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Combining premium features with superior mil-spec construction, MIRA Safety’s CM-6M CBRN tactical gas mask / full-face respirator protects your face, internal organs and respiratory system against a full spectrum of toxic industrial chemicals (TIC) and chemical warfare agents (CWA) including chemical, biological and nuclear threats such as radioactive dust, noxious gas, vaporized pollutants and more.
Key Features of the CM-6M Tactical Gas Mask:
- 20-year shelf life
- Compatible with the 3M Safety 6878 Spectacle Kit (sold separately)
- Uses widely available NATO-standard, 40-mm filter cartridges
- Trusted by police worldwide and government entities in the Czech Republic, Norway, Portugal, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Latvia and Lebanon
- Durable bromobutyl rubber construction (meets CBRN protection standards)
- Full-face panoramic design with a large visor to enable a wide-angle view
- Hypoallergenic inner mask prevents fogging, even under hard use
- Tested resistance to mustard gas penetration for nearly 30 hours
- Fits up to 2 standard 40-mm 1/7” NATO filter cartridges (widely available with varying protection levels)
- Comes with a pre-installed hydration system and canteen (drinking system variant only). The canteen has a capacity of 900ml.
- Compatible with CamelBak water bladders with a Type M adapter (not included)
- Used for industrial, agricultural, law enforcement, professional rescue, specialized welding, construction and painting applications
- Conforms to European quality and sustainability standards, marked with the CE symbol
- Meets all requirements under EN 136:1998, Class III
- Complies with all standards under EN 168 for impact protection, making this the perfect mask for riot control situations
- Carries MIRA Safety’s special 5-year manufacturer warranty
- Manufactured in the Czech Republic
The CM-6M Tactical Gas Mask has a facepiece of tough bromobutyl rubber (CBRN-compliant) for maximum resistance to TIC/CWA contaminants. The full-face respirator’s inner mask is made from a special hypoallergenic compound that ensures excellent tightness and avoids exhaled air contact with the visor to prevent fogging. It also reduces carbon dioxide(CO2) content in the mask’s inner space, which together with its favorable inhalation/exhalation breathing resistance, decreases the physiological burden for the user—providing more comfortable and practical all-day use.
The integrated speech diaphragm ensures at least 95% intelligibility of speech, allowing for easy communication with other members of your party. The mask is equipped with a five-point rubber-textile head harness to ensure a snug and lasting fit.
The CM-6M CBRN gas mask is produced in one size. To ensure proper functioning, the user’s face must be smooth, free of facial hair, sideburns and other hindrances at the points of contact.
The tactical gas mask is compatible with the 3M Safety 6878 Spectacle Kit (sold separately), with simple installation for those who are vision impaired and prefer not to wear contacts.
The filter is fitted to the mask by screwing to the left or right inhalation chamber. The unused chamber (without filter) is sealed with an inhalation chamber plug. It is necessary to ensure the plug is properly screwed and tightened.
Inhalation chambers of the CM-6 mask are ONLY compatible with Rd 40 x 1/7” thread in accordance with the EN 148-1 standard.
Selection of a suitable filter depends on the type and concentration of anticipated toxic agent. The CM-6 tactical mask equipped with a TIC or CWA filter is only safe for use in an environment containing at least 19.5% oxygen. The principles of filter selection and application are described in the filter user guides.
The CM-6 tactical gas mask may be used in class 1 explosive environments only. The CM-6 mask meets all of the requirements for class 3 of the EN 136 standard. It’s a great choice for riot gear or as a riot control gas mask.
|1 size||bromine-butyl rubber|
|Effective field of vision. 77.6%||polycarbonate|
|Overlapped field of vision. 83.8%||Rd 40 x 1/7"|
Breathing resistance at 30l/min. air flow:
|max. 30 Pa||max. 60 Pa|
The CM-6 tactical gas mask must be stored in a dark, cool and dust-free place free from sudden temperature changes. The storage room should be ventilated regularly. Temperatures may vary between 10°C and 25°C within relative humidity up to 65%. Full face gas masks must not be exposed to radiant heat or sunshine. Fuels, solvents, lubricants and other inflammable substances, including chemicals, must not be stored with masks. Moreover, there must not be any electrical machines or appliances that produce sparks or discharges during operation (ozone creation).
