace, against aggression from a violent criminal. When it comes to your safety, awareness is often your best defense. Also, physical fighting skills will enhance your personal protection defense.
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