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When you take a serious look at the lists of broken bones our racing heroes have suffered over the lengths of their careers, it becomes obvious that cycling alone is dangerous enough without the threat of open roads, traffic, and nature taking its toll. And while we're prepared for the inherent risks of racing and training, there are other threats that make for potentially unnecessary danger.

These secondary threats are ones that you may be able to exercise more control over than, say...a sweeping, gravel littered corner surprising you on a 50mph descent. We're thinking of angry drivers who choose to get out of their cars to confront you; of ferocious dogs that won't give way; of bears who lay in wait for a once-a-year appearance on your favorite trails. There are times you don't get to choose fight-or-flight. There are times -- thankfully they're super-rare -- when you must pay dark wages for your lifelong love of cycling. And that's what the Kimber PepperBlaster II is all about.

Kimber PepperBlaster II is unlike any pepper spray or mace-like stuff you've ever seen before. Stuff like "Halt!" is a marshmallow gun by comparison. Kimber refers to it as a "less-lethal weapon", and as one of the world's premier manufacturers of 1911 pistols, they know lethality.

Unlike typical pepper spray, PepperBlaster II isn't aerosolized. Rather, each unit contains two cylinders with powerful concentrations of near-pharmaceutical grade oleoresin capsicum (OC) -- a devastatingly effective irritant. Each cylinder is driven by a pyrotechnic charge and a piston, and the solution travels at 90mph, giving it enough energy to wrap around glasses or a face mask. Unlike conventional pepper sprays, you won't get any blowback into your own face since it isn't an aerosolized mist. You don't need to worry whether you're downwind. And you get a substantially longer effective range of 13 feet. Instead of a "spray", it fires a compact stream of OC. The effect is immediate, it lasts for 45 minutes, and it allows you to extricate yourself from the situation with plenty of time to spare. And unlike sprays, it's reliable at any temperature, and won't rupture, burst, or depressurize.

What makes PepperBlaster II different from the first incarnation? The new package is more pistol-like. It has a stubby handgrip that makes it more natural to aim and fire. It will work with right or left hand grips, and it has a built-in notch sight to aid accuracy. It has a swingaway tab for a safety, so it won't accidentally discharge in your jersey pocket. But you can easily push away the tab in an instant when you need to use it. Each unit has two charges in it; i.e. you can fire it twice. Just how effective is it? When OC gets in the eyes the effect is immediate, and it causes eyes to slam shut and excruciating pain to kick in. If it gets in the nose and mouth, the effect takes 7-10 seconds and causes no small amount of gagging (caused by irritation to the respiratory system) to complement the debilitating pain induced by the OC. And while it'll incapacitate the assailant (human or canine), it won't cause permanent injury or death.

The Kimber PepperBlaster II weighs 100g. Its dimensions are 4.3" x 2.7" x 0.9" -- easy to fit in a jersey pocket along with a gel or your Blackberry. Like any good weapon it's hard to envision ever needing it, but if the time ever comes, you'll be glad you brought it along. Please Note: We are unable to ship PepperBlaster II outside the U.S. or to the states of New York, Michigan, or Hawaii.

  • Two blasts of highly concentrated pepper liquid
  • Recessed trigger prevents accidental discharge
  • Shoots 13 feet at 112mph
  • Four-year shelf life

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Wish i could say i used it

    Stoked to have it for my wife. Watched all the videos of idiots blasting each other to test it out.. so im just assuming it will work well. But im just happy to feel a little better about my wife being out and about.... hope we never have to use it!

    Safe and Sound

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I got this for my girlfriend who lives in the big apple, after doing some research about mace and different self defense products this was definitely the best bet. It has two shots in case you miss, the gel that is fired is more potent than traditional mace. Since it is a gel-ish projectile it isn't effected by wind when fired, unlike mace where you would need to be right next to the assailant, and the wind can blow the mace in the wrong direction. Needless to say I'm sleeping safe and sound now that she has this in her backpack. This is the way to go for personal safety.

    Well we use OC spray in the military and it works, but something that won't work is your girlfriend keeping her protection in her backpack.

    Small, Lightweight Protection

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    It's hard to review something you hope you never actually use, but such is the case with this Kimber pistol.

    Ergonomically speaking, the Pepperblaster 2 is plenty small enough to fit easily into whatever outdoor ensemble you are rocking for the day. The plastic body seems durable enough and the small grip makes it pretty easy to hold.

    The safety mechanism on the trigger appears solid enough that I'm not concerned about accidentally discharging the pistol.

