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Formulations: Heat, Strength and the Law

Because human pepper sprays are not government-regulated, manufacturers can make unchecked, exaggerated claims implying their sprays are more effective than they are. 

The truth is that SABRE is the only pepper spray manufacturer that controls and guarantees formula strength! Our exclusive HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) Guarantee means our pepper sprays never fail due to inconsistent heat levels. No other brand can make the same claim.

So don't be fooled by misleading numbers. Know that the following claims could be deceiving:

OC Percentage

Some brands hope you believe a higher OC percentage means a more effective spray. But this number only measure the amount of pepper within the spray, not the heat strength or effectiveness.

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Some brands advertise the SHU of the raw pepper, not of the pepper spray formulation. The SHU of the raw peppers is highly diluted in the pepper spray formula, and therefore not an accurate indicator of strength. 


Major capsaicinoids are the true heat measure and can only be guaranteed through High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) testing - and, again, we're the only brand that does. The only portion of pepper sprays that are government regulated (by the EPA & Health Canada) are animal pepper sprays. Dog sprays range from 0.25% to 1.0% major capsaicinoids and bear sprays range from 1.0% to 2.0% major capsaicinoids. WARNING: Do not purchase pepper spray without checking its content of major capsaicinoids.

While browsing our wide selection of HPLC guaranteed self-defense solutions, you'll see three different types of products: SABRE Red Pepper Spray, SABRE Red Pepper Gel and SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray. Please note that individual state laws prohibit shipment of certain products.

  • SABRE Red Pepper Spray

    1.33% major capsaicinoids! Strongest available single ingredient pepper spray contains UV marking dye. 

    Can't be shipped to: AK, DC, HI, MA & NY.

    Can't be sold in: NY.

  • SABRE Red Pepper Gel

    Essentially eliminates wind blow-back. Safe for indoor and outdoor use with no effect on bystanders.

    Can't be shipped to: AK, DC, HI, MA & NY.

  • SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray

    Comprised of pepper spray, CS military tear gas and UV marking dye. Maximum stopping power unmatched by any single ingredient defense spray! 

    Can't be shipped to: AK, FL, HI, MA, MI, NJ, NY, SC & WI. 

    Can't be sold in: HA, MI,  NY & WI.


  • Find out which pepper spray formulation is best for you!

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