Defense Against Crime

17/08/2017

Do you want cute, or effective pepper spray?


With college about to start up this week, many parents will be packing their young adults

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Bling Sting Pepper Spray is sparkly!

off to college. Some parents may be sitting down with their young daughters having ‘the talk’.  No not that talk, we are referring to the talk about sexual assault, and staying safe.  To remind you of the sexual assault statistics, 1 in 4 college age females experience some form of sexual assault while attending college.  As you may know as readers of this blog, we attempt to educate you about self-defense contingencies to reduce your chances in being part of that statistic.   I’ve also told you that many college campuses provide self-defense solutions ranging from RAD classes, Free shuttle rides, to escort services. This is a good thing and we applaud any and all efforts that college are taking to reduce sexual assault victims. It also appears that some colleges stores are now selling pepper spray. I was passing a student store on one campus and saw they were selling Bling Sting Self-Defense product.  First, let me state for the record that I’m for using any effective product that will keep you safe.  I will also say for the record I have nothing against the Niche marketing tactic that Bling Sting uses.  Really, I don’t. Now, that I have those statements out of the way let’s examine choosing effective pepper spray.

I have a question for you consumers.  If you were going to purchase pepper spray, what do you want? Do you want to buy something that is effective, or something mildly effective but a fashion accessory?  Now, mind you there are highly effective brands pepper sprays that come in fashion cases. Dooney & Bourke, Saber Red, and Streetwise offer pepper spray in fashionable cases. But should how a pepper spray case looks really be your primary deciding factor on picking your pepper spray?  Do you think your attacker is going to be impressed? What about your friends? That is what I saw when I looked at Bling Sting Pepper Spray.  I picked up a package of their pepper spray, looking for one thing -what strength it was, and also its Certified Heat Rating.  I guess it’s either I small print, or inside the package. Because I did not see it. I really did look.  In the FREE Guide to Pepper Spray, we tell you how to select pepper spray we don’t recommend a specific brand, but we do recommend that you look for what is legal where you reside,  it’s a good fit for you, and its effective rating (CHR or SHU).  The one thing we never mention was, is it a good fashion accessory for you?

In order to find out more about Bling Pepper Spray products I researched it.  This is one of the things we mentioned in the Guide to Pepper Spray, to research before you buy.   Remember, you are purchasing something to help save your life in a dangerous situation.  What factors are the most important to you?  One that should be important is effectiveness!

Here is the verbiage from their webs site

Blingsting pepper spray is not only the cutest pepper spray ever, but it’s the same exact formulation used in other pepper sprays you’ll find on the market. We use a 10% OC formula (that’s oleoresin capsicum … yeah, we can use big words too) that is the strongest formulation allowed in all 50 states.

 Bottom line: it’s HOT AF and when used in a defensive manner, will cause major respiratory effects like choking, watery eyes, and temporary blindness for an hour or so. Yikes. Pepper spray is not a toy, and it’s not funny to use it in any way other than in a true emergency. It’s also illegal to misuse pepper spray. Jail is not a good look. Orange is not your color. Be responsible and be vigilant.

 Bling sting is the pepper spray so cute, it hurts! Ok, you can buy some now. Just make sure you are ready for TONS of compliments.

BLINGSTING PEPPER SPRAY KEYCHAINS AS SEEN IN COSMOPOLITAN
I’m going to break these down. Again ,this really isn’t an attack against Bling sting but to educate you one marketing practices that are more about selling the product than protecting you.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I question various sales tactics.  But let us examine what they are selling you.  First Bling Pepper Spray IS Pepper Spray, there is no doubt about that.  Can Pepper Spray be effective for your self-defense?  Studies and experience says yes. Bling Sting does sell pepper spray.

Bling Sting primary attribute…it’s attractive.  OK that’s the hook of their product and it’s in the name.  So if Bling is more important than overall effectiveness against criminals, this Pepper Spray product is for you.

Bling Sting has the same formulation as other pepper sprays.  That’s like saying the Wendy’s burger had the foundation that other hamburgers have.  Generally, it can be considered a true statement.  But it’s a Whopper the same as a Big Mac?  Isn’t a Stake and Shake burger the same as White castle burger?  Not all pepper spray is equal. Isn’t Sabre Red Pepper Spray is slightly different from Smith and Wesson Pepper Spray that is slightly different from Streetwise…etc.

