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Can my 18-year-old Daughter Carry Pepper Spray on her Keychain?

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 22 April, 2010

I think I’ll dip into the Google keyword phrase hits again today for the following:

- Can my 18-year-old daughter carry pepper spray on her keychain?

- Can you get expelled for having pepper spray?

Although pepper spray and Mace defensive sprays are legal in all 50 States, some specific locations, cities or states have regulations on to the purchase, possession and use of Aerosol Defense Sprays. For general guidance, please see our pepper spray laws page, if you have specific questions you should contact your local Police Department, campus security office or other authorities.

Aerosol Self-Defense Sprays are meant for defensive purposes only and can only be sold to or generally used by persons 18 years of age or older.

Many federal buildings, local court rooms, school districts, airports and other facilities have additional strict policies on possession of weapons and self-defense products, even if the use and carry is allowed in that particular city or state.

Unfortunately, even law abiding citizens carrying self-defense products for defensive purposes are labeled as bad guys if you wander into one of these locations and forget you have a 1/2 oz. pepper spray on your key chain.

Which brings up an interesting Catch 22.

Now your 18-year-old daughter who is a senior in high school, is not allowed to carry a pepper spray keychain to high school, which she wants to protect herself from robbery, abduction, rape or worse while walking home.

See Also: Student expelled for eyebrow shaver in purse and Two teen girls arrested in accidental pepper spray discharge.

Perhaps your 18-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college may be allowed to carry pepper spray, depending on the rules, regulations, and how forward thinking and safety concerned her college campus security is.

See Also: Pepper Spray Allowed on Portland State University Campus.

In any case, if either the 18-year-old high school senior or college freshman pulled out her keychain pepper spray at Columbine High School or Virginia Tech and stopped a shooting massacre, they would be considered a hero. That is unless the school continued to enforce the zero-tolerance weapons on campus policy… Like they did when they suspended that 17-year-old Eagle Scout in upstate New York who had a 2-inch pocket knife stashed away in the trunk of his car in the school parking lot with some camping gear back in October 2009. Excessive much?

Can you imagine the headines: Female Teen Thwarts Shooting Spree at Local High School, Gets Suspended for Carrying Pepper Spray on School Grounds?

teen girl with backpackI still wonder how many sex offenders would think twice before attempting to snatch a 12 or 13-year-old kid on the street if there was a chance that the child was taught how to responsibly use and carry a simple keychain pepper spray? I mean what do they have to lose now? The kids are defenseless to a 40 or 50-year-old grown man.

I feel like I need to do a Jaime Oliver: Food Revolution like TV show. Rob Cook: Self-Defense Revolution has a cool ring to it…

As I’ve said before, I’m not talking about arming a bunch of kids and letting them duke it out, or spray it out on a whim. Before someone goes all liberal on me, children or teenagers can be responsibly taught incremental self defense concepts over the course of their entire schooling. I’d see no problem with a responsible 14-year-old girl carrying a key chain pepper spray after being taught how, when and why to use it.

If we can hand out condoms during sex ed. in middle school, why not pepper spray and self defense during phys. ed?

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Does the Pink Pepper Spray work better than the other colors?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

I am always getting questions in the e-mail. What self defense product would you suggest for this situation? Do you ship internationally? What is the difference between this product and that one?

When I get a particularly good question, I try to incorporate the answer into the product description in case others have the same question. Likewise, when I get a product question I refer back to the product page to verify that I didn’t already include those extra details. Many times the answer was there and the customer simply overlooked that section.

Like the saying goes “The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask…” I did however get an unusual question the other day from a female prospective customer.

wildfire pepper sprayDoes the Pink Pepper Spray work better than the other colors?

At first I wasn’t sure if it was a joke, or a serious inquiry. I resisted the urge to immediately respond that the color of the plastic casing had no bearing on the effectiveness of the product. I could have simply reassured this person that the black, red, blue or pink models were all equal.

Instead I pondered what other meaning could possibly be behind this question. Yes, I was bored and had some free time to spare…

So I carefully crafted the following answer:

“Yes, the pink pepper spray works better. Physically, the pepper spray contained in each colored container is identical. Psychologically, if you are more apt to actually carry the pink colored model, it will be 100% more effective than a black, blue or red container that you leave at home or don’t practice using. I would suggest the Wildfire 18% Pepper spray keychain over the Pepper Shot 10% pepper spray keychain. – In pink, if that is your favorite color.”

