Why Pepper Spray Is an Effective Self-Defense Weapon

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Simply put, pepper spray makes sense as a self-defense weapon. The prevalence of crime is on the increase throughout the United States. In the five minutes or so it takes you to read this article 3 women will fall victim to sexual assault! We are all vulnerable. How will you protect yourself?

Pepper spray is an effective self-defense weapon that is both legal and non-lethal. Many of us are not comfortable carrying a handgun and even if you are, the legal liabilities can be life changing. In every self-defense scenario you will be better off with pepper spray than without.

Pepper spray acts as the “great equalizer” as it provides a smaller, physically weaker person the ability to defend themselves against a larger, stronger attacker. Pepper spray provides the ability to stop an attacker from a distance of 8-12 feet. In a self-defense situation, distance equals safety, so the ability to neutralize a potential attack is priceless.

The effects of pepper spray go to work almost immediately. The most aggressive attacker will feel the effects within seconds. Even individuals under the influence of pain masking drugs are affected. Spraying someone in the face with pepper spray causes the eyes to involuntarily close shut and the capillaries to swell causing temporary blindness. Even if an attacker can’t feel pain, they are much less dangerous if they can’t see.

Pepper spray goes to work on the respiratory system and wreaks havoc on breathing. The active ingredients cause inflammation within the respiratory system which makes breathing difficult. If you can’t breathe you can’t fight. Pepper spray is extremely painful when sprayed into the eyes, nose and mouth. The pain has been compared to having shards of glass in the eyes.

With any self-defense weapon, it’s important to practice and become familiar with your device. Pepper spray is available in different spray patterns and formulas, each with its own set of pro’s and con’s. If you opt for non-lethal self-defense you’ll be much better off in every scenario with pepper spray than without.

What Is Fox Labs 5.3 Defensive Spray

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Fox Labs 5.3 Defensive Spray is simply one of the most effective self-defense pepper sprays on the market today. It is comprised of a formulation of 5.3 million Scoville Heat Units (SHUs). A Scoville Heat Unit is a measurement of the spicy heat of chili peppers or other spicy foods and is a function of capsaicin concentration. It was named after his creator a pharmacist named Wilbur Scoville.

Oleoresin capsicum is the resin of one of the hottest peppers in the world. Capsaicin concentration is one of the most accurate ways to measure the strength of a pepper spray.

Fox labs makes a variety of products but they all use the exclusive Fox Labs 5.3 Defensive Spray formula including their only keychain pepper spray that fires a stream pattern up to 10 feet away and has 10 half second bursts. Fox labs was one of the first, and is still one of the only manufacturers of defensive sprays that make Taser/ECD compatible sprays.

Another one of their products that contains the Fox Labs 5.3 Defensive Spray formula is a 1 pound pistol grip that is used by police, security and other law enforcement agents throughout the world. It is mostly used for crowd control because it is a high density fogger with an effective range up to 30 feet away. It has a UV marking dye to help in assailant identification. Of course it can be used for individual assailant attack protection. This is very similar to the type of product used by “Dog the Bounty Hunter” as seen on TV.

When you are in the market for a powerful self-defense pepper spray, Fox Labs 5.3 Defensive Spray should be at the top of your list. We have a wide variety of these fine Fox labs products along with other defensive sprays. If they are good enough for law enforcement agents across the country, why wouldn’t they be good enough for you?

Fox Defensive Pepper Sprays-Powerful Personal Protection

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Fox Labs was established in 1992 to manufacture and market the best less than lethal self-defense spray products available to the civilian market. In 1998 they introduced a 2% OC formula that measures 5.3 million SHU’s making it the hottest pepper spray anywhere. They quickly realized that with a new formula they could market them to law enforcement agencies.

As of this writing, Fox defensive pepper sprays are used by more law enforcement agencies in the United States and throughout the world than any other brand. The same high quality potent defensive sprays are available to civilians and are among the most effective pepper sprays for personal protection.

Fox Labs do not offer the variety of products that other manufacturers do. Instead they concentrate on quality and potency. They offer the best and most powerful personal protection of any defensive spray on the market.

