Warning: Laws vary from Country to Country, even from State to State. Know and abide by your local laws before making any kind of home-made pepper spray.
In one of the most embarrassing incidents in Argentina’s football history, fans of Boca Juniors Club attacked rival players of River Plate Club
as they went into the pitch after half time. They used a home-made type
of pepper spray known as “mostacero”, which is typically made by
inmates in prisons. This liquid was made using cayenne pepper and acid.
While cayenne pepper isn’t among the hottest peppers, the acid in the
mix is a particularly evil addition which can cause permanent injury or
death. Before you get any ideas, remember that liquids and gases for
self-defense that cause permanent injury or death are banned in most
Commercial OC spray is still the best non-lethal
defensive tool at hand. Its cheap, you can have it delivered to your
door and it works very well within its intended purpose of use. I
recommend SABRE RED, as this is the one most often used in Argentina with good results.
1)The first thing you need to do is to get yourself some peppers,
the hotter they are the better. The hotness of the pepper is rated in
Scoville Heat Unit. Commercial Capsaicin pepper spray has around
2.000.000 SHU. Ghost Chile Pepper is
considered one of the hottest peppers in the world. Usually exceeding
one million SHU, its about 400 times hotter than Tabasco Sauce. At the
moment the Carolina Reaper Peppers are officially considered to be the
hottest in the world. The practical difference in SHU may be marginal so
I would suggest going for the one you have available in powder form.
You can use dry peppers but this will require processing it into powder.
You will also need alcohol, mineral oil, an empty plastic bottle
(small, half liter soda bottle will do) to mix the ingredients and a
container to use the pepper solution.
2)Pour the ingredients into the plastic bottle.
Use latex gloves, a face mask and if possible do this outdoors or at
least in a well-ventilated area. The mix will stain clothes pretty bad
as well. Mix 2 tablespoons of Ghost Pepper powder. 1 tablespoon of
mineral oil and 7 ounces of rubbing alcohol. Close the bottle with its
cap, shake it well and let it rest in a cool dark place for 24 hours.
3)Using a cloth or rag to filter the solid particles, pour it into another container.
Make sure you use gloves, mask and eye protection here as well. Once
you have the filtered solution look for a spray bottle to keep it handy.
Water guns have been recommended at times, but most of these tend to
leak very bad so check before using. Small spray bottles work nicely.
Lens cleaner bottles are small and throw a jet when pressed hard. Try
getting one that throws a jet of liquid rather than a cloud of particles
so as to have better range.
That’s it folks. Not as handy a commercial OC spray, but better than nothing.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.