Mase - OC Spray - Pepper - Oleoresin Capsicum
Okay - Okay.... Don't yell at us; we know that we spelled "Mase" incorrectly in the title of this page and also the page URL. But we have so many customers that ask us about "Mase Pepper Spray" on a daily basis - we thought we'd dig deeper into the topic of this powerful self-defense spray.
Yes, many customers do spell it like "Mase" when it should be spelled "Mace" - but we don't mind at all. Why? Because we're just happy to see that more and more people are looking for - shopping for - and buying pepper spray as a self-defense weapon...and we don't care how they spell it when they come to Spy-Tronix!
The only thing that really bothers us when it comes to customers looking for Mace Pepper Spray - is when they wait until AFTER they've become a victim of an act of violence and THEN they finally think about protecting themselves. Trust us, it's better to have pepper spray by your side and not need it - as compared to finding out that you need it but that you don't have it.
Whether it is a dark alley, a poorly lit parking garage, jogging or riding your bike by an aggressive dog - or you actually become a victim of a targeted or random act of violence...pepper spray is a great personal protection and self-defense weapon or tool to have by your side. Remember this, a thug or criminal will not care if you spell it "Mase or Mace" when they get a face full of this super hot spray - they're going to be to busy trying to see - to breathe - and to quit choking.
So what does Wikipedia think about the word Mace?
A mace is a blunt weapon, a type of club or virge that uses a heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful blows. A mace typically consists of a strong, heavy, wooden or metal shaft, often reinforced with metal, featuring a head made of stone, copper, bronze, iron, or steel.
The head of a military mace can be shaped with flanges or knobs to allow greater penetration of plate armor. The length of maces can vary considerably. The maces of foot soldiers were usually quite short (two or three feet, or seventy to ninety centimeters). The maces of cavalrymen were longer and thus better suited for blows delivered from horseback. Two-handed maces could be even larger.
An important, later development in mace heads was the use of metal for their composition. With the advent of copper mace heads, they no longer shattered and a better fit could be made to the wooden club by giving the eye of the mace head the shape of a cone and using a tapered handle.
The Shardanas or warriors from Sardinia who fought for Ramses II against the Hittities were armed with maces consisting of wooden sticks with bronze heads. Many bronze statuettes of the times show Sardinian warriors carrying swords, bows and original maces.
Maces are rarely used today for actual combat, but a large number of government bodies (for instance the British House of Commons, the U.S. Congress), universities and other institutions have ceremonial maces and continue to display them as symbols of authority. They are often paraded in academic, parliamentary or civic rituals and processions.
Let's move on to "Mace" Windu from Star Wars
Even George Lucas, the mastermind creator behind Star Wars, knew that when he wanted or needed a strong Master Jedi - that the name "Mace" would be a word with multiple meanings. Had it not been for Anakin Skywalker screwing up this whole battle scene - Mace Windu would have taken down Darth Sidious all by himself. Don't believe us? Don't remember? - Take a look at the video below:
Here's a fun bit of trivia about the casting of Mace Windu for Star Wars:
Wikipedia talks about Mace Windu: The search for an actor to play the character ended when Samuel L. Jackson expressed his desire to be in the prequel films. George Lucas then offered him the role which Jackson accepted and thus signed on but with certain stipulations on his character's portrayal. Aware that the prequel trilogy's climax would eventually call for Windu's death, one of the conditions was that his character die in a spectacular fashion, rather than being killed off ingloriously "like some punk".
According to an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman on May 13, 2005, the character's purple lightsaber was a personal request from Jackson to Lucas as a quid pro quo for appearing in the films, as well as a way of making the character unique and easily distinguishable.
Enter - Modern day Mace Pepper Spray for Self-Defense
About Mace: Mace Security international, Inc, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a diversified manufacturer and provider of personal defense and security products to consumer and business market segments under the world renowned Mace® brand. Since 1970, Mace® has been the original trusted brand for personal defense sprays, while continuously adding high quality security products to the brand line through the years. Mace® supports their products by providing warranty and educational programs for all of various products and services.
