Pepper spray, one of your most practical self-defense options, is worth celebrating during National Pepper Month. Headlines lately have shared pepper spray success stories, such as one where a tourist in Haiti was able to protect his and his host’s safety. In the interest of making sure all consumers are informed about pepper spray’s benefits, here are 7 pepper spray facts:
- Pepper sprays are created from natural peppers
Natural peppers provide the heat-bearing component - called oleoresin capsicum (OC) - used in pepper spray. This is why you’ll sometimes see pepper spray referred to as OC spray. OC is measured in major capsaicinoid percentage, which identifies the exact heat of the liquid deployed from your canister.
- Civilian pepper spray can be as strong as police pepper spray
In fact, civilian SABRE Red products contain the exact same formulation as our police-grade SABRE Red offering. At 1.33% major capsacinoids, SABRE Red is our most potent and popular formulation. Fun fact: There are no agencies in the United States that carry a pepper spray stronger than SABRE Red - meaning even civilians can have police-grade protection at their fingertips
- Pepper spray provides protection at a safe distance
SABRE’s keychain pepper gel models boast a 12-foot (4m) range, helping you avoid having to go hands-on with an attacker. Our home defense pepper gel currently offers a range of up to 25 feet (8 m).
- Pepper spray is legal to carry in all 50 statesThere are, however, state-by-state shipping restrictions (listed per product description). So, depending upon your location, you may need to purchase your pepper spray in a brick-and-mortar store.
- SABRE is the only brand that can guarantee maximum heat every single time
Did you know that other brands experience a 30% heat failure rate (University of Utah, Quantitative Analysis of Capsaicinoids in Fresh Peppers, Oleoresin Capsicum and Pepper Spray Products)? With SABRE, consistent, maximum heat is guaranteed - every single time. We’re the only manufacturer with a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) laboratory. HPLC is the only way to ensure there are no pepper spray failures on the basis of heat inconsistency.We test each batch of pepper spray in our HPLC lab and perform frequent independent testing. We are proud to provide the most consistent level of pungency possible to further increase our users’ safety.
- Pepper spray isn’t just for self-defense against humans
This personal safety tool is also a viable defense against bears and dogs. SABRE’s bear sprays and dog sprays are the maximum heat allowed by EPA and Health Canada, and proven effective in helping you and your pets escape an attack.
- Johnny Knoxville got sprayed with SABRE Red*
*Warning: Video contains adult language.
Here’s how he described the experience: “But the most pain [I ever felt on Jackass] was probably from getting sprayed with SABRE Red pepper spray smack dab in the eyes. Excruciating pain for at least 20 minutes. It feels like someone started a fire in your eyes and put it out with kerosene.”