I got my first can of UDAP spray on a visit to Mark’s ranch outside Bozeman MT. I did a days work on the ranch & some time preparing the cans for shipping. At the end of the day he fed me and my buddy well and we dove into his very cold little pond. I took a can of bear spray as payment.
Since then, over the years I’ve owned 7 or 8 cans of UDAP bear spray. I’ve only used it once in self-defense. The target was a Scottsdale AZ Bear (that means a young wealthy guy driving a hummer and having road rage on the freeway).
For some reason the guy was dodging around me on the freeway. I or someone must have done something to set him off? So I took the next exit ramp, planning to wait for the light & get back on and never see him again. He followed me to the red light and exited his Hummer & approached my Corolla. I cracked the window to see what his issue was. He promptly spit at my face and landed a good lugie in my left eye and while yelling & threating me punched the window so hard I can’t believe it didn’t break. I reached for my can of UDAP spray with my right hand (across my lap) by the time I came up he had retreated several feet. However he was still wielding something in his hand. Could have been a Tazer or firearm or pepper spray or who knows. I couldn’t tell with the spit in my eye. I opened the car door & took a good 1 sec spray to the head. He retreated to the open door of his hummer. The window was open so when his head popped up I got off another 1 or 2 sec blast. The light turned green as I got back in my car & I drove away.
The bottom line , Thank God I had a non lethal alternative , option B was 40 CAL SW side arm.