Mace® directly distributes and supports it's branded products and services through strategically targeted customer channels that include mass market retailers, wholesale distributors, independent dealers, e-commerce marketers, and installation service providers.
So, in general, we love and believe in Pepper Spray so much - that we are leading and authorized dealers of many different kinds of pepper sprays - and we've been selling Mace Pepper Spray since about 2000.
OC Pepper Spray (Oleoresin Capsicum) is easy to sell because it works.
We strongly believe that the world wold be a better and safer place if more people (good and common citizens) carried a simple can of OC (oleoresin capsicum) pepper spray with them during their busy day. On this page, we talk about the Benefits of Spy and Security Gear, and there is a reference and a picture to the FBI Crime Clock - look below to see that same image.
Okay, we couldn't help ourselves - we showed you the picture again. What's so fascinating about this image? It's the brutal numbers that show a harsh reality of the world we live in...but better yet - those numbers do not reflect the whole entire world. These numbers only reflect the crime, and only the crime that is reported and documented, within the United States of America.
So if there is a documented rape (6.6 minutes) and aggravated assault (43.5 seconds) - not even mentioning a full blown murder (every 37 minutes) - then why do so few people actually carry pepper spray? Oh - Oh - we know that answer!!! We know why....because most people walk around all day thinking that nothing bad is ever going to happen to them. Therefore, most people in America walk around totally unprepared to defend themselves.
Well, with that being said and if you're one of those people, the average common criminal thanks you - because you've just made his job a lot easier. C'mon, do you think that the average criminal walks around looking for a guy that's 6' 4", weighs 250 pounds, and looks like he's had a real bad day? No, they're looking for an unsuspecting citizen with a purse or wallet dangling in front of them and the owner's face is buried in their iPhone giggling as they send a text message to a friend, co-worker, or family member.
Criminals are creatures of habit that look for "easy prey" - they might not all be brain surgeons...but how smart does that make you when they take your wallet or purse and get away with all of your credit cards? We're not trying to offend you or to hurt your feelings, but take this wake-up call that you should be prepared to defend yourself EVERYWHERE you go during your busy day.
That's why we love pepper spray, because it is cheap and inexpensive to buy, it is easy to hide for the element of surprise, it makes you walk tall with confidence, and it really really hurts a bad guy when they get a face full of it.
So what is Mase - Mace - OC Spray - Oleoresin Capsicum?
Well, as we stated at the beginning - "Mase" is simply "Mace" spelled wrong - so it is really nothing. "Mace" is a brand name for a major brand of pepper spray. But OC (oleoresin capsicum) is the real deal - it's the hot stuff - it's the painful stuff - and even if you catch a minor, minor, tiny whiff of the stuff - you're gonna know it.
Wikipedia says this: The active ingredient in pepper spray is capsaicin, which is a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, including chilis. Extraction of oleoresin capsicum from peppers requires capsicum to be finely ground, from which capsaicin is then extracted using an organic solvent such as ethanol. The solvent is then evaporated, and the remaining waxlike resin is the oleoresin capsicum.
An emulsifier such as propylene glycol is used to suspend the OC in water, and pressurized to make it aerosol in pepper spray. The high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method is used to measure the amount of capsaicin and major capsaicinoids within pepper sprays.
Do you want us to break that down for you? Have you ever had a really hot chili pepper? A habanero pepper? A jalepeno pepper? ...Pretty hot right? We're talking... "I better wash this down with something quickly because it's burning my mouth like crazy and if I swallow any of this stuff I'm not going to be able to breathe."
Okay, well maybe that's too extreme for you. Maybe you're the kind of person that likes to have jalepenos with your breakfast cereal in the morning and then wash it all down with habanero juice on your way out the door. But even still, you'd have to admit that hot chilie peppers are really "hot chili peppers." (Don't get that confused with the rock group....as shown below.)
Regardless of whether you're a hot food wimp or you've mastered the taste of hot food and prefer a spicy meal rather than a bowl of vanilla ice cream - you're still going to be gasping for air, trying to breathe, writhing in pain, and choking like crazy if you get sprayed with pepper spray.
What does Pepper Spray do to an attacker?
