|Pepper spray, also known as OC
pepper spray (from "Oleoresin Capsicum"), is a chemical compound
that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and even temporary
blindness. The formula is used for different situations like riot
and crowd control, personal self-defense, and defense against
dogs and bears.
Why Would Someone
Choose Pepperspray As Their Form Of Self Defense ?
It is a less lethal agent that may
be deadly in very rare cases. In none of exposure to pepper
spray cases, was pepper spray listed as the cause of death, but it
is unclear whether it may have been a contributing factor. The
active ingredient in pepper spray is capsaicin, which is a chemical
derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, including
How is OC pepper
spray formulated ?
Extraction of oleoresin capsicum from peppers involves finely ground
capsicum, then the capsaicin is extracted in an organic solvent such
as ethanol. The solvent is then evaporated, and the remaining wax
like resin is the oleoresin capsicum. An emulsifier such as
propylene glycol is used to suspend the OC in water, and pressurized
to make it aerosol in pepper spray. The high performance liquid
chromatography (HPLC) method is used to measure the amount of
capsaicin within pepper sprays. Scoville Heat Units (SHU) are used
to measure the concentration or "heat" of pepper spray.
Pepper spray typically comes in canisters, which are often small
enough to be carried or concealed in a pocket or purse or attached
keychain. Pepper spray can also be bought concealed in items
lip stick tubes and
What are the
methods that the self defense spray is delivered ?
OC Pepper spray is delivered in
- Cone: the spray delivered by
the cone method acts much like an aerosol can. It starts out
small, but by the time it reaches the target at the optimal
spray distance (about 4-6ft), it's covering about a 2x2ft area,
and is more likely to blowback from the wind
- Stream and Foam : stream
and foam are pretty much designed to do the same thing by
delivering a concentrated localized blast that's less likely to
hit anyone other than your intended target (streams can splash a
bit though). A stream can be rendered ineffective if the person
delivering it provides a constant blast rather than the
recommended one second bursts as the constant supply of oils
could wash away the pepper extract before allowing it time to
react. While foam sticks to the attacker.
- Gel : This a product from
Mace, The benefits of Mace Pepper Gel is it shoots farther than
sprays, and the gel sticks like glue and eliminates the wind as
a deterring factor more on the
Mace Pepper Gel Here
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