Does pepper spray really matter?

Woman using pepper spray or tear gas for self defence outdoors. High quality photo

Have you ever bought pepper spray? There are so many different shapes and sizes you can get. There are a few different factors we can take into consideration before picking the best one for you!

Environment: You want to ask yourself in what kind of primary environment you will be carrying the pepper spray. What is your primary reason for protection? Do you live in a highly populated city? Or do you live in a quiet neighborhood and want protection going on your daily walks?

We have four different sizes of pepper spray:

.5 oz Pepper Spray:

  • “key chain” pepper spray
  • Easily carry and conceal
  • Deliver 6-10 1-2 second bursts (good if dealing with a single attacker)
  • 6-8 feet spray range.

The only thing to keep in mind with this one is that most people will not release the spray after a few seconds due to stress. Using more spray in less time.

2 oz. Pepper Spray:

  • Small and easy to carry – most officers carry this size
  • Deliver 20-30 1-2 second bursts
  • 12 – 15 feet spray range
  • More room for error

9 oz. / 16 oz. Pepper Spray:

  • Able to disperse large amounts of spray (good to handle an angry group around your car)
  • The 16 oz. can clear an entire intersection
  • Referred to as “Bear Spray” or “Wildlife Spray”

Before making a decision on which one you’d like to carry, be aware of the relevant laws and regulations as some states have restrictions.

Written TDUSA