Pepper Spray Training Information

Pepper Spray Training Information

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Pepper Spray Training Information/Background

*Pepper Spray Warning Information*

Personal Experience with Pepper Spray Training

A Secret “How-to” Improve Your Aim and Hit Your Target!

Pepper Spray Home Training Drill

How Should Pepper Sprays be Used?

“The Facts About Defense Sprays and How To Use Them to Bring Criminals To Their Knees”, by Doug Lamb

Shelf Life and Testing for Pepper Spray

FIRST AID: What to do if you are sprayed

Police Officer Interview Video (after being pepper sprayed)

With any Pepper Spray Purchase on this site you will receive by email a copy of my book “Self Defense for Life”, absolutely free. This book is full of basic self defense moves that can make the critical difference in your protection. By familiarizing yourself with a few good simple physical moves, you can help reduce your anxiety over the possibility of an attack and enable yourself to deal more effectively with aggression if threatened.

Pepper Spray Training Information and Women’s Self Defense Background

Pepper sprays normally come in aerosol type containers, some no larger than a lipstick holder or ring size. Many pepper spray canisters are small enough to attach to a key chain. Most of these non-lethal or “less-than-lethal” devices can be fired several times and have a range between 15 inches to 20 feet, depending on the model type and size.

Remember that the size of your pepper spray canister generally determines its capacity, and pepper sprays (an inflammatory agent) are not the same as chemical mace or tear gas sprays (irritants to membrane tissues). An inflammatory agent like OC works almost instantly, while an irritant like chemical mace takes approximately 5 to 20 seconds (a lifetime for most of us during an attack) to begin taking an effect.

The current demand for pepper spray training information demonstrates the popularity of pepper sprays, also known at OC (oleoresin capsicum – chilli peppers), has grown tremendously over the last few years as a personal security device due to the increase in violent crimes. Responsible law abiding citizens are realizing that they have to depend on personal security devices like pepper spray to protect themselves and their families. It is estimated that at least 15,000,000 Americans now carry personal defense sprays, the majority of which are pepper sprays

Body size and weight, asthma, smoking, make little or no difference to the effectiveness of the pepper spray according to evidence researched by pepper spray training information. There is an elevated increase in blood pressure, heart rate and ventilation. Because OC is an inflammatory agent and not an irritant. OC will induce coughing, choking and nausea, as well as dilating the eye capillaries resulting in temporary blindness. The mucuous membranes will swell to prevent all but life support breathing causing the assailant to be temporarily incapacitated. Did I mention the OC feels HOT on the skin too!

A one second burst of pepper spray can stop an attacker for up to 40 minutes without causing permanent damage. Pepper spray can still be effective on those who feel no pain such as psychotics and those under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Warning from Pepper Spray Training Information

There is some additional evidence from studies that pepper spray can pose serious risks if it is used on people with respiratory disease, especially asthma.

The use of this substance or device for any purpose other than self-defense is a crime under the law. Contents are dangerous–use with care. Misuse is punishable by jail, fines or both.

Keep Out of Reach of Children !

Many of the self defense moves we are demonstrating on this web site come with some potential risk, so in the interest of fairness about pepper spray risks, I wanted to share informative product study details on OC, so you can make an informed decision about using a pepper spray device for your personal security.

With that said, let’s move on to suggested ways of “how-to” training at home, so you to can quickly get acquainted with your pepper spray unit to increase your personal safety and effectiveness.

Pepper Spray Training Information

“How-to” training with OC continues with some of my own personal experience learning to use a Pepper Spray Unit. First thing I did was to read the enclosed Safety Instructions Carefully.

Always read the manufacturers safety information thoroughly for your personal security device. I removed the pepper spray unit from the wrapping to identify the safety position of the trigger and to begin getting a feel for the device in my hand. The two most common OC triggering mechanisms are the “twist and lock” and the “flip-top” safety types.

The only way in any self defense training to get comfortable with a defensive weapon is to handle it, with safety and caution in mind. Once comfortable with the “twist and lock” type of OC device, and my ability to release the safety and secure the safety back in place, I immediately began work on a strategy to draw and take aim (the facial region and eyes are the target), and make believe firing the pepper spray unit. You need to feel comfortable with your ability to take the safety off by twisting it to the side with your thumb and preparing to depress the trigger.

In the case of a “flip-top” unit you would practice your draw and aim as your were moving your thumb under the flip-top and resting it on the trigger pad.

