For questions on the product ingredients and how to use the Little Viper, consult the ABOUT page.
History of Pepper Spray
Derived from the cayenne pepper plant, oleoresin capsicum (OC) or pepper spray first came to prominence via the US Postal Service in the early 1980’s as a dog repellent. By the end of the decade the FBI and other law enforcement agencies had introduced pepper spray to their field operatives as a non-lethal weapon ideal in subduing crime suspects. Today pepper spray is successfully used by millions of law enforcement and non-law enforcement people in the US and throughout the world.
Pepper spray is an excellent self-defense product. It is used by nearly every law enforcement agency throughout the country. It is non-lethal and extremely effective when sprayed in the facial area and eyes. It put a safe distance between your and an attacker and gives you plenty of time to escape and seek help. Because pepper spray does not cause death to the attacker, people are more likely to use it instantly without hesitation. Acting quickly can often avoid serious injuries and save lives. Still, you should be aware of its limitations, so you do not rely on just one form of defense. Pepper spray may take a few second for it to be effective. An attacker may be able to take your canister away from you, before the effects kick in. It may be used against you. Wind and rain may reduce its range and effectiveness. You may get spray-back when sprayed against strong wind.
How does Pepper Spray work?
Pepper spray is simply that- cayenne pepper in spray form. Pepper spray’s active ingredient is OC or oleoresin capsicum. The OC is derived from Cayenne peppers, which are some of the hottest peppers in the world. Extraction of oleoresin capsicum OC from peppers involves finely ground capsicum, then the capsaicin is extracted in an organic solvent such as ethanol. The solvent is then evaporated, and the remaining wax like resin is the oleoresin capsicum. Pepper Spray OC is a highly inflammatory agent. Contact with eyes, nose, throat and lungs cause immediate dilation of the capillaries. This can result in temporary blindness and instant inflammation of the breathing tube tissues and systematically cuts off all but life support breathing. Pepper spray will also create an intense burning sensation on the surface of the skin. However, pepper spray will cause no lasting after effects. Because pepper spray is an inflammatory agent and not an irritant, it is effective on those who feel no pain such as those under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Is it legal?
Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states, however a number of cities and states have restrictions on sizes, strengths, etc. It is incumbent on you, the buyer, to check with your local city or state attorneys office before buying, carrying or using this product. Defense sprays should only be purchased by those 18 years of age or older. For airline, baggage, and carry-on restrictions, please visit www.tsa.gov. Do not attempt to pass pepper spray through TSA Security Screening. Do not attempt to carry pepper spray onto an airplane. This unit is designed for defensive purposes only – consult your local laws and regulations regarding age, purchase, storage and use restrictions, and weapon registration requirements. We have some state laws outlined on this website, but it’s your responsibility to keep up to date on your individual state laws.
Is the effect of pepper spray immediate, and how long will the effect last?
Normally the effects of pepper spray are almost immediate can last anywhere from 15 minutes to about 45 minutes depending on concentration, which will give you plenty of time to escape an attacker, render him/her helpless, and call the police.
How do I use the device?
Familiarize yourself with the Little Viper device. There is a Cartridge Compartment on the silicone band. On both the top and bottom ends of the Cartridge Compartment there are Grip Surfaces. On one side of the Cartridge Compartment there is a Nozzle Hole. This is where the pepper spray will come out. It is recommended that you wear the bracelet with the Nozzle Hole oriented on the outside (pinky finger side) of your wrist.
In a self defense situation, get ready by positioning the thumb and index finger of your free hand over the top and bottom Grip Surfaces, making sure to keep your fingers clear of the Nozzle Hole. If attacked by an assailant within close range (about 3 feet), move your wrist, pointing the Nozzle Hole in the direction of the attacker’s face. Squeeze the two Grip Ends together to release a stream of pepper spray. In certain situations you may choose to remove the bracelet from your wrist and use the device with one hand. Avoid breathing, or skin contact with the spray mist.
This device contains approximately 3 – 6 short, conical bursts with up to a 3’ range. Since this device is for close-range protection, you may also consider carrying some other long-range protection device, in addition to the Little Viper Bracelet, if you need to extend your range of protection.
How should I store & carry pepper spray?
Store your defensive spray in a safe place at room temperature. Keep it away from children. Do not leave it in your car during summer because high temperatures may cause the seals to leak
- Do not apply pressure and do not puncture the unit since it is under pressure and will discharge if punctured
- Do not store at a temperature higher than 50°C/120°F as the unit may leak from over pressurization and fail to function properly.
- Important to keep out of reach of children and irresponsible adults.
- Each unit packaging is marked with an expiration date after which it should be discarded. Dispose of in accordance with state, local, and federal regulations.
Does pepper spray have a shelf life?
All pepper sprays have a shelf life. The shelf life of a pepper spray is approximately 18 Months. The Little Viper has an expiration date stamped on the packaging so PLEASE KEEP THAT HANDY. OC will not degrade over time, but the unit may not spray as far as expected, if at all, if it is used past its shelf life or stored in a less than optimal environment. The aerosol propellant may leak out, rendering the spray less effective. This is especially true with the smaller sprays like the Little Viper. The nature of the product suggests that effectiveness is of utmost importance. We recommend replacing your spray long before its expiration date to ensure you have a new, fresh canister of spray when you need it most.
Can I carry pepper spray on an airplane per FAA regulations?
Please visit the TSA website or FAA.gov for detailed information. Do not attempt to pass pepper spray through TSA Security Screening. Do not attempt to carry pepper spray onto an airplane.
How do I decontaminate myself of Pepper Spray?
