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 armor not only provides protection against the same threats as our traditional iiia, but also includes NIJ 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.
While on the search for reliable and affordable personal safety and body armor products, Less Lethal Alternatives came across a company called Kurotadori. Kurotadori specializes in a wide range of body armors which are all custom made for the individual purchaser. The Operator Molle Vest is one of these products, made with 600 Denier Nylon rip stop carrier and Teijin Twaron ballistics. While the Operator Molle Vest looks like a tactical plate carrier it is actually a level IIIA soft body armor capable of stopping anything from a .22 caliber round to a 44 magnum. The vest offers front, rear, and side protection of vital organs. The Operator Molle Vest also has front and rear pockets for adding AR500 plates for extra protection against rifle rounds. The front and rear pockets have a Velcro strip for adding agency/company patches. The entire vest is setup with molle configuration and allows the wearer to add body cams, flashlights, and other duty gear to the front, rear, and sides. The exterior is capable of being cleaned and the vest’s size is customizable to the wearer. Unlike most body armors the Operator Molle Vest is slipped overhead once the sides have been adjusted to the wearer’s body type. There is an emergency drag handle at the top rear of the vest which can be used to drag an injured individual out of harms way, but this feature also aids in taking off the body armor. The shoulder area is equipped with a Velcro section as well as straps to adjust the fit for the wearer. This great piece of duty gear is available from Kurotadori for $300.00. Every purchase of $250.00 also comes with a Kurotadori cleaning kit and carrying bag.
Recently Less Lethal Alternatives came across Skarr Armor a company that is certified by the National Institute of Justice as a reliable armor manufacturer. The company specializes in high-quality ballistic vests, plates, and helmets. One of their products is the SKVC-01BK vest, this vest is ideal for exterior or concealed wear and complies with NIJ IIIA, latest 0101.06 standards. These armor standards mean that the vest protects against: all 22, 25, 32acp, 38 special, 380 acp, 9mm, 40, 45, 357sig, 357mag, 10, 44 special, 44 mag. The Skarr Armor 3rd Gen. Kevlar ballistic panel measure only 3/8″ thick per panel that are double heat-sealed waterproof panel case. The dual layer polycarbonate trauma plates provide absorption of impact force. This vest covers the front, back, and sides (waist specific) of the wearer. The Skarr Armor cross joint waistband design offers both easy access & durability, the elastic shoulder strap for better reach and fit. The removable carrier cover for easy cleaning and the vest has additional hidden chest pockets for rifle plates. Sizing for this product can be found below:
XS – 30″ to 33″
S – 34″ to 36″
L – 39″ to 43″
XL – 44″ to 47″
XXL – 48″ to 51″
XXXL – 52″ to 55″
[Measure at belly button]
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.