Monday 18 March 2019
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So what OC / Pepper spray should you choose?

There is a lot of talk about security and we have recently been made aware of police more frequently using deadly force during altercations.   I am a huge fan of  non lethal avenues when appropriate but lets also remember there are times when you just don’t have time to second guess.   If your life is in true danger and you are within your local laws I do support deadly force when needed.   I will get more into this in posts to come.

So lets take a look. I have found and added 2 you tube videos to help you better decide what choice you should make when it comes to what oc/pepper spray you should purchase.   I will advise that whatever your preference is make sure to do your homework.   These aren’t toys or gags,  they are tools meant to be used to keep you safe and help you get out of or away from dangerous situations.

Now there are all different sizes and styles of pepper sprays   There are some that shoot stream,  cone, and some with dye to help law enforcement track down the attacker after wards.  Although there are some that shoot a little further you will find most are good for around 17ft.   You also want to make note that most cans are only good for 2 years.  So even if you haven’t used them please make sure to order new cans and dispose of the others at that time.   This is the most important, there is nothing worse than being in a confrontation and having your tools fire.  Second remember quick spray burst to the face and upper chest, air activates the OC irritant.  And then move out of the way quickly so while they are disorientated RUN and call 911.  Ever hear of anyone wanting to buy expired ammo?  Ammo really doesn’t expire but a note you should replace your personal / home defense ammo once a year so you make sure not to have any problems.  But that is coming up in future posts.

I have included some  videos that I found around YouTube to give you some real examples.    I have personally used several brands. I worked in a really rough night club in Iowa for 3 years, and have since worked in several around the country.  Yes it would get out of hand and I will never forget when my cop buddies stopped by and told me they had an extra can of Saber I could have because they figured things were rough.

Lets just say the next night I had a 4 on 1 situation I was trying to defuse and got hit a couple times. I pulled it out and started spraying the attackers.  I hit them in the face like your’re supposed to do.  After hitting them all a couple times they were still coming.  Thank goodness I had my old trusty.  When all else fails Mag Light makes a great last ditch weapon, might I suggest the 4-6 D model.   I survived and at the end of the night I realize that what the cops had given me was a little weak.

Refer to the Video Below…

From Sabre Red Channel  YouTube

Dated:  Sept 16 2013


Now while that is effective,  I have a new favorite myself.  The Fox Labs 5.3 OC,  it is 5.3 million btu’s in a can and has a high level of OC which is why it is so potent.  I have been shot with both of these.  In fact, I used to have to have a license to carry the Fox.  So yes it is some bad ass stuff.  And remember when I said I used to work in a rough club this stuff was my weapon of choice.  Why? Because it is that one that just a dash will do.  The can lasted longer and to be honest I have heard some cities won’t let their local police officers carry it.  I am not positive if that is true or not.  But watch the two video’s and you be the judge.

I actually tried to order Fox 5.3 by the case because I travel a lot for my job and I seem to run into people who are having trouble, usually waitresses and bartenders I meet on my journey. I never hesitate to give them a can and wish them well.   I have  had 2 that have tracked me down to thank me because it saved their life.   So yes,  maybe I am more comfortable with the Fox 5.3.


Video:  from The Truth  on YouTube

Date:  March 30 2010



I know there are a few other brands out there and even Kimber firearms is making a 2 shot Pepper blast gun now.  I haven’t found much on them so I decided to leave these.   There are other tools you can purchase to carry and I am looking forward to expanding our self defense education together.  Because anyone who tells you they know it all and are experts do yourself a favor and run the hell away.  For no one knows it all.   A true expert knows they will be constantly learning and experimenting to be better prepared.

Remember to pay attention out there, be safe and always pay attention to your surroundings,  and keep in mind where are the exits, and run what if scenarios thru your head.  No need to worry I am going to expand on all of these in upcoming posts.  For safety is everyone’s business…   And the more prepared you are the better your chance of surviving a deadly encounter..


So what are your thoughts, experiences??


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Videos: from You Tube

The Truth


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I am an Ex Army vet who served in the National Guard for 12 years. I have worked closely with some amazing security professionals, in a vast array of different work environments and scenarios. I am also a NRA Certified instructor, and proficient in fire arms, and self defense. On top of that I am well experienced in the technical world as well. I live my life by the motto " There is no knowledge that isn't power" and try to learn all I can. As well I feel that knowledge is only good if you pass it along to others so they can benefit from your experiences.

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