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Question about flip-top OC spray canisters

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by aliasneo07, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. aliasneo07


    Nov 2, 2009
    Annapolis, MD
    Didn't know where else to post this.

    I realize most cops probably carry "Cop Top" style canisters, but I was hoping some of you had experience with flip-top.

    I have a few cans of Fox Labs in flip top configuration. When they were brand new, and I depressed the button WITHOUT lifting the flip top, it would not fire. Which I like. After spraying a can once or twice, that no longer is the case. I can now put my thumb in there and fire it without flipping the cap up first.

    Is this by design? Is the top more of a safety from pressing the button, than a true safety? It wouldn't be a big deal if I keep it in its own pocket, but if I have a lighter or something in my pocket with it, i'm scared it will get under the flip-top and fire the can.

  2. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    I carried pepper spray for awhile. I had the flip top that I bought at OMB. It seems like I had the same experience with it.

  3. RVER


    Aug 3, 2004
    What Hack said.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011
  4. BIGGUNS911


    Nov 8, 2009
    in the NW
    Yes the flip top is to keep you from pushing the button by mistake. If I recall correctly some cans have small plastic tabs that keep the button from being pushed until the tabs are broken. If the first few times you pushed the button with the flap closed the tabs were not broken than the can would not spray. If you than opened the flap and pushed the button and broke the tabs than the can would spray. It takes a little force to break the tabs. It would than spray each time the button was pushed even with the flap down.
  5. aliasneo07


    Nov 2, 2009
    Annapolis, MD
    Seems like the little nozzle when pointed up is safe. When I flip the cap up it seems like it moves the nozzle downward and allows firing.
  6. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
    we carry Sabre and the flip top is more a "safety" so nothing hits the button unintentionally. that being said my OC stays in my bag, waste of belt space
  7. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I am required to carry mine. IMO it is worthless. I have used it twice and it didn't help me win the fight, just made the transport and booking process more difficult because they were super pissed the whole time.
  8. aliasneo07


    Nov 2, 2009
    Annapolis, MD
    Yes but for a civilian that can't carry a firearm (Maryland) I would like to have SOMETHING.
  9. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
    why can't you carry a firearm?
  10. Yankee2718


    Nov 23, 2010
    Once I get issued a taser I'm ditching OC.


    Sep 29, 2005
    It's the opposite for me... Makes the rest of the process harder because I'm super pissed the whole time and my hands and arms feel like they are sun burnt.

    We are required to carry it too and I agree that it's worthless. I've only actually seen it end a fight instantly once. That guy dropped down to the ground screaming when he was sprayed by my buddy who had to chase him. The rest still put up a fight and are now harder to get into custody since they are covered in OC. Then everything gets contaminated! I wish I didn't have to carry it because I never use it!
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2011
  12. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
    after going through the training where we get sprayed and have to run and deliver knee strikes, elbow strikes, and then chase down/handcuff somebody i failed to see the point of carrying it :) i have a taser and baton for less lethal. Our dept requires 2 less lethal options so i'm good to go. I do bring OC out if it is a dog call though, works well on them.
  13. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

    I've used it and seen it used a few times and it worked well. It can take a couple seconds to take effect, but you aren't supposed to spray it and just stand there in place wondering what to do next. Just like with a gun, shoot and move. I can tell you that OC does great to break up fights, and keeps you from having to chase anyone down or fight with them yourself. Spray it, keep moving, give it a few seconds, then go in and handcuff everyone with little resistance.
  14. ray9898


    May 29, 2001
    I have never seen a flip top that prevented the button from being pressed. It was always simply a guard for the button.
  15. pal2511


    Sep 15, 2002
    Plus it would be a good way to mark everyone fighting.