Pepper Spray For Use In The UK
For Non Lethal Survival Defence
Carrying an offensive weapon in the UK is taken very seriously by our police and judges – so much so that most “weapons” are considered as illegal to carry.
Likewise, UK laws regarding self defence are quite strict for any member of the general public as well as for a UK Prepper.
Our means of defence is practically non existent and extremely limited in the UK, most would say too limited, with not enough protection available for the average citizen...
Anyone involved with self defence will always tell you these simple facts –
First Golden Rules Of Self Defence:
- Never put yourself in a dangerous situation in the first place.!
- Always be very aware of your surroundings
- Be aware of people around you
- Never travel alone, if possible
- Use different routes to work or home
- Do not walk along the road texting
So, what can you do to help deter any unwanted attacker legally?
Firstly, when it comes to self defence you are allowed, by law, to use reasonable force proportional to the threat, or perceived threat, against you.
Simply put, if you think your going to be attacked or are actually being attacked you have a perfect right to defend yourself.
Furthermore, if you have excised proper situation awareness, and you anticipate an attack, then there's one thing you can use to gain advantage,
That is the use of a UK legal version of 'pepper spray' - this spray deterrent comes within that law.
What About Non Legal Pepper Spray?
Of course, there are several other forms of self defence sprays available – namely, Maze or Pepper Spray being the main two alternatives.
However, both contain dangerous noxious gas and this is considered illegal in the UK.
It also comes under the UK firearms law and is in the same category as a firearm, so we can't use it...
So what are the legal pepper spray Alternatives for the UK?
The only real LEGAL PEPPER SPRAY ALTERNATIVE FOR THE UK that we have as an good, effective equivalent to the 'real' Pepper Spray found abroad and used by our police is the Farb Gel Criminal Identifier.
This Spray Container a very discreet size, measuring only 85mm x 34mm and is capable of packing a punch that is capable of stopping a mugger or attacker in his tracks.
The natural instinct is to back off - when it is sprayed at the eyes it will cause blurred vision, this makes any attack even more difficult.
I have tested this legal pepper spray on myself - I can assure you it was not exactly a pleasant procedure!
I found it wasn't possible to do anything much other than attempt to cover up and protect myself and my face from the spray. (see my review video below)
The next thing I found was, the natural instinct is to try and wipe it off - trust me, this makes things a lot worse.!
Just imagine the panic factor you have just instilled into an attacker when he looks down and sees he has blood red hands after you have just sprayed him..!?
He will not of been expecting it and have no idea what might of just happened, and probably be more scared and ready to run off, than you !
The red spray will remain on the attackers skin and clothing for up to 7 days [in fact I landed up throwing the tee shirt away as it was a pain trying to wash the red dye out!].
The staying power of the spray dye makes the police very aware of the potential attacker and easier to track down
This spray has been specifically designed to meet all of the UK legal requirements and is totally legal to carry here.
I feel it is definitely a 'must have' item and without doubt, one of the best parts is the red coloured gel remains on the attacker, therefore making them instantly recognizable to the police and as a potential threat.
I like this Legal Pepper Spray for the UK very much and have made quite sure I have several for my family to carry - especially as they are both cheap and effective, and completely legal to carry.
One important thing to consider:
It will not drop an attacker or render him useless, rolling around on the floor in agony. There is nothing we can legally use that will do that!
BUT, what is does do is give is precious seconds to make an escape while he temporally blinded, disorientated and unable to see you.
If he cant see you, he cant attack you!
Do you even need a method of self defence in the UK.?
Here's some of the latest figures and statistics from the governments own information website, The Office of National Statistics, For some more information on this, see my article - self defence in the UK
I have found out a couple of legal points regarding the Farb Gel Spray - please read before you buy:
- This spray is only legal in UK mainland and wont be shipped outside of the UK mainland
- There are some concerns as to whether it is legal to 'use' in Northern Ireland.- you can own the spray but you may possibly be breaking the Northern Ireland laws if you 'use' it..
Generally as an Alternative UK Legal Pepper Spray for self defence this product ticks all the boxes and is something to consider for all the family, especially as it is effective and easy to use.
But, the best of all, it works AND it's very cheap...