After I already sent that reply, I second thought my response. But it was too late, sent means sent. Now I was hoping I didn’t come across negatively, slightly sarcastic, or otherwise rude. Oh well, what are you going to do, right?

So a couple of hours later, I heard back from this woman. Not in the form of an e-mail reply, but on a purchase notification.

She placed an order for five Wildfire Pepper Spray key chains. Four in pink, one in blue.

I’m not sure what she is going to do with the blue one. Maybe that one is for her husband or son.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Color coordinate your self defense accessories.

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Unique Pepper Spray Products

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

One of the biggest concerns of using pepper spray is the fear that once deployed, the product may overspray backwards and affect the user as well as the attacker. Of course this may be an issue if you spray into the wind, or if you are in a close quarters area. However, if self defense was an iPhone, there’s an app for that… (Note: These are not actual iPhone apps…)

Typically pepper spray comes in a stream spray pattern and a fogger cloud pattern. There are others, but these are the most common. If you have ever used Windex, or other spray bottle cleaning products, you probably have turned the square shaped head of the spray bottle. There is an off, stream and spray setting. Your pepper spray stream models shoot out in a stream pattern much like this stream setting. You would need to read your package, but most of the stream model keychain pepper sprays go about 8-10 feet. The larger pepper spray cans may shoot the stream in the 12-18 foot range, depending on the product specs.

The fogger models shoot out a fog of pepper spray, resembling an aerosol air freshener, such as a standard can of Glade. The fogger spray pattern is much less precise than the stream model, allowing you to engulf the target in a cloud of OC spray, rather than having to get a direct spray shot to the face. But as you can imagine, the fogger has a greater possible chance of overspray if you are not careful.

Mace Pepper FoamNow for the pepper spray apps…

Mace Pepper Foam is a 10% OC Pepper formula that contains the popular UV Ultra-Violet marking dye. The pepper foam sprays in a thick foam, much like shaving cream. This OC foam acts like a “blindfold” and disorients an attacker while also causing the same “burning” and closing of the eyes as any normal liquid pepper spray would. The foaming action causes the attacker to want to wipe off, or rub out the foam from their eyes. This in turn, causes the foam to foam up more and grinds the pepper into their eyes.

Mace Pepper GelOur next pepper spray app is the Mace Pepper Gel. This formula suspends the OC in gel instead of a liquid stream, much like a cross between ketchup and honey. Sure that may sound tasty, but this is far from a delicious condiment. This Pepper Gel formulation also results in several advantages, such as a longer distance, sticks on the attacker’s face like glue, less contaminating, and non-flammable.

Both the Mace Pepper Foam and Gel are ideal for auto, personal (walking, running, etc.), or home use. These new pepper foam and gel formulas are one of the newest and most ingenious products available in our self defense spray line.

Mace Pepper GunOur last iPhone-like self defense pepper spray app is another revolutionary self defense product. The new Mace Pepper Gun, one of the most accurate defense pepper spray available.

The super strength OC pepper spray formula is contained in disposable cartridges that can be replaced when empty. These cartridges use an advanced Bag-In-A-Can™ technology delivery system that allows you to spray a constant stream, reaching up to 25 feet, from any angle! Think hand held super-soaker squirt gun, spraying pepper spray.

There is even a trigger activated LED light helps you to accurately aim the Pepper Spray Gun and even momentarily distracts your attacker in the dark. This self defense unit includes an OC Pepper cartridge, a water test cartridge (practice makes perfect), and batteries for LED light operation in the package.

You can also buy extra replacement water cartridges for more practice, practice, practice…

All pepper spray products are inflammatory agents. They will all induce coughing, choking and nausea, as well as dilating the capillaries in the eyes, resulting in temporary blindness. Once you spray an attacker with pepper spray, you should immediately flee to safety and call the police from a safe distance. Pepper sprays with UV marking dye will aid in the identification of the assailant, that is if a blinded, coughing, choking thug flailing around on the ground isn’t evidence enough.

Don’t be afraid to spice up your self defense arsenal.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Practice, Practice, Practice using your Self Defense Products.

More Information:
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Shady Pepper Spray Deal

Posted by Rob on Friday, 12 February, 2010

I was walking down the aisle between desks at my Dilbert cube job the other day. This co-worker sees me and waves me over to him.

“Hey man…” he whispers.

Playing along, I whispered back “What’s up?”

