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1 Political Atheist  Mon, Nov 21, 2011 2:38:18pm

Did you know the stuff we can buy as civilians is far away less strong than what police carry? If you even possess that kind of spray, you are guilty of a felony. What does that tell us about this stuff?

2 Sionainn  Mon, Nov 21, 2011 2:46:58pm

My dad carries regular pepper spray when he walks his dog, not the police grade pepper spray. He had to use it to stop three loose pit bulls that charged him and his dog and it worked like a charm, sending the dogs scurrying away. I can't imagine what the stronger stuff would do.

3 The Ghost of a Flea  Mon, Nov 21, 2011 3:11:47pm

The Wikipedia article for Scoville units mentions that police-grade pepper spray is 5x10^6 Scovilles; that's 3x hotter than the world's (current) hottest chile...compare both with Habanero heat, which sits around 100K to 350K. I can't find a seperate entry for civilian sprays, but I think I've seen them advertised by their Scoville heat (with some variance brand to brand).

The one thing the article doesn't mention is that there's no available counteragent to oleoresin capsaicin's inflammation effect: so when you spray someone you better hope they don't react bad, because there's no backsies short of a trip to the hospital. And mucous membranes of the lung plus inflammatory agent is just a bad combination to be gambling on.

4 celticdragon  Mon, Nov 21, 2011 3:38:53pm

Cop comments at Policeone.com will make your eyes bleed. They loved the video.

Un-frakking-believabe


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