Sabre Red Spitfire Pepper Spray Review
Sabre pepper spray has a motto that their “pepper spray devices have been making grown men cry since 1975,” and this ability to deter an attacking individual is why it is the #1 brand used by law enforcement worldwide.1 There is even an actual list of law enforcement agencies that use Sabre pepper spray delivery systems on their website.
One of their units, the Sabre Red Spitfire pepper spray device demonstrates this ability quite well, and it can be used to stop multiple threats in their tracks. The USA-made pepper spray device also has a good quality rating with ISO 9001:2008 Certification–each Spitfire canister is also test fired before leaving the place of manufacture.
Sabre Red Spitfire is a level 3 pepper spray that contains 1.33% capsaicin and related capsaicinoids, otherwise known as CRC (or MC), which is the spicy component in peppers. Sabre Red has a scorching scoville heat unit (SHU) rating of rating of 2 million, and the oil-based spray within the device contains 10% oleoresin capsicum (OC).
When shopping for a pepper spray, one of the most the important numbers to consider is the CRC rating because it tells you the true strength of the product. You will want to look for pepper sprays that are between 1-2% CRC in order to get the most effective protection.
The small device is very lightweight, weighing in at 0.21 ounces. It comes in two different colors, red and black, and it is also refillable. The material in Red Sabre expires four years after the date of manufacture. The device retails from about $14-$20.00 on e-commerce websites, and the refill container can be purchased for about $5.
Ease of Use
The fast deploying keychain mounted device is designed to fire with minimal effort and great accuracy. The unit can also be aimed from over the shoulder or from the hip. Anyone needing the protection that the spitfire can provide can aim it at an assailant at a range that is effective from about 6-8 feet.
You can aim at the center of the face of the attacker with up to about eight quick bursts of the pepper spray in a cone pattern, and the device will make approaching humans and canines stop dead in their tracks. The cone pattern delivery has a huge respiratory effect on the attacker.
The device is compact and as easy to tote around as your keys are. Due to its compact size and portability, it is easy to draw and aim. It’s also important to know how to properly grip the device to increase the likelihood that you’ll be able to deploy the material correctly and quickly.
The canister packaging comes with thorough practice instructions to gives you familiarity with using the device in high stress situations. Practice sprays can also be purchased for extra safety measures on Sabre’s website.
Pros and Cons
One of the pros, when considering whether to purchase the Sabre Red Spitfire or not, is its effectiveness for the price you pay–it’s actually quite reasonable compared to some of the larger units that can range from $30-$55. The manufacturing tests and high quality range is also an added advantage. Many users reviewing the product really liked it because of its 360 capabilities and compact size.
Cons regarding the pepper spray device involved the short range of 6-8 feet, and some reviewers were uncomfortable with allowing the assailant to get that near to them (for a unit that fires further, the Sabre Red Crossfire is recommended and sprays up to 20 feet). State laws also prohibit shipment of the Sabre Red Spitfire to AK, DC, HI, MA & NY.
Many reviewers using the Sabre Red Spitfire said that it caused a great bit of discomfort when sprayed. However, another reviewer indicated that when he was jogging that the spray had been very ineffective against a dog attack, and the spray did not faze the dog chasing him. Joggers and outdoors people not wanting to take a chance may want to purchase the Sabre Dog and Bear spray that has a longer range (15 feet) and retails for about the same price–c’mon it works on bears!
The Sabre Red Spitfire is a compact and convenient pepper spray device, especially for joggers, because its key chain design allows it to be easily portable. It is an all-around, well-made device that can be used to defuse a threatening encounter and give you time to get away or call the proper authorities. Reviews for the device on e-commerce sites for the most part have been positive, and at 1.33% CRC, it has the strength to cause extreme respiratory distress and incapacitate an assailant.