I purchased two identical pepper spray units, so I could actually “live test” practice spraying a target with one of the pepper units. I first practiced grabbing the pepper spray unit and drawing the OC canister up to aim while twisting the safety cap to firing position. Note: With a “flip-top” unit you just need to practice placing your thumb under the cap while practicing your draw.

I am right handed, so I held the spray with my right hand, while I threw up my left arm , raising my arm as if I were going to wave my hand at the attacker, slightly above my head. This technique is designed to distract the attacker’s eyes while my right hand is drawing the spray up to shoot.

In Self Defense the element of surprise is essential, so use whatever deception possible as a distraction. The idea is not to tip off the attacker that pepper spray is on the way!

Tip: I used the bathroom mirror to practice my draw and hand deception. I find a mirror is a great tool to self monitor.

A Secret “How-to” Improve your Aim and Hit Your Target!

Learn to squeeze your whole hand around the canister as you press down with your thumb (or in some cases your finger) on the trigger mechanism. If you use to much energy and pressure to push down with your thumb on the trigger, it could change the direction of the pepper spray down, and you could possibly shoot below the intended target area. While you are holding your canister, with your thumb on the safety in the case of a “twist-cap” or placing your thumb on top of the “flip-top”, practice a uniform hand squeeze for a true aim. Your trigger finger and hand will exert equal pressure on the pepper spray canister and keep your aim true.

Practice Spray Home Training Drill

In your backyard or someplace safe use a tree, shrub or side of a building (any wind should be blowing on your back). I taped a piece of paper about head height to a tree. I also drew a pair of eyes on the paper as my target. From about 5 or 6 feet away I practiced drawing out the pepper spray unit cautiously, released the safety (again, if you have a flip-top than moving the thumb under the cap), took aim and fired the unit with about a one second burst.

I did not draw at full speed for my own safety. The idea here is just to lock the motor movement into your memory. You don’t want to discharge the spray until the unit is pointed directly at the target.

I felt better after the first discharge of spray. You can see the spray stream to the target, and the discharge pattern that was created from that distance onto the sheet of paper .

Don’t walk up in the direction of the target after you just sprayed, or you could feel some residual effects of the lingering pepper spray particles in the air yourself!

The smart tactic is to “spray and move” after every discharge.

In fact, spray and move to the side (and slightly back if possible) after any discharge from the unit, evaluate your aim keeping your sight on the target, from the new position, you can repeat fire the pepper spray. Notice the spray pattern as it hit the target from the new position. Again, don’t walk forward into the OC spray path after you just fired the unit. Part of a smart pepper spray tactic is the knowledge and ability of always keeping your eye on the target/attacker. If your first one second burst of OC doesn’t hit on target, than you are already in a position of repeating the pepper spray firing.

Another word of advice from pepper spray training information is to wait a few minutes before repeating the pepper spray drill from a different position. If the wind conditions are light the residual pepper spray particles will unlikely affect you.

Shooting and moving to the side after every discharge, keeping my eye on the target, I used up one of my pepper sprays canisters. The practice was worth the time and effort to get a good feel for how the stream spray works and build confidence in my ability to use it in an emergency.

Safer OC Practice With This Tip

Another recent option for pepper spray practice is with similar looking OC canisters filled with only water. These practice OC units come with the same types of trigger mechanisms as your pepper spray unit, “twist and lock” or “flip-top”. Check with your OC provider to see if any of these water filled inert practice units are available. This is a very safe way to learn “how-to” draw, aim and fire at a target. This Safety Practice Unit can jump start your confidence and allow you to test fire your “live” pepper spray unit.

How Should Pepper Sprays be Used?

If you have to use your pepper spray in self defense, make sure that you have some distance between you and your attacker(s) if possible (you don’t want the spray to affect you). This is good advice from pepper spray training information.

Aim the spray canister at the eyes and facial region of the threat, fire off a 1 to 2 second burst of spray and move to the side. After you have done this continue to move back away, but always keep your eye on the attacker(s). By watching the reactions of your attacker(s) you will be able to tell if a further burst of OC spray is required.

REMEMBER to spray and move to the side (slightly back too, if possible), keep your eyes on the target, and repeat “spray and move” if needed. Once the threat has been incapacitated seek help and call the police. This would be the safest course of action available.

