Why Pepper Spray?

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.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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