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Pepper Spray and Stun Guns
Guide to Mace and pepper spray; Tasers and stun guns

Pepper spray and stun guns are a good option for preppers who are not
comfortable with firearms or who live in gun law restrictive states. They are also not
mutually exclusive. It's good to have a variety of self-defense options available.
Keep in mind that pepper spray or stun guns, while less-lethal than firearms,
significant injuries and fatalities can result from their use.

Guide to Pepper Spray and Stun Guns
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This guide to pepper spray and stun guns will give you a better understanding of
the differences of Mace, pepper spray, Tasers and stun guns so you can select the
right option for you...

What's the difference? Stun guns, Tasers, pepper spray or Mace?
While they accomplish pretty much the same thing, the difference between a stun
gun (Taser) and pepper spray (Mace) is pretty simple:

  • Taser, a brand of stun gun, diffuses an attacker with a debilitating electrical
    charge.  The electrical charge causes temporary loss of muscle control and
    muscle spasms. It's enough to get a belligerent individual on the ground so
    you can take your next course of action.

  • Mace, a brand of pepper spray, is a defense mechanism that relies on a very
    painful blast of chemicals (such as tear gas) to the eyes and nose of an
    attacker. The aerosolized irritants in Mace or pepper spray temporarily blind
    and incapacitate, but it doesn't happen immediately.

Stun gun.
Stun guns deliver a high-voltage of electricity at close range. They were created for
law enforcement to subdue belligerent and aggressive people. The price range of
stun guns vary, which has much to do with their effective amp range. Rest assured
that your would-be attacker gets a debilitating amp of electricity and you won't feel
anything. In case you're wondering, you won't get hurt by touching your attacker
and you won't be electrocuted either by standing in water. Stun guns are made with
low amps: you are not electrocuting him or her.

A stun gun can help you in two ways:
  1. Direct contact defense: For a stun gun to be most effective, you'll need to
    touch your attacker with the stun gun prongs for as many seconds as you can
    muster. The longer you can manage to touch him or her, the more you will
    hurt your opponent. From a tactical perspective, you may store stun guns in a
    small place where you might hide as a defense strategy.
  2. Intimidation: You may not ever need to use your stun gun. If your aim is to
    intimidate, then choose a stun gun. You can bet that the crackling sound of
    the stun gun will keep most people at bay!

There are many brands of stun guns, and Taser is one of them!

  • Sabre makes both stuns guns and prepper spray.

Are stun guns legal?
Most states do not have a stun-gun law, and some states with strict gun laws have
nothing on the books about stun guns. For example, as of this writing, stun guns
are legal in California, though this does surprise many Californians who think it is
illegal. Restrictions do apply in California.

Laws change. Check with local ordinances before you buy a stun gun as there may
be restrictions in your state. Also, restrictions may apply if the stun gun is lethal. For
example, in California, while it is currently legal for citizens to own and operate a
stun gun, when it comes to the lethal variety it is not.

  • States that have been known to have stun gun regulations, include: District
    of Columbia, Connecticut, Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New
    Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

  • Cities that have been known to have stun gun regulations include:
    Annapolis and Baltimore in Maryland; Chicago, Illinois, and Philadelphia

  • Counties that have been know to have stun gun regulations include:
    Crawford Count, Iowa, Howard County, Maryland.

Aside from the fact that Taser is a brand name of stun guns, there is an important
tactical difference between a stun gun and a Taser, namely the effective range!
That's an important distinction. Unlike stun guns, Tasers will provide you with a safe
distance from your attacker: around 7-10 feet. In other words, you don't need to
provide direct contact. Pictured front and center at the top of the page, The Taser C2
provides the same technology as law enforcement models and offers incredible take
down power and unparalleled protection in the palm of your hand. The training
manual includes complete instructions on activation, safety release, how and where
to aim, and firing your ECD. Put the police-tested and trusted TASER technology in
your hands with a Taser C2 if available in your state, city or county.

Here's how to use a Taser:

Pepper spray.
Pepper spray delivers a debilitating dose of oleoresin capsicum, which is the
naturally occurring chemical of chili peppers.

A gas that causes tears, temporary blindness and breathing problems, along with
panic and pain. The gas is capsaicin, derived from the fruit of plants in the same
family as chili, hence the name. Pepper spray has in rare cases caused death. Some
states may allow sale only through licensed firearms dealers as a criminal
background check may be necessary, where those who have been convicted of a
felony and minors would not be eligible to purchase. In other states, pepper spray
regulations include the concentration of active ingredient, which may be no more
than 10%.

It's important to note that Mace, a brand name, is the strongest form of pepper
spray used by law enforcement personnel with a highly effective stream pattern and
range. Pictured right in pink, MACE can have the shape of a gun, or fit on a keychain.
With regards to effectiveness, the damaging effects of Mace can last 30 minutes or
upwards of 2 hours. Smith & Wesson is the original manufacturer of Mace!

Is pepper spray legal?
As of this writing, Pepper spray is considered legal in all 50 states; however, in many
states it may not contain tear gas. If pepper spray should ever become illegal in
your locale, then you should have no problem obtaining bear spray or wasp spray,
which each have a more powerful range. Ordinarily, you wouldn't carry these items
in your person, but they are good alternate items to own. In an SHTF survival
situation, law becomes invalid: it's do or die. If that doesn't bode well with you, try
Halt Dog Repellent.

Above, SABRE Red Pepper Spray is police strength, and compact. It fits on a keychain.

Recommendation: Pepper spray key ring.
The Sabre Red Spray is eight to 86 percent hotter than other pepper sprays on the
Made in the USA, this compact pepper spray has earned the trust of the
New York Police Department, U.S. Marshalls, and thousands of police departments
worldwide. With up to 25 shots, you can protect yourself against multiple threats
with Sabre Red. The 0.54-ounce canister offers a range of ten feet to provide
protection at a safe distance and its ballistic stream delivery reduces the chance of
wind blow-back.

Can't get pepper spray in your state?
You may be able to get dog repellent or bear spray, both are intended for other use,
but in uncertain times, you may like to have some handy. HALT dog repellent, right,
produces a stream of up to 12 feet. Another option is wasp and hornet spray.

Pharmacist sprays robber with prepper spray intended for Grizzly bears!

Happy endings...
There are different levels of self-reliance: some are comfortable with handguns,
while others are ready only for pepper spray or a stun gun, and still others have an
array of weapons for protection. You'll feel more secure knowing you have a non-
lethal option for self defense in getting to your car.

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