We use a 10% OC formula (that’s oleoresin capsicum … yeah, we can use big words too) that is the strongest formulation allowed in all 50 states.  Hmm?  That remark about OC..what are they trying to convey to their target audience? Ponder that! As far as I know, all modern pepper spray is OC.  Most of the pepper spray sites that I have visited explain what OC means.  But, I guess they want you to believe something from that statement.

Now they clam at that 10% is the strongest allowed in all 50 States.  This is primarily true, based in current Pepper Spray State Restrictions. However, consider this fact – of all 50 states there is only one states (Michigan) that have a strength limitation. Many of the others have a limitation on size but not strength. The remaining states have no limitation at all. So if you don’t live in Michigan, why would  want a weaker pepper spray?  When it comes to Pepper Spray strengths you can purchase 5%, 10% 15%, 18% and 23% OC Pepper Spray. But what does that really tell you? Think of OC like liquor proof…the stronger higher the proof the stronger the liquor.  What kind of pepper spray do you want ,a wine cooler or Kentucky Bourbon, or Gin? Again, not bashing Bling Pepper Spray, one thing they don’t have to worry about is meeting the state requirements of Michigan.

The rest of their statement is true, Pepper Spray is not a toy, it can be considered a weapon. It is an effect means to disable most people, and in rare instances kill people who have pepper allergies. You can do an internet search for the number of criminals that use pepper spray. They close their ad with two statements, again focusing on their major selling point, it’s cute.

Their remainder page also tells about all the impressive places that Bling Sting purchased advertisements. Believe it or not companies can purchase ad space for the right amount of money. We get calls monthly from Magazines, Internet Radio Stations, Schools, Television Channels like Lifetime and more to purchase advertisement space.  So saying your products are featured on a media platform simply means a sales agent from that venue got a nice commission to place an ad for your product. Perhaps someone who was interested in their niche concept….cute self defense products.

I’m not even gonna mention the price… except you can get more effective pepper spray — for less..but sadly these stronger brands lack the bling factor that Bling Sting can give you.

Once again, I will reiterate something I said before.  I prefer you have something to defend yourself when the time comes, rather than nothing.

However, just like when you are shopping for a car, take the time to not get a lemon!

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety 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 protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information 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.

29/06/2017

When Dogs Attack!


Let’s me start by saying I am a dog person. I’ve had by current dog for almost a decade, and we travel together a lot.  Not only that, but my spoiled pooch is a person dog. This means she likes people. Don’t get it wrongs she a great watch dog, she instantly alerts us if someone comes into our yard.

None the less there are at least 4.5 – 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year hqdefaultand, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20 to 30 of these dog attacks result in death.

I know that on several occasions I’ve encountered not only stray dogs, but dogs that have escaped their owners. If a strange barking dog came at you what would you do? Are your ready to defend yourself from a dog attack?

Think about this! Bite bites can lead to serious infections such as tetanus and rabies, disability, and deformity. You can reduce your chances of this buy having the right tools and knowing how to use them.

One of the tools that I encourage people who like to go for walks or bike rides to carry is Pepper Spray. You may ask –“Is pepper spray effective against a malicious dog”?   If a mean dog attacks you, spraying it with dog repellants pepper spray  in its face will cause the dog temporary blindness, shortness of breath and a burning sensation until its effect wears off. The dog has no other option but to retreat; allowing you the opportunity to get away. If you jog, take walks or ride your bike, then you should carry dog repellent pepper spray with you. Pepper Spray is legal, lightweight, easily accessible, and will provide fast protection when you need it most.

Important People vs Attack Dog Safety Tips

If a Dog Runs After You When Jogging

I know this sounds bizarre, but running excites dogs. Remember my nice dog. If I’m riding and she has her head out the window. She will actually bark at runners.  What you should do when encountering a dog when running is stop running. The first thing, is Don’t Panic. Remember many animals “sense fear”. Say confident and slowly and steadily move away without making and aggressive moves. With any luck, you can safely walk out of the dog’s roving range. Should the dog attempt to attack you, use your pepper spray.

What if I don’t want to pepper spray a dog?

