The next less lethal alternative to be presented on this page is a solution that could be idle for self defense at home as well as on the go. A company called First Strike sells high-end paintball equipment which also includes .68 caliber paintball markers (guns). One of their most recent products is the First Strike FSC which is a compact paintball pistol platform. It uses compressed gas to propel rounds down range. The less lethal self defense application utilizing paintball guns comes from the various types of rounds that are available for this purpose. Standard paintball rounds are not meant for self defense purposes but there are a variety of other options for users to load into these paintball markers which will make them effective as less lethal self defense options. Some of these include pepper powder balls which will provide the equivalent effect to pepper spray but with much greater distances than standard pepper spray aerosol cans. Another option is glass breaker rounds which are typically hard nylon filled projectiles meant to penetrate automobile windshields. There are also other less lethal .68 caliber rounds that are rubber coated metal balls that can be deployed through platforms like the FSC. The First Strike FSC is designed to have a smaller, modular grip frame and shorter overall length. The FSC can be powered by 8 gram or 12 gram Co2 cartridges (with use of T8.1/T9.1 Magazine) and HPA and accepts 8.1/9.1 barrels making this one of the most customizable platforms on the market. The FSC accepts many existing T8.1/T9.1 accessories so you can build your platform to help you in various self defense scenarios. Features also include a 20% smaller grip than standard 8.1 pistol. Packages typically ship out with two 6 round magazines included. The FSC also has an under mount rail, Mil-Spec textured grip, and a micro-honed barrel. The company PepperBall sells almost an identical version for law enforcement less lethal application called the TCP. The FSC is the civilian version of this platform. This FSC package retails for around $350.00.
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 we’ll discuss on this website is the Smith & Wesson tactical pen, (model SWPENMP2BK ). For a few years now Smith & Wesson has been developing new less lethal self defense options to accompany their line of firearms, knives, and other rescue tools. Their tactical pens are derived from an old martial arts weapon known as the Kubotan. This weapon is used to strike at parts of the body that are exposed and consist of not much else other than the bones and skin such as the hands, wrist, skull, and collar bone. The Kubotan can also be used to manipulate pressure points in order to accomplish various arm locks. The version of the Kubotan that was created as an addition to be carried on a key chain was developed by Sōke Takayuki Kubota in the late 1960s for use by female law enforcement officers.
This newer version of the Smith & Wesson tactical pen applies the same self defense principals as the original design but updated to suit the needs of today’s civilian and law enforcement markets. The SWPENMP2BK measures 5.8 inch (14.7 cm) overall length and has a weight of only 1.4 ounces. The design is durable as the pen is made of reliable T6061 aircraft aluminum. The design is also practical as it can be used to write with and refilled with Schmidt P900M parker style black ball point cartridges.
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.
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.
It’s been a while since I came across a real neat or unique marker that could be used for both real-sim training as well as self defense. Today I found the RAP4 468, a marker which is tough as nails and copies the muscle memory from an M4/M16 rifle. The RAP4 468 has a two-part receiver just like the traditional M4 rifle and allows for full customization with ability to swap the entire upper receiver including the barrel, hand guard, and any accessories attached to the hand guard for another specially-outfitted upper receiver in seconds.
The RAP4 468 is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and made in the USA. It’s been said to be the most field durable and dependable marker to date and features many newer innovations which include; Authentic split-receiver design, front and rear combat sights, optional air system, and Lok-Bolt Anti Chop System.
The RAP4 468 can be utilized for less lethal self defense application by switching from standard paintball rounds to specifically designed self defense rounds which contain Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) which is commonly referred to as pepper powder as well as hard hitting glass breaker projectile which are .68 caliber hard ceramic balls or rubber coated glass balls. For homes that don’t want traditional firearms in the house, the RAP4 468 seems to be a relatively practical and effective solution for defense. The RAP4 468 comes with a five year factory warranty and and a 14 round DMAG magazine.