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Arm yourself… with a mace gun

Frequently visiting vacant, sometimes unsecured buildings, I must admit that at times I have been quite uneasy when entering a property. Especially by myself. That’s why I bought a mace gun.

Of all the many showings and preview showings I have had in the real estate business, I have only twice ran into someone in a property. Both times I was by myself and both times the other person was more scared of me than I of them (you know, like with bears). Those run-ins, however, have made me increasingly wary of such situations. As a result I decided I need to protect myself in case I run into someone not so timid. I considered carrying a pistol and getting a concealed carry permit, but after careful consideration, I decided the potential for shooting someone in a non-confrontation closed-quarters accident or freaking out a client just weren’t worth it. I am quite familiar and comfortable with guns, but they don’t seem to be the right answer.

When considering traditional mace, I the range seemed far too short and the potential for an accidental discharge too high. I was about to opt for a can or bear mace, but I ended up finding this mace gun instead. With a range of almost 25 ft, great accuracy and a virtually idiot-proof design it seemed like the thing or me. I ended up ordering one off of eBay for less than $50.

The gun comes with a mace cartridge and a water cartridge for testing. In my tests I was surprised how far the liquid shot and for have long the discharge lasted. It comes out for a good three seconds, which is plenty of time to hit your target regardless of the situation. There is also a small LED flashlight built into the gun, which turns on whenever you touch the trigger. It could be a tad brighter, but it is a welcome addition for use in dark buildings.

Overall, I would say this is a great buy and a true must-have for anyone who shows buildings and apartments for sale and rent. Your not going to take down a gang with this thing, but the piece of mind it gives you is well worth the $50.

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Matt Kastner

Matt Kastner is an Investment Real Estate Consultant at St. Louis Real Estate Society in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also develops properties on the side through Threshold Properties. When he isn’t representing investors in the purchase or sale of multifamily properties, rehabs, foreclosures and other income producing properties, he is often taking on rehab projects himself. He lives in South St. Louis and has been in the real estate business since 2004.

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3 thoughts on “Arm yourself… with a mace gun”

  • joe

    January 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    you say you’re quite familiar and comfortable with guns. yet you are not confident in your ability to keep a gun concealed, and not frighten clients with it? it sounds to me like you’re not very comfortable, or familiar with firearms, if you think there is even a small chance your client will somehow be frightened of a gun they don’t know is there. unless of course, you’re not comfortable handling guns, in which case your inexperience could make you believe you may not be capable of adequately keeping a concealed firearm, concealed.

    just my 3.5 cents, good luck with a mace gun i’ll keep my .38!

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    • Matt Kastner

      January 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks for the comment Joe, but this article is about pointing out the benefits of a mace gun, not diving into the positives and negatives of gun ownership. I own guns, I use guns, but having a gun in my man-purse is simply something I chose not to do.

      Reply
      • Alfred Morgan

        January 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

        I wonder why people react, like joe when we say the word gun.
        “mace is for metros that carry a purse” he’ll “stick to his thirty-eight”
        …how cautious can you be when entering a property that is un secured and may
        harbor the mentally ill, drugs and hookers?
        Never cautious enough, so think of the Joes out there thatmay just be interested in the same
        double lot property as you. Announce your intentions. Loud.

        Reply

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