When most people hear the name Uzi the first thing that pops into mind is the lead spitting sub machine gun of the 70′s and 80′s, it’s not likely an image of anything remotely less lethal. However, from the infamous Israeli firearms company comes a line of new age self-defense tools amongst which is the Uzi Tactical Defender self-defense pens. These robust writing utensils combine everyday efficiency with compact self-defense effectiveness. Modeled with respect to the martial arts kubaton weapon, these self-defense pens are great for concealment and ready for self-defense at a moment’s notice. Crafted from aircraft grade aluminum, these pens are created to withstand a beating and deliver one at the same time. There are two models available from the Tactical Defender series, the TACPEN 1 & TACPEN 2. The TACPEN 1 flaunts a jagged metal crown which can be used for gouging and stabbing, the crown can collect DNA evidence in the event that it is used in a close quarter combat situation and scratches off a piece of the assailant’s skin. The TACPEN 2 sports a pointed edge which can be used for targeting an assailant’s pressure points and delivering precise strikes, but also doubles as a glass breaker in emergencies. Both models measure roughly 6 inches in length, come with a one year warranty, and accept the standard Parker style, Schmidt and Fisher Space pen refills. This Less Lethal Alternative is available at many online retailers such as Amazon.com.
The next less lethal alternative to be presented on this page is a solution that could be idle for self defense at home as well as on the go. A company called First Strike sells high-end paintball equipment which also includes .68 caliber paintball markers (guns). One of their most recent products is the First Strike FSC which is a compact paintball pistol platform. It uses compressed gas to propel rounds down range. The less lethal self defense application utilizing paintball guns comes from the various types of rounds that are available for this purpose. Standard paintball rounds are not meant for self defense purposes but there are a variety of other options for users to load into these paintball markers which will make them effective as less lethal self defense options. Some of these include pepper powder balls which will provide the equivalent effect to pepper spray but with much greater distances than standard pepper spray aerosol cans. Another option is glass breaker rounds which are typically hard nylon filled projectiles meant to penetrate automobile windshields. There are also other less lethal .68 caliber rounds that are rubber coated metal balls that can be deployed through platforms like the FSC. The First Strike FSC is designed to have a smaller, modular grip frame and shorter overall length. The FSC can be powered by 8 gram or 12 gram Co2 cartridges (with use of T8.1/T9.1 Magazine) and HPA and accepts 8.1/9.1 barrels making this one of the most customizable platforms on the market. The FSC accepts many existing T8.1/T9.1 accessories so you can build your platform to help you in various self defense scenarios. Features also include a 20% smaller grip than standard 8.1 pistol. Packages typically ship out with two 6 round magazines included. The FSC also has an under mount rail, Mil-Spec textured grip, and a micro-honed barrel. The company PepperBall sells almost an identical version for law enforcement less lethal application called the TCP. The FSC is the civilian version of this platform. This FSC package retails for around $350.00.
The next less lethal alternative to be featured on this site comes from an American cutlery company called Schrade. The SCPEN4BK is one of their tactical pen models designed for practical use as well as self defense use as a striking tool similar in function to a kubotan. Self defense applications include striking boney parts of the body such as the skull, hand, collar bone, and floating ribs. It can also be used to manipulate pressure points to force compliance of none compliant subjects. As comfortable in the office as it is in the field, this survival pen can be used as a window breaker, an emergency whistle and includes a fire starter. The durable aluminum body means it can take the abuse of every-day carry. This pen DOES NOT include or conceal a knife blade. The Schrade survival tactical fine point pen is CNC machined with 6061 T6 black aluminum body. It features a removable ferro rod and storable striking plate which increases the pen’s uses from practical use and self defense to survival in the field. The pen features a survival whistle cap and has a pocket clip for versatile carrying options. Due to the item’s size it can be carried and stored just about anywhere. The pen holds one black Starminen Fine Point D1 pen cartridge. The items dimensions measure 5.90 x 0.50 x 0.40 Inches.
The next less lethal alternative we’ll discuss on this website is the Smith & Wesson tactical pen, (model SWPENMP2BK ). For a few years now Smith & Wesson has been developing new less lethal self defense options to accompany their line of firearms, knives, and other rescue tools. Their tactical pens are derived from an old martial arts weapon known as the Kubotan. This weapon is used to strike at parts of the body that are exposed and consist of not much else other than the bones and skin such as the hands, wrist, skull, and collar bone. The Kubotan can also be used to manipulate pressure points in order to accomplish various arm locks. The version of the Kubotan that was created as an addition to be carried on a key chain was developed by Sōke Takayuki Kubota in the late 1960s for use by female law enforcement officers.
This newer version of the Smith & Wesson tactical pen applies the same self defense principals as the original design but updated to suit the needs of today’s civilian and law enforcement markets. The SWPENMP2BK measures 5.8 inch (14.7 cm) overall length and has a weight of only 1.4 ounces. The design is durable as the pen is made of reliable T6061 aircraft aluminum. The design is also practical as it can be used to write with and refilled with Schmidt P900M parker style black ball point cartridges.
