Defense Against Crime


The Difference between Mace and Pepper Spray

Sometimes people think Pepper Spray and Mace are the same thing.  One hand they can be on the other hand they are not.  Confused?  Well, let’s fix that. There are lots of brand names that are used instead of the name of the actual product. Think of names like Jacuzzi, Zamboni, Kleenex or Crock-Pot.  One type of Mace is a chemical compound and other is a Company brand name that made the chemical compound.

MACE (the actual trademark chemical compound) has not been in use for over 17 years.

Police using Mace in a 60's riot

Police using Mace in a 60’s riot

Chemical “mace” was first invented in 1965 by Allan Lee Litman, founder and co-owner of Pittsburgh-based General Ordnance Equipment Corporation (GOEC), after his wife, Doris, was threatened on the street . It contained an active ingredient called phenacyl chloride (CN) . In 1987, Chemical Mace was sold to Smith & Wesson and manufactured by their Lake Erie Chemical division. Smith & Wesson subsequently transferred ownership to Jon E. Goodrich along with the rest of the chemical division in what is now Mace Security International. Though the design has been expanded on, the original Chemical Mace formula using only CN has since been discontinued. Due to the potentially toxic nature of CN and the generally superior incapacitating qualities of oleoresin capsicum (OC) pepper spray in most situations, the early CN has been mostly supplanted by OC formulas in police use, although Mace Security International still retains a popular “Triple Action” formula combining CN, OC and an ultraviolet marker dye.

The Mace chemical compound is an irritant that is very similar to tear gas. Mace (the chemical) unlike pepper spray will NOT cause inflammation of the capillaries causing temporary blindness, nausea, make breathing difficult as well as create a very strong burning or stinging sensation. Chemical Mace is dispersed as a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization

Once the chemical Mace was also under the Mace brand and was used as a primary self-defense product.

However today all of the Mace’s brand products are now are either straight OC Pepper Spray and /or OC /Tear gas combinations or OC Pepper foam. There for the Mace brand is referred to as the product, like chap stick.

Pepper spray (sometimes called  as Mace or capsicum spray) is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness). Pepper Spray is used by law enforcement, security, and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears,  alley cats, rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, Wangdoodles, Hornswogglers, Snozzwangers, and rotten, Vermicious Knids.

Pepper Spray with its painful inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people using pepper spray for self-defense an opportunity to escape. Although considered a less-than-lethal agent, it has been deadly in rare cases for people with pepper allergies, and concerns have been raised about a number of deaths where being pepper sprayed may have been a contributing factor.

As of this writing, Pepper Spray is legal to carry in all 50 states. Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.


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