The demand for defense sprays has become so great
that there are literally dozens
of different types, brands and sizes that can become quite confusing.
Only two types are worth
considering for civilian self
There are so many
terms used to describe
defense sprays that I would like to explain them.
The terms oc
capsicum) pepper spray,
oc spray, oc
pepper spray, pepper gas, cayenne pepper spray and
all refer to pepper spray with oleoresin
capsicum (an extract of pepper) as the active ingredient.
term cn gas or cn tear gas
refers to chemical tear gas. There are other types of
chemical tear gases, but only this one will concern us.
You might also come across
the term mace. At one time mace was a term that described a type of
tear gas, but now it is used as a brand name. Mace Brand Pepper
Spray & Tear Gas is one of the most
most advanced defense sprays
available, used by law enforcement across the world.
Comparative Analysis Of Self Defense
The two basic types of self defense sprays:
CN Tear Gas (Alphachloroacetaphenone)
OC or Pepper Spray (Oleoresin Capsicum)
OC Spray (pepper spray) is the newest of the two, by
far the most effective. Pepper spray effects everyone
differently but it is by far the most effective.
CN is an irritant to membrane tissues. It
causes stinging pain and tearing,
and take from 5 to 30 seconds to be effective. CN causes profound
tearing, but is only useful when used in a mixture with pepper
OC is not an
irritant. It is an inflammatory agent; and this makes all the
difference in the world. When a person is sprayed with OC two things
happen instantly. First, the person's eyes clamp shut, hard. Not only
that, but if they do manage to force them open they still can't see
because the OC dilates the capillaries and causes temporary blindness.
Second, an immediate fit of uncontrollable coughing doubles the person
over because the OC causes instant inflammation of the breathing
tissues, restricting all but life support breathing. OC has the affect
of putting up a brick wall between an assailant and the sprayer As one
police trainer has put it, "It's like being hit with a flame
thrower!" An assailant who's sprayed with OC stops what they're
doing, stops what they're thinking - period. This is true even for
those who are drunk, on drugs, or psychotic. OC works extremely well
on animals, although most versions are not made for this purpose.
never go wrong with a fogger type defense
I asked William Harris
of the Harris Agency his opinion on which pepper spray he would
recommend to a client and this is what he had to say.
I recommend to
my clients a defense spray that combines OC Pepper (capsicum)
with CN Tear Gas. The CN causes profuse tearing and the OC Pepper
Spray causes instant inflammation.
go with the Mace
Triple Action Fogger because of it's stopping power and
wide angel spray, eliminating the need
for pinpoint accuracy.
It's used by law enforcement agencies through out the country. It
also combines OC Pepper with CN Tear Gas. If
you have no idea what to purchase you can never go wrong with a
fogger type pepper spray.
My next choice
Pepper Foam. When an attacker is sprayed in the face it
expands making it difficult to see. When he attempts to wipe away
the foam, the pepper is ground into his eyes. Many law enforcement
officers prefer pepper foam because the fumes from the pepper remain
in the foam and the effects are felt only by the person being
sprayed and not by the officers arresting or transporting a suspect.