I keep OC spray inside my car door, but not on my person.
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We have had a number of threads where members list and/or show their EDC items. IIRC, I didn’t see many folks carrying OC Spray, and I’m curious as to why folks don’t. I usually do, mostly to fend off a potential dog attack when going for walks, as opposed to an option to deadly force in a two-legged confrontation.
My thought concerning dogs, is that I’d rather attempt to stop an attack with spray vs bullets as a first option. Less chance of unintended circumstances like stray rounds, possibly injuring a person or other animal etc. Some may say I’m nuts for this philosophy, but that’s my mindset at the moment.
Do any of you carry OC Spray as part of your EDC “kit”, and, why or why not?
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I keep OC spray inside my car door, but not on my person.
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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I have 3-4 small cans floating around the house, in the car, etc.
I think they are all the Sabre gel now and I usually buy 1-2 news every six months or so and shoot the old ones for practice. Mostly the little "runner" ones. Typically I carry a Glock 43, sometimes a Ruger GP100. I pretty much always have a little thing of pepper spray in addition to my carry piece for the day, and also a folding knife and sometimes a flashlight. The knife is clipped discretely in my pocket, or behind my belt if I'm tucking my shirt that day. The spray generally resides in my front pocket or sometimes floats to the jacket pocket.
In fact I just stopped by the bank. It's a misdemeanor to carry a pistol into the bank in my state, but not a small enough folder and pepper spray. I had the spray in my strong hand in my jacket pocket the entire time.
I also like that idea of having the spray available in the car. I carry so much now that finding a place for spray might prove difficult, but having it available in the car is the next best thing. Thanks, Rockymonster.
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Clint's hand never comes out until he strikes like a rattler...my favorite part is when he shoots the guy at the end without looking and hits him in the boot and he dies.
In all seriousness though I will often walk around with my hand on pepper spray in my pocket and nobody the wiser. I can even have it palmed and under a book or other object and it's ready to go. I do also tend to use my off hand for stuff like opening doors, carrying bags, etc as much as I can help it. Especially in transitional spaces when entering exiting through doors.
At my age, going for a walk is a luxury I rarely enjoy. I always go armed, but my wife, in addition to her gun, always carries OC spray for any kind of critter attack. Around here the only wild critters who are a threat are snakes and dogs. She feeds all the others. They dare not attack her. They would find themselves on bread and water!
Seriously. We love dogs too much to ever have to shoot one, if we can absolutely help it. Now many years ago our neighbor had an attack goat. Meanest, orneriest critter I've ever seen. I threatened to shoot him numerous times. He just laughed at me!
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I carry is in the car and on the belt when I'm riding a bike. I'm with OldChap, prefer not to shoot a dog unless absolutely necessary. And where I'm more likely to have to defend myself from a dog problem, the spray is a safer alternative than a handgun in terms of collateral consequences.
As an aside, I had occasion to use the spray many years ago while escorting a server. Upon entering the rural property I was attacked by a gaggle of geese. Yup, you heard right - a bunch o' geese. While they can't inflict tremendous damage, I was not able to deter their rather impressive numbers. Booted a few, hooted and hollered, without much effect. The spray did the trick and gave them a nice colorful appearance.
Lots of wild geese in my region. I still don't trust the damn things ;)
I have a can in my car at all times as well as have one on my person in a jacket pocket where I can keep it in my hand ready to pull out. Not all confrontations require a handgun and in those situations a good spray to the face would do just fine. I have been sprayed several times in the military and working as a correctional office and let me tell you this stuff messes me up good. And I have see plenty of unruly inmates give up after being hit with it. It cant hurt to have one can on hand, they are cheap and it just gives you another means of defense. Now dont get me wrong I do carry a pistol 99% of the time either a shield 9mm, LCP .380, or .357 it all depends on my preference that day or the weather. When I do carry OC spray I have the FOX Labs brand.
I do not carry OC spray but, I have bear spray in my vehicles and its on my belt when walking anywhere outside urban areas. I should carry it or OC more often as it does work very well on mean dogs and sure beats the aftermath of firing a gun when not needed.
I carry a small canister of Sabre Red in my off side front pants pocket. I’m almost always wearing Dulith Trading Company 5 Pocket Work Pants and they have cavernous pockets aplenty.
I don't carry pepper spray.
Too much stuff to carry as it is.