For those concerned about defending themselves when faced with an assailant, the pepper spray gun is a popular choice. With the legal restrictions associated with traditional firearms and even stun guns, using pepper spray has become a widely available alternative.
But what is a pepper spray gun, how does it work, what are the pros and cons, and is it right for everyone to use?
What is a Pepper Spray Gun?
As the name indicates, it is a device designed to project pepper spray into the face or chest of a possible attacker. The chemicals in pepper spray are designed to irritate the eyes and sinuses of the person who is physically threatening you. Some of the delivery devices can hurl the pepper spray up to 20 feet and with accuracy.
The contents of the pepper spray includes oleoresin capsicum or OC which is the active substance that incapacitates a possible attacker. The more OC in the spray, the more effective it can be. Keep in mind that many city and state laws will restrict the amount of OC present, so you will need to abide by such laws when ordering a pepper spray gun.
The effect of the spray is also temporary as it will wear off. This means that a pepper spray gun is not lethal and when properly used can help you get out of danger.
Basically, you use a pepper spray gun as you would a firearm. When you are in imminent danger, pull the gun from its place of concealment, aim at the face or chest of the attacker, and pull the trigger. A stream or blast of pepper spray will leave the gun and strike the assailant.
The effect is virtually immediate as they will react to being in contact with the pepper spray. The distraction is such that you should have plenty of time to get away and call for help.
There are several advantages to using pepper spray, especially if you are interested in a non-lethal means of protection.
Effective: Depending on the amount of OC present in the pepper spray, you may incapacitate an attacker up to 45 minutes. However, even if the time they are incapacitated is just a few minutes, that is more than enough time to get away. Pepper spray works on virtually anyone, although it should be noted that someone that is exceedingly drunk or high on drugs may not be as affected.
Inexpensive: You can find many effective pepper spray products that are inexpensive. This means that you do not have to break your budget to get one that works best for your needs. Of course, the cheapest is not always the best, so you should shop around for one that offers the right protection at a price that fits your pocketbook.
Concealment: Many pepper spray products are small and easy to carry on your person or in your purse or satchel. This means that you can access it quickly when needed, but no one needs to know that you have it on your person. You should keep it in a place where it can be easily reached and used when facing a possible attacker.
While a pepper spray gun carries many advantages, there are a few issues as well which need to be addressed.
Local & State Laws: While pepper spray is legal in most locations, there may be some restrictions. There are cities and states that have certain requirements such as age limitations, licensing, or on the contents of the pepper spray itself. It pays to check with your local and state laws first especially before ordering such a product online.
Do not forget about certain locations such as college campuses that may have their own rules and regulations towards carrying pepper spray. This may save you from facing legal issues if caught with a product that is not legal in your area.
Time: When faced with the unexpected, will you have the time to react properly? This means that in order for the pepper spray to be effective, you will have to know how to use it, be prepared to use it, and make quick decisions that get you out of harm’s way. It’s not always easy in the heat of the moment to make the best choice, but you will need to keep a cool head even in dire situations.
Keep in mind that a pepper spray gun is only part of your self-defense efforts. This means you will need to have your phone handy to call the police or emergency services. It’s also helpful to know a few defensive moves to get you out of certain situations where an assailant may grab a hold of you. The better prepared you are, the more effective the pepper spray will be.
When to Use It: Just because pepper spray is legal and non-lethal does not mean you can use it on a whim. The product itself is designed for self-defense when faced with an assailant who clearly means you physical harm. This means that the situation needs to be clear before you can use it. Walking past a stranger in the dark or being pestered by someone at a party or gathering is not an excuse to use pepper spray.
The bottom line is that a pepper spray gun is an effective, non-lethal self defense weapon. It’s compact size and ease of use makes it a popular choice for those who need effective self-protection. However, it is not perfect, and you will need to weigh the pros and cons before making your choice.
What can be said is that if you want to protect yourself effectively with a device that does not cause any permanent damage, then a pepper spray gun may be the right solution for you. Be sure to check out the different types and brands of pepper spray available before making your final decision.