Their sprays are famous for having a much longer range than their competitors. They are the only brand that markets their product as Taser/ECD compatible. And as you may know, almost every law enforcement officer on city streets these days carries a Taser.

Fox defensive pepper sprays use the Scoville heat unit (SHU) rating system and also measure the CRC (capsaicin and related capsaicinoids) strength in the basic formula. The CRC is really the true measure of the effectiveness of a defensive spray, while SHU’s are only a relative measure of hotness.

Defensive pepper sprays continued to be the largest selling and the most popular nonlethal self-defense product in the United States. Only a few cities and states have restrictions on their use. Check with your local police department before you buy and use one. Remember that misuse of a nonlethal weapon is a crime.

When you are looking for an excellent defensive spray for your personal safety and personal protection Fox defensive pepper sprays are what you’re looking for. They may be a little bit more expensive, but when your life is on the line you want police grade defensive sprays that work.

Hotness, potency, range, Taser compatible: with Fox defensive pepper sprays you get it all.

Civilian Sabre Defensive Sprays Are They The Best?

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Sabre brand defensive sprays is a name that may not be familiar to you. One of the reasons for that may be because most of their customers are law enforcement organizations both in the United States and foreign countries. The United States Federal Bureau of Prisons, the NYPD, the Department of Defense, the New Zealand National Police, Scandinavian Police forces and other top organizations of law enforcers around the globe are all customers.

The 39 year-old company’s slogan is “making grown men cry since 1975.” The family owned company specializes in pepper sprays and safety products. Their stated goal is to provide the safest and most effective personal pepper sprays. Civilian Sabre defensive sprays are the same ones that law enforcement officials buy. That should give you an indication of the effectiveness of the civilian Sabre defensive sprays. Are they the best?

Let’s take a look at why we think they might be. When you are in the market to purchase a defensive spray, you want the one that is the most effective-usually a measure of the hotness of the spray. The problem is almost everyone uses a different measure of hotness.

Most companies use Scoville heat units or SHUs as a standard while others use a percentage of oleoresin capsicum. Those measurements are relative but can be misleading. Sabre brand defensive sprays are the only manufacturer that we know of that uses “major capsaicinoids as their standard for hotness. Major Capsaicinoids (MC) are the true heat bearing and pain producing components which measure the strength of the entire pepper spray formulation. The MCs are the only true measure of pepper spray pungency.”

Thus civilian Sabre defensive sprays, in our humble opinion, are the best for the simple reason that they are the hottest and come in a wide variety of disbursement methods including pepper gel and colors including pink which women love.

What Is Oleoresin Capsicum?

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What is oleoresin capsicum? It is a funny sounding name; actually two words that comprise the essence of pepper spray. The two words are; oleoresin which means an oil holding resin in solution, and capsaicin which is the active ingredient in peppers that makes them hot. Capsaicin is the major ingredient in creams and lotions “commonly marketed to relieve muscle and joint pain.”

To rephrase it, oleoresin capsicum is the resin of one of the hottest peppers in the world, the cayenne-combined with water, glycol and a propellant such as nitrogen to make it usable as a defense spray in a canister.

According to Wikipedia “Pepper spray, also known as OC spray, OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a lachrymatory agent (meaning it can cause teary eyes and a runny nose) used in policing, riot control, crowd control, and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears.”

Pepper spray is widely recognized as the largest selling, most popular self defense product in the world. In the United States it is legal in all 50 states with a few cities and states having restrictions.

It makes the eyes swell up and inflames the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract; it causes temporary blindness and a great deal of pain.

It is used for protection against human assailants and animal attacks, specifically dogs and bears. Every law enforcement officer in the country carries oleoresin capsicum on his utility belt as his first nonlethal protection tool. The U.S.P.S. issues defensive sprays to all of their letter carriers as their first line of defense against dog attacks.

For civilians, oleoresin capsicum is a favorite among both women and men because it is so effective, so inexpensive and so easy to use. It is over to 95% effective on average.

OLEORESIN CAPSICUM PRODUCTS

We carry a very extensive line of oleoresin capsicum products from several different manufacturers in all price ranges.

White House Weighs In On Campus Sexual Assaults

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This is a story from Reuters news service about campus Sexual Assaults and how the White House is pressing U.S. Colleges and Universities to do more to curb these assaults.

