Prepper's Guide to Mace

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Ten things to know about MACE and pepper
spray:

#1: Aim ear-to-ear, across the eyes.
When pulling the trigger of your Mace gun, the main objective is
to aim ear-to-ear, across the eyes.

#2: Mace has a place in your vehicle!
Many people keep Mace in their jacket pocket, purse, man bag,
backpack or bugout bag, but keeping it in the center console of
your vehicle is a great way to give yourself a non-lethal
protection everyday! Think of this next time you accidentally drive
into an unknown, dangerous looking neighborhood.

#10: Mace has an expiration date. Cartridges are only
guaranteed to provide the debilitating blast for up to 4-5 years.
Check the fine print on the cartridges and be sure to get refills if
your Mace gun has been in your purse, man bag, backpack or
bugout bag too long.

What's the difference between stun guns, Tasers, pepper
spray and Mace?

The difference between a stun gun (Taser) and pepper spray
(Mace) is that a stun gun or Taser diffuses an attacker with a
debilitating electrical charge; while Mace or pepper spray is a
defense mechanism that relies on a very painful blast of
chemicals (such as tear gas) to the eyes and nose of an attacker.
The aerosolized irritants in Mace or pepper spray temporarily blind
and incapacitate.

  • Stun gun. Stun guns, also known as Tasers, immobilize an
    attacker by infliction of an electrical charge. The price range
    of stun guns vary, which has much to do with their effective
    amp range. Rest assured that your would-be attacker gets a
    debilitating amp of electricity and you won't feel anything. In
    case you're wondering, you won't get hurt by touching your
    attacker and you won't be electrocuted either by standing in
    water. Stun guns are made with low amps: you are not
    electrocuting him or her. A stun gun can help you in two
    ways:
  1. Direct contact defense: For a stun gun to be most
    effective, you'll need to touch your attacker with the
    stun gun prongs for as many seconds as you can
    muster. The longer you can manage to touch him or her,
    the more you will hurt your opponent. From a tactical
    perspective, you may store stun guns in a small place
    where you might hide as a defense strategy.
  2. Intimidation: You may not ever need to use your stun
    gun. If your aim is to intimidate, then choose a stun
    gun. You can bet that the crackling sound of the stun
    gun will keep most people at bay!

  • Taser: Aside from the fact that Taser is a brand name of
    stun guns there is an important tactical difference between a
    stun gun and a Taser, namely the effective range! That's an
    important distinction. Unlike stun guns, Tasers will provide
    you with a safe distance from your attacker: around 7-10
    feet. In other words, you don't need to provide direct
    contact. Pictured front and center at the top of the page, The
    Taser C2 provides the same technology as law enforcement
    models and offers incredible take down power and
    unparalleled protection in the palm of your hand. The
    training manual includes complete instructions on activation,
    safety release, how and where to aim, and firing your ECD.
    Put the police-tested and trusted TASER technology in your
    hands with a Taser C2 if available in your state, city or
    county.

  • Pepper spray. A gas that causes tears, temporary blindness
    and breathing problems, along with panic and pain. The gas
    is capsaicin, derived from the fruit of plants in the same
    family as chili, hence the name. Pepper spray has in rare
    cases caused death. Some states may allow sale only
    through licensed firearms dealers as a criminal background
    check may be necessary, where those who have been
    convicted of a felony and minors would not be eligible to
    purchase. In other states, pepper spray regulations include
    the concentration of active ingredient, which may be no more
    than 10%.

  • Mace: It's important to note that Mace, a brand name, is the
    strongest form of pepper spray used by law enforcement
    personnel with a highly effective stream pattern and range.
    This is tear gas! With regards to effectiveness, the damaging
    effects of Mace can last 30 minutes or upwards of 2 hours.
    Invented by a 29-year old, and Smith & Wesson purchased
    the rights to it for $100,000 and began selling Chemical
    Mace, according to an article by the Smithsonian in an article
    on the history of Mace.

Are stun guns legal?

  • California: As of this writing, stun guns are legal in
    California, though it does surprise many Californians. Laws
    change. Check with local ordinances before you buy a stun
    gun as there may be restrictions in your state. Also,
    restrictions may apply if the stun gun is lethal. For example,
    in California, while it is currently legal for citizens to own
    and operate a stun gun, when it comes to the lethal variety
    it is not legal.

  • States that have been known to have stun gun
    regulations, include:
  • District of Columbia
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island and
  • Wisconsin

  • Cities that have been known to have stun gun regulations
    include:
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Maryland (Annapolis and Baltimore)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Counties that have been know to have stun gun
    regulations include:
  • Crawford Count, Iowa
  • Howard County, Maryland

Is pepper spray legal?
As of this writing, Pepper spray is considered legal in all 50
states; however, there are regulations to two states. It means
that for most states you can buy pepper spray online, but the
product may not be available a 1 or 2 day delivery because  
federal regulations require Mace / pepper spray to ship through
ground ship methods only. So Mace and other brands of pepper
spray may only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states.

In some states Mace may not contain tear gas and in some
states there are regulations you must abide:

  • New York. There are regulations in New York, but the
    restrictions just make it a bit more difficult to purchase
    pepper spray. For example, you can buy defense spray in
    New York pharmacies and you may also purchase them from
    licensed firearms dealers in the State New York; however,
    you are not allowed to order them online.

  • Massachusetts.

If pepper spray should ever become illegal in your locale, then
you should have no problem obtaining bear spray or wasp spray,
which each have a more powerful range. Ordinarily, you wouldn't
carry these items in your person, but they are good alternate
items to own. In an SHTF survival situation, law becomes invalid:
it's do or die. If that doesn't bode well with you, try Halt Dog
Repellent.

In short, Mace will put the hurt on an attacker to keep him or her
occupied with pain for a half an hour (or up to a couple of hours).
That's enough time to get away, but the pain doesn't happen
right away. An assailant can continue to attack if he or she is
aggressive enough until the pain finally takes hold. Each cartridge
is good for shooting up to seven times.


A Mace Pepper Gun is one of the most accurate defense sprays
available because it lets you spray a constant stream, reaching
up to 25 feet, from any angle (many others, like Sabre have a
distance limited to around 10 feet). What's more, the trigger-
activated LED light available with the pink Mace, pictured top left,
aims to disorient attackers vision and helps to accurately aim in
low-light situations. If pink isn't your color, then no worries: it
comes in black, too.

Just how so you use Mace?
Aim between the ears in a back and forth motion. Make sure to
account for wind direction, as you don't want Mace in your face!

Happy endings...
Prepare to live happily ever after with Mace prepper spray in your
hand if it legal to do so in your state.

Is Mace illegal in your state?
Preppers are a creative bunch and they may also turn to
alternative defense options, such as bear spray or dog repellents!

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Mace Pepper Spray
A prepper's guide to Mace and prepper Spray

Prepper's Guide to Mace.
Mace isn't something often talked about in prepper forums, as
preppers prefer firearms and yet Mace has a place in a prepper's
security system.

Mace is the brand name of the most popular pepper spray gun on
the market. Just like the "Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred
shot range model air rifle" that Ralphie drooled over in "A
Christmas Story," a Mace pepper spray gun will shoot your eye out
kid. Okay, it's not quite like a Red Ryder, but it does shoot some
powerful red stuff instead of a pellet, and your goal is to aim for
the eyes!

Prepper's guide to Mace (and pepper spray)
If you're thinking of arming yourself with Mace, or another kind of
pepper spray, then read on!

Mace uses oleoresin capsicum (OC) an inflammatory agent that
causes extreme pain, and temporary blindness with the aim of
incapacitating a person in a non-lethal way. The OC in Mace, or
another prepper spray will:
  • invoke an involuntary response to close eyes
  • cause facial burning and extreme pain
  • immobilize through temporary blindness; and
  • incapacitate breathing level

Reasons preppers will want Mace:
Mace isn't for everybody, but there are many compelling reasons
to make a small investment in getting a Mace gun into your
preps, and below are some top reasons for you to get yourself
pepper spray.

#1: You don't feel comfortable with firearms or other
lethal weapon.
Preppers who don't feel comfortable in protecting themselves with
a firearm (or don't know how to use them), often turn to
alternative means of self defense, including use of Mace or other
brands of pepper spray and
Tasers (stun guns). Even a knife is a
lethal weapon that you may not have confidence in using. If
you're not psychologically quipped to deal with a knife or pistol,
then a Mace gun is for you.

You will have no problem inflicting pain on someone who would
do the same to you, and you don't have to pause and think about
the ethical implications, because the harm is only temporary.

#2: Shopping for Mace is easy.
Mace pepper spray is easy to buy and to use. Tasers / stun guns
on the other hand, may be subject to
stun gun laws and permit
requirements. Interestingly, Taser sees its product as part of a
natural evolution of firearms.

#3: You live in an area with the strictest gun laws.
While Texans don't have much problem owning and carrying
firearms, other regions of the United States have limits on their
Second Amendment Rights.

  • Chicago: If you live in Chicago, which may have the strictest
    gun laws in the United States, it's reason enough to own
    Mace for protection and peace of mind.

  • Massachusetts. Law enacted in 2014 gives citizens
    increased opportunity to protect themselves with Mace. The
    law eased restrictions allowing people to use pepper spray.

#4: Mace is great of street fighting isn't your thing.
For those who aren't Krav Maga gurus, Mace provides a
comfortable option in self defense. You can use it to defend
against multiple attackers from a distance, and it doesn't require
size or strength to ward them off. All you need is to push the
trigger and aim between the ears.

#5: It's easy to use Mace.
It's relatively easy to get Mace and it's legal to use it as of this
writing with few regulations. (Mace is legal in to ship in the 48
contiguous states). Conversely, preppers must check with local
ordinances as not every state allows use of stun guns.