Built-Up Tolerance to Pepper Spray?

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    Built-Up Tolerance to Pepper Spray?

    I think there is consensus that OC affects some people more strongly than others. Does anyone know whether successively being hit with pepper spray on different occasions reduces the person's sensitivity to it?

    In other words, will a person build up a tolerance to OC that would cause that person to have a lessened adverse reaction the next time that person is hit? I recognize that other factors come into play (accuracy of hit, amount of OC entering certain membranes, and strength of OC). However, I am interested in any thoughts from LEOs, instructors, or others that may have personal experience being hit with OC on more than one occasion. If so, it may explain why it may not be as effective against some BGs who've been hit with the stuff in the past.

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    Personaly I eat raw Habenero peppers with a slice of chedder for a tv snack , Mace does not bother me much , but OC makes it impossible for me to be effective , It wont make me turn loose of something , but i cant effectively get ahold of anyone either .. this comes from being maced , and peppered a fiew times irl .
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    I worked as a CO in a super max facility and was exposed to OC on almost a daily basis, it got to where the OC didn't bother me much.
    OC started to feel like an uncomfortable sunburn to me.

    I also eat spicy foods that will kill mere mortals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Dunn View Post
    I also eat spicy foods that will kill mere mortals.
    I used to do that. The problem is: what goes in must come out...... Acclimation seemed to be "uni-polar" .

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    Haha - the famed ''ringburn'' Rob - LOL.

    I am pretty sensitive to anything ''peppers'' and expect I'd be right out of it if sprayed. I do hear tho of some folks who have had some exposure have gotten less sensitive. Much tho I think depends still on an individual sensitivity ''threshold''.
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    The first few times it freaking hurts........it still hurts but not enough to be a deterrent.

    Some people can get hit almost daily and still whine like babies.
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    I know that Fox Labs sure does knock the fight right out of a mean, bad, doggy & so I carry it every single time I walk my Cocker who is so friendly that she is just like Live Bait to a vicious attacking dog.
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    OC doesn't effect everyone. You can build up a tolerance to OC.

    Both the above statements are true.
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    I personally like the Sabre Red......

    But Fox Labs stuff is pretty hot as well.

    Don't look at the % of OC look for the heat (SHU) rating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Dunn View Post
    I personally like the Sabre Red......

    But Fox Labs stuff is pretty hot as well.

    Don't look at the % of OC look for the heat (SHU) rating.
    The 'S--- Hurts Unbelieveably' rating?
    I've also been told not to keep this stuff in the car...can FL heat hurt it?

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    Scovill Heat Units- believe it or not it is rated in "hotness" by taste.

    The higher the SHU in millions (i.e. 5 million SHU) the more "heat" is felt on contact with it you can have a 2% OC rated at 5 mil SHU that will hurt you worse than 10% OC at 2.5 mil SHU.

    Leaving it in the car is supposed to be bad for it, high heat will mess with the aerosal gases and make it less effective as well as possibly burst the canister in your car (not good).
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    My theory is not so much that a person builds up a resistance but that the first time, it burns and the "spray-ee" is surprised and confused at how much burn, blindness, and...um, nasal discomfort there is. After a while, people realize that they can still function, to a degree, and the more they realize this, the more they function. Also, though it does cause a lot of actual physical symptoms, it still depends on pain compliance to some degree, and in my experience that has been a thin reed to hang on to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I've also been told not to keep this stuff in the car...can FL heat hurt it?
    Check the can. Many aerosol cans indicate that 120*F is the max. But at 100* in the sun, a car can get far hotter than 120*.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheepdog View Post
    My theory is not so much that a person builds up a resistance but that the first time, it burns and the "spray-ee" is surprised and confused at how much burn, blindness, and...um, nasal discomfort there is. After a while, people realize that they can still function, to a degree, and the more they realize this, the more they function. Also, though it does cause a lot of actual physical symptoms, it still depends on pain compliance to some degree, and in my experience that has been a thin reed to hang on to.
    Makes sense; we do adjust to situations. We seem to do much worse in surprise and first time situations than in repeats. The second, and successive times have less and less unknowns and we tend to respond a bit more effectively.

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    Check the can. Many aerosol cans indicate that 120*F is the max. But at 100* in the sun, a car can get far hotter than 120*.
    I recently bought some rated to withstand 200 degrees for the car. Even THAT may not be enough for a car left out in the sun all day during the middle of an Arizona summer. Good thing I keep it covered.

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