Part of the national effort is to establish new website NotAlone.gov to help victims find resources and report crimes. This comes after a three-month study on how to curb sexual assaults on college campuses.

“Colleges and universities need to face the facts about sexual assault. No more turning a blind eye or pretending it doesn’t exist,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement released on Monday evening.

The White House said one in five women is sexually assaulted while attending college, most often in her first or second year of study. Usually the perpetrator is known to her and more often than not the assault goes unreported.

The new recommendations include encouraging schools to conduct a “climate survey” to identify the scope of the problem on their respective campuses, creating confidential places for victims to seek support, and initiating training programs for school officials who work with victims.

The website will provide resources for students including hotline numbers for mental health services and data on how to file complaints of abuse.

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One of the best ways that young women on a college campus can defend themselves is with a self-defense product such as this Pepper Shot brand Quick Release Spray that is small enough to take almost anywhere. Half ounce canister contains 10 half-second shots and fires a stream spray pattern up to 8 feet away.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Sexual Assault On College Campuses

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This is an article out of a magazine that caters to teenagers about sexual assaults on college campuses. You can read the whole story HERE.

We have been writing this topic for close to 10 years now, but it’s finally starting to get some traction in support all the way up to the White House was Pres. Obama calling on schools across the country to address the problem. He created a task force known as the White House Council on women and girls.

At the same time that was happening there was a series of reports that begin to surface about sexual assaults that were handled poorly by the administrations of some of the nation’s most prestigious schools. The reports painted a grim picture of the problem on the national level. Of course, this isn’t news to many students. In fact, some have been working diligently within their schools for years in an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault and the struggles between victims and administrators.

“It’s positive and powerful that there’s now federal language specifically addressing sexual violence, because the prevalence and nature of these crimes requires specialized attention and was not adequately addressed by existing violent crime law.”

There have been many attempts over the years to legislate a solution. Many students have come to realize that they are the answer not the federal government.

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The best way to defend yourself against sexual assault is with one of our
Sabre pepper sprays that are used by the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

New Law To Curtail Campus Sexul Assaults

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Here’s another story about how state legislators in Connecticut are trying to curtail campus sexual assaults. You can read the whole story HERE.

The bill requires institutions to permit anonymous reporting of assaults, promote bystander intervention, establish resource teams to review policies and create links with local crisis centers.

There’s a lot of frustration on college campuses about what appears to be the lack of support from state legislators on this issue. “There is a lot more that needs to be done, but it needs to be done by faculty, students and staff together. Until we change that culture, until we have those young men understand that sexual assault and date rape is unacceptable, we’ll have young women going through that suffering.”

“The new legislation was initiated in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a number of female students (both current and former) who allege that they were raped and/or sexually assaulted, and that they felt that the university violated their rights.”

Legislators agree that it is seriously in charge problem in that something has to be done. There are way too many sexual assaults. This bill creates an impact on a person who commits that sexual assault.

How To Defend Yourself Against A Sexual Assault

The best way to defend yourself against the sexual assault on campus or anywhere for that matter is with a self-defense product such as a pepper spray or stun gun. We specifically recommend a product that’s on a keychain because that way it’s more likely to be with you wherever you go.

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We always recommend that women carry a self-defense product like this
Fox Labs Hard Case Keychain that has 5.3 million Scoville heat units and fires a heavy stream pattern up to 10 feet away. It’s taser/ECD compatible too.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Tips For Assault Prevention

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Here is an interesting story and video about a self-defense instructor who teaches Assault Avoidance Tips. The main thing that he teaches women in his class is to act fast not think. The reason for this is simple: when you’re in a life or death situation, reaction times are critical. A few seconds lost thinking about what to do instead of reacting may cost you your life.

He has some simple tactics and tips to keep women safe in any kind of situation

• “Wear a purse that goes across your body, not over your shoulder.
• Keep pepper spray or a small pocket knife on your keys, and hold them as though you’re ready to attack.
• Walk with your hand inside your purse, so you can grab that spray as fast as possible.
• Other simple weapons to keep in your purse: A screwdriver, scissors, or even a pencil.
• Walk with scissors dangling in your hands, no one will think anything but the potential attacker.
• Buy a small gun, one that can clip to your bra and aim for the groin area.”

