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Updates! Mark your calendars and grab a chair, ‘cuz we have boatloads of assailant-neutralizing goodness headed your way!

Hello, my adoring public! It’s the Holiday season and I’ve been buried under mountains of work, and I apologize for the delay of an update. Things are going well on the OC front: tests to run, articles to write and faces to decontaminate thanks to a wide variety of products to test at my disposal. Things are so good, in fact, that we’re expanding our horizons a bit by including other product reviews!

In addition to self-defense sprays and the like, we’ll cover ECWs as well for a convenient means of pest deterrence for cyclists, joggers and people who don’t enjoy getting hurt in general. On the slate to be posted first we have:
Kubotan: A metal rod meant to be held in your fist and used to manipulate pressure points and joints, give the user a “loaded fist” (like having a roll of quarters in your hand) and (when sporting a tapered end) affords the ability to use it like an icepick in a hammer-fist blow. Can arguably be used lethally if necessary.
Stun Gun: A gun/handheld device that shocks attackers.
Stun Baton: A baton/nightstick that shocks attackers while bludgeoning their asses. A personal favorite, the telescoping design that folds down to ~6″ is as easy to carry in a pocket as a Magnum-sized OC canister and augments your fighting ability considerably. Read the rest of this entry

First up: Sabre Advanced 3-in-1

Sabre Advanced Defense 3-in-1

For the first installment of my little OC defense spray review series, we have the old standby, the warhorse of the NYPD and damn hot stuff to experience: Sabre 3-in-1 Advanced Defense Spray. More to come twice a week, so be sure to tune-in! Or online-in, whatever, just educate yourselves, ya plebs!


Active Ingredients: OC/CS 1%/1%; OC is 3mil SHU @ 10% for 300,000 NHU (Nozzle Heat Units); CS (military tear gas) @ 1%.

Onset: 8/10
2-5 seconds, as the CS tends to cause a much more immediate and involuntary reaction when used in conjunction with OC. The classic sting of Sabre Red meets the snot-monster virus that is CS gas equals a fast-acting and highly disorienting product, an ideal for any defense spray out there

Potency: 9/10
This is the real deal, folks. Sabre Red proudly lays claim to have been “making grown men cry since 1976″ with authority, being one of the most popular and widely-used brands available to both civilian and LEO/CO use. It’s claimed to be a water-based solution with over 3,000,000 SHUs in it, making the nozzle heat around 300,000. A fresh, cultivated, hot-as-it-gets jalapeno is roughly 6,000 SHUs, so do the math. Hot. Hot. HOT. Note the non-flammable forumla. Alcohol-based sprays in the past, when used with a stun gun or tazer, will set the target on fire. Read the rest of this entry

New Series: Pepper Sprays Reviewed!

My personal website, the ubiquitous, has started a new and completely revised series on pepper sprays. Over the next few months I’ll be releasing new articles and reviews twice a week covering different brands, types, formulations, sizes and every aspect one needs to get a good grasp on OC/CS/CN/CR defense sprays. I’ve had to use this stuff more often than I’d have ever wanted to, and it only seems fair to share my experience and expertise (if you can call it that) with the rest of the world. Months of research and countless hours on the phone with dozens of companies has culminated in my writing of these articles, and I hope you enjoy and learn from them.

The first up to bat is the Sabre Advanced Defense 3-in-1 spray, a blend of OC and military-grade tear gas with UV dye for suspect identification, and it’s what I consider to be the benchmark of all-around quality in OC/CS mixes as well as what I carry on a daily basis. It’s nasty, highly effective and less than $15 for a 4.4 ounce “Police Magnum” canister with a conical/”shotgun” spray pattern for maximum delivery of the goodness and quick take-down of the bad guys, and so easily found that anyone can get their hands on it. Good, cheap, reliable. Read the review already! And please leave a comment or ten- you never know, your input might get you a free can of “go away spray” from Jarcy during the upcoming contests!

A full pound of OC. I think it's a start.

Just a tiny tease of what’s to come!

If you have any feedback or comments, please let me know! This series is meant to empower the layman with information about these products and their use, so any tips or insight is not only welcomed but highly encouraged. Want to see a review of a certain product, or get a deeper analysis of one? Let me know! I’m always happy to learn of new gadgets I can test, especially when they can help save lives.

Well, wish me luck! Testing this stuff typically ends in someone (me) transforming from a tall, nerdy guy with a silly grin into a heavily drooling, loudly crying, feebly crawling snot-dripping sweat monster- but it’s for the greater good, right? Hope so! 🙂

Your Chemical Weapon Lab Rat and Faithful Companion,

E. Ryan Jarcy

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