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10Nov

Self Defense and your Part

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Self Defense and your Part
We want to do more than be your online source of self defense products like pepper spray and stun guns, we want to educate you on what to do with those items and try to teach you how to use them.

First thing we want you to know is that you can not use what you don't have, to quote: "Plan for the Worst and hope for the Best" puts it into the best perspective.

10Nov
10Nov

Date Rape
Use of a defense spray to prevent date rape is done much the same way as any other assault. The only difference is that you must first recognize what is happening, then verbally attempt to stop the man's behavior. Once you say "Stop!" in a forceful way, and he doesn't comply, you have every right to stop the continued aggressive behavior with your Pepper Spray or other Self Defense Device you have, but remember to do it quickly so that you gain the advantage of surprise, aim your Pepper Spray directly for his/her face for maximum effectiveness.

10Nov
10Nov

Immobilized Victim
The other special circumstance you may be faced with is being grabbed by an assailant before you have a chance to react as previously described. This would typically be the case if you were suddenly attacked from behind or from another direction. The key factor is whether or not you have the freedom to retreat or use the spray on the assailant. In this situation, your best chance is to draw the spray, assume the ready position with your hand on the spray. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and create a fog with the spray to surround you and your assailant. The only advantage you have in this scenario is that you know what's going to happen and the assailant doesn't. In essence you force him to breathe in the spray while you're not. If done successfully, the assailant will either release or relax his hold on you. The moment he does, break free from him, turn and spray in a controlled manner as you retreat and escape. If the assailant grabs and immobilizes your arms and you can't get the spray out, fight to free the hand closest to your Pepper Spray.

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10Nov

There are certain situations where immediate retreat is impossible. The two most common are when there are multiple assailants that have surrounded you, and when you are trapped or cornered with no avenue of retreat. If you find yourself surrounded by multiple assailants you must do two things immediately. First, assuming the assailants are within range, disperse a full 360-degree circle of spray at head level, again creating a barrier the assailants must pass through to get to you. This may break up the pack quickly, or it may not.

10Nov
10Nov

Multiple Assailants
When faced with multiple assailants, you should use a circular or semicircular spray pattern technique that provides a protective barrier. If the assailants are in front of you, spray the one nearest you directly. His sudden reaction may stop the others when they see the agony he's going through. As with a single assailant, immediately begin retreating or backing up, never taking your eyes off the assailants, remaining ready to spray anyone else foolish enough to pursue. Retreat and escape to safety as previously described.

10Nov
10Nov

Door and Window Defense
The big difference between door and window defense and an interior barrier defense is the amount of preparation or warning time. The only time you should use a spray defense to stop an intruder from coming through a door or window is when the intruder is already in and you're in imminent danger. A good example would be waking up to find an intruder climbing in through your bedroom window or actually in the residence.

The tactic you should use for window defense is similar to that of pepper spray defense during a personal attack on the street. However, you will not have a place to retreat. If you catch an intruder coming through a window, or if he's already in the residence, spray him directly in the face, then get out of the room, either to a another room or to a hallway. Shut doors behind you if possible. If the intruder comes through the door, spray him again and leave the house. The exception to this is if you have children or other residents in the residence that must be protected. In that case retreat to a position where you can defend them from the intruder should he press the attack.

10Nov
10Nov

Residential Tactical Use
pepper spray tactical use in residenceThe primary purpose for having pepper spray for protection in a residential setting is to create a barrier to prevent the intruder from getting inside. There are two types of barriers with two different and distinct functions. The interior barrier is created by spraying into an area of entry just prior to retreating to a "safe room" inside the residence. The door/window defense is similar to personal defense on the street. It is used on an intruder when he is entering, or is already in the residence.

10Nov
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Retreat and Escape
The whole purpose of using a defense spray is to stop your assailant immediately, disable him so he can no longer hurt you, and give you the opportunity to escape to a safe place. DO NOT attempt to hold the assailant for the police. In fact, get as far away from him as you can. DO NOT move toward the assailant in any way since you could be affected by the pepper spray, which then could incapacitate you. The best way to escape is by backing away from the assailant as you're shooting, or immediately after.

10Nov
10Nov

Shooting the Spray
There's much more to using a defense spray than just pointing and shooting. Remember, don't raise, point, and shoot the spray until you're ready to fire, until the assailant is in range and you know the spray will hit him full in the face and incapacitate him. The objective is to surprise and stop him before he has a chance to react or think. When you're ready to shoot the spray, go into a slight crouch with your weight evenly balanced on both feet, if you have the chance. Thrust your non-shooting hand straight out in front of you. At the same time shout "STOP" as loud as you can. As you're doing this, raise your hand holding the spray to eye level, approximately six inches in front of your chin, aim over your outstretched arm and hand, and shoot at the assailant's face.

10Nov
10Nov

Pepper Spray and Bears

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pepper spray and bears

Tips if you plan to be in BEAR COUNTRY!

    • Always have Pepper Spray in its holster ready for immediate use. Don't bury it in your pack.
    • Be alert where recent bear activity has been documented by park officials, Fish and Game, Forest Service, and other public service people. Some common areas where bears like to frequent are: avalanche chutes, stream beds, dense edge cover and, in late summer, berry patches.
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