He looks around cautiously, lowers his head and voice, and whispers “Hey man, do you still sell those self defense products?”

Still playing along, I look side to side cautiously and whisper back “Yeah man, why are we whispering?”

He ignores my question and continues to whisper “Do you think I should buy some pepper spray for my wife?”

I thought it was kind of an odd question so I replied “I don’t know, do you think you should buy your wife some pepper spray?”, and yes I still humored him and whispered.

Smartly, he did answer this question by saying, I mean whispering “Yeah, sometimes she works late, and then stops off at the gym or grocery store. I don’t like her walking alone in the empty parking lots by herself.” I believe that’s about what I made out; I was getting kind of annoyed straining to hear him whisper.

At this point since we were being all secretive and shady drug dealer like, I wished I was wearing a long trench coat so I could look around cautiously and open up one side of the coat, and display my wares like they were stolen or fake Rolex watches. I would have pulled out my smart phone and let him look at the webpage on my phone, but I had let the battery run out overnight and had to leave it in my car charging.

Assuming he wouldn’t be comfortable going over to his cube and typing up the website on his PC since he was already nervous, I suggested that we head out to the parking lot during lunch and I could “hook him up”. There I go again sounding all drug dealer like… no wonder he kept whispering and looking around…

When we got out to my car, I handed him a catalog, and showed him a few items I had on hand. He found a few things he wanted, and another couple things I didn’t have on me that he wanted to order.

“I don’t suppose you take credit cards do you?” he asked.

This was the point I felt it necessary to point out that 1) these products are 100% LEGAL and didn’t need to whisper around about like he was looking for pot, and 2) yes I have a legitimate business, and take cash, check and yes, all major credit cards.

He kind of laughed and indicated he wasn’t exactly sure, but wanted some items to protect himself and his wife in case anything happened just the same.

“Oh, so all of these items aren’t just for your wife who works late?” I wanted to ask, but I figured I tortured this poor soul enough. I figure the lecture about “how carrying self-defense products do not make you less of a man” could wait until next time.

But this whole incident did shed some light on a common misconception some people must have. Self defense products aren’t just for the meek. Men and women can both benefit from arming themselves with pepper spray, stun guns, TASER devices or any other available self defense weapons.

Haven’t they ever seen Dogg the Bounty Hunter? He’s a pretty rough and tough man’s man, and he is always packing a can of Mace defensive spray or a telescopic steel baton… Of course he is willingly putting himself into harm’s way on a regular basis, so you can imagine he would routinely want to make sure he has an advantage.

Also, you won’t find a manly police officer without a firearm, pepper spray, TASER Device or some form of baton or billy club with them at all times while on duty (and probably a couple of those items when he is off-duty).

But even if you are Joe average citizen, it doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself in a compromising situation when you might need to defend yourself or a loved one. You never know, and you’d rather be safe, than sorry.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Pepper Spray for Lions, Tigers and Bears

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 30 January, 2010

Pepper spray comes in many varieties. You have stream, fogger, gel or foam deliveries. You have 1/2 ounce to 1.5 ounce keychains, 2, 4, 9, and 12 oz. canisters, pepper spray exercise hand weights, pepper spray pens and pepper spray jewelry in the form of ring.

Most of the pepper spray and Mace products are specially formulated for use as an inflammatory agent against man. Pepper spray will induce coughing, choking and nausea in the target creep. It will dilate their eye capillaries causing temporary blindness. Their mucous membranes will swell causing all but life support breathing from functioning properly, rendering an assailant temporarily incapacitated. A mere one second burst of pepper spray is enough to stop an attacker for up to 45 minutes, all without permanent damage.

If you are looking to protect yourself from aggressive canines, we have Mace Muzzle pepper spray for dogs. If your concern is wild bears while hiking or camping in the woods, we have specially formulated bear mace.

But what about other possible attackers?

We specifically covered humans, dogs and bears. What about other dangerous wild animals, such as coyote, wolves, mountain lions, cougars, puma, panthers… I don’t know… dingos?

You would be hard pressed to find a canister of Mountain Lion Pepper Spray, or Coyote Mace. That being said, lets call a spade a spade, and pepper spray, pepper spray.

For the most part, any of these pepper spray products will work against any of the animals if you hit them in the face. All of these animals have an acute sense of smell, and very sensitive noses. Inflammatory agents such as pepper spray will wreak havoc on their eyes and noses.

