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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
I bought a few of these after reading a lot of the hype written about them. I train FOF and self-defense classes with a few other committed guys so we emptied a few of the canisters and tested these to see how they would hold up in some real life scenarios. Short story is that they suck... the main problem being that they are made of plastic that is as frail as glass! The belt clip broke on EVERY one of them and a few, the thing just popped right off the whole clip as soon as you touched a person. Under stress if someone is on top of you, if you get knocked or tackled to the ground... this thing goes flying across the floor. This is not the kind of spray you need if you are attacked, this is the one that you need a lot of space and time to take it out and use it, which if that is the case then just not go the route you are taking or run away. Couple of the sprays the flow trickled out like hobo urine, and two of them the lights didn't work at all even with new batteries.
If they were serious about this thing they would make them out of METAL and make the clasps keep the stray on your belt if you are under a stressful attack.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
I bought this at my local gun shop to add to my CCW "load out" because there's a lot of gray area between a non violent encounter and a use of deadly force situation.
The thing looked cool, but after carrying it for a couple hours, I sat down for dinner and my face had begun to burn. I quickly realized that the canister had shifted out of its holster and had begun leaking all over my jeans. At that point I shelved the thing and haven't touched it since. I have begun to consider carrying it again, albeit with the orange spacer on it so I don't end up OC'ing myself again. Great idea, poor design, but you can't be too rough on Ruger, since its actually made by some fly by night company stamped with the Ruger logo. I would not recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2014
bought from sportsman guide.had it 2 days.dog attacked us in neighborhood.started spraying dog in face at 10 feet.dog flinched once and walked right through it until I ran out.wife finally hit him with walking stick and ran him off.looks are not everything.expected a lot more from ruger
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
I thought this was a great price,until I open the package and watched the Ruger video. My fault, I thought they all came with the strobe light and siren. Wrong, I re-read the description and its plan as day. The belt clip came broken and I can't say if it works, it's not like u can test the spay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2014
Got this for my wife. Does not appear to be as easy to use or as well made as the SABER RED that I purchased for my mother. I can not testify as to how either works as I am not about to spray myself in order to figure that out. I got sprayed with Freeze Plus P years ago while getting certified to carry it in law enforcement and it was a quite horrific and memorable experience.
This does have multiple safety features before it can be deployed. Good for not going off by accident in her purse but would be better if clipped on your belt. I am thinking of getting her a different type so it is faster to deploy if needed. I will probably throw this one in my truck for me to have.
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on May 7, 2015
I've carried Mace and Sabre pepper spray products for years. I feel comfortable that if I needed to use one, I could do so with one caveat: while holding these products my hand is not in a natural position to depress the thumb trigger. So I thought I'd try the Ruger/Tornado "Stealth". The only good thing I find about the "Stealth" is the hand position when ready to discharge it. What is called the "Finger Lock" is a well designed, effective position for the index finger which keeps it out of the line of fire and offers good leverage to depress the thumb trigger. I like that a lot. Mace and Sabre could benefit a lot from the "Tornado" design.

Now for the shortcomings. First of all, the instructions that come with the "Stealth" are woefully inadequate. It isn't pointed out the the unit is actually clipped into a removable belt clip. Yes, you can take the belt clip off and replace it if you want to. While the instructions show how to remove the "head", the actual pepper spray delivery device, it identifies the "head" release button as "blue" in the text and "red" in the photo. I spent several minutes looking for a red button. If you look at the demo video on line, the button is yellow. Someone is confused and not just the purchaser. Once you understand how to remove the "head" from what I'll call the "holder" of the unit it's pretty straight forward how to use the "head". Unfortunately the "holder" is not labeled. You are told to push the blue (red?) button (which is actually a lever) and release the head. But you are not told what you are releasing the head from. I find getting this unit into action would take a lot of practice particularly if carried with the translucent slide in the "up" position (the safe position). The instructions direct you to "www.ruger.com/tornado" for visual instructions. Well, that website is now labeled:"www.ruger.com/micros/". If you explore the website you will find other models of the Tornado products as well as accessories and information on replacing the "head". There are also PDF video instructions describing the products. Although visible a the bottom the "head", there is apparently no way to remove the small metal pepper spray canister. Instead there are apparently replacement heads available for purchase when needed. That brings up the question, "how long will the canister last?" I could find no information about how many bursts of pepper can be expected from the original (very small) or replacement heads. Since obviously the "head" should be tested before it's relied on for defense, it would be very helpful for the consumer to know if there is still enough spray left for defense after the unit is tested. It seems Tornado and Ruger are so proud of their gimmicky device they forgot it is actually intended for use in the real world by people who need to know how and if it will actually work. I won't buy this product again despite the "Finger Lock" which I found the only real benefit.
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on March 28, 2014
This is a good product. I gave it 4 stars because it's a little bulky which makes it little hard to conceal and the safety cover doesn't stay put. I don't know how it sprays but hopefully I never need to find out. All in all a good choice but I do like the Kimber pepper blaster a little more.
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on March 23, 2014
I chose this rating on this product because of the holder that it has to be removed from to operate it. I bought this for my daughter and future daughter in law that have not mastered the mechanical releases. I am not too sure that they will be able to get his out and use it in a struggle.
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on January 27, 2014
Not very good item. The holster easily detaches itself which negates the point of carrying it. Needs a stronger grip
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on June 12, 2013
This is the prefect mace to carry when going for a walk. The design does not make it look like you are packing mace.
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