Well, for one - pepper spray hurts like Hades and it is going to impair whatever they were trying to do to you. It's going to slow them down and they're going to be thinking about oxygen and their eyesight before they have time to refocus on attacking you again.
Both tear gas and pepper spray are skin and mucous membrane irritants, causing burning pain and excess drainage from eyes, nose, mouth, and breathing passages. Pepper spray is more popular with authorities as an agent of control because of its immediate pain-causing qualities. It is harder to remove from the skin and has the capacity to cause first degree burns, that often look like a bad sunburn. Read more...
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to riot control agents causes:
- Eyes: excessive tearing, burning, blurred vision, redness
- Nose: runny nose, burning, swelling
- Mouth: burning, irritation, difficulty swallowing, drooling
- Lungs: chest tightness, coughing, choking sensation, noisy breathing (wheezing), shortness of breath
- Skin: burns, rash
- Other: nausea and vomiting
Street medics have also observed the following:
- acute stress, fear causing trauma (potentially leading to acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder)
- disorientation, confusion, and sometimes panic
- Some people report feeling intense anger. In this case, do NOT become a patient by approaching someone who has been exposed without clearly communicating who you are.
The good news is that the effects are temporary for most people. Discomfort from tear gas usually disappears after 5-30 minutes, while the worst pepper spray discomfort may take 20 minutes to 2 hours to subside, although some people feel minor effects for up to 24 hours. The effects of both diminish sooner with treatment. Because pepper spray penetrates to the nerve endings, its effects may last for hours after removal from the skin.
How to handle and care for OC pepper spray:
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. Follow the included first-aid instructions if the pepper spray comes into contact with your skin. Each Pepper Spray is under pressure. Do not puncture or incinerate the Insert.
Storage: Store your Pepper Spray in cool dry area away from heat, flame or strong light. Use with adequate ventilation. Do not store it in an environment where the temperature may exceed 120 degrees F (50 degrees C) such as an enclosed vehicle. The Pepper Spray cartridge may leak from over pressurization and fail to function properly. Do not store unit in a cold environment under 32 degrees F (0 degrees C). This may cause depressurization and the loss of effective range.
Expiration: Usually pepper spray has a shelf life of 4 years from date of manufacture. Each pepper spray has an expiration date marked on the packaging. After this date, the pepper spray cartridge should be disposed of in accordance with the environmental regulations in your area. The cartridge can then be replaced by a new refill.
Removing pepper spray: Whatever you do, the first thing to remember is to stay calm and to avoid rubbing the exposed area. Rubbing an area of skin that is contaminated with pepper spray will only make things worse and will more than likely grind the pepper spray into the pores of your skin. If there are others around, tell them what you need - ask them for help - and then move yourself into an area with a lot of free ventilation or fresh air. Sometimes cardiac or breathing problems can occur so while removing the pepper spray you might need to call for emergency medical assistance.
Skin: Most accidental exposure to pepper spray occurs on the skin. Start by applying whole milk to the affected area via a spray bottle or simply splash it on the area affected. You can then saturate a towel in milk and lay it over the skin area that was affected. The milk can help take the burn away but it won’t remove the oil from the pepper spray. After the burn starts to subside, it might be good to use dish washing liquid (without alcohol) and water to remove the oils from the pepper spray. Be sure you use cold water and wash the area at least 8-10 times.
The first few times you use the soap and water, don’t rub the area. Simply soak the infected area in the soapy-water mixture or pour it over the affected area. After a few times of doing this, you can start lightly rubbing the area with the soapy-water mixture.
Eyes: If you get pepper spray in your eyes, be sure to immediately flush your eyes with cool water. If you have contacts in your eye, take them out immediately and throw them away. You won’t be able to get the spray residue off the contacts. Excessive blinking can help wash the pepper spray out of your eyes, as well. You can also try using saline solution to flush the eye area, but expect discomfort for up to 2 hours or more.
If you feel that you have any lasting side effects or pain - then always contact your doctor or go to an emergency room as soon as possible. Again, have someone stay with you until all of the symptoms are gone and you know for sure that you are going to be okay.
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