Bear pepper spray has a unique deployment that shoots a wide area fog up to 25-30 feet away. Bears in particular will want to be kept at as much as a distance as possible, and typically lumber loudly enough through the woods to give to a small warning. Also the bear sprays are typically rated slightly hotter than human pepper spray. Usually 20% concentration, instead of the 10-18% concentrations you will find in the Mace, Pepper Shot and Wildfire pepper spray lines.

If you hit a human with bear mace (and I use the term human loosely when referring to a common street thug), you can be assured he will soon be hating life.

Also, if you are walking around the neighborhood, and you are carrying Mace Muzzle Canine Spray and are approached by a mugger, let him have it. If you are walking down the street carrying your Wildfire pepper spray key chain formulated for human incapacitation, and you confront a vicious dog, let him have it. Same with a coyote or mountain lion. We are pretty equal opportunity, race independent here.

You do however have an inherent problem with attacks by large cats, such as the mountain lion, cougar, puma, panthers, etc. These animals are stealthy and quick. More likely than not, you will be stalked. Like a ninja. Ninja cat. You will not likely know you are in danger until the last possible moment, when the animal pounces.

These animals are also ninja like in their art of assassination. The mountain lion will target your head or neck, quite literally aiming for the jugular, or attempting to break your spine. Not the ideal situation for trying to pepper spray in advance.

To your advantage, if you are able to get a fair warning, mountain lions can be persuaded to call off an attack. The mountain lion is fully aware that he is only 100-120 pounds, and an average adult male outweighs him. Not that it really matters, due to the cats superior speed, sharp claws and vicious teeth. Just don’t tell him that, and he may not bother calling your bluff.

If you are able to spot a mountain lion first, stand as tall possible and stick out your arms. You want to appear even larger. Talk loudly and aggressively, attempt to throw objects such as rocks and sticks.

Whatever you do, do NOT turn your back to the animal and run. He will beat you in a foot race. He has more feet than you do. If anything, attempt to threaten the mountain lion. Try to fake him out by advance toward it, slightly (Do not advance too close). All the while, have your pepper spray in hand and ready to deploy once the animal gets in range.

In the unfortunate event you are attacked unexpectedly, just as if it were a human assailant, FIGHT BACK. It is very likely the attacker will decide you are not worth the trouble if you are able to FIGHT BACK hard enough. Even if you are only able to struggle for a short time, make them work for it.

Incidentally, your pet dog may only garner a little bit of help and quite possibly attract these dangerous animals. Children are also especially attractive targets, as the mountain lion may be larger than them and less cautious. Use extreme caution when hiking in known lion country with your kids. Stay in groups, and always, always be on the lookout.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Pepper Spray Allowed on Portland State University Campus

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 28 January, 2010

On December 8, 2009, a student at Portland State University was issued a citation for carrying pepper spray on campus. The charges were dismissed, and prompted further investigation to clarify campus policy on personal safety devices.

Chemical agents, by law are not allowed on campus, but is has been determined that pepper spray and Mace do NOT fall under that classification, per the director of public safety Michael Soto.

Yay! Score one for common sense.

“But the [misuse] of the device could still lead to criminal charges,” says Soto. “For safety though, we recommend its better to make loud noises and stay away [from an attacker] rather than get close enough to spray.”

Well of course, I’d expect criminal charges if a student stabbed someone with a ball point pen or assaulted someone with a textbook too.

However, the use of other personal protection devices such as stun guns and TASER devices is not yet clear.

“I’m not going to say they’re allowed, I’m not going to say they’re illegal,” Soto said. “As yet, we don’t have a clear answer on Tasers, but neither do the Portland Police. More research is needed.”

It is illegal to possess dangerous weapons in public buildings, includes universities under the Oregon state law. So I imagine it will take someone else with common sence to further determine what constitutes a dangerous weapon, and what is simply a self defense item.

You can’t ban every possible item that has the potential to be used as a malicious weapon. Then colleges will have to put up signs stating “We are a gun-free, pen and pencil-free, glass bottle-free, baseball bat/lacross stick/football helmet-free, scissor-free and any other potentially dangerous-free item college campus (Kindergarden).”

All this being said, anyone that does carry pepper spray or other personal protection devices are expected to become intimately familiar with the device and practice drawing the device and using it effectively.

Hopefully this sets the precedence for more colleges and universities across the country to take a fresh, logical and practical look at their policies and procedures and take a more active role in the personal safety of their students. We have had enough rapes, assaults and other violent crimes lately… Let our students have a fighting chance.

