The SABRE Difference

SABRE Maximum Strength Formula

Learn about our quality assurance process that delivers industry-leading products.

Our Quality Assurance Process

At SABRE, we strive to produce the most effective pepper sprays and personal safety products that will help protect you in the moments you really need them. Developing our industry-leading products, technologies and formulations like SABRE Red and SABRE Crossfire starts with extensive testing and quality control. In this section, we walk you through our processes to show you the ins and outs of unrivaled safety solutions.

Quality Control: The Best from Start to Finish

From the time the red peppers get to our factory in the form of concentrate, to the time they enter your hand in our award-winning packaging - they're put to the test!

Each batch of pepper spray and pepper gel is tested in our exclusive High Performance Liquid Chromatography Laboratory - nothing leaves our factory unless it meets our high standards!

Once the formulas are mixed, each unit takes a bath - literally! The water baths ensure our products are sealed tightly to prevent leakage.

But we're also concerned with making sure our products, while extremely effective, are compatible with the law and government regulations. SABRE is ISO Certified, and an EPA and Health Canada certified establishment - our bear and dog sprays provide you protection in a humane way.

We want you to know that we take pride in producing only the best for our customers. Continue reading to learn more about how the SABRE team works together to make this possible.

Shop SABRE Pepper Spray & Self-Defense Products

Now that you know more about the extensive testing process that goes into each and every one of our products, you know just how hard we work to make our solutions the best in the industry. When it comes to personal protection for law enforcement officials, working adults, students and outdoors travelers, the choice is clear. Choose SABRE for proven results. Explore our website to learn more about all of our personal protection products, and shop with us online or at participating SABRE retailers worldwide.


HPLC technology is the industry's #1 advantage—and it's exclusive to SABRE. 
Our in-house lab eliminates the 30% heat failure rate experienced with other brands (University of Utah).

What does 'HPLC' mean? 
HPLC stands for high performance liquid chromatography. This technology is the only way to ensure there are no pepper spray failures on the basis of heat inconsistency. The process eliminates the possibility of bad batches. It guarantees the maximum strength of SABRE pepper spray.

We are proud to provide the most consistent level of pungency possible to further increase our users’ safety.

Leakage Testing

To test for leakage, we submerge all production units in a hot water bath. The thermo-regulated 120° F water increases the canister pressure to 5x the operating pressure. The production units are observed in this bath for five minutes, which is sufficient time to detect canisters susceptible to leak due to component failure.

Our customer's safety is extremely important to us. If a canister does not pass our leakage test, it is immediately removed from production. We want every pepper spray that leaves our factory to perform for our customers.

- Bob Nance, V.P. of Operations

Temperatures & Test Firing

One of the most commonly asked questions is, is it ever too hot or too cold for my pepper spray to function properly? SABRE runs our products through rigorous testing. We test fire our pepper sprays and gels after they've been exposed to extreme temperatures. 

    • Pepper sprays function and fire in below freezing temperatures
    • Pepper gels function and fire at 32°F 
    • All products, both gels and traditional sprays, function and fire up to 120°F 

    This testing tells our technicians that there is no degradation of the pepper spray formula at these temperatures - meaning your product will provide maximum strength stopping power! 

    "We are constantly testing our formulas to ensure we can provide reliable information about how to best store your pepper spray and how the temperature affects how the products perform."

    - Stu Williams, SABRE HPLC Laboratory Manager