TDW586 wrote:EDITED: Why am I arguing with a small arms repair tech? Hey man, I'm sorry you think I'm a stupid boot (I'm a Sergeant, and I left active duty last year), and I'm sure you're well trained. Enjoy your day, have a good one.
Yeah, I've trained with TDW, no worries, he can rock. I've trained with a few others on this forum, they all can hold their own.
I'd like to chime in on OC sprays. Even if your totally immune to pepper spray, which is unpossible, you still have to deal with a liquid coming at your face. You either have to put up a hand to block it, shut your eyes because liquid is being sprayed at them, deal with temporary blindness or turn you head to the side. There is no way not to react to anything coming at your face, watch folks who get sprayed in the face with just water, almost everyone reacts. That alone makes spray vaild. Even if it gives you one second of advantage that's one second I'll take in a fight that may last seconds.
Even if you're tough enough to take a hit of spray to the face and still fight, as TDW mentioned, you're not going to fight at 100%. Most folks that spray each other and train know they're going to get sprayed. Try it when you're not ready, it will have a different effect because you're not expecting it. No matter what, it will effect you in some way. I'm not saying that spray is the end all, be all but it does, IMO, have a place in the self defense spectrum.
My one caveat is there must be a secondary level to the use of spray. Some thing that can deliver defensive strikes. I futhermore think the spray must be held with the support side hand. This will leave the strong side free to address the secondary level of defense.