Mace spray is a form of tear gas which is sometimes known as pepper spray and is contained within an aerosol canister. When used it emits a mixture of Lachyrymatory with a volatile solvent at the intended victim and is one of the most common self defense devices available on the market today. But because it is illegal in many countries today it is becoming less common. It was originally manufactured under the name of “Chemical Mace” by a company called Lake Erie Chemical in 1962 but is now a registered trade mark of the Mace Security International company.
Today you will often find that Mace is now sold by them as a pepper spray rather than as a tear gas and there are also plenty of other companies who now manufacture similar products.
The effects that are produced by Mace when used on someone are as follows:-
1. There are effects to a person’s nervous system which results in headaches, dizziness as well as general discomfort.
2. The effects to a person’s chest include a feeling of tightness in the upper respiratory system and they will start to cough.
3. The eyes when it comes into contact with mace will begin to feel like they are burning and there will be an excess of tears.
4. The mouth will begin to excrete more saliva than normal.
5. The nose will start to have a burning sensation as well as feeling irritated and you will find that excess fluids will discharge from it.
6. As for the face the skin will feel as if it is burning or stinging as it has irritated the nerve endings on the skins surface.
If this form of tear gas comes into contact with a person’s eyes they will close automatically due to the intense pain and along with the feeling of suffocation if it is inhaled makes a person feel very vulnerable which results in them being easy to overpower. This form of self defense spray is effectively used by law enforcement agencies across the US to subdue a criminal. However the effects of Mace can be minimal if the intended victim is under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. Normally the effects of the Mace will last for between 30 minutes up to 2 hours. This all depends on the person it was used on and the form of this product used.
Below are some of the popular Mace spray products on the market: