As Less Lethal Alternatives on occasion posts articles on body armor we figured that it may be helpful to know how to measure for proper fit of your body armor. The video below illustrates the proper way to measure yourself for the best fit of your bullet resistant vest.
This is the first post in a new category for Less Lethal Alternatives, PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) air guns. While PCP air guns and rifles may be less lethal compared to a traditional firearm, these ARE NOT TOYS and definitely not the same as the Red Rider BB gun you may have had as a kid. The keywords to remember are “less” and “lethal”, the use of these sorts of guns can very likely end in great bodily harm or even death if aimed/fired at a living target.
The HATSAN Gladius PCP Air Rifle will be the first weapon represented in this category on our website. The HATSAN Gladius is a side-lever action rifle designed in a bullpup style that is available is several calibers, the larger of which could be used for hunting as well as self defense. The rifle’s largest caliber is the .25 caliber (19.40″ barrel with 9 Rounds) and the projectile flies down range at 870 fps. The Gladius features a sexy black synthetic stock which has storage for extra rotary clips . It also has a detachable air cylinder, fully adjustable stock, and 2-stage match trigger which provides a personalized fit to the shooter. A scope rail mounted to the top of the rifle fits both 11 and 22 mm scope mounts while picatinny rails on the forend at the 3, 6, 9 o’clock position provides mounting solutions for lights and bipods. The Gladius also features adjustable power settings and a built in pressure gauge so you can dial in to fit your situation. Other calibers include 177 cal at 1070 fps and the .22 cal at 970 fps.
From Gilliam Technical Services (GTS) a Virginia based company comes a neat product which provides protection from both edged weapons as well as gunfire. This is the GTS bullet proof and stab resistant shirt which is rated as a NIJ IIIA 3A meaning that it can stop most rounds between a 9mm FMJ up to a .44 Magnum JSP. While this product is relatively light and concealable under regular clothes, it only provides front and rear protection to the wearer. The ballistic material is DuPont® Kevlar® fabric and the stab protection is (KR/SP Level 1) is UHMWPE. The added stab resistance adds approximately 30% more weight to the body armor. The product comes with a five year defect warranty. Other info from vendor’s website;
” It is imperative that the soft panels be properly installed before wearing. In most cases, the vests are shipped with the panels already installed. Please check for proper installation. Make sure that the ballistic panels in your vest are installed with the “wear face” toward the body and/or “strike face” away from the body and in the direction of the threat.
When wearing: Adjust your product so that it is centered over vital areas and side overlap protection is utilized (if applicable). Remember that wearing the carrier without any ballistic panels being properly inserted provides NO ballistic protection.”
Occasionally Less Lethal Alternatives finds some neat new products to review and write about which aren’t directly related to less lethal self defense weapons, but rather home security. The QuickVent Safe with RFID locking system is one such home security solution. It looks just like an AC vent in your home, but in fact its a high tech hidden safe. It provides a great place to hide and secure weapons, money, jewelry, and other valuables. The system doesn’t require that the user has to memorize numbers or buttons to push. The user just has to wave the included RFID card, key fob, or token across the top of the safe vent and it opens quickly. With the included back up battery the user never has to worry about being locked out and can always access the contents of the safe when needed. The product is made in the USA from top quality components and comes with an two year warranty. The large compartment is approximately 14” x 3” x 6.25” of storage space. The RFID technology comes with 2 RFID keys it’s easy and quick to access the hidden compartment. The installation typically only takes 5 minute.
The Tiberius Arms T15 is a magazine fed paintball marker which can be converted for less lethal self defense and used as a great training tool. The Tiberius T15 is the first marker of its kind, offering a true .68 caliber 1:1 AR rifle platform for the ultimate in milsim authenticity. The T15 features a tough and durable lightweight aluminum body, built to withstand the harsh conditions and be reliable. The Tiberius T15′ collapsible stock features an integrated 13ci/3000psi aluminum HPA tank. The T15 can be operated with a standard hopper for increased ammunition capacity or mag fed. The Tiberius T15‘s continuous feed magazines can hold 19 First Strike Rounds or 20 glass breaker or PAVA rounds. The system features the T15’s precision-made barrel incorporates a hand guard with multiple aluminum 7/8″ tac rails for mounting bipods, scopes and other useful tactical accessories. Flip-up sights, red dot optics, and laser sights can also be added to this platform for better targeting acquisition. The Tiberius Arms T15 can provide the ultimate milsim immersion experience as well as provide great capabilities in long range less lethal defense when equipped with the proper ammunition such as hard glass breaker rounds or chemical PAVA rounds.
MACE has recently released a new design of their original Pepper Spray Gun called the Pepper Gun 2.0. This item’s new design features the same functionality as the previous design but is meant to provide a more tactical look. The redesigned version has a picatinny rail system at the top of the weapon which allows the user to attached accessories such as a laser mount. The weapon uses a replaceable 28 gram pepper spray cartridge, each cartridge provides approximately seven spray cycles and has a reach of up to 20 feet. The MACE Pepper Gun 2.0 features a self defense strobe light which can disorient attackers and is activated by the pull of the trigger. The 10% OC/pepper spray also contains UV dye so that assailants can be identified by police. Upon direct contact with eyes, respiratory system and mucous membranes, the active ingredients in the pepper spray will cause eyes to slam shut, coughing, and an intense burning sensation to the skin. Effects should lessen in approximately 45 minutes. This item comes in a black and orange color scheme as to identify it as a less lethal weapon and has various accessory options such as holsters.
