Our next topic of discussion about Less Lethal Arms is a self-defense unit produced by Jiun An Technology Co, LTD in Taiwan. You may remember an earlier posting about the Raysun X1 ECD type device, well this is it’s little brother the Raysun M1. The unit has an angled curve much like the Taser C2 and Kelin Remote Needle Gun, but unlike these units and it’s big brother, the M1 doesn’t rely on stun technology. This diverse Less Lethal Alternative platform has a variety of defensive options to offer it’s handler. The double barrel, over/under configuration fires a pepper bullet cartridge, a pepper powder cartridge, or SOS signal flare. The signal flare has a reach of 100 meters, the pepper ball can strike out at 12-15 meters, and the pepper powder cartridge is useful for disabling multiple targets at a close ranges of 3-5 meters. An optional high beam light cartridge can also be deployed for 60 minutes of continues use at 30 meters and can be used as a disorientation strobe device. The Raysun M1 has a laser sight for aiming as well as a small LED light for darker areas. It’s safety features include a red light indicator and a safety buzzer to let the user know the system is activated and armed. It’s dimensions measure 125x55x30 mm, for a fairly compact self-defense unit. The standard package includes the M1 unit, 3 mode LED cartridge x1, Pepper bullet cartridge x 1, Pepper powder cartridge x 3, one soft carrying case, and one belt holster. A rechargeable battery is optional, other optional ammo types include paintball and rubber bullets. The unit comes in a red/black or gray/white color scheme. I have attempted to find a U.S. dealer of this product but have been unable to do so yet. I will keep you posted on further details.
Taser may be the most notorious name in the ECD market and that’s because they were the ones to pioneer this less lethal technology back in the 70’s. Taser offers Less Lethal Alternatives to deadly force for those who are in the private security and law enforcement fields, but now with the Taser C2, the ECD is finding a home with the everyday consumer. The Taser C2/Bolt is built smaller than the Taser M26C and is easy to use. The design is sleek and easily concealed in your pocket, handbag, or jacket. This unit is truly meant for the everyday consumer allowing for several customizing style options. This unit has a wide variety of color schemes available to those who wish to accessorize it like a cell phone. Like all Tasers available to civilians this model has a single shot projectile cartridge that fires two electric probes with nitrogen propulsion which is able to reach out and touch an assailant at 15 feet and penetrate up to two inches of cumulative clothing with an energy cycle of 30 seconds instead of 6 for the M26 and 10 for the X26. Once the cartridge has been spent the Taser C2 can act like a traditional touch stun gun or be quickly reloaded with a second cartridge. The device works off of a removable lithium rechargeable battery pack that allows for 50 uses from a full charge. The unit also features a low intensity light for use in low or no light areas and has a protective cover over it’s firing mechanism in order to minimize accidental discharge. While the official strength of this Taser device has not been released to the public, it is thought to be weaker than the M26 and X26 which use the 26 WATT charge and are models used by law enforcement and private security. Some have speculated that it’s charge is around 7-12 WATTs. Some models come with a built-in laser sight for better target acquisition. Taser devices are not legal in all states or cities, so check with your local law enforcement agency to make sure you are carrying within the law.
This unit’s MSRP is $379.99
This next item on the discussion board was debatable as to if it should be on a less lethal site, because this bad boy delivers a nasty PUNCH! The Punch by United Cutlery is a wicked and compact self defense tool that is literally a sharp spike. Like a Kubaton, this item is meant to be carried on your keychain but many other reviews that I’ve seen about this item suggest that it may be a little big for that. Regardless, this item will easily fit in your pocket or handbag. This is a two piece unit, the spike and cap. The cap protects you from the sharp end while the unit is not in use, but pops off in a split second when needed. The spike measures just over a half inch and the overall length is 5 1/4 inches, with a few quick jabs from this menacing tool your attacker will surely get the point that you are not one to be messed with. The handle is made of impact resistant plastic and has a nice rigid fan shape on it’s end to allow for a firm grip when needed. The Punch will leave your attacker running home to mommy as if he were the one who just got bullied. This unit used to be available at several online vendors, but I think it has been discontinued. If you’re lucky you can probably still find this on the web, but it may require some digging on different sites. On a personal note I have one of these units that I carry with me where ever I go, it’s so light and slim that I hardly notice it in my pocket.