Avoid deformation of the rubber parts of the facepiece and internal CBRN gas mask during storage.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERSAsk a Question
Is it possible to shoot weapons when wearing your CM-6M Tactical Gas Mask, or is this only possible with the 7M Mask because of the design?
Considering the design of the visor on the CM-6M, it will be more difficult to get a good cheek weld (pressing your cheek on the stock to get a sight picture). If the sight is raised, thus requiring less of a weld, it would work better with the CM-6M. We do not recommend using magnified optics with the CM-6M as it would be harder to get eye relief (distance from the last surface of an eyepiece within which the user's eye can obtain the full viewing angle). The CM-6M and CM-7M are really different tools for different jobs. The CM-7M is superior for tactical applications, and the CM-6M is superior for everything else.
Do the mask and NBC-77 SOF filters that you can buy in the bundle both have a 20-year shelf life?
Yes, as these are the same NBC-77 SOF filters that you can buy on the regular listing for $79.99.
If you use it for Coronavirus, which model do you suggest? Do you need to change the filter each time if you go out with possible affected patients around?
All the masks on our website, so long as they are used per best practices and form a tight seal, would protect your breathing passages and eyes from viral threats. A filter cannot be regenerated in any way, and once used, it is considered toxic waste and must be disposed of. So to answer your question, yes, you would have to change the filter each time if it's exposed to a viral agent.
The CDC, however, continuously releases new guidelines against COVID-19 which you can refer to if you intend to re-use a filter against viral threats. Please note that following CDC's quarantine guidelines will still be up to your discretion.
Do the CM-6M and CM-7M gas masks offer the same level of protection?
Yes, they do. The difference is in design, not the level of protection. Both are made from bromobutyl rubber that is resistant to CBRN agents.
How would you know if a gas mask fits your face?
You would have to perform a negative pressure test. To do this, you would put the mask on your face, take a deep breath out, cover the inhalation valve (make sure the opposite side has the 40mm cap in place), and take a deep breath. If the mask sucks tight to your face without leaking air, you know that this mask fits.
How long will a NBC-77 SOF filter protect in non-contaminated air against viruses?
As viruses travel in particles and liquid aerosols, this filter will protect you for as long as you can wear the mask (several days). Keep in mind; if you are in a contaminated environment, you would need to decontaminate properly before removing your protective gear, and then dispose of the filter as there is no way to regenerate it. Once the filter is used in a contaminated environment, it is considered toxic waste.
How long does a filter last once it's opened?
Filter use time depends on a few factors, including atmospheric conditions, contaminant type, concentration, along with your breathing rate. As a general rule of thumb, we would suggest having two filters per person per day for emergency evacuation purposes. If you'd like specific data on use time, you can look at the brochure that goes into breakthrough times along with the application.
Can this mask be attached to an oxygen tank?
No, it cannot. The oxygen tank you're referring to is called a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and requires a different connection port. This mask is, however, compatible with a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR). This is a device that blows continuous filtered air into your gas mask through positive pressure and lowers breathing resistance (click here for the link to the MB-90 PAPR).
I have a narrow face. Are there different sizes available for the CM-6M gas mask?
The CM-6M only comes in one universal size (medium) that fits 95% of the adult population. If you're an average size person, then a CM-6M or a size 2 (medium) CM-7M is fine. For smaller than average people who weigh 130lb or less, with thin faces, we would suggest size 1 (small) of the CM-7M mask. For users over 250 lbs and wide faces, go with size 3 (large).
Would that mask work fine with a short (1.5 cm) face-beard?
No, it will not. When you wear any gas mask, you should be clean-shaven. If you have a little stubble, you could try to use vaseline to get a better seal, but it is NOT guaranteed to function as intended. We suggest keeping a shaver in your kit to use in case you need to deploy the mask quickly.
What is the benefit of using two filters at the same time?
Two filters would lower the breathing resistance, at the expense of added weight. We suggest using one filter at a time for most applications.
