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Old 05-23-2015, 06:43 AM   #1
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Pepper Spray Best for Personal Defense?

Folks,
There are a large number of options from Ruger to infinity and beyond. Does anyone have a knowledgeable preference ?

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Old 05-23-2015, 06:47 AM   #2
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I've only heard good things about Fox. There are 3 or 4 I hear recommended; Fox has always been in that group, so I haven't seen any reason to change.
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Old 05-23-2015, 07:28 AM   #3
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I forget which book I read this in, but one source suggested Fox Labs and Sabre Red as the top two.

--DB, who is *not* signing up to be downrange of these things even in training, no way no how...
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What's the self life on pepper spray? I've got a full can of the original Mace and just wondering.
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Old 05-24-2015, 03:40 AM   #5
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Check the container and/or paperwork. I remember reading my first MACE can and calling the company about it. At that time, they said that the issue was possible interactions that made the chemical possibly less usee friendly. I really didn't have an issue with that. The pressure finally leaked out.

If I'm reading the can of my issue stuff correctly, it's good for about 5 years. Our stuff has so many stickers (unit numbers, MSDS labels, etc) plastered over the factory stuff it's impossible to read that brand, hard to read the made date.

Force Science Institute had a recent thing where they mention a controlled condition study that found any/all sprays only 48% effective if the subject had reached a combative state prior to being sprayed.

What I recall from classes is that the effectiveness is due to the total Schoville Heat Units of the the stuff, not specific percentage of pepper essence. So a 3% spray of stuff with very high SHU rating can trump 10% of something less "spicy".
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:37 AM   #6
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Don't really know about the "best" brand of pepper spray. Our issue stuff is Freeze +P. It works.

The whole problem with it in my experience is that while it certainly can be effective at slowing down or stopping a person bent on aggressive action, the distances at which these confrontations usually happen, along with other conditions, tends to...well, let's say spread the effects of the spray among others than the intended target.

I have used, or been present during the use of pepper spray, when the good guys suffered from the effects almost as much as the bad guys.

Nature of the beast. Although directed in stream, it doesn't all stay concentrated in the face of the target. It atomizes, gets in surrounding air, and anyone close by can feel the effects to some degree...burning, watery eyes, mucus flow, coughing...especially in a closed space.

Not an indictment of the product. But like most "weapons" in the defensive tool box, it has it's down side. And if you or yours carries it, you should be aware of them.

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Many years ago I was subjected to several tear gas attacks.
All in training, or the line of duty, Tigerland 1972.
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:33 AM   #8
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To ALL,

I found a can of BEAR STOP spray at an Austin, TX gunshow & it works on BEARS, ATTACK DOGS & PEOPLE too.
(Mace & tear gas do NOT work on animals.)

Let me give everybody some advice: Do NOT spray it into the wind, as you will be REALLY SORRY for a long time, as just one of its components is the FIERY stuff from SCOTCH BONNET PEPPERS.

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Fox Labs has wipes to reduce the burning...somewhat.
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This came to mind...
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What brand was that? I don't want it.
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That video reminds me of the old story about the ranger who was briefing hikers about bears in a national park.

"Your best bet is not to surprise the bear. Wear bells and make noise. As a last resort, carry pepper spray."

"Look for the warning signs of bears in the area: footprints, matted bedding areas, and scat. Black bear scat is generally small, and contains things like berries and seeds. It has very little odor. Grizzly bear scat is generally quite large, contains bones, fur, bits of shredded clothing, and bells. It may smell like pepper spray."
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That video reminds me of the old story about the ranger who was briefing hikers about bears in a national park.

"Your best bet is not to surprise the bear. Wear bells and make noise. As a last resort, carry pepper spray."

"Look for the warning signs of bears in the area: footprints, matted bedding areas, and scat. Black bear scat is generally small, and contains things like berries and seeds. It has very little odor. Grizzly bear scat is generally quite large, contains bones, fur, bits of shredded clothing, and bells. It may smell like pepper spray."
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Oh no, now we are into Black Bear vs. Grizzly stories!

If you are running from a bear and climb a large tree, a Black bear will climb up after you. A Grizzly will just cut the tree down with it's claws.

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Who has heard many, seen one, a Wildlife vid on one of the Discovery channel shows, long range Griz shots, but the closeup was of cute little black bear cubs.
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To ALL,

BEAR STOP was originally manufactured for Alaska Game Wardens, as a NON-lethal defense against GRIZZLIES.

IF you get it on YOU, you'll wish that you had been mauled by the bear, long before the pain lessens..
(I actually KNOW that FACT of personal knowledge. It swells the eyes CLOSED & makes you wish that you hadn't breathed even once. - The wind changed on me, while trying to deter an aggressive Rottweiler from latching onto my tender bod. = That awful stuff STOPPED both of us in our tracks.)

yours, sw

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I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that's had to season a Rottie with some spray. If the spray hadn't stopped him my .357 was going to.
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csmkersh,

Inasmuch as it would be hard to tell whether the dog or I was SICKER afterwards, I wish that I had shot him with my P225.

I was still sick & my eye was still swelled SHUT 16 hours later.

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