Pepper spray is tricky. Depending on the brand and like a million other factors, things can just go wrong and I don't want you to trust your safety to something with so much potential for disaster.
A can of pepper spray that you don't train with is about as helpful as a screen door on a submarine..
If you currently carry pepper spray, I'm not actually against it. I think it has it's place. I do have a couple questions for you though:
- How far does your pepper spray or mace shoot? Have you tested that to know for sure or did you just read it off the can?
- How fast can you get it out of the bottom of your purse or from wherever you keep it?
- Does it shoot wide like a mist or focused like a squirt gun?
- When was the last time you test fired it?
If you carry and you don't know the answers to the above questions please just leave it at home. That bottle of harsh chemicals has just as much potential to harm you and your family as it does harming a bad guy.
If you haven't fired it in the last 6 months, you are better off without it.
That's actually a good rule for any defensive tool weather it's a knife, a gun, or a teacup. (Yes a teacup can be used as a weapon but only if you practice.)
Maybe you are a knife chick and you think you are off the hook. Nope! When was the last time you trained with your knife? Do you know which major muscle groups to attach in order to disable your opponent quickly? When was the last time you sharpened your knife or stabbed a piece of dry wall to check your grip strength?
Listen, I don't care if you carry a tazer, a stun gun, or a .357. If you don't train with it, leave it at home.
The sad truth is that a lot of people who cary a defensive tool, don't train with it nearly enough.
Many people cary things like pepper spray or tazers because it makes them feel a bit safer. I'm not against feeling safe but it can become a false security blanket if you aren't careful. Remember, your mom made you quit carrying arround that dirty old thing for a reason.
The moral of this email is that it is unwise to carry arround tools that you d no't know how to use. They could easily be more harm to you than they are good.
That's all I've got for you now but I'm going to do my best to be more consistent writing to you in the future. Please hold me to it.
Stay tuned for more info on the Women's Self-Defense Seminar. We may even do some teacup defense. ;)