RESTRICTED STATES:This item not available for shipment to residents in NY, MA, DC, and other states may apply. Residents in NY, MA, DC may purchase Mace® pepper spray from a locally authorized reseller as per state requirements. Some restrictions may apply
The next less lethal alternative is a revamp of a previously reviewed self defense item, the Guard Dog Olympian. The Olympian by Guard Dog Security Products is a less lethal multipurpose device which features the so-called “Triple Threat” of self defense options. The unit has a high voltage concealed stun gun for close encounters, a built in OC/pepper spray (18%) that can spray a target at 16 feet, and a 175 lumen flash light (improved from previous version) which is also great for everyday practical use. The OC/pepper spray also contains a UV dye which can be used by police to identify assailants after the encounter. The flashlight’s bulb has a 100,000 hour life span. The unit is rechargeable and comes with a USB charger so you can always keep it ready to go and comes with a small leather carrying case. The unit it self also features a rubberized grip for firm control of the unit when using it. It also features a dual safety switch: One for the stun gun and one for the pepper spray to prevent accidental discharge. As with most of Guard Dog Security Products the Olympian is backed by a lifetime warranty. The unit measures 4 inches in length and is available in a variety of colors. This can be an ideal solution for both men and women who like to jog as well as for students who walk from one place to another by themselves late at night. I have seen this product retail at some online retailers for $49.99.
The Armor T-Shirt is a product by Miguel Caballero developed with the highest quality materials capable of carrying ballistic panels with medium flexibility and discretion, perfect to wear under garments in any daily activity. This inner shirt is certificated by the most demanding norm NIJ 0101.06 (National Institute of Justice of the United States) . It features an ergonomic design, antibacterial, deodorants and thermoregulation materials. Each T-shirt comes with a user manual that provides care instructions and warranty specifications.
Lining warranty: 1 year
Ballistic Panels warranty: 5 years
Sizes come in: M, L, XL , XXL
For additional info please view criteria from NIJ on ballistics armor testing:
NIJ BODY ARMOR CLASSIFICATION Personal body armor covered by this standard is classified into five types (IIA, II, IIIA, III, IV) by level of ballistic performance. In addition, a special test class is defined to allow armor to be validated against threats that may not be covered by the five standard classes. The classification of an armor panel that provides two or more levels of NIJ ballistic protection at different locations on the ballistic panel shall be that of the minimum ballistic protection provided at any location on the panel.
Type IIA (9 mm; .40 S&W) Type IIA armor that is new and unworn shall be tested with 9 mm Full Metal Jacketed Round Nose (FMJ RN) bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 373 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1225 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .40 S&W Full Metal Jacketed (FMJ) bullets with a specified mass of 11.7 g (180 gr) and a velocity of 352 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1155 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Type IIA armor that has been conditioned shall be tested with 9 mm FMJ RN bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 355 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1165 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .40 S&W FMJ bullets with a specified mass of 11.7 g (180 gr) and a velocity of 325 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1065 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). 2.2 Type II (9 mm; .357 Magnum) Type II armor that is new and unworn shall be tested with 9 mm FMJ RN bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 398 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1305 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .357 Magnum Jacketed Soft Point (JSP) bullets with a specified mass of 10.2 g (158 gr) and a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
Type II armor that has been conditioned shall be tested with 9 mm FMJ RN bullets with a specified mass of 8.0 g (124 gr) and a velocity of 379 m/s ±9.1 m/s (1245 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .357 Magnum JSP bullets with a specified mass of 10.2 g (158 gr) and a velocity of 408 m/s ±9.1 m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
Type IIIA (.357 SIG; .44 Magnum) Type IIIA armor that is new and unworn shall be tested with .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr) and a velocity of 448 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1470 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets with a specified mass of 15.6 g (240 gr) and a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Type IIIA armor that has been conditioned shall be tested with .357 SIG FMJ FN bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr) and a velocity of 430 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1410 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .44 Magnum SJHP bullets with a specified mass of 15.6 g (240 gr) and a velocity of 408 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1340 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
It’s been a while since I came across a real neat or unique marker that could be used for both real-sim training as well as self defense. Today I found the RAP4 468, a marker which is tough as nails and copies the muscle memory from an M4/M16 rifle. The RAP4 468 has a two-part receiver just like the traditional M4 rifle and allows for full customization with ability to swap the entire upper receiver including the barrel, hand guard, and any accessories attached to the hand guard for another specially-outfitted upper receiver in seconds.
The RAP4 468 is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and made in the USA. It’s been said to be the most field durable and dependable marker to date and features many newer innovations which include; Authentic split-receiver design, front and rear combat sights, optional air system, and Lok-Bolt Anti Chop System.
The RAP4 468 can be utilized for less lethal self defense application by switching from standard paintball rounds to specifically designed self defense rounds which contain Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) which is commonly referred to as pepper powder as well as hard hitting glass breaker projectile which are .68 caliber hard ceramic balls or rubber coated glass balls. For homes that don’t want traditional firearms in the house, the RAP4 468 seems to be a relatively practical and effective solution for defense. The RAP4 468 comes with a five year factory warranty and and a 14 round DMAG magazine.
Defenzia LLC is a company that is based in Scottsdale AZ and specializes in less lethal and tactical weapons technology. Their law enforcement model, the Defenzia M09 is a true multi-tool of less lethal technology. It is capable of firing .55 caliber rubber bullets which reach out and touch targets at 90 feet with 68 ft/lbs of force as well as military grade OC gel and flashbangs. The user has the ability to trigger four flashbangs in semi-automatic action. The flashbang produces a 145dB bang and 5 million candela flash, This is a great feature for SWAT and other law enforcement special units.
The Defenzia M09 is a NFA firearm according to ATF guidelines so this sweet weapon is only available to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the United States. However, a rifled .5o caliber version will soon be available to the consumer market. Defenzia has not yet stated if there will be any other rounds accept for the rubber bullets available for the .50 caliber M11.
Visit www.Defenzia.com for more info.