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 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.
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.
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.