Follow Us:

Homelife and Family Article

Search Articles

Mace versus Pepper Spray

TrafficSwarm member since March 2015

Mace is a type of tear gas in the form of an aerosol spray which propels the tear gas formulation that is mixed with a volatile solvent. This product is sometimes used as a self-defense device by individuals or as a non-lethal method to control suspected criminals by law enforcement officials.

The original formulation consisted of 1% chloroacetophenone in a solvent of sec-butanol, propylene glycol, cyclohexene, and dipropylene glycol methyl ether. Most formulations today now also include Oleoresin Capsicum, the active ingredient in pepper spray. This ingredient comes from a capsicum hot pepper plant.plant. Brightstaremporium offers the best most effective name brand products,as well as diversity of styles. 

The Mace sold today by Mace Security International is pepper spray rather than tear gas. Many other companies now manufacture similar products. "Mace" and "Pepper Spray" are frequently used interchangeable and they are the same product. My company offers the best most effective name brand products,as well as diversity of styles.

Most law enforcement agencies require that their personnel become certified on similar aerosol spray devices such as pepper spray before using them on the field. In some agencies, participants must endure a spray directly to the face and open eyes. Chemically inactive versions of the spray are also available for training purposes.

The effect of "Mace" or "Pepper Spray" is believed to vary somewhat from one person to another. The most common effect is a burning sensation on the area affected with the spray (Victims have been quoted as saying it feels like "having your face drenched in gasoline and lit on fire"). If in contact with the eyes it causes an automatic closing of the eyes due to intense pain if one tries to open their eyes. This, along with a feeling of suffocating if inhaled, causes the person to be very vulnerable and dependent, which makes it much easier for Law Enforcement Officials to overpower a person suspected of committing a criminal act. Effects can be minimal on those under the influence of alcohol or drugs such as amphetamine or cocaine. The duration of the effects vary from 30 minutes up to 2 hours depending on the person and the treatment.

Most pepper sprays on the market today contain the active ingredient oleoresin capsicum or OC. You should try to determine that any pepper spray you are considering purchasing for self defense purposes contains OC as one of the active ingredients. The OC is derived from Cayenne peppers. These are some of the hottest peppers in the world. Unlike the original chemical Mace or tear gas, which are irritants, pepper spray OC is an inflammatory agent. Contact with mucous membranes (eyes, nose, throat and lungs) causes immediate dilation of the capillaries. This can result in temporary blindness and instant inflammation of the breathing tube tissues and systematically cuts of all but life support breathing. OC also will create an intense burning sensation on the surface of the skin. However, OC will cause no lasting after effects. The effects last from 15 to 60 minutes. Because OC is an inflammatory agent and not an irritant it is very effective on those who feel no pain such as psychotics and those under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Is Mace Pepper Spray legal to use? Yes, in general, Mace Pepper Spray is legal to use and carry in all 50 states. There are some exceptions, however. For example, any passenger on a commercial airline flight is prohibited from carrying on Mace Pepper Spray. Mace Pepper Spray is generally classified as a non-lethal weapon and there are certain specific instances when the possession or use of ANY type of weapon should be restricted in the interest of public safety.



More Articles in Homelife and Family