This next less lethal tool is one that will never leave your side, much like man’s best friend, and is appropriately named Brutus The Bulldog. While Brutus doesn’t have a tail to wag, his bite can certainly be felt when someone trifles with his master. The great thing that I have found about Brutus is that he is virtually legal to carry without permit in any state. Brutus is made of impact resistant plastic and is meant to be carried on your key chain so he never leaves your side. One other nicety about this product is that it doesn’t announce it’s self as a weapon therefore will be unexpected. Many people may just think that you have a thing for animals if they notice your key chain. Brutus and the Black Cat which is a similar tool have grown rapidly within the female demographic of users within the last few years. When it comes time to unleash his bite, one simply has to insert the index and middle finger through Brutus’s eye sockets, attain a firm grip, and then swing for the fences. Brutus has pointed and sharp ears for jabbing and slashing at your attacker. Brutus comes in several different coat colors thus can be accessorized to the users liking. Brutus is made by a company that produces several other less lethal devices called Personal Security Products and is based in Little Rock Arkansas. Their products are widely spread over the internet and available at several online vendors.
This unit sells for around $6.50 on Amazon.com
ZAP Double Trouble by PS Products is another light weight (6.9 oz), concealable, yet extremely effective single-handed drive stun device capable of delivering 1.2 million volts from two sets of electrodes. This device delivers stun power better than most traditional stun guns due to it’s space between the points of contact. The robust plastic composite material is also strong enough to take a beating and be used for striking if needed. The Double Trouble device works off of two CR123A lithium batteries and has a soft rubber contour grip. The size is what makes this tool a great take-along self-defense device, easily hidden in a jacket, shorts, purse, etc.
This next Less Lethal Alternative combines the ruthless aspects of nature’s swiftest predators, tigers, with modern technological improvements in less lethal self-defense. The TigerLady is a hand-held, easily concealable self-defense tool which mimics the tiger’s natural defensive retractable claws. The tool is made from high-impact plastics and the claws are deployed by squeezing the unit in the palm of your hand. The claws feature a DNA collector which can be used to identify an assailant even if the intended target doesn’t get a good look at their face. The user of the TigerLady can maintain control over the unit with the included wrist strap in the event of a confrontation. The TigerLady is made in the USA and the organization also provides a portion of the proceeds to a NPO who’s main goal is to end violence against women; a cause we can all get behind.
The next item in Less Lethal Alternatives write up is a small and concealable personal protection tool made by Z-Hunter. This item is a bit of a novelty for people who are into the whole zombie theme, but it serves as a great last ditch defense tool and sports two sharp blades that can get an attacker off of you in a pinch. The Zombie Hunter Keychain FOB is made of stainless steel and measures 3.5″X3.25″ overall with a 3MM thickness. It comes with a lanyard and nylon carrying pouch so that you can safely carry it in your pocket or purse. There are also two holes for the user to place his or her fingers through for a firm grip on the tool in a defense scenario.
Here is yet another item that has been seeing a lot of chatter across the internet lately, a less than lethal self-defense device that hides in plain sight. The Gotcha Self Defense Cap is the brain child of product developer Dov Ganchrow and 9th Dan Israeli martial arts expert Yaron Hanover. Yaron Hanover specializes in krav maga, jujitsu, MMA, and other self-defense hand-to-hand combat techniques. He has also developed a company called Hanover Toolbox Co that specializes in self-defense tools. The Gotcha Self Defense Cap is a tool made to increase your self-defense capabilities via strikes and pressure point control. The device can be deployed in an instance from a natural self-defense pose that leaves hands close to the face for protection and blocking of incoming attacks; while hands are raised in this natural defensive position it allows for a quick surprise deployment of the Gotcha. The Gotcha is secured underneath the cap and made of reinforced durable polymer composite so that it will hold up in a fight. The Gotcha cap comes in many colors to accommodate individual user’s preference and only weighs 112gr.
The Blast Knuckles by PS Products is a light weight, concealable, drive stun gun able to accommodate all hand sizes as well as right or left-handed users. This stun gun packs a punch of 950,000 volts instantly giving an assailant a clear message to back off. These Blast Knuckles are made of robust plastic composite materials designed to deliver a solid strike and take punishment. This device works off of two lithium batteries, has a thumb safety, and a red LED on/off power indicator.