Jiun An Technology Co, LTD is a company known for producing some of today’s most reliable and sophisticated self defense gear as well as gas-powered less lethal projectiles and stun weapons. The company is known for a variety of training gear and corrections equipment for military and law enforcement. Jiun An Technology Co, LTD has just released their new line of .50 caliber pistols called the RAYSUN-92 for less lethal personal protection as a demand for this type of product has risen in recent years. Their new line of .50 caliber assailant stopping pistols fire projectiles such as rubber balls, chemical or pava rounds, as well as powerful impact rounds such as glass breakers at an incredible 400 FPS (feet per second). These less lethal pistol can reach out to 40 feet, much further than ECD units such as a Taser to take on a threat with less lethal force. The pistols are semi-automatic and have a seven round magazine capacity which operates off of one 12oz CO2 canister. The pistol is the size of a regular full-size handgun yet small enough for concealment and the imposing size of the barrel may be enough to deter a threat before the trigger ever has to be pulled. This item comes in blue, red and black.
For more info visit: www.jiunan.com
Our next piece of less lethal tech is as sleek and sexy as it is effective. Tiberius Arms is a manufacturer of high end paintball gear and compact .68 caliber launchers. The former less lethal device known as the SWAT C8 which has been discontinued and the still existing FN P 303 which is marketed as a true less lethal device for law enforcement, was based off of the Tiberius T 8.1 platform. The Tiberius T 8.1 is a semi-automic, 8 round, pistol sized launcher ideal for home defense and personal protection. This unit is sleeker and smaller than it’s competition while still delivering a muzzle velocity of 280 fps(feet per second) at ranges of 30-50 feet with around 25 joules of energy to it’s target. This unit can be customized in several ways including red dot sights, laser sights, and with a “First Strike” conversion kit the unit can accept fin-stabilized projectiles similar to those fired by the FN 303 greatly improving it’s accuracy. This unit is capable of rapid reload with extra magazines each holding a twelve gram C02 cartridge and eight rounds of less lethal ammo, from glass breakers to chemical PAVA/pepper rounds and everything in between. The specs include a solid aluminum upper receiver, dual rubber detents, side dovetailed iron sights, low profile C02 quick puncture, and grooved full length grip for comfort and control. The T 8.1 measures 10.5″ in length and is roughly 2 lbs, so it may not be the best device for concealable carry but when it comes to gas powered launchers it’s still fairly compact. The unit comes in three sexy color variations black, black/silver, and silver. The T 8.1 is designed and produced in the United States so you can count on it’s reliability. *NOTE: ammo choice is crucial when using a .68 cal paintball marker for self defense purposes. While regular paintballs can sting on impact they may not be sufficient enough to stop a determined attacker. For alternative ammo choices see the previous article posted in this category.
This unit’s MSRP is roughly $200.00 and is available at many online retailers.
The First Strike conversion kit is roughly $100.00
Here is another less lethal launcher that we can be proud to say is made right here in the good old USA. The Bruzer less lethal launcher is based on a break-barrel pistol platform which, “uses existing 12 gauge less lethal munitions. Some of the munitions available include: Kinetic Energy Impact, Chemical, Signaling, and Muzzle Blast munitions. These munitions are available from a variety of manufacturers, distributors, and retail stores. By changing the munitions, you can dynamically alter the function in which the Bruzer Less Lethal Launcher Platform operates. The appearance of Bruzer is all about intimidation. Visually, Bruzer with its flat black exterior and large bore stainless steel barrels, command respect.”-Bruzer Less Lethal
Although I do not personally own one of these units, everything I’ve read and seen about this less lethal launcher looks promising. Some of the PROS of this unit is that it is concealable, offers customizing options ( i.e. laser or tac-light), available with orange barrels (for law enforcement identification as less lethal), and it offers it’s user two shots to take down a potential threat. It uses a single action operating mechanism which allows the user time to decide if a second shot is necessary to subdue the threat. As always it’s a good idea to check with your local state and city police departments to see about any restrictions of owning a NFA less lethal launcher.
This unit’s MSRP is $650.00
This past weekend I was excited to find yet another producer of Less Lethal Alternatives that makes less lethal launchers. The name of the company is Scarab Arms based out of Las Vegas Nevada and they produce a less lethal launcher, the TGR2 which mimics a sleek semi automatic assault carbine. The TGR2 is used by military and police for real life training scenarios and less lethal applications, but is also available for civilian purchase. Their product seems well designed and is made of a durable light-weight T6 Aluminum alloy. It’s power source, CO2 or compressed gas tank, lies tucked away in the butt stock of the weapon and produces a claimed 300 fps muzzle velocity with a working tank pressures between 300 to 1000 PSI. The TGR2 accepts a variety of .68 caliber magazines from a variety of makers which all accommodate different less lethal loads from glass breaker, pava powder, rubber ball, and marking rounds. The unit also has the capability of firing fin-stabilized projectiles. The unit comes with high quality iron sights and rail mount system for the addition of targeting accessories.
This unit’s MSRP is $699.00 USD
Our next Less Lethal Weapon System comes to us from French hunting firearm manufacturer Verney Carron and their take on a civilian less lethal weapons platform. Now at first glance the Verney Carron Flash Ball launcher may look like a toy, a cross between Super Soaker and Nerf. But make no mistake, you DO NOT want to be on the business end of this 44 mm impact launcher. The civilian model has twin side by side barrels allowing for two shots, features a break open loading mechanism, and is made of composite materials. The most common round fired by this innocent looking beast is the 44 mm rubber ball which is projected using a pyrotechnic charge much like that of a real firearm. The impact is equivalent to that of a .38 special but the impact radius is more spread out thus not penetrating the target’s skin. Other types of ammunition loads available on this system are the soft rubber buck-shots, dye ball, and tear powder ball. Verney Carron has recently released a NEW CS gas round, but I believe this is strictly for law enforcement applications. All the test videos I have found and research that I have done would suggest that this is indeed an effective less lethal weapon system.