Are there ways to avoid using pepper spray on an attacking dog? OK, so you don’t want to cause psychological harm to a dog. First, when possible never approach an unfamiliar dog. You don’t know the dogs history. There are rescue dogs that have issues. There are dogs that don’t like certain types of people. You may be the type of person the dog fears.  Like rattlesnakes, some dogs warn you not to come near them. The may growl or their hair may stand up on their back.  First, you should never run from a dog and scream.  Second, avoid direct eye contact with a dog. The dog may view this act as a challenge. Next, never disturb any dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies. If you are attacked and you don’t have pepper spray or don’t want to “feed” the dog something else–your jacket, bike, purse, books – to distract it.

Another technique is to remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog (but have your dog pepper spray in your hand). Do not run when confronted with a threatening dog. Running only stimulates the dog to increase its aggression. Hold your ground and demonstrate moderate dominance by telling the dog firmly to go home. This usually works wonders. Firmly saying “no” and “sit” may also work. You might try: “Go away,” “Go home” or “Nice dog”.

What to do If You’re Knocked Down by an Aggressive Dog

If an aggressive dog happens to knocks me down before you a chance to get to your pepper spray you should curl into a ball, ticking your knees in and use your hand to protect sensitive areas like your head and neck. If you get a change to make a strong kick. Do so. You can also use a commanding voice to tell the dog to “Stop”.   Resist the urge to scream or roll away. A moving target may encourage the dog.

Remember people have been killed by dog attacks, so do what you need to do to stay alive. Remember when it’s you or them. Choose you.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety 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 protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information 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.

 

11/06/2017

The Difference between Mace and Pepper Spray


Sometimes people think Pepper Spray and Mace are the same thing.  One hand they can be on the other hand they are not.  Confused?  Well, let’s fix that. There are lots of brand names that are used instead of the name of the actual product. Think of names like Jacuzzi, Zamboni, Kleenex or Crock-Pot.  One type of Mace is a chemical compound and other is a Company brand name that made the chemical compound.

MACE (the actual trademark chemical compound) has not been in use for over 17 years.

Police using Mace in a 60's riot

Police using Mace in a 60’s riot

Chemical “mace” was first invented in 1965 by Allan Lee Litman, founder and co-owner of Pittsburgh-based General Ordnance Equipment Corporation (GOEC), after his wife, Doris, was threatened on the street . It contained an active ingredient called phenacyl chloride (CN) . In 1987, Chemical Mace was sold to Smith & Wesson and manufactured by their Lake Erie Chemical division. Smith & Wesson subsequently transferred ownership to Jon E. Goodrich along with the rest of the chemical division in what is now Mace Security International. Though the design has been expanded on, the original Chemical Mace formula using only CN has since been discontinued. Due to the potentially toxic nature of CN and the generally superior incapacitating qualities of oleoresin capsicum (OC) pepper spray in most situations, the early CN has been mostly supplanted by OC formulas in police use, although Mace Security International still retains a popular “Triple Action” formula combining CN, OC and an ultraviolet marker dye.

The Mace chemical compound is an irritant that is very similar to tear gas. Mace (the chemical) unlike pepper spray will NOT cause inflammation of the capillaries causing temporary blindness, nausea, make breathing difficult as well as create a very strong burning or stinging sensation. Chemical Mace is dispersed as a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization

Once the chemical Mace was also under the Mace brand and was used as a primary self-defense product.

However today all of the Mace’s brand products are now are either straight OC Pepper Spray and /or OC /Tear gas combinations or OC Pepper foam. There for the Mace brand is referred to as the product, like chap stick.

Pepper spray (sometimes called  as Mace or capsicum spray) is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness). Pepper Spray is used by law enforcement, security, and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears,  alley cats, rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, Wangdoodles, Hornswogglers, Snozzwangers, and rotten, Vermicious Knids.

Pepper Spray with its painful inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people using pepper spray for self-defense an opportunity to escape. Although considered a less-than-lethal agent, it has been deadly in rare cases for people with pepper allergies, and concerns have been raised about a number of deaths where being pepper sprayed may have been a contributing factor.

As of this writing, Pepper Spray is legal to carry in all 50 states.

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety 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 protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information 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.

25/05/2017

Can carrying Pepper Spray truly make you safer?


If you troll thru this blog you can see plethora of articles on the usefulness of pepper spray and other self-defense products and techniques.  Will having any of these self-defense products really make you safer?

The short answer is: It depends!