The tactical idea of “spray and move” makes perfect sense when you consider this distant possibility. Everyone is effected by OC, however, a few highly trained (or crazy)individuals might continue their efforts to attack even as the pepper formula works causing temporary blindness, disorientation, restricted breathing, and let’s not forget that hot feeling from a product that discharges 2,000,000 Scoville Heat Units! Note: If you have ever bitten into a jalapeno pepper and experienced the hot sting, than you have tasted a mere 5,000 Scoville Heat Units. Moving to the side after you fire the OC unit will also put you out of the way of this type of charging attacker. Simply stated, moving to the side puts you off-line from a straight forward (or on-line) attack.

Since I mentioned attackers in the plural case, here is a tactic I would employ if faced with a multiple attackers. The closest attacker would be the first to be sprayed. Next, I would fan the spray across the oncoming path of the other attackers about head high, effectively creating a pepper spray barrier between us.

For more details on using and understanding pepper sprays you can get the following book:
“The Facts About Defense Sprays And How To Use Them To Bring Criminals To Their Knees” by Doug Lamb.

This 32-page pepper spray training information booklet teaches you about choosing a defense spray, how to carry it, how to shoot it, what to do about multiple assailants, date rape protection, using defense sprays against guns and knives, home tactical use and much, much more about the realities of protecting yourself with defense sprays. Written by nationally recognized self defense expert Doug Lamb.

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With any Pepper Spray Purchase on this site, or the above Pepper Spray Training Book, you will receive by email a copy of my book “Self Defense for Life”, absolutely free. This book is full of basic self defense moves that can make the critical difference in your protection. By familiarizing yourself with a few good simple physical moves, you can help reduce your anxiety over the possibility of an attack and enable yourself to deal more effectively with aggression if threatened.

In women’s self defense you have already learned the greatest natural weapon is your brain. Here is a mental game all of us can practice. Using a technique I call “combative visualization” to play out different scenarios in my mind. i.e. walking back to my car in a dark parking lot with my pepper spray in hand, or going to an ATM after dark.

Learning to recognize and react to a threatening situation takes some mental practice. Rehearse exactly what to do in case you have to use the spray. Practice against an imaginary assailant in your head until you’re satisfied with your mental ability to use the spray fast and effectively.

Any self training and practicing with the OC spray you can do can make the difference between becoming a victim and surviving a hostile confrontation.

I hope by now the concept is clear that carrying a self defense product will complement your self defense physical skills quite well. You can inflict more damage with a self defense product, remove your threats faster, disable your assailant/s, buy more time to run away and do everything you can do with your with the self defense moves demonstrated on this site, but better. Of course, in the unlikely event you lose or drop your self defense product, you still have your physical skills to rely on!

Shelf Life and Testing for Pepperspray Training Information
Most pepper sprays have a shelf life of several years, although some expire after two years. The expiration date should be marked on the canister. Any use of the spray beyond the expiration date is NOT RECOMMENDED. YOUR LIFE MAY DEPEND ON IT WORKING PROPERLY!

Although the spray manufacturer may say that the pepper spray will work indefinitely, it will lose its potency over time.

Sprays should be tested by firing with only half second bursts, both after purchase and then on a regular basis of every three or four months.
Pepperspray training information would like to make it clear that testing OC sprays must always be done outside with any wind blowing from behind you. If the spray stream is less than 3 to 4 feet or the spray seems to be thin or weak, replace it immediately. Do not rely on it!

Most sprays, even ones that have an indefinite chemical shelf life, can lose their pressure over time too, much the same as a fire extinguisher.
Additional Notes from Pepper Spray Training Information:REMEMBER that all activations will reduce the contents of the canister, smaller capacity models will therefore need to be replaced every 9-12 months if these testing procedures are adhered to. Always check manufacturers testing and replacement recommendations.

You can review the page on how to determine the volume of pepper spray left in your canister with two simple methods at:
Pepper Volume Remaining in Your Canister.

Replacing a unit is a small price to pay for peace of mind knowing the unit is new and ready to protect you.

FIRST AID: What to do if you are sprayed.

No one has a quick and 100% effective neutralizing agent for OC. If contact is made, wash affected area thoroughly with water. DO NOT use any creams, salves or soap. Expose area to fresh air. Milk, baking soda paste and honey do a good job removing the sting from the fingers and face, but trace amounts of OC will remain on the fingers even after dozens of hand washings. Ultimately you will need to wait for the skin to slough off the microbes of OC. Effects will generally disappear after 45 minutes. If symptoms persist, see a physician immediately.

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