A quintessential tool in self-defense is a shot of capsicum in the eyes of an incoming attacker. OC spray, commonly known as “pepper spray”, is widely used because it’s non-lethal yet incredibly effective. Today, OC spray is manufactured for different objectives with varying pressures and ingredients, some being utilized by police and military agencies worldwide.
What is it?
OC Spray—or oleoresin capsicum—was derived from the same terms of thinking as mace or teargas, except with peppers. In the past, ancient Chinese warriors used ground cayenne pepper to hurl at the eyes of enemies, and mail carries kept peppers and OC sprays with them to prevent dog attacks. The reason why capsicum spray is so efficacious is because of the lachrymatory agent, which causes irritation upon contact with the eyes or inhalation.
What does it do?
Pepper spray can hinder an attacker long enough for you to either escape to safety or disable them. Someone who’s been sprayed will experience the following:
– intense burning sensation
– non-lethal inflammation of mucous membranes in eyes, nose, throat and lungs
– painful breathing and coughing
– temporary blindness
– temporary loss of coordination
These effects can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the strength of the spray. How strong a capsicum spray is can be influenced by the heat or Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) of the pepper. Higher grade OC spray with 10% capsaicin will range from 2,000,000-6,000,000 SHU, which is the equivalent of 3 Naga Jolokia Peppers, the hottest on the planet! On average, store brought varieties contain around 5% capsaicin and run around 500,000-2,000,000 SHU. Unfortunately, the lower the capsaicin content, the higher the risk of failure.
Where to purchase?
Because your personal protection is gravely important, top-quality self defense products are definitely worth investing in.Self Secure offers a wide variety of maximum strength sprays produced by SABRE, the leader in OC sprays and trusted by law enforcement in over 40 countries. There is a selection of pepper gels and sprays in different styles available to fit your lifestyle. No matter which product you choose, keeping OC spray on hand will provide you with a sense of security so you can travel freely and safely.