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Pepper Spray

Biting into a chili pepper is something that no one would ever forget. The intense burning on your lips and in your mouth, your eyes and nose would burn and water and you’d know that that wasn’t a good idea. This is just an inkling of what pepper spray will do to someone who is sprayed with it.

Making Pepper Spray

Depending on which manufacturing process is used, pepper spray may be deployed within a few feet of the would-be assailant t o just a few inches. The active ingredient will burn and incapacitate the would-be assailant as soon as it make contact. The person will then experience an intense burning sensation on the skin, in the nose and in the eyes. The eyes will begin to tear up and water and then swell shut.

There are three types of formulas. There is the foam stream, a mist or spray and a fog. All three work very effectively.

The heat index is measured according to the Scoville Heat Units or SHUs. This is how they are labeled. There is Pure capsaicin or PC and there is Total Capasaicinoids or TC. This has replaced the SHU measurement index. Under the former method the ASTA and the AOAC rates pure Capsaicin at 15,000,000 SHUs. Pepper sprays that are for human use are rated from 200,000 to 2,000,000 SHUs or more. Those that are intended to repel a large animal such as a bear are rated at 9,000,000 SHUs or even more.

What You Should Consider Before You Buy

Before you buy there are a few things that you should consider. The size and shape of the canister and what strength of pepper spray are the first things to consider. If you’re a jogger or hiking the back country or in a high crime area you’ll want to ensure that it’s strong enough. If you’re concerned about working early or late or if you know that there are vicious dogs or even bears on your route, you’ll want it to be strong enough to deter the wild animal as well. How about protecting yourself in your own home? You will have to choose carefully based upon your personal and specific needs.

Manufacturers And Vendors

There are many manufacturers and vendors that sell pepper spray. With so many choices and options it can be difficult at best to know which one to select.

These tips will help you. Does the police department use this brand? If it says “Police Grade” it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a better product. What size is your container? Keep in mind that 1 ounce is equal to 28.3495 grams.

There are a variety of inexpensive sprays on the market and online. Many are advertised at just a few pennies per container. However, you may want to remember that cheap isn’t always better.

Keep in mind that when considering non-lethal self-defense products, you’ll want to incapacitate your would-be assailant. Most of us won’t be confronted with a would-be assailant on a daily basis. You’re going to need to keep your pepper spray at hand until you do need it so consider a canister that you can keep on your belt, key chain, in your purse orĀ  pocket or some other method at all times. Remember, you may have that canister for years so you want it to work when you need it. Cheaper brands may not be as reliable a year or more later.


Pepper spray is legal in the United States. However, keep in mind that there are a few cities that have specific restrictions on pepper spray and its use or possession. At present it can’t be shipped to the following states: HI, DC, MA, WI and NY. However, they may add more restrictions or even remove some by the time you’ve read this so always check with your local city to make sure that you’re not in violation of any regulations or rules.

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