More Information: College Campus Safety Tips
Pepper Spray FAQ, Pepper Spray Techniques Guide

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Two teen girls arrested in accidental pepper spray discharge

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 24 March, 2009

Two 14-year-old girls from Westover Middle School have been charged with possessing a weapon on campus and simple assault after a canister of pepper spray discharged in a classroom this past Monday in Fayetteville, NC.

A teacher was taken to the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment and thirteen students received medical attention at the school. None of the injuries sustained were serious.

The report states that a key chain pepper spray was accidentally discharged while one of the girls was looking for something in the other girl’s purse.

Now this was not criminal mischief. It would be one thing if this was a smart ass punk deliberately spraying a classroom with pepper spray as a prank. Then go ahead and charge the kid with the misdemeanor charges that these girls are facing. Expel them, charge them with a crime, no problem.

Unless this story gets clarified that there was malicious intent, which seems unlikely, basically we have a 14-year-old girl, getting in trouble for having a personal protection device.

Now if this girl pulled out the pepper spray during a Columbine or Virginia Tech type incident and disabled a crazed shooter before a rampage, she’d be a hero. But no one took Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold or Seung-Hui Cho down before it was too late.

If this girl was walking home from school and got attacked by a rapist or kidnapper and was able to defend herself and disable a sex offender long enough to get arrested, she’d be a hero.

I bet she doesn’t carry pepper spray now, and if her, her friend, or any other student gets assaulted and is unarmed, I hope there is a teacher close enough to help out. Or the 0.01% chance there is a cop standing on the same corner, yea right.

Sure this was an unfortunate incident, and it sucks that a teacher and a over a dozen students caught a minuscule whiff of OC spray, but does it really warrant criminal charges? The one girl is being charged with simple assault on the teacher. Come on now.

What I would rather see is the school and local police use this as a learning opportunity and do some training classes and institute some personal protection instruction. Teach them something useful for once.

Pepper spray is not the bad guy, but basically they are making this teenage girl one. That’s as bad as blaming a Taser (inanimate object) instead of a poorly trained police officer. We have thousands of well-trained cops out there and hear nothing about their good deeds, just the small percentage of bad cases. Over and over again. After hearing the media dwell on the same case 20 times, you’d think there were 20 separate incidents, not just the one.

I understand the feeble attempts at the Zero-Tolerance policies in school, but seriously… who are the ones following the rules? Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold or Seung-Hui Cho? Um… no, the dangerous criminal psychopaths disregard what ever rules you have posted on the wall.

I’m all for punishing the first punk who pulls out the spray during a silly argument with another student and does something stupid in the hallway. But I bet if students thought there might be some resistance if one of them gets the bright idea to bring an assault rifle to school and go postal, perhaps less incidents would occur? I don’t know.

I mean the police are several minutes away on a good day, and that elderly security guard armed with a walkie-talkie and a clipboard is about useless. Sorry Gramps, you mind as well be a Walmart greeter.

I wonder what the death count would have been if a dozen students pulled out a pepper spray and hosed down Harris, Klebold or Cho before they got on a roll? Boo hoo if the teacher catches a whiff, better than catching a bullet to the chest.

I had a post a while ago, 300 Reasons to Learn to Defend Yourself. It talked about how back in the day, parents actually taught their children how to defend themselves, their land, and their country. Responsibility and duty was actually passed down from generation to generation. Amazing concept.

I remember back when I was in the military and we were all learning how to fire an M-16 in boot camp. Guess who already had a leg up on the training? The city folk losers that ran around playing with cap guns, or the hard working country boys whose fathers taught them how to hunt, shoot and handle firearms at an early age?

Sure we all eventually learned, but it is always nice to have a head start and a slight edge.

Everyone wants to complain about the youth of America, but no one wants to take any responsibility for them. Not that the grownups in the political or financial sectors are setting a good example lately…

I think punishing these two teenagers is sending the wrong message.

Before someone goes all liberal on me, again, I’m not talking about arming a bunch of kids and letting them duke it out, or spray it out on a whim. Children or teenagers can be responsibly taught incremental self defense concepts over the course of their entire schooling. I’d see no problem with a responsible 14-year-old girl carrying a key chain pepper spray after being taught how, when and why to use it. Maybe that pedophile hiding in the bushes might think twice if he thought the girl was going to inflict some serious pain if he tried anything.