    Hopefully I never come back to update this review with feedback on its actual use.

    Let's hope I never have to use this!

      This is a great light weight option to help you in the event of an emergency encounter with an animal or person. I carry this little pistol with me on my afternoon hikes and early morning rides. Still waiting to pull the trigger, but let's hope that I never have to!!! 4 Stars for not having to use it.

      It saved me!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I was trail running yesterday and was charged and chased by a very aggressive Badger. I pointed and pulled the trigger twice while running. The first blast hit him in the face, second blast stopped him. He was about 6-10 ft away when I got him. The blaster is super accurate, and absolutely no blow back. That Badger meant business. Thankful I had it with me.

      It saved me!

      Outrunning the badger should have been sufficient? They aren't distance runners. They only attack to protect their space. Rabies might be a concern?

      Don't mess with me

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I carry this in my pocket/pack when I'm hiking or biking or walking home in the dark. Thankfully I haven't had to use it yet.

      Peace of Mind

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Thankfully, I haven't had to use this. It has served its purpose of providing peace of mind. I throw this in my pocket when out for a run and have brought it camping. lightweight, out of the way, but from what I've read can produce a powerful blow. Hopefully, I will never have to test its power!

      Piece of mind? Where's the rest of it?!

      Can this product Fly? Checked or Carry-On

      Is this legal to carry outside the USA - EU, Canada, Aus?

      Best Answer

      As of right now you can check it with you luggage but not have it as a carry-on.



      Eric Watford

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      I was crossing the border into Canada in 1994, and the border guard asked if I had pepper spray or mace. Since I worked all around the boroughs of NYC, I said I did, and they took it from me, saying it was not allowed by law in Canada, as it could be used in the commission of a crime. The guard said it was good that I answered truthfully, because if they had found it, I would get a $250 fine and it would be confiscated. I would assume the law is still in effect.

      Are people carrying this in bear country...

      Are people carrying this in bear country instead of pepper spray?



      also once the two capsules are fired is the gun a throw away or are there replacement pepper capsules?



      Thanks!

      Kimber does not offer replacement capsules for the Pepperblaster II and you would need to purchase a new gun after it has been used.



      I have a friend who regularly takes the PB with him on extended trips in bear country but has never needed to use it, though I have to believe it would be effective.

      It's possible this would be effective against bears, though it's worth noting that civilian pepper sprays (like for use against muggers) are basically useless against bears. Most bear sprays have a blend of capsicum and other irritants. I'd check with the manufacturer, and if they don't explicitly recommend it for bear, don't bring it.

      Best Answer

      I would not trust this to protect me from a bear. An average can of bear spray has roughly the same concentration of capsicum, but at least 4-5 times more spray, and a much longer reach.

      Small price tag for some peace of mind

        I recently picked this up for my lady. She's a server and I wanted her to have something to pack around with her after late nights at work till she can get her concealed weapons permit. I did quite a bit of research into non-lethal protection and this one was the best options I could find. The next best thing was several hundred dollars. At that price a small pistol would be preferred in my book. This little guy is lightweight and user friendly. Just push the safety tab through the trigger pull and squeeze. The pyrotechnic charge unleashes a fiery blast of fury at your attacker. It has two shots of concentrated oleoresin capsicum in a gooey mixture that leaves the barrel at 90 mph. The goo is nice because there won't be any aerosol pepper mixture left lingering in the air to possibly blow back in your face. The first shot fires from the bottom barrel, second from the top. The first shot seems to fire a little lower as you can see in some of the reviews online. Makes for a thoughtful gift and $40 isn't much for a little piece of mind. There are some review links below.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMmiLCdPckk

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC41Ak7Dm6Q

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqKYyuIPQhM

        back off punk

          I gave 2 as gifts for Christmas.

          If you are worried about accidental discharge, there is a safety device you slide out of the way of the trigger and pull.

          If you're worried about getting spray on your fingers or in your eyes..this is for you.



          This comes in a metal case with a fit to size cushion inside you you can pack it and not worry about malfunction due to movement.



          I even bought a 3rd I plan to take on bike rides, camping, or just keep around the house for added protection.

          What is the shelf life of the cylinders...

          What is the shelf life of the cylinders used in the PepperBlaster II?

          Best Answer

          Ronnie, the Pepper Blaster II has a 5 year shelf life. The one I just ordered says Dec 31 2017. While the operating system does not go bad and the OC Pepper solution does not expire, the alcohol carrier can break down after 5 years. I think $40 every 5 years is a small price to pay. :)