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  • What Pepper Spray Should I Buy For Self Defense?

    The question I'm asked most often is "what kind of pepper spray should I get”?  The answer to that depends upon a lot of factors, mainly your lifestyle.

    If you are a student everyone should have at least a small "keychain" model that can be carried with your keys, attached to a backpack, or clipped to anything you happen to carry with you while walking around campus.   These contain 1/2 ounce of spray or about 5 one second bursts.  These are effective for around 6-8 feet and come in many different styles and colors.  Most have quick release keychains and a 10% concentration of OC pepper with a Scoville Heat rating of 2 million SHU.  The WILDFIRE  Brand has an 18% OC formula and a 3 million SHU and is rated as the HOTTEST pepper spray on the market.  Average prices for keychain models range from around $8.00 to $10.00 each.

    If you have to walk to your car across a deserted parking lot after work, or routinely have to walk alone to your car, especially after dark, I would consider a "Pepper Gun" which can be carried in your purse or carried like a concealed firearm and is effective from up to 25 feet away.  This product made by Mace can stop an attacker before they can even get close to you.  It has a targeting laser to make it easy to hit your attacker and can deliver seven 25 foot bursts, for multiple shots in case there's more than one of them!  Pepper Guns are in the $50.00 range.

    For protection, while out jogging or bike riding, the Jogger Model is a little larger than the keychain model and you can carry it on your keychain or fasten it in your hand with the Velcro-like strap. This 18 gram (2/3 ounce) unit has a range of 12 feet and contains 20 short bursts.  Personally, if I had to walk across a deserted parking lot, especially after dark, this is the one I would carry at all times in my hand!  A Jogger model will run you around $16.00.

    There are also models made especially for protection against dogs and wild animals.  The Mace Canine Repellant provides safe, effective and humane protection against canine attack.  It is ideal for walkers, joggers, cyclists and delivery people.  It comes with an adjustable hand strap and keychain.   The 17 gram unit sprays up to 10 feet and contains 10 one second bursts.  The Canine model will run you around $14.00.

    For those who venture out into the wild, we also have models for protection against Bears.  Our Guard Alaska® Bear spray is an Ultra Hot pepper spray that has proven so effective at repelling bears, it is the only one registered with the EPA as a repellent for ALL species of bear!  It is absolutely the most effective and powerful bear defense spray available today and is environmentally safe!  Bear Sprays will set you back from $33.00 to $43.00 each.

    For protection of the HOME, there are a number of styles and models to choose from.  There's the MAGNUM, the DISTANCE, the LARGE, GELS, FOAMS, FOGGERS, and PISTOLS.  Just about any style or model you could want!   They are all larger and more effective for longer distances than most other models.  Prices range from around $16.00 to about $60.00.

    In reality, there are many, many models, sizes, colors, and formulas to choose from.  My recommendation is to take what I've written, then browse through ALL the different models in the PEPPER SPRAY and MACE categories and make a decision based upon your lifestyle.  Remember also, that there are several different types of formulas to choose from.   There is the regular SPRAY, which is good for indoors, the STREAM, which is better for outdoors in the wind, the GEL which is BEST for outside in the wind, a FOAM which is also good for windy conditions, and a FOGGER for use where multiple attackers are coming at once and for crowd control.  Most formulas also contain an invisible UV marking dye so the assailant can easily be identified by the police!

    Thank you very much for taking the time to visit with us, I hope the information I've provided will be of some help to you.  If you have any questions or need any help in making a choice, just let us know!

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