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.”
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.