The system features double handles for easy control and handling by the user and external hammers for easy cocking. The Flash Ball launcher is just under 15 inches in length. I have contacted the U.S. distributer for Verney Carron in hopes that they can tell me if this system is available to the American consumer yet and if so how much the system is selling for. I will keep you posted when I find out.
PepperBall Technologies have come out with a Less Lethal Alternative known as the TAC 14 which is a semi-automatic gas powered less lethal carbine. This unit is nice because it resembles a real life tactical CQC weapon platform, so all those who are firearm enthusiasts will surely take a liking to the TAC 14. It’s “on-target” range is 60 feet and has a maximum reach of 100 feet for area saturation. The magazine houses a 33 gram disposable CO2 gas cartridge as well as 14 pepper ball projectiles. The hand guard has several tactical rails for mounting accessories such as flash lights or lasers and the unit features a collapsable M4-style stock. There are additional magazines available for purchase making this unit quicker and easier during reload. I have requested more technical information from PepperBall Technologies as well as information about how civilians can purchase this unit. I will keep you posted.
Ok folks, here we have a devastatingly beautiful less lethal weapon that hits like a hammer. The FN 303. This less lethal weapon system is designed by weapon manufacturer FN Herstal who is headquartered in Herstal Belgium and makes serious firepower for police and militaries around the world. The good people at FN Herstal realized a need for an effective less lethal option for civilians and police alike so they came up with the FN 303 and got in on the market while it’s still growing. The FN 303 looks like something out of a science-fiction movie, it’s sleek polymer design provides several handling options for it’s user. The weapon system is a bit bigger than the one’s we’ve talked about earlier, thus it is not ideal for concealed carry, but great for the application of in-home defense. The FN 303 utilizes a 15 shot drum magazine that can be loaded with four different .68 caliber impact loads to stop an intruder in his tracks. First we have the standard impact round which may break skin and severely bruise the attacker. Second we’ve got the impact plus indelible paint which is good for marking the intruder incase he gets away so that police can find him staggering down the street. Third we’ve got the impact plus irritant, this round contains a form of OC spray in it, so the intruder doesn’t only get beat up but suffers an inability to see or breath normally as well. And fourth, we’ve got the impact plus washable paint also used for marking targets. To top it all off the FN 303 spits its payload out at a nice 300 FPS ( feet per second) with semi-automatic fire. The over all length is 29 inches and it does come with iron sights as well as a top-mount accessory rail where you can mount a nice EOtech sight. The effective reach of the weapon system is approximately 50 meters and each CO2 bottle contains at 110 shots before needing to be refilled. The one draw back of this system, other than it’s size, is the cost of the unit and it’s ammunition. On a personal note I do not own this unit, but would love for FN Herstal to send me a unit so that I can properly test it and give my readers my direct results. Keep checking back to this post for further updates.
I’ve seen this unit sell at online vendors for $780.00
Tall structures, wine, and fine art are amongst the things France is known for, but they are also one of the world’s leaders in less lethal technology. SAFEGOM is a .38 caliber revolver that utilizes cylinders which are factory preloaded with less lethal rubber ammunition and is manufactured by Humbert CTTS. The projectile is fired using a standard pyrotechnic charge just like a regular firearm, but due to the safety precautions taken at the factory level this weapon will not fire lethal ammunition. Each replaceable cylinder has six round rubber .38 caliber shots which leave the muzzle at approximately 1,100 FPS (feet per second). The revolver frame is made from a light metal alloy and the unit features a double action firing mechanism which can also be used in single action. There are currently two variations, a short barrel and a magnum. This unit is for sale to civilians in Europe, but I have been unable to locate an American distributer for SAFEGOM. I will keep you posted on further updates regarding this Less Lethal Alternative.
The unit’s MSRP is around 250.00 Euros.
Gorilla Rounds are high-carbon military grade steel .68 caliber projectiles weighing in at 17 grams. At 300 FPS these rounds deliver approximately 71 joules and 52 foot pounds of energy. The proprietary silicone embedded coatings reduce friction (drag) resulting in increased velocity, distance, and less lethal stopping power. With the ability to deliver bone crushing self-protection-shock and awe without fully lethal potential of traditional firearms. Most effective in close quarters up to twenty feet. These may be reused indefinite number of times and fired from any .68 caliber gas-powered marker or launcher. Click on the banner above for additional info.
An American company called Sage International LTD produces a vast number of less lethal pyrotechnic launchers, including a design by the name of Deuce. This intimidating beast was developed for SWAT, private security, and military peace-keeping missions for use when less lethal force is applicable. The unit features an over/under double barrel configuration and comes in three variations; a 40MM (40x46MM NATO), a 37MM Sage Rifled/ARWEN 37®, and a 37MM Smooth Bore. The Deuce’s overall length measures 29.5 inches and it weighs 6.5 lbs. The Deuce has two flip up calibrated front-sights for 20/40 meters or 60/80 meters and flip-up calibrated rear-sight with ghost ring aperture. The Deuce features multiple safety features as well to prevent misfire; cross block trigger safety and striker lock safety as well as a drop safe, even in the “fire” position. The Deuce also has a nice tactical stock and tactical rails for mounting additional accessories. The Deuce has several great defensive load options such as the muzzle blast, smoke, irritant, and .60 cal rubber buck-shot just to name a few. I have contacted the manufacturer to see how the everyday Joe might get his hands on one of these less lethal cannons and to find out what the asking price is. Keep checking back for updates on this unit.