Learn More About Personal Defense: Pepper Spray & More
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Protect yourself wherever you go with self-defense gear from DICK’S. Choose from a great selection of concealable pepper sprays, stun guns and personal alarms to keep you safe.
More About Pepper Spray
Pepper spray is an aerosol substance used for self-defense. When sprayed into the eyes, this agent causes a burning sensation on the eyes and skin and temporary blindness. Eyes clamp shut and throat inflammation causes coughing and difficulty breathing. While most pepper spray comes in liquid-spray form, some brands manufacture it as a gel.
Most pepper sprays are deployed with the use of a simple finger grip dispenser, but others come with a firearm-inspired trigger for ease of use. A molded finger lock and handle provides a secure grip while spraying. Some pepper sprays unleash a steady stream, while others shoot in a quick burst or cone-shaped flow.
Pepper sprays are formulated for different purposes. Some are intended for use on people, while others are meant to deter an animal attack and include bear pepper spray.
Think about how you will carry your pepper spray canister. Many cans come in a compact case or holster that is attached to your keychain. Cyclists can attach a can to the top tube of their bike. Some canisters come equipped with a disorienting LED strobe light, while others spray a UV dye to mark an attacker for later identification.
Stun guns deliver a non-lethal electric shock in order to impede an attacker. The shock is designed to be intensely painful and can even disrupt proper muscle and motor function when applied for extended intervals. The standard stun gun features two exposed electrodes that produce the shock when the trigger is depressed. DICK’S also carries concealable stun guns that look like ordinary objects, including the popular stun gun flashlight.
There is a common misconception that stun guns function the same way tasers do, but this is incorrect. A taser is designed to shoot electrically charged wires at an attacker up to 15 feet away. Stun guns, however, must be placed directly against an attacker’s body for the electrical charge to be effective.
Keep in mind, a stun gun’s effectiveness will depend on the model and can vary based on an attacker’s physical size.
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