I am a Certified Sabre Personal Safety Academy Instructor and very much cover less-than-lethal in my class. There’s an old saying that goes, “When you carry a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
I hold classes for anyone age 18 or older who don’t or can’t carry a firearm. This certainly means college students and small business workers who want a means to protect themselves.
I have held many Sabre classes and have trained all the teachers, assistants, and staff at our private academic preschool.
I tell my students, “Not every problem is a gun problem” and “If I can get out of a situation without having to even draw my gun…all the better”. I have had many more near-incidents that would have been legal with pepper spray and not with drawing my handgun.
It is important to note that ‘Less-Lethal’ does not mean ‘Non-Lethal. Someone could fall after being sprayed, hit their head and die from their injuries. As long as you used the defense spray in self-defense, you are protected under state law.
I cover Stun Guns and Tasers and have both in class to display and operate.
I’ll have a C2 Personal Taser from Taser International in class to show how it works and how to use it.
Just this past December I had a student of mine use Sabre Pepper Spray in a road rage incident. He was completely justified and the amazing thing – The canister he used had been sitting in his pickup truck in his center console for 2 years! Through two summers!
When Tom used it, it worked perfectly and the guy had sunglasses on. The best way to spray someone with glasses on is just above the glasses to allow the irritant to enter the eyes. Tom simply reacted and sprayed across the glasses and he said he still worked perfectly. Good information!