Does the CM-6M gas mask need two filters to function?
No, it does not. You can use one filter, or two filters at the same time. With one filter, the opposite side would be plugged.
If I purchase the carbon monoxide filter but open it and attach to a mask in my bag for emergency use, do you know what the shelf life of that filter is if it’s no longer vacuum sealed?
We do not recommend opening a filter and attaching it to a mask unless you're actually going to use it. This is especially true for our CBRN filters because they contain activated carbon. Cartridges that contain activated carbon/charcoal or other chemicals for filtering that have been exposed to air should not be used. You can re-seal a filter after it's opened, but we cannot guarantee that it will function the same as a freshly opened unit.
Do you know where I can buy a new hose threaded for 40mm?
We will be releasing our own 40mm threaded hose sometime in 2021. For now, we recommend doing a quick Google search.
If I attach the PAPR blower with P3 filter directly onto my CM-6M gas mask without a hose, do you think the extra weight on the left side will cause the mask to sag and possibly break the seal and leak?
We do not recommend attaching a PAPR directly to the CM-6M mask. The added weight will be very uncomfortable especially during extended use. We recommend using a 40mm threaded hose.
Is the face shield ballistic rated by any standard such as ANSI Z871?
The visor is rated to meet the standard set by EN 168 for impact protection. We have tested this mask to a much higher level of impact resistance, however, and it performed well. This included shooting a CTS bean bag round out of a 12ga shotgun at 15ft, and the visor held up. Please note, this was done under non-scientific conditions so results may vary. You can check out this test on our Instagram page.
Is this gas mask CE rated, with a CE label on it?
Yes, there is a CE label on the mask, and they are CE rated.
What are the specs for the visor?
If you mean impact resistance, the CM-6M gas mask visor meets the EN 168 standard. We've also done additional testing by shooting the visor with less than lethal bean bag rounds (non-scientific setting), and the visor held up quite well. Click here for a video. Please keep in mind, this result is not guaranteed, and this is the first time we've tested with bean bag rounds. We will be doing some more testing later this year with varying distances, varying projectiles, etc.
Can this mask be worn for long-haul flights of 5-8 hours without having problems breathing? How does ease of breathing compare to N-95 mask?
I would suggest using a gas mask to see how comfortable you are breathing through one before taking a flight while wearing it. Each person is different, and it all depends on your lung capacity and physiology. If you're going to wear this on a flight, I assume this is for blocking viral agents, and I suggest using two P3 filters simultaneously.
You can also use this mask with a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), and then you can wear it for even longer as breathing resistance is drastically decreased (click here for the link to the MB-90 PAPR).
After each use is it ok to use Clorox wipes to clean the mask off or should I use plain soap and warm water? Outstanding masks by the way. Thx
We do not recommend Clorox Wipes. You can use soap and water for general cleaning, or for an on-the-go solution, I would get Allegro Respirator Wipes. They work well for standard contaminants, along with bio/viral threats. For CBRN decontamination of highly toxic substances, you would have to refer to a specialist on the specific agent you are looking to neutralize.
I tried to order this gas mask. In the CM-6M advertisement it states that it comes with a hydration system. But at checkout it states thst this gas mask doesn't cone with the hydration system. Why is that?
The drinking system is optional. Next to the price, you can click on the "Drinking System" drop-down and select "Included". The variant that comes with a built-in hydration system and a FREE Canteen retails at $239.99 while the variant without the hydration system is at $219.99.
Will it hold a seal if the user has a beard?
Gas masks are meant to be used with clean-shaven faces. We do not recommend wearing any gas mask with a beard. If you don't want to shave it right away, at least keep a beard trimmer in your kit in case of emergency.
Hello, I have a question about the CRBN status on the CM-6M and the CM-7M. It is true that the masks are not NIOSH approved? If so, how truly is the effectiveness of the level of protection such lethal threats?
CM-6M and 7M gas masks are approved under EN 136:1998 CL3 (special purpose). This is the European equivalent of NIOSH. Just FYI, NIOSH is only required for private sector use in the USA, as is mandated by OSHA. Government agencies are not subject to OSHA, and MIRA Safety gas masks are used by police departments, fire, and medic crews across the US. We are planning on going through NIOSH certification in the near future.
