Had a typical thug go off in court this AM, threatening the judge and being verbally abusive. It's my job to get these animals to their court appearances and back to their cage. Sometimes as many as over a 100 a day, sometimes as few as 15 or 20.
So, I grab this guy and escort him out of the courtroom. When I get him back to his cell, he decides to become assaultive. I am able to parry the first flurry, but have nowhere to go in this little cell. This is a pretty good sized guy, having a considerable reach on me, as well as about 6 inches in height.
I went for my OC, and one stream to the face broke him down like a shotgun. After that it was over for him.
The reason I am posting this, is because I want to stress the importance of carrying a less than lethal option to all are members here that carry a firearm. It truly fills a niche area between those time that you could get your ass kicked, but do not call for killing someone.
In our society, you are just as likely to encounter a mental health type person as a hard core criminal. Or, even a drunk person, or other chemically altered mind. While know one wants to get hurt, bruised or such, in some situations commonly encountered, shooting someone may cause more headache and financial nightmares noone wants to live thru. The non lethal force option allows you to protect yourself, without the stigma and nightmare for these very common encounters.
I have used OC spray more over the years than I can count. 8 times this year alone. It has never failed to work. I am aware of the fact that there are some that it doesn't affect, but I have yet to encounter that person. The effects are temporary, does not causes serious, or long term damage, and complete blinds the recipient.
So, please consider making a non lethal force option a part of your edc. Sometimes a lethal force option may be the best or most feasible option. But in reality, you are much more likely to need pepper spray than the firearm.
Just something I want you to consider.