Defense Against Crime


Choosing a Self Defense Spray

In a news story I once read, a woman in Kansas City Missouri drove into the parking lot of a car wash. She was approached by two men, one of which pulled out a gun and demanded her car keys. The woman seemingly reached for her keys, however she grabbed the pepper spray that she had on her key chain and sprayed the two men. The would be robber, coughing and blind, backed off and she was able to escape without harm. This woman was quoted by KCTV5 news: ‘Thank God. This is something that saved my life, and it could save any woman’s life’.”

Over the last few years, self-defense sprays, are often mistakenly called tear gas or Mace, have become the most popular non-lethal personal protection products on the market. The ever-increasing rate of violent attacks, sexual assaults and other crimes and news coverage of these and other similar crimes coupled with the reasoning of “if it is good enough for the police, it should be good enough for me” has led more and more citizens to depend on these personal protection products. The demand for self-defense sprays has become so great that at last count there were more than 80 brands in various sizes, spray types, casings, and formulations. There are three basic chemical compositions currently used, only one of which should be considered for personal civilian self-defense.

We feel that is important for anyone shopping for a self-defense spray to know the important differences between these three formulations, spray pattern effectiveness, and which spray to use where. Over the next few weeks we will be discussing the different formulations to educate you on what is available on the market and which ones you should consider.

Self Defense Spray Compositions

Below is a list of the currently three basic chemical compounds used in self-defense sprays.

  • CS (Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile)
  • CN (alphachloroacetaphenone)
  • OC (Oleoresin Capsicum)

Of these three OC is the newest of the three, and according to all research and practical data the most effective, and the only one that is recommended for personal protection. We would also like to make mention that are some self-defense sprays that are combinations of the main three compounds. Some of these are OC/CS or OC/CN. These combinations have some advantages according to research and have been shown to work as effectively as an OC=Only formulation. However, most self-defense experts and trainers recommend an OC-Only formulation.

In our next article we will compare the effects of CS, CN, and OC when used in real situations.

See Also:

  1. Does Pepper Spray really work? is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable personal protection products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime. If you want to take personal responsibility for yourself, your home or your business, purchase our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.


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  1. […] sprays such as pepper spray is a way to deal with someone in a non-lethal method. I’ve discussed the various types of sprays, and have recommended the OC pepper […]


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