Pepper Spray & Self Defense Spray
Designed for non-lethal protection, pepper spray and other self-defense sprays are a popular choice for both civilians and law enforcement members. Whether being used for crowd control or to defend against an individual assailant, the effectiveness of these defense sprays has been proven time and again. Though the primary ingredient in pepper spray and other self-defense sprays normally comes from oleoresin capsicum (OC), not every defense spray containing OC is considered pepper spray. There are a variety of defense sprays with different ingredients and methods of delivery.
Types of Pepper Spray
While the term “spray” implies the contents being dispersed via an aerosol delivery method, sprayed in the direction of an assailant, there are various pepper spray dispense methods available for use. Each style of pepper spray is designed for various self-defense scenarios, from more precise targeting to crowd control.
Pepper Spray Stream
Pepper spray streams are designed for accuracy. Using compressed air as part of the dispersal process, the stream method of delivery allows for a more targeted response during use.
Galls carries various examples of pepper spray stream systems, such as Sabre’s H20 Stream Spray for MK4, which is 5 percent oleoresin capsicum. Other examples include First Defense’s 360 MK-3 Stream and Sabre 5.0 H20 Stream Spray for MK-3. Sprays like these are normally canister sized and are suitable for police use.
Pepper Spray Gel
Pepper spray gel can travel up to 20 percent farther than other types, which is appealing when the need for self-self-defense arises. Additionally, the consistency of gel prevents blowback that can come from traditional sprays.
Pepper Spray Foam
While gels and streams offer more control regarding aim, foam-based defense sprays cover a wider area. The range of foam sprays, however, is smaller than their gel and spray counterparts. This makes foam-based pepper sprays ideal for personal self-defense, especially in confined areas where maximum coverage without the need for pinpoint accuracy is necessary.
Pepper Spray Fog
Pepper spray fog, or fogger spray, produces a cloud designed to cover the greatest area. This makes pepper spray fogs very effective crowd control pepper spray.
Keychain Pepper Spray
Pepper spray isn’t just for law enforcement professionals. Since it is an effective form of self-defense and easy to carry, pepper spray is a popular form of protection for civilians. Keychain pepper spray and concealable pepper spray dispensers are smaller than what law enforcement would typically carry, so they can fit in your purse, pocket, or on your keychain easily.
Galls carries a wide variety of personal use, concealable pepper spray dispensers such as Mace MK-VI Hot Pink Pepper Spray, the ASP Key Defender, Sabre Red’s Campus Safety Pink Pepper Gel dispenser, Defense Technology’s Personal Defense MK-6 Stream dispenser, and much more.
Other Defense Sprays
While oleoresin capsicum (OC) is an active ingredient in many defensive sprays, not all defense sprays are solely OC pepper spray. Others are variants and combinations of chemicals and ingredients, making them no less effective when it comes to defensive situations. An example of this kind of combination defense spray is Mace’s Triple Action Pocket dispenser. It contains both OC and the Mace tear gas formula, meaning the carrier has irritation and the incapacitation capabilities in one spray.
Pepper Spray Refill Cartridges
If you carry a personal keychain pepper spray dispenser, chances are, the internal cartridge is going to need to be changed at some point. This could be due to time—sprays should be replaced every two years—or because the contents have been dispensed.
Galls carries pepper spray refill cartridges to keep your self-defense spray working effectively. An example of these replacement cartridges includes ASP’s assorted refill inserts and canisters.
Pepper Spray Holsters
If defense sprays are apart of your everyday carry gearset, it’s important to have a proper method of carrying these canisters and dispensers without burden.
At Galls, we carry many different pepper spray holsters designed to keep you organized without sacrificing the ability to quickly access your defense spray. Our selection includes brands like Bianchi, BlackHawk, 5.11 Tactical, the Galls private brand and much more.
Mace vs Pepper Spray
Though sometimes confused for Mace, pepper spray is one of the more effective and popular non-lethal methods of self-defense. Considered an inflammatory agent, pepper spray is designed to cause a burning sensation and temporary blindness when sprayed at or on assailants. On the other hand, Mace spray is a brand name and their defense sprays are considered an irritant, much like tear gas.
Both sprays also have different active ingredients regarding their defensive use, with pepper spray using oleoresin capsicum (OC), which is derived from chili peppers.
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