Does the face mask smell when you put it on?
There is a slight rubber smell, as with all gas masks. This smell dissipates over time, or with cleaning in warm soapy water.
Do the mask come with a leg and hip carrier?
No, it does not. The gas mask pouch is sold separately, but we do sell a survival kit that includes a gas mask (CM-7M or CM-6M), 1 NBC-77 SOF filter, 1 pack of Thyrosafe Tablets, and a Drop-Leg Pouch. Click here for the link to the NBC Survival Kit.
Are there (or will there at some point be) any options available for tinted outserts that can be attached over the outside of the visor on the CM-6M mask? Also, are there any CBRN rated hoods that will work with this mask? Thanks!
We've recently launched our own line of visor protectors designed specifically for the CM-6M that comes in a tinted variant (click here for the link to the new PROFILM). As for CBRN hoods, we would suggest getting a MIRA Safety HAZ-SUIT, which is a full CBRN suit with an attached hood. We do not have any stand-alone hoods at this time.
Will this protect me from Volcanic Ash? If yes, what's the best way to maintain the filters?
Yes, it will, so long as it's coupled with the right filter. Along with particulates, volcanoes release gases that you would need to take into account when choosing the correct filter. There is no maintenance for filters as they are disposable products.
Will this fit on a 10-year-old?
Most likely, it will not. If you are purchasing a mask for adults as well, we would suggest trying one unit on for a group before purchasing additional masks, just to make sure it fits.
We've also recently launched our own line of children's gas masks that's available in 2 sizes, medium and large, for kids ages 2 up to 12 years old (click here for the link to the MD-1 Kid's Mask). Please carefully read through its product description for important things to consider when buying gas masks for children.
I understand the current increase in demand for your products and the corresponding increase in lead time. I still wish to receive my order regardless but I figured I would ask this question publically on your form so it will answer anyone else who will likely have the same question. I've noticed the lead times going up. If someone purchases a product while there is a 4-6 week lead time, do you still expect it to be around that time frame for those customers who made that purchase then despite my noticing the lead time being increased subsequent to purchase?
All lead times are estimates based on current order volume and product availability. Generally speaking, the lead time presented at the time of purchase is the estimate for the queue at that specific time and will be shipping sooner than subsequent purchases as the lead time disclaimer changes. Please know, we are doing everything we can to process orders as fast as humanly possible. Thank you for your patience.
I'm a petite 5'1 woman. Will this mask fit me?
If you have a very thin face profile, we would suggest the CM-7M in size 1 as it is smaller.
What is the best method to decontaminate the CM-6M, CM-7M gas masks and hazard suit? What product(s) would you recommend?
Decontamination would depend on the agent you're decontaminating against. For viral threats, we would suggest Allegro 5003-U. As there are many variables to the decontamination procedure, we would suggest seeking training before attempting to do it yourself.
For non-CBRN scenarios, can this be used in combination with an adaptor to make use of filters commonly available at hardware stores? For example, using the 3M 701 adapter with lower grade filters when performing less hazardous activities such as woodworking or painting.
You could, but we do not suggest this as adapters are an extra point of possible failure. We have several canisters available, each for different threat levels. If you're looking for a woodworking filter, we have the ParticleMax P3 available, which will protect from particles.
Where do I buy the spectacle kit for the CM-6M mask? How much is this kit? I also would like to check into the adapter for the drinking systems.
You can purchase our very own MIRAVISION Spectacle Kit. The price would depend on the lens type and lens color. In addition, you'll be required to upload your prescription. You can read more about it HERE. For the drinking system CamelBak adapters, we would suggest the CamelBak Chem-Bio Reservoir 4.0, as it comes with both the Type A and Type M adapters and engineered for use in CBRN environments.
Can the mask withstand any hard hits or projectiles or objects, like bean bag ,rubber balls metal balls rock or bad at low or high speed like the sage 400.
