If you had told me New Year’s Day 2020 that my first gear review of 2021 would be a respiratory mask, I would have thought you were participating in extended imbibing. But it’s important for concealed carriers to be aware of this protection product — for both comfort and tactical advantage.
Ghost Shield: Protection Better Than Paper
I hate paper and cloth masks (and the orders that require them). Because I have asthma, I’ve always felt like I was being smothered every time I wore one. As mandates increased and medical exemptions decreased, I knew I needed an alternative. After some searching and experimentation, I found the ViruShield Ghost Shield.
Made in the USA, the ViruShield Ghost is a clear plastic mask. It is reusable, transparent, strapless, lightweight, washable and extremely comfortable.
The Ghost covers the mouth and nose as required by state and local edicts yet allows people to see your entire face. The clear nature of this mask adds just a bit of normalcy. The shield won’t fog your glasses and can be easily cleaned with eyeglass cleaning wipes or warm soapy water. It also keeps you from constantly touching your face (which seems to be a frequent concern with a regular mask).
The Ghost Shield is molded to fit your face. For the nose, there is a gentle adhesive pad on the inside and a metal clip located directly opposite on the exterior. Before you put the Ghost Shield on, make sure your skin is clean and free of oil to help the adhesive stick longer. Peel off the adhesive backing and keep it for future use (I store it in the mask box). Place the Ghost Shield on the bridge of your nose. Then press and conform the metal strip to help hold it in place. You are ready to go.
One of the best features of the Ghost Shield is that there are no ear straps to mess with. This means the Ghost Shield won’t pull your ears forward and make you look like a goof.
Ghost Shield Eliminates Dangerous Predicaments
The Ghost Shield allows your breath to exhaust downward — away from other people, increasing virus protection. This opening also provides a clear path for air intake, making for comfortable, normal breathing. The Ghost Shield gap at the bottom allows you to stay masked while using a drinking straw. This again removes an instance of face-touching. Once you are done wearing the Ghost, remove it and re-apply the backing to the adhesive. This keeps it from drying out and gives you more uses.
Another big mask concern I had was for those officers on duty. Masks provide opportunities for assailants to temporarily render law enforcement blind if they were to be pulled over the eyes. This could be a bigger concern for those officers wearing neck gaiters. Gaiters around the neck could lead to other more serious assaults as well. The same thing can happen to civilian concealed weapon carriers.
The Ghost Shield eliminates these particular dangers. If you are in a physical struggle, the Ghost Shield pops off easily and won’t obstruct anything. Thus, the Ghost Shield has tremendous tactical advantages. It also works great while at public indoor shooting ranges, as your shooting glasses won’t fog with each breath.
I have been using ViruShield’s Ghost Shield for three weeks now and am thrilled with it. It was particularly important for me when lecturing to my cadets. I would not have been able to stand projecting my voice across the auditorium during lecture with a cloth or paper mask on. I have gotten a lot of inquiries about the Ghost Shield when people see it.
The Ghost Shield is shipped three to a box for $24.99. They are worth every penny. The website includes informative videos and testimonials from physicians to check out before you buy. I just ordered more!
About Scott W. Wagner
After working undercover in narcotics and liquor investigations, Scott W. Wagner settled down to be a criminal justice professor and police academy commander. He was also a SWAT team member, sniper and assistant team leader before his current position as patrol sergeant with the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, Police Department. Scott is a police firearms instructor certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun.