If You Don’t Carry A Gun, Carry This

With crime being more present than ever these days, it always pays off to protect yourself.  Although there are police officers and others out there who uphold the law, you never know when something may happen and they aren’t around. To protect yourself, there are several products and forms of protection that you can get.  Among the may products available to you, is something known as pepper spray, which is one of the most common forms of self protection.

Personal protection products such as pepper spray will work a lot better and yield the most power when you have full confidence in yourself.  When you have this confidence, you’ll trust your senses, pay attention to what is going on around you, believe in your natural ability to defend yourself, and when the time comes, do it for real  Although personal protection products are great to have, they’re just like any other weapon: if you don’t believe you’ll be able to do it, you probably won’t.

When used properly, pepper spray can stop humans from attacking quickly and safely. Its works on dogs as well. It comes in an aerosol form, is easy to use, and can stop most attackers in a matter of seconds.

The active ingredient found in pepper spray is OC (Oleoresin Capsicum).  The spray comes in 10% or 15%, with a heat rating of 2 million. OC is non toxic, non flammable, and comes from the well known cayenne peppers.  When used as a spray, OC acts as an inflammatory agent, causing immediate dilation of the nose, throat, lungs, and eyes, and resulting in constricted breathing and temporary blindness.  Although it doesn’t lead to death, the effects will last up to 45 minutes, and make attackers feel as if they are dying. The effects will take place immediately, giving victims plenty of time to escape and seek help.

The use of pepper spray is completely legal, although there are certain rules and restrictions that you must follow.  As you may already know, you can’t carry pepper spray or any other form of self defense on airplanes. There are also some states that will prevent the use of pepper spray, while others require that you have a FID (Firearms Identification Card) to own or use the spray.  To be on the safe side, you should always check with local state regulations before you purchase any form of self defense product.

When you are out and about, pepper spray is easy to hide. Women normally keep it in their purse, where it’s easy to access.  If you plan to carry it in your purse, always make sure that it is easy to access, with nothing in the way. You can also carry it in your pocket or in your coat where you can easily reach it in a moment’s notice. An attack can occur in a matter of seconds, you want to be able to reach it fast.

All in all, pepper spray is a great self defense tool.  It can also be a deadly weapon if it isn’t used properly. Whenever you carry pepper spray, you should always follow the safety precautions and rules of the spray. If you use it for self defense purposes and know how to properly use it, you can enjoy the confidence and security that it provides.

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Michael B.

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