Yes, it will. This mask was tested in accordance with the European standard for impact protection, EN 168. We have also done tests outside of a controlled environment where we tried breaking the visor with repeated hits from a Maglite flashlight baton. The CM-6M withstood all impacts with minor scuffing.
I have an IMPORTANT question. I am wondering, is there any chance the mask filters will be infected with Coronavirus due to handling them upon arrival? Or am I 100% safe? It's wearing on my mind since this thing survives on surfaces for a long time.
We can confirm that at this time, no one at MIRA Safety is suspected of having the COVID-19 virus. Each mask is sealed in a bag in the EU and then is transported to the US. From the time it is sealed to the time it makes its way to your door, more than 10 days go by. If you're looking for extra reassurance, I would suggest quarantining all products you purchase for a few days before handling them.
Why is the CM-6M mask not NIOSH CBRN certified?Because the CM-6M was only introduced to the US market 1.5 years ago, and the initial launch is geared towards regular citizens and federal employees, which do not require NIOSH to use this product. We are planning on going through NIOSH sometime in 2021. Please note, the CM-6M is certified under EN 136:1998 Class 3, which is the European equivalent of NIOSH.
Do the filters come in sealed packages?
Yes, the NBC-77 SOF filters that you can purchase as an add-on to the CM-6M mask come in a vacuum-sealed pouch.
Are these mask compatible for use with continuous air?
If you mean with a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) system, which is a blower, yes it is compatible (click here for the link to the MB-90 PAPR).
They are, however, not compatible with Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) systems.
Can the CM-6M be stored in its original packaging? Or does it need to be removed from the original packaging for storage; so that it does not deform the rubber?
The CM-6M can be stored in its original packaging without any issue.
What is included in the kit?
The CM-6M comes with a canteen and a built-in hydration system by default at $239.99. We also offer a cheaper variant that DOES NOT come with a canteen and a built-in hydration system for $219.99.
You also have the option to add up to 2 discounted NBC-77 SOF filters, the first at $25 off and the second at $40 off for a total of $65 discount. All of these options can be found on the drop-down menu right below the product name.
I have a small beard. Half inch at the longest. Is this a problem?
We don't have masks that are built to fit people with facial hair as most respirator masks rely on a tight facepiece seal to achieve maximum protection. Facial hair is also a common reason that someone cannot be fit tested. To ensure proper functioning, the user’s face must be smooth, free of facial hair, sideburns, and other hindrances at the points of contact.
For emergency situations where most individuals aren't clean-shaven, we recommend keeping a beard trimmer in your kit. That way, you'll be able to quickly get rid of any facial hair in case something unexpected happens. It is also worth noting that the only thing that works for people with beards are hooded respirators which typically run on a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) setup.
If I buy the NBC-77 SOF filter cartridges bundled with this mask, do they come pre-attached to the mask or are they capped or sealed separately for later attachment?
They come capped and sealed, not pre-attached. Filters should remain sealed until you intend to use them.
I understand your NBC-77 SOF filters are top of the line filters and filter out most contaminants...but do they also filter the same particles as the PARTICLEMAX P3 VIRUS FILTER?
Yes, they do, as the NBC-77 SOF and ParticleMax P3 share the same exact particle filter. The difference is that the NBC-77 SOF is a "combined" filter that contains activated carbon which protects the user from all known CBRN threats, including radioactive iodine.
Do you have plans to start offering PAPRs, that are compatible with your gas masks naturally? And if so when and what price tag may we expect?
We've recently launched our own line of Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) that provides up to 90 liters per minute of constant airflow (click here for the link to the MB-90 PAPR). It retails for $399.95.
Can you wear glasses with the mask on? Would that compromise the mask's ability?
There are no gas masks compatible with standard prescription glasses as these would break the seal. Our gas masks, however, are compatible with our own line of spectacle inserts (click here for the MIRAVISION Spectacle Kit). As part of the order process, we will also require your prescription. You can either upload it using the dedicated "Upload" button on the product page or send it to us via email at email@example.com.
Please note that this listing is only for an insert with pre-installed lenses. If you'd prefer one without lenses, just send us an email and we'll send you a custom invoice. The price of a stand-alone frame for either the CM-6M or CM-7M gas mask is $119.95.