Sigh, Leonidas would be sad. (If you are missing that reference, you needed to read the 300 Reasons to Learn to Defend Yourself.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Don’t cry, it’s only Pepper Spray.

(OK, you might cry a little, but you aren’t going to die)

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Little Old Lady Stops Robbery with Pepper Spray

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 31 January, 2009

Here’s a heart warming report out of Jacksonville, Florida. It took place after a robber tried to snatch a purse from a 77-year-old woman at a Kangaroo Express.

A “one-man crime spree” was brought to an abrupt halt by a 77-year-old woman with a can of pepper spray, Jacksonville police said Wednesday.

A 20-year-old guy was arrested Tuesday about 5:30 p.m. shortly after a robbery at a Kangaroo Express store in the 8300 block of Baymeadows Road. The Chief of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the man entered the store, pulled a gun and pointed it in the clerk’s face, then demanded money.

According to the police report, when the contents of the cash register didn’t satisfy him, he decided to snatch a customer’s purse. The unwilling victim, Gladys Gehrig, fought back and responded with a container of pepper spray attached to her key chain.

“She got him good in the face,” said the police.

Police picked up the suspect a short distance away.

This creep was linked to six other robberies throughout the month of January on the city’s Southside by witness ids and some surveillance footage.

He was charged with 14 felonies and held in lieu of bail.

Don’t mess with this Grannie’s purse!

So for all those whiners claiming the average citizen is incapable of defending themselves and the best bet is to offer no resistance and “let bad things just happen”, take a page out of this 77-year-old woman’s book and get a clue.

You do not need to be a victim. Tool up with some self defense gear, practice using it so you are comfortable enough to deploy it, have a plan, and be safe.

Send the Message to Yourself and to Others That You Value Your Safety…

When there is no where to run and words alone cannot ward off a would-be-attacker, a Stun Gun, Taser or Pepper Spray may level the playing field.

It is Better to Have It and Not Need It… Then to Need it and Not Have It…


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How do you pepper spray yourself in the face?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 14 January, 2009

There are always stories about people using something designed for good, but using them for something bad. Guns, tasers, pepper sprays and any like instrument can be used for either good or evil intentions, all depending on the wielder. It is unfortunate, but as I have said many times, it is not the object at fault, it is the individual. These guys will go to any length to find something to do harm with, be it a firearm, a self-defense tool, a 2×4, a lead pipe… just about any object could be used as a weapon.

This story is sad for several reasons. Apparently this guy in Council Bluffs, Nebraska went into a store, brandished a handgun, demanded cash and was given a sum of money out of the register. Bad situation, but it should have ended with the criminal leaving the store.

This robber, not yet satisfied with the take, forced the already compliant 20-year-old female college student into a back office looking for more cash. The report didn’t say if there was in fact more money in the back, or if the guy got any more anyways.

The story continues, and as the guy walks out of the office, he pulled out a canister of pepper spray to douse the girl. As much as I do not understand why this was necessary, I am at a greater loss for what actually transpired.

“He pulled out pepper spray and pushed the button. But the nozzle was pointed the wrong direction. The spray hit him in the face.

The robber turned the Mace around and sprayed it at the clerk, who was able to duck. She was sprayed in the side of the face and shoulder.”

How is that even possible?

Pepper spray does not come in aerosol cans like spray paint or cooking spray. They come equipped with a safety mechanism that forces you to hold the dispenser properly and slide and push the trigger to engage the spray. I can not even picture the awkwardness needed to maneuver your hand the wrong way, force the trigger to go off and spray backwards into your own face.


I have always been a strong proponent for extensive practice using any self-defense device to ensure the proper use and efficient deployment in a stressful situation. Always carry it in the same place, practice retrieving the device quickly and effortlessly, make sure you can confidently deploy the weapon as required for use…

But I would never have thought it would be necessary to note that you must make sure you point the nozzle in the correct direction, one because of the common sense aspect, and second, because it is virtually impossible to uncomfortably twist your hand into the awkward position required to spray yourself in the face with mace. Or so I thought.

So now I’d like to formally issue a warning for carrying pepper spray:


I suppose I can refrain from adding a resounding DUH! to the end of that statement.

Now I can understand the possibility of wind blowing pepper spray back towards yourself, if you were to spray into a strong wind (Don’t do that either) or perhaps if you were in a closed-in area and deployed pepper spray, there is a chance it may affect you too, but I am still challenged to figure out actually how someone would actually spray themselves in the face.

