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.
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.
Our next Less Lethal Alternative is a close quarters combat aid developed in Israel by MAOR Self Defense and is called the Hand Shock. This light and easy to use combat tool is used to increase the power of fist strikes like brass knuckles and to manipulate pressure points, sort of like when using a kubaton. A plus of this tool is that it causes immediate pain to it’s target, but most likely will not leave permanent injury. Another pro of this particular unit is that it is hard to knock from your hand if your assailant attempts to do so. The Hand Shock is made from impact resistant rigid plastics. The unit measures 14cm in length and weighs 150 grams. Optional carrying cases are available for this unit as well.
This unit retails for around $39.00 on most sites.
As one of my first less lethal personal purchases I bought the Taser M26C. This technology is older and has been used by law enforcement and private security since 1999, thus it is a proven technology but it is also bulkier than some models that came later. Since it is bulkier it is not the best model for the purpose of concealed carry, and it is not legal for concealed carry in all states so check with your local city and state police. It has a very nice built-in laser sight that turns on once the safety has been turned off and the weapon is ready to deploy. This laser sight may be a deterrent enough to stop an attacker, but if not, then the shock and ensuing incapacitation will. Unlike pepper or OC sprays, ECDs like the Taser M26C provide incapacitation by hi-jacking the nervous system of it’s targets, as opposed to severe burning of eyes and throat caused by OC sprays. The weapon works by firing two electronic probes or darts at it’s target using compressed nitrogen, these darts have the capability of penetrating up to two inches of clothing with a 5 second shock cycle per trigger pull. Replacement cartridges are available. The weapon’s deployment range is 15 feet (standard for civilian models of any ECD). But if you are web-savy you might be able to find a site that will sell the 21 foot cartridges to you, (these are typically for law enforcement). Once the cartridge has been fired you can use the weapon as a regular contact stun gun, but this requires you to get up close and personal with your attacker (not recommended). This model takes off the shelf AA batteries which are stored in the pistol grip. In the event that you have to use your Taser in an actual emergency the company offers a free lifetime replacement policy if your device is lost, just send in a copy of the police report to the company. All Tasers use an AFID, a system to deter misuse through enhanced accountability, AFID includes bar-coded serialization of each cartridge and disperses confetti-like ID tags upon activation.
The Air Taser 34000 is a blast from the past which can still be felt today if you are unlucky enough to be standing at the business end of one of these devices. The Air Taser 34000 came out in 1994 and was the first Taser unit not to be classified as a firearm as it used compressed gas to fire it’s projectiles instead of gun powder. This unit was also the first in Taser’s infamous less lethal line up which used the AFIDs (Anti Felony Ids) which are very small confetti like signature strips that get shot out along with the projectiles when they are deployed. Like most of Taser’s civilian lineup, the Air Taser has a reach of 15 feet when firing the projectiles and has a stun period of 30 seconds per trigger pull to allow the user time to escape from a hostile situation. If needed the device doubles as a traditional stun gun and delivers the shock directly upon contact to the assailant’s body. This device uses a standard 9V alkaline battery and has an indicator which will tell you when the device needs a new battery. Unlike Taser’s newer models like the M26C and X26C, the Air Taser 34000 did not come with an internal laser sight, but does offer that as an external accessory piece. The standard kit comes equipped with one Air Taser, two dart packs, instructional video, special practice target, 9V Battery, and hard carrying case. Since this unit is older than many other similar devices the retail on it is priced a lot lower than many other Taser units.
Unit starts at $269.95 for basic package.
For more info checkout: www.personalarms.com
The T-100 by Tiger Light is a new OC delivery system for civilian use that is legal in all 50 states (according to the company). Tiger Light has been producing tactical lighting units for police and military for sometime now, but just recently developed a new compact system for the everyday Joe or Jane. This unit incorporates a high-powered flash light that can blind an attacker, a strobe light that can be used to disorient, as well as a concealed OC spray unit that fires out twice as fast as standard OC sprays and has an operational distance of 10-12 feet. The unit features a rechargeable battery pack as well as replaceable spray cartridges. The recommended operating technique is to blind the attacker first using the bright light so they turn their head away, then when you flip the unit over to use the OC spray the attacker will look at you once the light is out of their face and thats when you deploy the system. OC spray will cause itching and burning of eyes and skin, as well as inability to breath.
A starting kit including one T-100, 2 practice cartridges, 2 live cartridges, self defense instructional DVD, wrist strap, and battery charger are selling on Amazon for $125.00
As many of you have come to expect from TASER, there new lineup of sleek less lethal self defense tools look & feel ten years ahead of their time and that is no exception for the NEW TASER Strike Light. Now you wont have to worry about those night-time dog walks, empty parking garages, or what made the noise in the kitchen at midnight. Be prepared with stun and strike capabilities found in this latest TASER product thats made of rugged aluminum and high-impact polymer. For practical purposes this defensive flashlight has a replaceable yet chargeable lithium battery and can provide up to five hours of continues light, or, 100 5-second stuns… which ever comes first on a single charge. This easy to carry device weighs only 9.5 ounces so it won’t slow you down and provides 55 yards of lit environment with it’s 80 lumen LED light.
Today I was excited to learn about a new less lethal solution and alternative which is supposed to hit the consumer market in late Q1 2016. This new electronic control device (ECD) will be priced slightly higher than that of the previous Taser C2 which is now being re-marketed as the Taser BOLT. The Taser PULSE will be Taser’s newest solution to an ever-changing less lethal market which holds a demand with steady growth in both consumer sales and need for innovative self-defense technology.
The all new Taser PULSE will pack the same stopping power that Taser’s law enforcement models provide. The unit has an advanced laser target acquisition system with integrated LED flashlight for accurate deployment. The Taser PULSE offers a reach of 15 feet and a power cycle of 30 seconds. Taser offers a “Safe Escape Product Replacement Program” which means that if the owner has to discharge their weapon in self-defense and leave the unit behind at the scene of an attack, Taser will replace the unit for free when provided with a police report of the incident. The unit weighs a light 1/2 pound, is the size of a subcompact pistol, and uses easily replaceable batteries. The unit ships out with two 15 foot projectile cartridges and Taser is currently accepting pre-orders for it’s release date in late Q1, you can find the link below.
* RESTRICTIONS: DC, HI, MA, NJ, NY, RI, & certain cities & counties. CT, IL, MI, and WI are legal with certain restrictions and requirements. If you have any questions regarding your ability to carry a TASER Pulse in your state or municipality consult your local law enforcement agency or go to taser.com for additional information.
CA, FL, ID, IL, NV, and VA and the city of New Orleans require background checks. Upon completion of your pre-order, we will send an email with steps to completing your background check.
The TASER Pulse is only available for sale in the United State of America and Puerto Rico.