As some of you know, my husband Billy and I owned and operated JAG Tactical & Self-Defense for several years. We sold personal safety products locally and online. It’s a topic we feel strongly about and one of our top sellers was pepper spray. When the opportunity came up to collaborate on a sponsored post with SABRE, it was a chance to share some of my knowledge and experience.
First things first – each state has its own guidelines and restrictions regarding the sale and use of pepper spray. SABRE has a PDF file with information on each state, last updated January 2017. Check your current state laws for any updates since then. In Florida, the canister can not exceed 2 ounces and can’t be used by convicted felons.
When purchasing pepper spray, be mindful of the expiration date. Make a note of it in your calendar and replace any unused canisters after that date. This is so important but can be easily overlooked! Over time, the ingredients will break down and lose potency. In addition, the length of the spray may not travel the distance you need due to the pressure in the canister diminishing past the date, As you can see, SABRE clearly states their expiration date right on the side of the canister.
A great feature of the SABRE 3 in 1 is the UV marking dye which marks your target when using the pepper spray. The dye marks the assailant making it harder for them to get away unnoticed. To use, grip and slide your finger under the protective flip top and aim for the eyes. The pepper gel comes out from the black nozzle on the side.
This safety tool also comes with a seat belt cutter and windshield breaker. In case of a car accident, these simple to use devices can literally save your life. Being involved in a car crash can result in any number of emergency situations and having this nearby can help you if you find yourself in one. To release yourself from a jammed up seatbelt, use the seatbelt cutter as directed. It’s located on the side.
The windshield breaker is protected by a silicone ring on the end, alongside a ring for your keys. Just pop off the silicone ring and use the breaker to smash your windshield and escape your vehicle.
The most important advice I gave my customers at our self-defense shop was, test everything before you need it. I can not stress this enough. In an emergency situation, we sometimes panic. It’s not the ideal situation to have to use something for the first time.
Cut something with the seat belt cutter so you already know exactly how to use it. Break something with the windshield breaker to get a feel for how much force you may need to use. Test the pepper spray so you already know how to hold and activate it. Be mindful of the wind direction and make sure nobody is around you. In all of these tests, I suggest using protective goggles.
The SABRE 3 in 1 safety tool is made in the USA. It uses USA and foreign-made parts. I fully support businesses that manufacture a product in the USA and they will always get my business over a company that doesn’t.
SABRE is a family run business, first started by Larry Nance in 1975. Today his wife and four children run the company. American entrepreneurs are crucial to our economy and I’ve found that family-run companies hold themselves to a high standard because they have so much of themselves invested in their products and their customers.
Giving back is important for all size businesses. SABRE partners with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network by donating a portion of their personal alarm sales and Personal Safety Academy classes attendance.
Make sure you keep your SABRE 3 in 1 safety tool nearby in your vehicle. Mine is right inside the driver’s door but I take it with me when I exit my vehicle and then replace it when I return.