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Learn More About Pepper Spray: Sabre & Mace


Get Personal Protection with Pepper Spray

Protect yourself on your run or outdoor workout and carry along a bottle of pepper spray from DICK'S Sporting Goods.

Pepper spray is an aerosol substance used for self-defense. This concentrated agent, derived from chili pepper extract, is injected into a canister and sprayed in an attacker’s face as a non-lethal, non-toxic crime deterrent. While most pepper spray comes in liquid-spray form, some brands manufacture it as a gel. Carry along your pepper spray in a pocket, purse or on your keychain.

Shop pepper spray from trusted brands like Mace®, SABRE® and Ruger®. Shop all top-rated styles, including pink pepper spray.

Pepper sprays are formulated for different purposes. Some are intended for use on people, while others are meant to deter an animal attack and include bear pepper spray.

Think about how you will carry your pepper spray canister. Many cans come in a compact case or holster that is attached to your keychain. Cyclists can attach a can to the top tube of their bike. Some canisters come equipped with a disorienting LED strobe light, while others spray a UV dye to mark an attacker for later identification.

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Expert Advice

Learn More About Pepper Spray

Take your personal security into your own hands with pepper spray.

The spray is comprised of Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), a potent extract form the chili pepper. When sprayed into the eyes, this agent causes a burning sensation on the eyes and skin and temporary blindness. Eyes clamp shut and throat inflammation causes coughing and difficulty breathing.

The intensity or "hotness" of your pepper spray is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

Ensure your pepper spray canister is designed to reduce wind blowback. A direct spray should have no effect on bystanders.

Always consult product information for specifics about your pepper spray. Most pepper sprays are deployed with the use of a simple finger grip dispenser, but others come with a firearm-inspired trigger for ease of use. A molded finger lock and handle provides a secure grip while spraying.

Consult product information to learn about a canister’s spray method. Some pepper sprays unleash a steady stream, while others shoot in a quick burst or cone-shaped flow.

Your pepper spray comes with an expiration date, typically between two to four years of shelf life. Replace your pepper spray regularly.