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 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.”