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.
The next less lethal alternative is a pretty cool little gadget, a less lethal multipurpose device. The Olympian by Guard Dog Security Products features their 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 150 lumen flash light which is also great for everyday practical use. The flashlights bulb has a 100,000 hour life span. The unit is rechargeable so you don’t need to keep running to the store for batteries on a regular basis 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 4.25 inches in length and comes in pink or black color schemes. 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 $85.00.
Our next item on the agenda is the SabreRed Spit Fire, the most advanced key chain OC delivery system available to consumers on todays market. It can be deployed with less effort and greater accuracy from your hip or over your shoulder for maximum safety. The Spitfire unit is also refillable using . SabreRed is the number one brand Used by police worldwide including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s & US Marshals to name a few. It’s made in the U.S. ISO 9001:2008 Certified. It’s immediately accessible and presents a great value with a 4 year expiration date from date of manufacture where many others have a shelf life of 2 years. Quick release key ring is included. Weight of the Spitfire is 0.21 ounces with approximately 8 bursts at 6-8 feet and features a cone spray pattern with a point of aim to the center of face. To maximize your safety SabreRed has provided access to FREE how to use video. The unit comes in many colors for you fashion forward individuals. This item is not for sale in some states.
All you regulars to Less Lethal Alternatives know that I like to review cool items and unique self-defense tools that are available to us in our everyday lives, if this is your first time to the blog then let me say welcome! I was recently cruising several sites and channels on the infinite expanse of the internet and came across an item worthy of mention. At first glance the Scorpion 200 looks like your average everyday touch stun gun, but this clever device packs a one two punch that you might not see coming. As many of you know stun guns typically work via pain compliance, that is the target being stunned is deterred from attacking due to the pain delivered from a stun gun. However, one of the draw backs of a touch stun device or drive stun device is that you actually need to be close enough to make physical contact with a potential threat. This is one reason why projectile stun guns such as the Taser and Phazzer devices are preferable because they allow you to engage a target from fifteen plus feet away. The Scorpion 200 provides a similar advantage, although it does not project any electric stun darts. The Scorpion 200 is a self-defense multi-tool in that it provides the capabilities of 200,000 volts of stun power plus the blinding effects of pepper spray in one easy to use tool. The pepper spray can reach out to six feet and blind an attacker while the jolt of 200,000 volts will temporarily incapacitate and deter an attacker. This device is used by some European police agencies and manufactured in Eastern Europe. I have only been able to find this item for sale on a few U.S. based websites such as newedgegifts.com and expandablebatonsandmore.com it retails for about $100.00.
Kinda a cheesy video but it demonstrates the unit. See below.
Here comes a new high tech tool for the everyday civilian and security professional, a tool made for hostile de-escilation without lethal force. The G8 PRO V2 by Guardian 8, may be the most high tech Less Lethal Alternative on the market, even if it’s not on the actual market quite yet. This unit features a high intensity strobe, high frequency personal alarm, OC spray, laser aim, day and night camera, play back features, and command center communication via Blue Tooth link. So if you’re in the professional security field and need a tool to back actions of force with the ability to record necessary proof of force, then this tool may be right for you. The one early criticism I have about this unit is that it claims that the OC spray has a reach of up to 10 feet, so this area leaves something to be desired and may be addressed later on in the future. Despite the unit’s minimal range of stopping power it does have many proven pieces of less lethal technology and other tech all wrapped up in one fairly compact device. The unit is scheduled for release sometime in the 4th quarter of 2012 and it’s MSRP has not yet been released. I have sent a formal request for further information to Guardian 8 and will keep you posted on further developments.
For more info visit: www.guardian8.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
The AceCo MicroShot is one of the newest Less Lethal Alternatives on the market, machined out of 6061-T6 billet aluminum right here in the U.S. The idea behind this device is that in a high pressure self defense scenario aiming this device would come very naturally to most people who have ever held or fired a pistol. This device is compact and rugged as well as easy to load and uses Saber Red pepper spray. Each replaceable pepper spray canister provides 4-6 half-second sprays or a continuous spray depending on the user’s trigger motion. It weighs only 12oz loaded and has a 12 lbs trigger pull. Unfortunately like most aerosol pepper spray devices, the AceCo MicroShot only has a range of six feet and is effected by wind conditions. However, the unit does have a lifetime warranty and in several color variations.
This next Less Lethal Alternative is perhaps the first of it’s kind; a fashion bracelet that hides in plain sight. The Little Viper is a new less lethal self defense item designed to be worn at all times. To the unknowing eye it just looks like a piece of not so flattering fashion jewelry, so nobody will be trying to rob you for it. On the other hand… it is meant to be openly carried and worn so that the user will have it ready at less than a moments notice. The Little Viper is designed to be unisex, only weighs 1oz, and comes in both black and pink. The very limited range of the pepper/ 10% OC spray mix is only three feet so the attacker pretty much has to be grabbing you before you can effectively use it and in outdoor inclement weather conditions where wind might be a factor you could also be risking cross contamination. The Little Viper’s small OC canister will deliver between 3-6 blasts and is weather resistant for people who like to run and do other outdoors activities. The bracelet strap will expand out to 8.5 inches to accommodate most wearers.
Our next item up for review was just sent to me by the nice people over at Kimber to write a review on. For those of you who are firearm enthusiasts as well you may know the name Kimber as a maker of fine firearms many of which you won’t be able to take out of the display case for less than $1K. Kimber has in recent years diversified their business to include a newer line of less lethal self-defense products known as Pepper Blasters which are small two shot OC Spray devices. Their latest device is the Pepper Blaster 2 which features a new pistol style grip for your middle finger to grab onto. This gives the device more of an actual pistol feel when aiming through the fixed front and rear sights which comes natural to many people who have ever shot a handgun as an adult of played duck hunt as a kid. The design also makes it practical for right or left-handed operators. There is a safety tab in the middle of the trigger guard that can be pressed either left or right, but is a good preventative for an accidental discharge. The size is roughly that of an 80’s music cassette tape. What sets this device apart from the rest is that it is not an aerosol propelled spray, but a pyrotechnic charge that delivers the payload at a whopping 90 MPH. This means that it can penetrate ski masks that assailants may be wearing or wrap around sunglasses they may have to conceal their identity. Each shot contains a 6ml OC solution charge that is 10% oleoresin. There is also a hole at the bottom of the Pepper Blaster 2 where one can fit a wrist strap or lanyard for control over the device. Since the device is fired using pyrotechnic charges it is highly recommended that you activate the device with at least two feet of space between the firing nozzles and the target’s face, but if you find yourself in a justifiable situation (LIFE OR DEATH) don’t hesitate… point-blank it if necessary. The device has a firing range of about thirteen feet and can seriously incapacitate an attacker for about 40 minutes causing extreme burning to the eyes and skin as well as difficulty in breathing. The Pepper Blaster 2 comes in a nice Kimber marked tin box and the product has a shelf life of about five years. The product is made in Switzerland under American patents and comes in red and gray.
The product sells at many online retailers for about $40 USD.