If the filter was exposed to the Coronavirus, would you have to replace it immediately?
Not immediately. But you would have to decontaminate your equipment before it's removed, and then the filter should be disposed of as it's considered toxic waste after coming in contact with any agents. As mentioned in a previous Q&A, you can use the filter for as long as you can wear the mask.
What are the major differences between the CM-6M and CM-7M gas masks?
The CM-7M is specially designed for use with optics and operating a rifle. Features include a dual recessed visor system for eye relief, along with a contour above the inhalation valve for a closer cheek weld. These features come at the expense of a wide field of view, and this is where the CM-6M shines. Think of the CM-7M and CM-6M as different tools for different jobs.
Does this come with the filter or must that be bought separately?
Filters are sold separately. However, when you add filters via the dropdown on this product page (located right by the add to cart button), the price of up to 2 NBC-77 SOF filters is much lower than retail. The first at $25 off and the second at $40 off for a total of $65 discount.
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i purchased 2 of these, they came with canteen and 2 filters. They fit awesome and the field of view is outstanding. Even with one filter i can still breath pretty good and for a claustrophobic that is great. Wear 2 filters and wow big difference. I'm a cold war veteran and was wearing the M45 and then M2CU then just before i retired the M50. So I'm used to wearing them and know how they should fit. They do fit very well good seals and the voice emitter is even better than we had in the military. It comes with a water outlet to fit the canteen so you can drink without taking off your mask. A little heavy with 2 filters and worth it i think, the bag they sell is a little small to fit with 2 filters on the mask. A new larger bag is on the way. I am also looking for Eye wear mask inserts and hope they have them or can direct me to where i can get them. All in All a mask i recommend! You wont go wrong and I'm getting their chem suit. I am very happy to have found these guys, you will be too. The customer service after the sale is the best i have seen in quite a while.
Thank you for the review and picture, Robert! Always here if you have any questions or need assistance.
I purchased the CM-6M about a month ago after doing lots of research and just received it a few days back. Lead time is a bit long, but considering all the craziness going on in the world, totally understandable. Overall, the mask is well made and get's the job done. The features are up there with masks that go for triple the price, so it's an excellent value. Aside from that, I'm a HUGE Christopher Nolan fan and have been waiting patiently for Tenet to release. The new trailer came out yesterday, and I was shocked to see John David Washington wearing the CM-6M mask!! How cool is that?! My tickets are booked for August 31st for the early screening. Very excited to go see the movie "responsibly" while wearing the mask. Others in the theatre should get a kick out of it ;)
I worked in hazmat for many years, and wore a respirator almost daily when I did. So, with that in mind, I was actually quite impressed with this mask (as I could not easily find the style I used to wear on the market for civilians that wasn't crazy expensive.) Love the large field of view, and was very impressed with the speech diaphragm which seems to rival what I remember of my old 3M mask. Also love that it is compatible with camelback bladders (it comes with a canteen, by the way). That's a plus, since a drinking tube is not something I remember having on a work mask before. The only cons I would say, is that I was spoiled on the mesh harness that comes on the Scott 3M masks - those harnesses take a beating and are comfortable, but I'm not going to be wearing this mask every day - so that was an acceptable trade-off. Also, I wish they manufactured this in other sizes, but maybe that will come some day. Their other mask they sell comes in other sizes. If the mask fits you, it's hands-down a winner for a civilian respirator that's within a decent price range. I think I found the 3m mask on northern safety for $100 more and then decided on this one. (Also, I didn't compare israeli masks in my decision, as I only wanted a newly manufactured mask because I wanted something with an unquestionable shelf life. (Divide the price by 20 years and you will see that $11 a year is really very cheap when it comes to having this kind of security on hand in a rapidly changing world.) I live overseas now and we move a lot, so it feels nice to finally have a proper emergency kit in the house.