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Women are the subject and target of assaults nine times more often than men so they need to be a specially prepared. We have always recommended a self-defense course for all women to learn some basic tips on how to protect yourself. But we have also recommended that women carry with them at all times a self-defense product such as this new Fashion Keychain Spray by Wildfire brand which is nearly twice as hot as most pepper sprays.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Female Assaults On College Campuses

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Here is another story about Assaults On Women specifically in Missouri where U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has led a national push to scrutinize rape and sexual assaults of women on college campuses.

“There are young women that are victimized every day, every hour, at a college campus somewhere,” McCaskill told the News-Leader on Thursday. “Too often young women second-guess themselves. ‘I should not have been drinking. I should not have been in his room. I did not know him well enough.’

“They do that instead of taking a clear look and realizing that they have a been a victim of a felony,” McCaskill said. “You do not have to have perfect judgment to be a victim of a crime.”

McCaskill previously had focused her efforts on helping women sexually assaulted in the military.

One of the main differences between colleges and the military is that the military has a rigid chain of command, which in some ways makes addressing the problem simpler. Higher education has no such line of authority.

There are other differences as well but the main similarity is women on college campuses — like women in the military — live in small, closed communities where word travels fast. This makes some students reluctant to report.

Administrators too often do not support women who report they were sexually assaulted on campus. She mentioned high-profile examples at the University of Montana and Notre Dame University. The schools fear that such publicity hurts their image and their student recruitment, she said.

Colleges administrators have been openly hostile, she said, when female students allege rape and sexual assault.

Nearly one in five women in college are victims of attempted or actual sexual assault in their undergraduate careers, according to McCaskill’s office.

A report from the National Institute of Justice states that college women are at higher risk for sexual assault than their non-college peers.

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We always recommend that women on a college campus carry a self-defense product such as a pepper spray and one of the best to carry is one that’s on a keychain. We have many KEYCHAIN PEPPER SPRAYS to choose from. They are legal in just about all jurisdictions and can disable an assailant for as long as 45 minutes.

Pepper spray will cause intense pain, excessive tearing of the eyes and make breathing very difficult.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Most Popular Def-Tec Sprays-Reviews

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Known for research and development, Defense Technology, also referred to as Def-Tec, defines premium pepper spray with the First Defense brand. Today we’re looking at the most popular Def-Tec pepper sprays.

By far the most popular is this .68 Ounce Stream that uses a 1.3% Major Capsaicinoid concentration. That doesn’t sound like much but it is significantly more potent than most of its competitors. That partially explains why it is used by so many police departments. It contains 12 short bursts of up to 12 feet away using a ballistic stream delivery system which reduces the chance of blowback. It has a flip top safety device which prevents accidental spraying. It is ECD compatible.

The second most popular is this 1.47 Ounce Spray that adds of CS tear gas component to the oleoresin capsicum (OC) forum much more devastating impact on the respiratory system. This item uses of nitrogen propellant that creates a ballistic stream delivery system that reduces the chance of blowback.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Pepper Spray Disbursement Types

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In today’s blog post we’re taking a look at different types of pepper sprays. The first way to differentiate them is by brand. We carry several top of the line brands of pepper sprays including Mace brand; Fox brand defensive sprays; Sabre defensive sprays; Guard Dog sprays; Pepper Shot sprays and more.

They each have their own characteristics that differentiate them from other products but the differences are slight. After all they all do the same thing.

The next biggest way to differentiate pepper sprays is by the spray pattern or disbursement method. The four types of disbursement methods are the stream or broken stream, the cone spray, foggers and foams.

Stream or broken stream is a shot with more force and thus has a longer range and less chance of blowback to your face, which might happen with a mist or the cone spray.

Cone spray is the next type. The advantage of using a cone spray is that it can cover a wider area, usually as much is 2 feet. The cone spray can travel 6 to 12 feet. It is highly susceptible to windy conditions. Because the mist in a cone spray is so fine it easily be inhaled, which can cause “instant choking and uncontrollable coughing.”

