Originally Posted by ScottSellersUNR
they make u do it in police academy.. .stand a foot away, hold your eyes open and spray you directly in em for about a full second.
That is correct, and I can speak from experience as I have done this
First, they let us take our contact lenses out. You'd think this would be good, but you can't see anything.
They line you up and make you open your eyes for a full second. Sounds short, but try it sometime with OC in your face. Some of my academy-mates who didn't open their eyes were forced to go back a second time.
Initially, it doesn't hurt. Then about a second or two later it feels like razor blades in your eyes. A direct shot of OC in your eyes is one of the most uncomfortable feelings I've ever experienced.
The people who it didn't effect as much were helping the subsequent victims over to the hoses. I was completely blinded, couldn't even open my eyes. It hurt to even try. Since OC is oil-based, water really does nothing. They also tell you NOT to rub your face. Or not to rub your face and touch any other part of your body. It is an irritant to the skin too.
One guy in my class rubbed his face and went nuts. He was red all over and the paramedics had to help him.
It wasn't funny at the time.
After about 30 minutes I can remember my face feeling like I had a horrific sunburn. The heat coming off my face was tremendous. I had trouble seeing for some time after, even with glasses.
They told us in the academy that if we were going to use this on people we had to know what it was like ourselves. It's amazing how much it effects some people and others very little. I remember once of my classmates was like nothing happened.