AEGIS MK63 TRIDENT

Our next piece of less lethal tech comes to us from a company called AEGIS who specializes in less lethal intermediate force options for military, law enforcement, corrections, and private security. This company based out of Rockville Maryland produces a semi-compact yet mighty less lethal device for the control of non-compliant subjects dubbed the MK 63 Trident. This multifaceted weapon combines all of today’s leading less lethal technology into one awesome package; electroshock, chemical agents, distraction devices, and blunt force trauma. All these options allow for fast transfer up and down the force continuum depending on what the situation calls for. There is pepper spray for further distances as well as a distraction high intensity strobe light. In circumstances of hand to hand combat the Trident can be used as a martial arts tonfa for blocking or striking, and it also delivers electric shocks like a drive stun device. The MK 63 Trident has been subjected to prolonged independent safety studies to insure that it remains as less lethal as possible and has been tested to with stand drops from 21 feet to ensure it’s field reliability. In addition this weapon is water proof up to three meters. In addition the unit has a tactical rail for mounting additional upgrades or accessories. This weapon system is now being field tested by law enforcement officers of Colerain and Fairfax Ohio, who so far all seem to like the easy use and diversity of this product. This all comes to us from a company that stands by it’s less lethal credo, ” Defend. Protect. Preserve.” I have requested a demo device from the manufacturer to conduct further tests in order to provide a further detailed review on this product. Keep checking back for future updates about the MK 63 Trident.

Unit’s MSRP = $700

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TigerLady

This next Less Lethal Alternative combines the ruthless aspects of nature’s swiftest predators, tigers, with modern technological improvements in less lethal self-defense. The TigerLady is a hand-held, easily concealable self-defense tool which mimics the tiger’s natural defensive retractable claws. The tool is made from high-impact plastics and the claws are deployed by squeezing the unit in the palm of your hand. The claws feature a DNA collector which can be used to identify an assailant even if the intended target doesn’t get a good look at their face.  The user of the TigerLady can maintain control over the unit with the included wrist strap in the event of a confrontation. The TigerLady is made in the USA and the organization also provides a portion of the proceeds to a NPO who’s main goal is to end violence against women; a cause we can all get behind.

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The “Paper-Weight”

This next less lethal alternative is a classic street fighting and personal defense tool, the brass knuckles. While brass knuckles can be lethal depending on where you strike an attacker (head shots can often lead to death or permanent serious injury), but they can also be used to simply incapacitate an attacker so that you can escape a bad situation. These are a classic because they have existed for hundreds of years in one form or another; made from steel, iron, brass, aluminum, plastic and even wood. The body guards of Abraham Lincoln used to carry brass knuckles and soldiers during WWI carried trench knives with brass knuckles. Brass knuckles work by focusing the striking and punching power of the user into a harder and smaller contact area which often will cause the fracturing of bones upon impact. The classic design incorporates four solid brass rings that are welded together and will loosely fit around the user’s fingers while making a fist. There are various new designs that have come out in recent years that may only cover one or two fingers. While brass knuckles are freely sold in many states there is conflicting information regarding the legality of carrying them in various states.

” In the United States, brass knuckles are not significantly regulated at the federal level, but various state, county and city laws prohibit their purchase and/or possession. Some state laws require purchasers to be 18 or older. Most states have statutes regulating the carrying of weapons, and many specifically prohibit brass knuckles or “metal knuckles.” Where they are legal, brass knuckles can normally be purchased online or at flea markets, swap meets, and at some sword and weapon shops. Some companies manufacture belt buckles or novelty paper weights that function as brass knuckles and are sold “for entertainment purposes only,” a dubious legal standing. ” Source- Wikipedia.org

International laws regarding carry of brass knuckles,

In Canada, brass knuckles, also referred to as “brass monkeys”, or any similar devices, are listed as prohibited weapons; possession of such weapon is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Similar legislation has been instituted in Russia and Australia.

In France, America, and in Italy, brass knuckles are legal, and freely sold to people of legal age (over 18 years old), but carrying them is forbidden. The French term is “poing américain”, which literally means “American fist”.

In Sweden, brass knuckles are legal to purchase and own (for people over 21 years old), but are not legal to sell or carry in public. The carrying of brass knuckles carry the same penalty as carrying a knife, and falls under the same law. They are called “knogjärn”, literally “knuckle iron”.

In Brazil, brass knuckles are legal and freely sold. They are called “Soco Inglês,” which means “English Punch.”

In Russia, brass knuckles are illegal according to Federal Law “On Weapons”. They are called “кастет”, from French “casse-tête”, which means “head-breaker”.

Brass knuckles are illegal in the United Kingdom, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Belgium, Bosnia and the Netherlands, carrying significant jail sentences and fines for possession of a dangerous weapon.” Source- Wikipedia.org

This classic self-defense tool can be found on many American retail sites and some times sold as “belt buckles” or “paper weights”. Make sure to check your local laws prior to purchase and carrying of this classic self-defense tool.

Related Video: Technique for Brass Knuckle Punching

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BÖKER PLUS WAVES MFS TITAN

Our next less lethal item comes to us by way of Solingen Germany and produced by a high-end cutlery company called Böker. Böker traces its origin to the 17th century as a tool maker in Germany graduating to swords and blades by the 1800’s. The Böker Plus Waves MFS Titan is a tactical striking tool also known as a Kubaton or Yawara stick. The Böker Plus Waves MFS Titan is made from titanium so it only weighs 5.5oz and it measures six inches in length. This tool can be used for defensive striking as well as pressure point manipulation that will cause an attacker to cease any unwanted further action.

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Zombie Hunter Keychain F.O.B.

The next item in Less Lethal Alternatives write up is a small and concealable personal protection tool made by Z-Hunter. This item is a bit of a novelty for people who are into the whole zombie theme, but it serves as a great last ditch defense tool and sports two sharp blades that can get an attacker off of you in a pinch. The Zombie Hunter Keychain FOB is made of stainless steel and measures 3.5″X3.25″ overall with a 3MM thickness. It comes with a lanyard and nylon carrying pouch so that you can safely carry it in your pocket or purse. There are also two holes for the user to place his or her fingers through for a firm grip on the tool in a defense scenario.

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