I’m an Army combat veteran with 4 tours in Iraq, and somewhat of a gas mask collector. Within my collection, I own the following: - MIRA Safety CM-6M - Drager CDR 4500 - Drager X-plore 6300 - 4A1 Israeli Civilian Mask - Israeli Military M15 Mask - Mestel SGE 150 - Mestel SGE 400/3 I originally wrote a version of this review for a Drager mask I purchased and it got a lot of helpful votes, so I figured I’d expand on it and go into detail about the MIRA CM-6M, while giving some background about the other masks I own. Considering the many options, it’s important to know what the mask is intended for, and the level of protection it offers. Keep in mind, the focus of this comparison is for CBRN applications (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear). Also keep in mind, that a gas mask is only one component of CBRN PPE (personal protective equipment). To minimize exposure during a true SHTF scenario, you also need coveralls, gloves, boots, and Chemtape to seal up the seams. Along with that, you would need a decontamination agent such as FAST Act for equipment, and RSDL for skin. -- MIRA Safety CM-6M: PROS *Compliant under EN 136 CL3 standards for respiratory protective devices. *Large visor with a very wide field of view. *Made from butyl rubber which meets material specifications for CBRN protection. *Comes standard with a speech diaphragm. *Comes standard with a pre-installed drinking system and external canteen. *Compatible with CamelBak water bladders. *Fits standard 40mm filter cartridges, which are widely available. *Fits up to 2 filter cartridges simultaneously, increasing the time you can go without changing filters, and making it easier to breathe under physical exertion, or for people with smaller lung capacities (kids). *Used by military in Europe and the Middle East. *Long shelf life of 20 years. CONS *Has a slight rubber smell. In all fairness, all butyl masks that I own also have some rubber smell, just figured I’d mention it just in case someone reading is very sensitive to this. *It’s not NIOSH CBRN Approved so it would limit professional use in the USA (Most government agencies require NIOSH CBRN approval for respiratory devices as part of OSHA standards if using the mask as part of your workplace PPE). Definitely great to have, but having or not having this certification does not determine quality, just means it went through and passed a certain series of tests here in the US. --- Drager CDR 4500: Fantastic all around mask that I have now designated as a preparedness backup after my CM-6M and DHS 7000. The lack of a drinking system made me seek out other options as gas masks get pretty stuffy, and taking off the mask for some water while getting out of dodge may not be an option. Drager X-plore 6300: The structure of this mask is identical to the CDR 4500, with some slight color variation. The major difference is the rubber used for this mask is not NIOSH CBRN approved. However, It does have a NIOSH rating for use against many gases, chemical agents, and particulates. This mask holds an EN 136 CL 2 certification. 4A1 Israeli Civilian Mask: Sold mostly in surplus stores and can be picked up for under $30. Visibility is poor considering the small visors, one for each eye. Many people in Israel have this mask in case of emergency, and I’m sure it’s saved lives over the years, but I would not trust it considering most are surplus and could have been sitting around for 20+ years. This mask is not rated for CBRN purposes. Also, do not use the supplied filter as most are long expired. Israeli Military M15 Mask: Similar specs to the 4A1, but with bigger visors. These do expire (20 yr life), so keep that in mind if purchasing. I’ve owned 5 M15 surplus masks over the years and 3 had damaged valves, leading to a return. These masks are resistant to certain warfare agents, but not the full gamut. I would recommend looking up the spec sheet for more detail. Mestel SGE 150: This mask looks really nice, but is not intended for CBRN purposes of any sort. There is no coating on the visor against chemical irritants, and there is no CBRN certification. Primary use for this would be against tear gas, pepper spray, and riot situations. Mestel SGE 400/3: Same as the SGE 150, but with 3 filter ports instead of one. This mask also has a few optional accessories. Retail is around $200, and can cost upwards of $400 when fully loaded with accessories (speech diaphragm, drinking module, canteen). If you want the extra accessories, you either have to buy it pre-installed, or send it back to the factory for professional installation which could take weeks. This is a great mask to block tear gas if you’re stuck in a riot, but is not intended for CBRN applications.
Have only put the unit on to test fitting. Seems to be good quality. My only complaint is the visor. It must have some warping as when I move my head from left to right the image really gets distorted. So much so that it it messed with depth perception up close. QC could use a little attention in this area.