How to Make Tear Gas

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How to Make Tear Gas

Tear Gas, also known as Capstun ‘capsaicin’ is the active oil in red peppers. If you don’t think something derived from a pepper can be as good as CN or CS tear gas, think again. Even if a person is maced, he can still function if he is motivated enough. Capstun is an irritant that will cause nasal passages to causing the person to breather through their mouth, in turn forcing them to inhale the capstun which causes an immediate reaction…choking. Capstun will effect the eyes with extreme irritation and .tearing. In addition to irritating skin, basically your skin feels like its on fire. Capstun isn’t ‘lethal’ by normal standards, and its affects are not permanent.

How to make Tear Gas at Home

Is it quick and very simple to make. While tear gas is easy to make at home, it could still be very dangerous when you’re heating up the ethyl alcohol – which is flammable.

Homemade Tear Gas Instructions

  1. First you’ll need 1lb of dried green/red peppers. The hotter the better. Chop them up in a blender and put them into a large jug.
  2. Add denatured ethyl alcohol to the peppers until they are covered by an inch or two of alcohol. Put the jug into a pot of water on an electric burner and bring the alcohol almost to a simmer.
  3. Be very careful as the alcohol fumes and can ignite. Don’t use a flame to heat the water. Let the alcohol cool a bit then filter it off. Repeat this step three times.
  4. Throw out the peppers and put all the alcohol into a large mouthed jar (Mason Jar).
  5. Take the water pot and heater outside and heat up the alcohol (for safety).
  6. Evaporate the alcohol down to about 100 mls.
  7. Filter off the alcohol grain and let it evaporate to leave a thick reddish oil. If you are feeling ballsy, take a very small amount of the oil and give it a taste. Have plenty of milk on hand 🙂

How to use Homemade Tear Gas

Capstun is usually used as a 1%/5% solution. Cut it down with mineral oil or another suitable carrier. Stand far back, cover your nose and mouth – throw the carrier. If you want to see the chaos and confusion caused by your decide you better be wearing some protective gear, because this shit burns. Test in an open area with plenty of ventilation.

How to make a Tear Gas Container

Its not hard making a container for this type of tear gas. You can use a cologne/perfume bottle (small glass vile), as long as it has been cleaned out of any chemicals that make cause an unwanted reaction.

In closing…

Tear gas is readily available for a low price, but when SHTF you might want to keep this little guide on hand. It could save your ass when you run out of bullets and need to disperse a group quickly.

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34 thoughts on “How to Make Tear Gas

  1. I have a problem with skunks getting under my shop. I deal with this every year I have tried several things such as mothballs with no luck they just spray and make the smell worse I was hoping to use a tear gas or a pepper gas to try and persuade them to leave I’m looking for a gas that will permeate under the building will the fumes spread my building is 40 by 60 so I have a very large area to cover in a small opening that I can put it through any help will be greatly appreciated I have fought skunks every year now for 7 years

  2. Was looking for CS, but look into a soxhlet extractor set. It’ll greatly increase the efficiency of this process.

  3. You folks are my favorite website lately. Honestly, I just found out that you existed, but thanks for being here.

  4. Here we go again: Everyone wants to analyze every damn thing. Just do what the man said, exactly as he said to do it, then use it when needed and be happy that you acquired the knowledge that kept you alive. Or you can just talk your assailant to death!

  5. This is home made pepper spray not tear gas. CS “gas” which isn’t really a gas at all its smoke, is a compound that is burned and releases tiny crystals that iritate the skin and any mucous membranes. Its not all that effective outside of a confined space. It is uncomfortable but not disabling unless one has exposure to large amounts of the gas. Is this an originally written article? I have read the same article almost word for word on a different site.

  6. I guess a good recipe to keep but willing to pay the money for a quality bear spray,will do the trick and just feel a bit safer not putting together some solutions,but,in a pinch one does what one has to.I can justify owning the bear spray as hike a bit in bear territory,try and be alert and safe but sometimes things go wrong,I will obviously just retreat in a safe manner but sometimes a discouragement for said bear could be necc.

  7. I set a home dehydrator from bass pro, with a single tray lined with plastic sheet liner it comes with and fill it with the capsatsin liquid bought from gordon foods and turn it on high till it turns it to powder with a mask I fill empty paint balls with the powder using a turkey injector and seal with a quick swipe of a wood ingraver. Bounce them off the ground for large crowd displacement or hit center mass of single person just under mask so it burns the neck. Not easy to fill them it takes a lot to get the powder through the needle but it works I can do a whole batch of 50 in an hr after the powder is harvested. Happy hunting and watch your six’s

  8. All the capstun or similar shotgun shells I see simply use the powder supply and a wad to push the “tear gas” out of the barrel in an expanding cloud effective to a max of about 60 feet. I need 100-150 feet, which implies some kind of canister which will withstand the shotgun firing but will explode or deliver its load at impact or similar. What type of canister would do this for me?

    Perhaps some type of fused canister, but now my second question;
    What can I use for a reliable fuse system and how do I make it?

    I would prefer an Email response as I have truly bugged out and rarely get in range of either internet or phone.

    • I use to have the complete James Bond Pyro Files? Look it up lots of useful information. Not sure if you can still find the complete journal but I do remember detailed instructions on converting a shotgun shell into a timed fused boom boom.

  9. could ,say, the powdered sugar of a smoke bomb be saturated with the oil to make that smoke bomb a tear gas bomb? thanks!

  10. Hate to be a spoiler but there is a big difference between tear gas and pepper gas. In decades of LE experience and personally carrying and using both, I can only give positive statements regarding pepper gas/spray-it works on dopers, drunks, dogs, etc. The only issue is what you aim makes all the difference

  11. Denatured alcohol should never be ingested or sprayed in someones eyes. The ‘Denatured’ part is when ethenol is mixed with methanol. Drinking methanol will make you go blind. Use ‘Ethenol’ which is pure grain alcohol, everclear or store bought moonshine.

    • This is true! Use Everclear or some other 180 -195 proof grain alcohol unless you want to risk permanent damage to your adversary.

      • Any adversary worth damaging is worth damaging permanently. Why else would we counterattack him/her/them/they? I just don’t understand people. “You attempted to kill me, so I sure hope I don’t permanently damage you.” Forget the emergency room, think cemetery.

  12. I lost a step….it went from being a thick red liquid to being a gas somewhere…what did i miss?

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