Dude, perhaps the pepper spray was a bad idea. Leave it for the adults to use.

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Pepper Spray Videos

Posted by Rob on Friday, 29 August, 2008

For those wondering what it is like to be sprayed with pepper spray and wondering if pepper spray or mace defensive sprays actually work.

When someone is sprayed with OC pepper spray, the person’s eyes slam shut. Even if someone does manage to get their eyes open, they won’t be able to see because OC dilates the capillaries and causes temporary blindness. Additionally, instant inflammation of the breathing tissues restricts all but life support breathing. They may double over and begin to cough uncontrollably.

Following Video contains mild language with some bleeped out audio. As you can see in this video, immediate water helps, but the effects still last well over an hour.

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Following Video contains some language. In this video, no help is offered and the victim is in much worse condition.

Tough Guy VS Pepper Spray – Watch more free videos

Both of these video represent pepper spray demonstrations by people who are trying to be funny, but they also illustrate the effectiveness of pepper spray.

Pepper Spray FAQ and Pepper Spray Techniques Guide

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Comics: In the Bleachers 8-22-08

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 23 August, 2008

Pepper Sprays, Mace Defensive Spays

How Hot is Pepper Spray?

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Pepper Spray for Show and Tell?

Posted by Rob on Monday, 18 August, 2008

A 14-year-old juvenile delinquent thought it would be funny to discharge a canister of pepper spray in a classroom in Arizona last week. Needless to say, he ended up arrested for disorderly conduct, reckless discharge of a dangerous instrument and disrupting an educational facility. I bet he is very popular with the girls.

The Cottonwood Police Department reported that around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, the suspect and two accomplices entered a classroom occupied by a teacher and other students. The three immediately became disruptive, and while the other two suspects shielded the third, he set off a can of pepper spray. He then proceeded to burst out in laughter.

The 14-year-old male, who speaks almost no English, stuttered out something resembling that it smelled bad in here and everyone should leave the room. By this time, the teacher and other students in the Mingus Union High School classroom were already coughing, choking and evacuating the scene. Funny guy indeed.

Unfortunately, it is the few stories like this that give pepper spray, stun guns, tasers and other self defense weapons a bum rap. It is a ‘better’ news story when something bad happens. If this was a story about a 14-year-old girl who fended off a rapist with a keychain pepper spray, it would make the news, but it would not gain the notoriety as some jackass being stupid.

Some people are again going to be outraged about the dangers of non-lethal self-defense weapons and the risks posed by them. They will again bring up the Taser related death count. They will want to ban pepper spray, stun guns, Tasers, handguns, machetes, baseball bats, lead pipes, ice picks, pieces of chain, nylon rope and a whole other slew of potentially dangerous objects that may have injured someone in a movie they heard about.

They won’t care about the tens of thousands of law abiding men, woman and children who have protected themselves or loved ones with some sort of self defense mechanism. So what do we actually accomplish by gun control laws or prohibition of self defense weapons? It makes it impossible for law-abiding citizens to easily carry a useful self-defense weapon.

What do gun control laws or prohibition of self defense weapons mean to non-law abiding criminals? Oh yea, they do not care. They will still get weapons if the want them, seeing that they do not follow the rules anyways. Be it a stun gun, handgun or a makeshift club made out of a three-inch tree branch. You lose.

If you are that deluded that the police will be able to patrol 100% of every square inch of your town, 100% of the time, you are sadly mistaken. By the time the cops show up, if you were even able to call them before something happens, you would be too late. A lot of bad things can happen in the 90 seconds to 10 minute response time. Nevertheless, you can wait it out if you’d like. I wouldn’t recommend it however…

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?
Yours in safety,

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Hot enough for you?

Posted by Rob on Monday, 4 August, 2008

20-plus days of triple-digit, record breaking temperatures in Northern Texas? No thank you, I prefer the milder New England summers, although we seem to be getting quite a bit of rain lately.

If you are stuck out there in Texas, Arizona, Florida or any other scorcher zones, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks if working or playing outside and wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.

I hate really intense temperatures. I can’t stand opening the outside door and feel like I just got smacked in the face with a hot iron. Then you make it to your car and it is at least 30 degrees hotter in there, if that is even possible. Don’t leave your cell phone or iPod on the dashboard, it may be a melted pool of plastic and electronic parts dripping on your floor.