  • It depends on your mindset at the time of the incident
  • It depends on your ability to effectively use Pepper Spray or whatever you have correctly.
  • It depend on …well keep reading.

First, let me state that Pepper Spray is an effective self-defense product that has been used for decades to not only depend citizens and law enforcement personnel ifbxp35697 used correctly in the right situations.  And the art of this type of defense dates back centuries.

However, there are people who carried or owned pepper spray who have still been crime victims because they were not prepared.  There are a number of reason why having it didn’t work..for them.

  • They panicked, and did not focus on self-defense.
  • They didn’t know how to properly use it
  • They could not get to it, in the bottom of their purse or other inaccessible place.
  • It was a surprise attack and they were caught off guard because they were not paying attention.
  • Your attacker was in the minority of the population that are immune to the effects of Pepper Spray for various reasons.
  • Your pepper spray had expired.
  • The assailant is wearing glasses or was prepared
  • The Pepper Spray was defective and you did not know it.

While this is not an exhaustive list, it probably represents a majority of reasons why just having pepper spray will not help you.  The good news is that many of these issues can be negated with the embracing PepperEyes.com motto…which is Get Ready..Stay Ready.   You can also embrace the motto of the Boy Scouts of America : Be Prepared.

Any self-defense product, including pepper spray, Tasers, or a gun, requires that you be prepared mentally and physically and have it available to use. Pepper Spray, like most weapons, can be taken away from you and then be used against you, if you are not prepared and able to use it at the correct moment. In the case of just owning pepper, spray think of sexual assaults.  It is estimated that 80% to 85% of all sexual assault victims know their attackers and fifty percent of assaults occur inside the victim’s own home. Rapists are not always the stranger in the alley or the weirdo in the parking lot. If a fraction of these victims owned a self-dense product, how prepared are they to use it?   Chances are they were not.

Think about being on a date. Think about going to a party. Ponder the different people you know who may come to your house often.  A deliveryman, a Utility worker, a client.  What is your mindset?  How prepared are you, if you are put in a position of being harmed. What if you have pepper spray or another self-defense product but can’t get to it and use it?

This is why a self-defense mindset and preparation is essential.  When a soldier has ran out of bullets and the enemy is coming, there are only two options.  Fight or Flight.  If you can’t get away, how prepared are you to fight. If you can’t use your pepper spray, you have the same two options. How prepared you to fight.

Just something to think about.

If you read this blog, you can learn how to develop a self-defense mindset.

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety 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 protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information 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. Victor Swindell, Owner.

11/05/2017

What to do if you are pepper sprayed!


Military Pepper Spray 2A few months ago, my sister-in-law give me some ointment called Capzsasin HP because I was having issues with the muscles in my legs. Honestly, I did make the connection. See the active ingredient in Pepper Spray is Capsaicin. Anyway after applying the cream to my legs, I thought I had washed all of it off of my hands. I was laying down and rubbed by face. Sweet-Jesus. First there was this mild burning sensation, so naturally I rubbed it (again touching my face). Over the seconds the burning sensation hit me, and I was thinking of pepper spray..and then the light went on Capsaicin – Capzsasin. The next several minutes was lots of soap and water to the affected area. All I can say, I’m glad I didn’t get an itch in other places.

Now if small amount of cream did that, imagine what full blown pepper spray (or foam or gel) would feel like. If you happen to get pepper spray on your face or in your eyes, you will experience an extremeFaces get pepper spray burning sensation and other effects.  You must immediately rinse your eyes with fresh cool water. If the burning persists or gets worse, seek medical attention. Never EVERY rub your eyes!  One of the effects of Pepper Foam or Gel is that when people get it on their face, their first instinct is to wipe it off, which happens to run the chemical into their face and of course puts it on their hands as well.   If you get pepper spray on your face or hands, wash with a mild soap.  Pepper spray can very be easily transferred. Trust me on that one. If you have pepper spray on your hands, do not touch your face. If you have been testing your pepper spray, assume you have some on your hands. Avoid touching your face for at least an hour after washing your hands. Lemon juice can help neutralize the pepper spray on your hands as well.

If pepper spray is discharged inside the house or in your car or spilled from a leaky sprayer, you may notice burning eyes, scratchy throat, and runny nose. If this happens, open windows and doors to get fresh air circulating in the room. It may take a few hours for the air to completely clear.

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety 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 protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information 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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