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    Quote Originally Posted by fatdog View Post
    Thanks for the insight, you guys have convinced me that a complete dump and replace is in order since all of mine are at least 2 years past expiration, and why.

    I cannot figure out how to get this POM thing out of its case but mine were purchased in the last year from reputable sources.
    @fatdog

    Twist and pull off the bottom part of the plastic housing below the color band. It's just a friction fit. Then just push it back on.
    I'd like to think this is all just a bad dream the nation will wake up from. But I don't think we're ever going to be that lucky.

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    My training and experience as an OC Instructor is loss of pressure over time. I've never seen the product itself to be less effective.
    Be Aware-Stay Safe.

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    I'm glad this topic came up. I tested out a couple of my older units, and, sure enough, they just dribbled out. Going to use them on some spots in my yard to keep out critters.

    Time to buy some replacements.
    "A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very, very dangerous man who has it under voluntary control."
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    Glad this topic came up, as it caused me to replace a bunch of expired stuff. I tried each of the expired units, and found that the Sabre seems to have the best chance of having adequate propellant past its expiration date. ASP Key Defender refills seem to have about a 50% chance of having little propellant remaining about a year past the expiration date.

    For those of you who, like me, sometimes give pepper spray to relatives who are not self defense hobbyists, those relatives should also be aware of the expiration dates and likely loss of propellant if those dates are not monitored or perhaps added to a calendar.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BillSWPA View Post
    For those of you who, like me, sometimes give pepper spray to relatives who are not self defense hobbyists, those relatives should also be aware of the expiration dates and likely loss of propellant if those dates are not monitored or perhaps added to a calendar.
    Definitely. I send the occasional PSA text to the family chat reminding to look at expiration dates, and also to give the units a good rattlecan shake every once in a while. Helps that theyíre all using POMs, which are cheap and easy to just throw in an Amazon cart.

    I have a running list of dates for mine. One thatís within a few months gets its date written on it with permanent marker so I donít miss it.

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