Last week I was talking to a parent of one of the teenagers I teach martial arts to. It came up in conversation that besides teaching karate, I sell self-defense products online. Giving him a very brief 15-second elevator pitch I continued, “I sell pepper spray, stun guns, telescopic batons…” At that, he kinda recoiled and scoffed “Oh, pepper spray I don’t like that stuff. I was at real estate safety training run by an ex-cop. He said that pepper spray was the worst thing you could ever use. All it does is spray back in your face.”
I returned a similar scrunched face, and then he said “But I guess everyone has their own opinion.” I responded, “Yeah, I certainly don’t agree with that. Pepper spray is one of the most effective and easily used self-defense tools. It sounds like that ex-cop had a ‘lack of training’ issue.” To that, he smiled and nodded in agreement, but I didn’t have time to talk further, I had to get on the mat and start class.
Pepper Spray Facts
Pepper spray is a non-lethal self-defense tool that can be used to temporarily incapacitate an attacker. It is effective against both men and women, regardless of size or strength. Pepper spray is also easy to use and can be deployed quickly and easily in a self-defense situation.
Here are some of the reasons why pepper spray is a superior self-defense tool:
- It is non-lethal. Pepper spray does not kill or injure an attacker, but it does incapacitate them for a short period of time. This gives you time to escape or call for help.
- It is effective against both men and women. Pepper spray is not affected by the attacker’s size or strength, so it can be used effectively on both men and women.
- It is easy to use. Pepper spray can be deployed quickly and easily with one hand. This is important in a self-defense situation, where you may not have time to fumble with a weapon.
- It is legal to carry in most places. Pepper spray is legal to carry in most states and countries. This means that you can carry it with you for self-defense without fear of being arrested.
If you are looking for a non-lethal self-defense tool that is effective, easy to use, and legal to carry, then pepper spray is a great option. It can give you the peace of mind that you are prepared to defend yourself in the event of an attack.
Here are some additional tips for using pepper spray in a self-defense situation:
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you feel like you are in danger, try to remove yourself from the situation. If you cannot remove yourself, try to de-escalate the situation by talking calmly to the attacker.
- Deploy the pepper spray from a safe distance. Pepper spray can irritate your eyes and skin, so it is important to deploy it from a safe distance. Aim for the attacker’s face and eyes.
- After you have deployed the pepper spray, get away from the attacker as quickly as possible. Do not try to engage the attacker after you have used pepper spray.
Pepper spray is a valuable self-defense tool, but it is not a guarantee of safety. If you are attacked, use pepper spray as a last resort and try to get away from the attacker as quickly as possible.
How to use Pepper Spray Safely and Effectively
it is important to use pepper spray safely and effectively. Here are some tips:
- Choose the right pepper spray for your needs. There are different types of pepper spray available, each with its strengths and weaknesses. Some factors to consider when choosing pepper spray include the size of the canister, the range of the spray, and the type of pepper spray used. You can also choose from different spray patterns such as stream, fogger, or gel.
- Be familiar with how to use pepper spray. Read the included instructions on the back of your package. Before you need to use pepper spray, practice deploying it in a safe environment. There are also inert practice defensive sprays you can practice with. This will help you become familiar with the spray and how to use it effectively. Also, practice drawing the pepper spray from the location you are storing it. It is recommended to use a pepper spray keychain model so you always have it with you. Get in the habit of holding your keys by the pepper spray canister so you always have it ready to go.
- Deploy pepper spray from a safe distance. Pepper spray can irritate your eyes and skin, so it is important to deploy it from a safe distance. Aim for the attacker’s face and eyes.
- After you have deployed pepper spray, get away from the attacker as quickly as possible. Do not try to engage the attacker after you have used pepper spray.
- If you are sprayed with pepper spray, flush your eyes with water immediately. You may also want to take a shower or use a saline solution to help remove the pepper spray from your skin. You may also have Take Down OC Relief Decontamination Spray in a close vicinity if you often carry pepper spray and are worried about blowback.
Here are some additional safety tips for using pepper spray:
- Do not use pepper spray in enclosed spaces. The spray can linger in the air and affect you as well as the attacker. As soon as you deploy your pepper spray, get away to a safe location.
- Do not use pepper spray if you are facing the wind. If you live in windy areas, you may opt to use pepper gel, which is more resistant to blowing back at you.
- Do not use pepper spray if you are not in immediate danger. Pepper spray is a last resort self-defense tool. If you can safely remove yourself from the situation, do so.
Unfortunately, I seem to be fighting an uphill battle getting the word out on the importance of having pepper spray, especially when I have well-meaning, but misinformed ex-cops working against me.
As I have said many times, every man, woman, and child should carry self-defense products. Pepper spray and stun guns for grown-ups, and personal alarms for kids. We may not have enough to currently arm every one of the 334,233,854+ citizens in the US, but we have plenty to start ticking away. Our pepper spray is made in America, please so feel free to keep my entire supply chain gainfully employed. Buy all you want, we will make more!
As always, be safe and be prepared.