Speaking of face melting, remember that scene at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie? All the bad guy’s faces and bodies started to melt when the ark opened up? 110 degrees of hot Texas sun won’t quite do that, but Wildfire 18% Pepper Spray will bring that feeling in a hurry.

Wildfire 18% pepper spray is triple-digit hot, hot, hot. Wildfire is made from 18% Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), which is a derivative of 3 Million Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

Besides it’s intense burning, melting or scorching sensation, it is an inflammatory agent, which induces coughing, choking and nausea, as well as dilating the eyes of an attacker, resulting in temporary blindness. The mucous membranes will swell up, preventing all but life support breathing and causing temporary incapacitation.

A meer one second burst of this Wildfire pepper spray will stop an attacker for a good 45 minutes without causing permanent damage.

It comes in five convenient sizes, a 1/2 ounce or 1.5 ounce key chain model, and 4 ounce, 9 ounce and 16 ounce cans. Yes, the 16 ounce (1 pound) is a monster sized can capable of hosing down quite a few hooligans if necessary. Only you know what situation may arise in your area, but that size is a favorite with police and security professionals.

The 1/2 ounce or 1.5 ounce keychains are starter sized models. Sadly some people can’t be bothered carrying pepper spray, then wish they had it when they need it. These small but effective sizes are designed to fit on your keychain so it is always readily available. You are less likely to forget to pack your pepper spray when it is chained to your car keys. Just don’t bury it at the bottom of your purse or coat pocket and wander out without it at the ready. You won’t have time to fish it out of your purse, have it in your hand.

The larger models of pepper spray are designed to be attached to your belt with a side holster. Easy to retrieve, convenient to carry. Just carry it everyday and practice pulling it out and firing. Make it a natural, quick and effortless motion.

Pack some liquid heat and melt some faces.

We can not ship Pepper Sprays to Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts or Wisconsin. However, Michigan and New York are authorized to receive Bear Sprays and Dog Repellents. Click Here for Michigan Approved Sprays.

Your in Safety,

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Do Not Buy Pepper Spray Without Reading This First

Posted by Rob on Monday, 16 June, 2008

Again, Do Not Buy Pepper Spray Without Reading This First.

Of course we sell Pepper Spray and Mace Defensive Sprays and we want you to buy pepper spray from us and be safe. But more importantly, we REALLY REALLY need you to know how to use the pepper spray when you need to use it.

Wouldn’t it be terrible to end up trying and failing to use your pepper spray in the heat of the moment? Wouldn’t it be terrible to know you have a canister of Mace in the bottom of your purse or locked in your glove box but can not readily get to it in time?

We have compiled a Pepper Spray FAQ and Pepper Spray Techniques Guide to further increase your knowledge and increase your chances of successfully deploying defensive spray in an emergency situation. Pepper Spray is not a magic wand, suit of armor or lucky rabbit’s foot. Mace will not automatically unholster itself and ward off an attacker without your direct mental and physical participation.

The following is a highlight outline of what topics are covered in our Pepper Spray FAQ and Pepper Spray Techniques Guide:

Pepper Spray FAQ

Ok so what is Pepper Spray?
Is there a difference between tear gas and pepper spray?
How does pepper spray work?
Now what does it take to own pepper spray?
- Be mentally prepared to use it
- Plan Ahead
- Practice
- Safety Record
Pepper Spray Dispersion Methods
Is Pepper Spray Legal?
Where is Pepper Spray Prohibited?
What to Do IMMEDIATELY After Using Your Spray
First Aid and Decontamination Procedures
History of Pepper Spray
All Your Pepper Spray and Mace Defensive Spray Options…

Pepper Spray Techniques

1. How to Spray Your Pepper Canister
2. Keep Your Eyes Open When Firing Pepper Spray
3. Effective Use of Pepper Spray
4. When All You Can Do Is Get Your Pepper Spray Out
5. Practice is the Best Pepper Spray Technique
6. Catch Your Attacker by Surprise
7. Other Pepper Spray Technique Tips
8. Where to Aim Your Pepper Spray
9. Don’t Stick Your Hand Way Out When Firing
10. Basic Pepper Spray Shooting Technique
11. Timing Your Pepper Spray is So Important
12. Shout STOP When You Use Pepper Spray
13. Use Pepper Spray Fanning Technique

Again, these are the summary headlines, please visit the entire article at for the full details. Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Prepared.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Yours in Safety,

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