Is Sabre Pepper Spray Good?

Sabre Pepper Sprays for EDC

Sabre is one of the most popular pepper spray makers. Sabre has been making pepper sprays for decades, and offers a large variety of pepper sprays.

I researched various aspects of Sabre Security Equipment Corporation. Also, I purchased and tested several Sabre pepper sprays including most of the pepper sprays reviewed in this article. Sabre gave me some pepper sprays to test. In the interest of full disclosure, if a pepper spray was given to me, then I will state that at the top of the review. This is what I learned from my research.

Sabre Red brand pepper sprays are good. Sabre has a long history of selling effective pepper sprays. Sabre’s quality control insures only reliable pepper sprays are sold to consumers. Also, Sabre makes a large variety of pepper sprays to meet the diverse needs of it’s customers.

Overview of SABRE Security Equipment Corporation

Sabre was founded by Larry Nance in 1975. In the early years, Larry focused on producing CS tear gas defensive sprays. In 1985 Sabre began developing OC pepper sprays and in 1991 SABRE started selling SABRE Red pepper sprays.

Sabre’s produces several types of self-defense products. These include pepper sprays, stun guns, personal alarms, and home security systems.

Quality Control and Product Testing

Quality control is one of the most important things a pepper spray maker must get right. Sabre puts a lot of focus on quality control. Sabre tests each batch of pepper spray liquid before it goes into a pepper spray canister. This testing is high performance liquid chromatography or HPLC. HPLC separates, identifies, and quantifies each component in the liquid. This type of testing measures major capsinoids in the solution. Sabre considers this testing method superior to measuring pungency with the Scoville Scale. Sabre does all testing with it’s own in-house lab.

Customer Education and Training

Sabre has a good blog and Youtube channel. They are good sources of helpful information.

Sabre also offers two comprehensive personal safety courses. Theare the Civilian Safety Awareness Program and the College Safety Program. These a provided by Sabre’s approved independent instructors.

The Civilian Safety Awareness Programs teaches the following.

  • How to discourage dangerous threats
  • Way to identify and avoid potentially dangerous situations
  • Protection at a safe distance
  • How to use Sabre products effectively and responsibly
  • Personal safety skills for smart living
  • Travel Safety
  • Active Assailant/Active Shooter Response
  • Situational Awareness/How to be Prepared & Engaged in Emergencies
  • Basic Self-Defense
  • How to Use Pepper Gel & Personal Alarms
  • Sexual Assault Risk Reduction

Great Pepper Spray From Sabre

Sabre makes very good pepper sprays. I bought several Sabre pepper sprays and Sabre gave me other models to test and review. The 5 pepper sprays at the top are all good options. My reviews of these 5 sprays are below.

Sabre Red Tactical Pepper Spray

Full Disclosure: Sabre gave me this pepper spray at no charge.

The is one of the best pepper spray for belt carry. The belt clip goes on and comes off a belt easily. The safety and trigger work as they should. The surface area of the trigger is enormous. For users with large thumbs or who wear gloves, the large trigger is a huge benefit.

This features the highly visible orange spray that many Sabre pepper sprays have.

The spray canister is replaceable. This allows a user to practice with one canister and replace it. There are included instructions on how to remove the canister. I found the instructions unhelpful. They best way to remove the canister locking device is to pry it out with a butter knife.


  • Great Range
  • Good Belt Clip
  • High Visibility Orange Spray
  • Larger Trigger Surface
  • Replaceable Canister


  • Difficult to Remove Canister
  • Best Suited for Belt Carry


If you are definitely going to carry a pepper spray on a belt, then this a great pepper spray for you.

Advanced 3 in 1 Compact Pepper Spray with Clip

Advanced 3 in 1 Compact Pepper Spray with Clip

This is a good little pepper and tear gas spray. The clip makes a belt or pocket good spots to keep it. It has the standard swivel safety that so many pepper sprays have. It’s easy to use. 

The clip is strong. It might do minor damage to the back of a belt. It did that to my belt.

The range is 8 to 10 feet. That’s the shortest I think an EDC pepper spray should shoot. 

Some people are not affected by the OC pepper spray chemical. With tear gas, there are two powerful chemicals helping someone defend themselves.

There is UV marking die. That’s useful for law enforcement. The UV die, tear gas, and OC chemical make this a “3-in-1” pepper spray.


  • Tear Gas
  • Pocket or Belt Attached
  • Good Range


  • Kind of Small
  • Clip Might Damage a Belt


A good little pepper spray. Most pepper spray this small don’t have tear gas. If you value having an extra stopping compound, then is a good spray for you.

Tactical Pepper Gel with Belt Holster

Tactical Pepper Gel with Belt Holster

This is a very good spray. I found from my testing that it will shoot the claimed 18 foot range. 

The holster works good. It will hold the can securely. The holster goes on a belt with a belt loop. Because of this, a belt must be removed to take off or put on the holster. I wish SABRE has included a holster with a metal clip. A clip holster can be taken off or put on without removing the belt.

Even though it comes with a holster, this spray will fit comfortably in a loose pocket.

If you want a pepper spray to carry in a belt holster, then this is a very good option.


  • Long 18 Foot Range
  • Wind Fighting Gel
  • Good Belt Holster
  • Pocket Carry an Option


  • Belt Loop Holster / Not Metal Clip
  • Big for Pocket Carry


It’s great for carrying in a pocket or on a belt. It’s even better for users in windy areas because it shoots gel.

Keychain Pepper Spray with Quick Release

SABRE Keychain Pepper Spray with Quick Release

It feels good in hand. It has finger grooves. I’ve used pepper sprays without finger grooves and they work just fine. Having said that, these finger grooves work and they are not in the way. 

The range is 8 to 10 feet. That’s good enough for every day carry.

The keychain attachment is good. It has a release button. Pushing the button and pulling on the spray will release it.

The safety and trigger work as they should. They both have some resistance, but will move for any adult.

It shoots an orange spray. That color helps with aiming and seeing the spray on a target.


  • Quick Release Keychain Attachment
  • Decent Range
  • Orange Spray


  • Kind of Small


If you must keep a pepper spray on a keychain, then this is a great pepper spray for you.

Sabre Dual Athlete Pepper Gel with Armband

Sabre Dual athlete Pepper gel spray with Armband

Sabre made this pepper spray with runners in mind. It comes with an armband and reflexive strip.

It shoots pepper gel up to 10 feet. The gel is a highly visible orange color.

When running with this spray in the armband remember two things. Keep the reflexive strip pointed outward so it’s visible to passers by. Also, make sure the safety is not making body contact when running. Body contact might switch the safety off.


  • Good Range
  • Highly Visible Orange Gel
  • Armband
  • Reflective Strip


  • Swivel Safety


A great pepper spray for runners. If you know you want to carry a pepper spray in an armband, then this is for you.

Andrew Jordan

I’m a lifelong native of Memphis, TN. Shooting drills especially with 22LR are one of my passions. My concealed carry permit application was submitted on my 21st birthday. The P10C is my EDC pistol. I invented the patented 15 round 5.56 stripper clip. You can also find me on the “Concealed Carry Andrew” Youtube channel.

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