The fogger is the third disbursement method. It is more commonly used for multiple attackers, crowd control, and most commonly as a Bear Spray. A fogger is considered to be the fastest acting of all sprays.

Foam or Gel Sprays are the most effective in windy conditions and use a thick, heavy foam that can accumulate on a face making it virtually impossible to wipe off. Its effects are worse if you try to remove it. All you do then is grind the ingredients into your face making the pain worse.

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We like this Sabre Red Formula that uses a maximum strength pepper gel making it perfect for indoor use. Because it’s a gel it can spray up to 18 feet, longer than most sprays and foggers.

Do you carry pepper spray? Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Teen Dating Violence-An Editorial

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Here is an editorial on Teen Dating Violence.

“One in three adolescents, 1.5 million annually, in the U.S. will be a victim of physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner. Nearly 80 percent of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser. And 33 percent of teens who are in an abusive relationship never tell anyone. It’s time to shine a light on this issue.”

Teen dating violence manifests itself in many different ways. Young teens frequently have no frame of reference for what is normal and what is not, so when a partner demands password information for email accounts and social networking sites some may think that’s okay- it isn’t!

“Other examples are monitoring or controlling where their partner goes and whom they spend time with, spending excessive amounts of time with each other, name-calling and putdowns, and, all too often, escalating to the use of physical abuse or sexual assault. Additionally, excessive texting is a common sign of dating abuse.”

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Then of course there is the physical abuse which is common in about one of three cases. We recommend that young teens consider carrying a self-defense product like this tiny Keyguard Spray that contains six short bursts up to 5 feet away in a container that can easily be concealed in the palm of your hand.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Sex Assault On The Rise At Academies

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A story recently said that sex assault reports have increased 50% over the previous academic year at the Air Force Academy which is the highest number of sex assault reports of all military academies with most sexual assaults never getting reported.

They are supposed to have higher standards than other Universities, but why should their students be any different from others in that age bracket? It’s a simple fact that it is so prevalent among college-age ‘kids’ that they are no different.

What is surprising to me is that it has been swept under the carpet, so to speak, for so many years and only now is it starting to get some publicity.

Why are so few cases reported? The common thinking is that the victims are not believed and that reporting a sexual assault against a fellow cadet can ruin, not only his career, but his life. In the general population it results in a far less stigmatic punishment, if any at all.

It should be pointed out that all the other service academies have similar problems with sexual assault and the reporting of same. It just seems the Air Force Academy leads the pack.

It is common knowledge among cadets that self-defense products are prohibited on campus. So in a sense, female cadets are defenseless when it comes to their personal safety and personal security aside from the classes in self-defense that they may take.

A good self-defense training DVD can not only improve female self-defense, personal safety and personal security, it may be the only way to do that on a military Academy campus.

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Street Safe is an excellent beginner self-defense training DVD.

Feedback on these posts is appreciated. Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Colleges Working On Campus Sexual Assaults

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Here’s a story about a college that is attempting to improve Sexual Assault Procedures.

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act takes effect soon. It holds institutions of higher education responsible for the prevention of sexual violence, not just responding to it after assaults occur.

“It also establishes standard procedures for disciplining those found guilty, and requires greater transparency on sexual violence policy and procedures, not just about rape but also domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.”

This has been brought about because of the Obama administration’s task force on protecting students from sexual assault which comes out with his best practices study next month. This is in response to the growing number of female victims who have been sexually assaulted on campus and were completely unhappy with the way their institutions handled the matter.

In the past at many universities if there has been a complaint of sexual assault, the issue has been investigated by a group of peers in the University honor system. Many of these universities have an honor code that dates back to the mid-1800s. The only sanction is expulsion which for many students is way too severe. Therein lies the problem.

The victim should be encouraged to use of police and criminal justice system for a more thorough investigation and better resolution than a slap on the wrist.

The best way for women to protect themselves anywhere but especially on a college campus is with one of our pepper sprays. They can disable an assailant for as long as 45 minutes giving you time to get away and seek help.

We recommend this MaceTriple Action Spray that has a teargas component and a UV marking DYE along with a 10% concentration of oleoresin capsicum.

Feedback on these posts is appreciated. Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!