If you get pepper spray on yourself, don’t panic. Water, soap and time are all that is needed to decontaminate you. Exposure to fresh air should help, too. Remove all contaminated clothing. Flush the affected area with cool water. Warm water may intensify the burning and inflammation. Do not rub your face! Wash the affected area with non-oil or cold cream based soap. Don’t apply oily lotions, creams, salves, or oils–they will trap OC resin onto your skin. Have a physician examine the exposed area if any irritation or pain persists after the decontamination procedures.
Is the Little Viper “one size fits all”?
Well, it’s more of a “one size fits most”. It has three snaps so you can adjust it according to your wrist size, between 5 3/4″ and 7 5/8″. Please measure your wrist before ordering if you think it may be a problem for you.
Are refills available?
It is currently not refillable due to the caution and expertise needed to replace the pepper spray cartridge. This is something we may adjust in the future with a product design variation.
What is your return policy?
ALL SALES ARE CONSIDERED FINAL AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE. In the event of receipt of damaged or defective items, please notify us within 48 hours of delivery by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly exchange the item for an identical, if stock permits. If for any reason the merchandise is not available, we will offer a product of similar or better quality or issue a store credit for the full amount of the purchase. [Returned item must be unused, all packaging included or it will be returned to sender.]
In the case of defective items or wrong items shipped, etc., any merchandise returned to us must be accompanied by a return authorization number. This number will be furnished to you at the time the return is authorized and must be on the address label or prominently marked on the box. ANY MERCHANDISE RETURNED TO US WITHOUT AN RA# WILL BE REFUSED AND RETURNED TO THE SHIPPER AT THEIR EXPENSE.
How fast do you ship and what method?
We ship USPS First Class Mail (approx. 2-5 business days), or Priority Mail (approx. 2-3 business days). We ship all orders and email you delivery tracking within 1-2 business days of you placing your order. Cannot ship to NY, MA or Outside the Continental US.
Why do you want to know my name and e-mail address?
To send you a receipt/to process your order.
What other information do you keep track of, about me?
We do keep all sales transactions indefinitely for tax purposes. We will keep your name and email address separately if you have signed up to receive our newsletter.
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Terms and Conditions
As a Little Viper customer, you agree to hold Little Viper and its principals, subsidiaries, and partners harmless for any temporary or permanent side effects which may result from the use of Little Viper products. Little Viper, LLC cannot make any express or implied guarantees through the use of their products. You agree to hold Little Viper, LLC and its subsidiaries harmless for any damages that may occur as a result of using our products. You agree to bear all of the risks and responsibilities for the use and results of using Little Viper.
In accordance with state law, Little Viper, LLC collects sales tax for merchandise when customer’s billing address is in Washington State. This amount will automatically be added to your total if your billing address is in Washington.
State Laws and Restrictions
Below are pepper spray laws and restrictions that we are aware of. You should check locally if you believe pepper sprays may be restricted in your area. Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states, however a number of cities and states have restrictions on sizes, strengths, etc.. If you have a question, it is wise to check with your local city or state attorneys office. Defense sprays should only be purchased by those 18 years of age or older. The below list may not be totally accurate or complete and we accept no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness.
State Laws and Restrictions:
State Laws prohibit us from shipping to New York and Massachusetts. In addition, we cannot ship to AK and HI, or outside the Continental US, because of USPS shipping restrictions.
States Where Pepper Sprays Have Some Restrictions:
California:The container holding the defense spray must contain no more than 2.5 ounces (71 g) net weight of aerosol spray.
Massachusetts: Firearms dealers may sell self-defense sprays to any person age 18 or over, unless otherwise disqualified. A firearms identification (FID) card or license to carry firearms (LTC) is NO LONGER required for purchase. However, dealers should verify age with a valid form of identification. Individuals between the ages of 15 and 18 must still have a valid firearms identification (FID) card to purchase self-defense spray. Except for verifying age, a dealer is not required to determine whether or not a purchaser is disqualified from possessing self-defense spray.
Michigan: Pepper spray must not be more than 10% and can be used for self defense. “The reasonable use of a self-defense spray or foam device containing not more than 10% oleoresin capsicum by a person in the protection of a person or property under circumstances that would justify the person’s use of physical force.
New York: Pepper spray may be legally possessed by any person age 18 or over; however, it must be purchased in person (i.e., cannot be purchased by mail-order or internet sale) either at a pharmacy or from a licensed firearm retailer (NY Penal Law 265.20 -14), and the seller must keep a record of purchases. The use of pepper spray to prevent a public official from performing his/her official duties is a class-E felony.
New Jersey: Allows non-felons over the age of 18 to possess a small amount of pepper spray, with no more than three-quarters of an ounce of chemical substance.
Washington: Persons over 18 may carry personal-protection spray devices. Persons over age 14 may carry personal-protection spray devices with their legal guardian’s consent.
Wisconsin: Tear gas is not permissible. By regulation, OC products with a maximum OC concentration of 10% and weight range of oleoresin of capsicum and inert ingredients of 15-60 grams are authorized. This is 1⁄2 and 2 oz (14 and 57 g) spray. Further, the product cannot be camouflaged, and must have a safety feature designed to prevent accidental discharge. The units may not have an effective range of over 20 feet and must have an effective range of six feet. In addition there are certain labeling and packaging requirements: must state cannot sell to anyone under 18 and the phone number of the manufacturer has to be on the label. The units must also be sold in sealed tamper-proof packages.
In many (but not all) other states, pepper spray can be purchased at various stores and carried legally by anyone over 18. However, other states do not have requirements about age.