The next Less Lethal Alternative comes out of China and made by a company called Shenzhen Senxunda Electronic Technology Co. Ltd. The SXD – X5 is a multi-purpose stun gun with capable of firing various replaceable electric probe (taser like darts), pepper powder, pepper balls, and rubber balls. The X5 is also capable of recording device activation. One piece construction with spare cartridge slot and picatinny rail to extend applications by adding other tactical accessories. The X5 is made from high impact ABS composites. It has a total length of 210mm with cartridge. The power supply is a rechargeable 7.4V lithium battery. It features a high voltage electric shock output of 75kV above, current below 750uA, with a complex shaped pulse. The X5 has an integrated red laser sight to aid in quick target acquisition. The safety mechanism is a Power on/off switch. A lanyard which is attached to the back of the device is connected to an automatic kill-switch that deactivates the unit when unplugged and prevents the X5 from being used against the owner. The weapon’s cycle time is 5 seconds electric shock when the trigger is pulled. The weapon needs to be reactivated through the on/off switch after three continuous electric cycles. The indicator has a green light which will turn to red when the power. Interactive flashing of red and green light lets the user know the weapon system is on standby mode. The built-in calendar recording device for electric shock to memory over 600 time and date information of each device activation.
The next less lethal alternative to be discussed on this website comes from a company called SANG MIN INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD which is based in Taiwan. The company’s Titan line specializes in a variety of self defense weapons that are less lethal. One of these weapons is the Anti-Riot Stun Pistol. This weapon combines options of other pepper ball style launchers with that of electric stun capability. The weapon is relatively small and made from T6 aluminum alloy. It functions of of compressed air or CO2 like may other less lethal launcher systems. It is magazine fed and provide the user with the options of firing pepper balls, hard rubber balls (riot balls), and electric bullets that have a self contained 9V battery. The electric bullets are rechargeable. The weapon is capable of engaging targets at a distance of 30 meters, or, 98 feet. The weapon measures just slightly over 8.5 inches in length and uses the 12g CO2 cartridges. front grips and laser sights can be added to the system for better accuracy and handling.
A company called United Tactical System LLC has a division called Pepperball Technologies Inc that has specialized in less lethal weapons technology since 1996. Pepperball which is based in San Diego CA, has a variety of product lines for military, police, and the security industry. One of Pepperball’s products is called the Flashlauncher and it combines the versatility of a practical 100 lumen flash light along with a five shot less lethal launcher. This product is targeted towards the private security industry for officers who may not be licensed to carry traditional firearms, but who may still need means of protection as well as a compliance tool. The Flashlauncher is semi automatic and features a laser sight which allow for fast target acquisition. The weapon functions off of a replaceable compressed C02 gas cylinder which is inserted at the top of the device and secured into place by the internal plunger. The Flashlauncher fires small balls similar to paintballs that are filled with hot pepper powder up to 30 feet that will burst open impact when it strikes it’s target. There is also an optional rechargeable battery and charger for this product. The Flashlauncher weighs only 1.75 lbs so it won’t add a lot of weight to an officer’s duty gear. The platform also has an ambidextrous safety for safe carrying and avoiding accidental discharges.
Less Lethal Alternatives frequently searches the wide expanses of the internet for some of the latest and greatest in less lethal technology and awesome defensive gadgets. One company has recently adapted one of it’s products to the trend of vaping, creating a camouflaged self defense tool called the Vaporizer. The world’s first Vaporizer stun gun and flashlight is the Vaporizer by Streetwise Security. Streetwise is known as a reliable manufacturer of self defense products and it’s products can be found on almost all major online stores. The Vaporizer comes in at 6.25 inches in length and is designed to be as compact and easy to carry as a regular Vaporizer. Don’t let it’s size fool you though, as the Vaporizer packs as much power as stun-guns twice it’s size.
The exterior of the product is shock proof and made from a military grade aluminum alloy. The etched ribbed handle ensures a non slip grip in stressful situations. In many circumstances it only takes the audible crackle and bright spark of the 18,000,000 volt stun gun to dissuade attackers. As with all of their products over the last two decades, Streetwise Security has designed the Vaporizer with advanced technology and top quality materials, and backs it with a lifetime warranty. The Vaporizer comes with a USB charger and wall adapter.
Less Lethal Alternatives introduces Safe Life Defense a company specializing in body armor and based out of Las Vegas Nevada. One of their products is the Safe Life Defense Multi Threat IIIA vest. This vest protects against handgun fire ranging from a .22 caliber to a .44 magnum as well as 12 gauge shotgun slugs.To be rated level IIIA, armor must protect the wearer from .44 magnum with a mass of 240 grains and a velocity of 1340 ft/s. But protection doesn’t end there, this vest also protects critical organs from edged weapon attacks. This innovative level of protection is offered exclusively through Safe Life Defense and provides an unmatched level of multi-threat protection. This enhanced soft armornot only provides protection against the same threats as our traditional iiia, but also includesNIJ Level 1 spike protection for up to 36 jules of stab force and protection against armor piercing handgun ammunitionThis vest is versatile allowing for either concealed or exterior wear.
There is a common misconception that body armor is only legal for law enforcement of professional security organizations, but this isn’t the case. Body armor is legal in all 50 states with ONLY the following three restrictions:
• Body Armor is illegal if you have been convicted of a violent felony.
• Body armor may not be shipped to a civilian in Connecticut. Body armor purchases in Connecticut may only occur “face to face.”
• Body armor is not intended for criminals. Wearing body armor while committing a crime will increase penalties greatly.
The Safe Life Defense armor has two additional rifle plate pockets for added protection. It is constructed with custom DuPont Kevlar, the carrier is water resistant, and features a cooling mesh liner. Safe Life Defense offers a standard 5 year warranty on their body armor.