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Chemical aerosol projectile training tips



Make sure you use the recommended safety goggles and protective equipment when using the inserts as spraying anything towards the eyes can be harmful.

Here are some basic OC drills to do:

Using a partner and a striking shield, stand 6-8 feet away from you, and on your command or theirs advance towards you.

Spray striking shield as they move towards you; then have the subject respond in 1 of 6 ways:

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    Once sprayed, have them comply to your verbal commands to get down
  • Once sprayed, have them not comply to your verbal commands to get down — and you have to bring them down in which they comply safely
  • Once sprayed, have them not comply to your verbal commands to get down — and you have to bring them down in which they use their body to resist and you may have to use knees or kicks to bring them down
  • Once sprayed, have them not comply to your verbal commands to get down — and you have to bring them down in which they become more combative and actively resist use their body and hands to grab or strike you to resist and you may have to use a combination of tactics to bring them down
  • Once sprayed, have them not comply to your verbal commands to get down — and you have to bring them down in which they become more combative and actively resist use their body and hands to grab or strike you to resist and you may have to use a combination of tactics to bring them down and then they make the attempt to get back up on their feet
  • Once sprayed, have them not comply to your verbal commands to get down – and you have to bring them down in which they become more combative and actively assault the officer to resist showing you the OC does not work on them, the projector can be broken or empty or is not effective on them and you may have to decide to de-escalate or escalate your level of force

Things to think about when being contaminated and you are still attempting to control the subject:

  • Know where your subject is – listen for sounds, noises
  • Control your breathing – Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
  • Continue talking so you know you are breathing
  • DO NOT SWALLOW if possible
  • Strobe your eyes, keep blinking them
  • Keep your chin up
  • Focus on your threat
  • Stay aware of your surroundings
  • Be cautious of your firearm is wearing one

Learn a safe and effective grappling position that you feel comfortable with. Train yourself to have the ability to control a subject in close quarter environments. Watch the video below for an idea on what you should be doing.




Remember to work in low visibility areas and train yourself to gain access to your force options with both hands, and remember that if the subject is not punching you their hands are doing something!

Stay alert, stay calm and stay in control.

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