Now, I fully realize that suggesting big, burly, outdoorsy, macho survivalists carry pepper spray might be seen by some as justifiable cause for revoking my “man card.”
Hear me out, though.
If you cannot possibly imagine a single situation where you may want to utilize less-than-lethal means of self-defense, then you apparently lack anything approaching a working imagination. The whole point of self-defense is for you to get away from the danger. Pepper spray gives you that time to get free, with much less potential for a life-changing lawsuit being served on you down the road.
If nothing else, think about it like this. Pepper spray gives you the time to make an informed decision on how to further address the situation. Rather than having to make up your mind in the blink of an eye, you can have a few moments to determine how best to proceed.
When shopping for pepper spray, look for a device that shoots a stream, rather than a fog. On even a mildly windy day, that fog could come right back at you. Even better are those that shoot a foam, as this sticks to the skin longer than a pure liquid.
As I’ve said countless times here and elsewhere, I’m all about options when it comes to prepping. Leaving yourself without options is allowing the situation to control you, rather than you being in control of the situation.