As has been noticed by more than a few attendees, the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show has increased its law enforcement, military and tactical firearm and accessory space each and every year. Within those sections, are smaller specialize manufacturers and distributors of less-lethal devices. Whether it sprays a debilitating chemical, fires a small ball containing liquid or powder oleoresin capsicum, is an impact munition launched by a 37 or 40mm launcher, is some form of baton or is a specialty light that interferes with a suspect’s equilibrium, they can all be found at SHOT. Designs for use by the civilian population as well as law enforcement and the military were on display; let’s take a look at the new products available or soon to be released.
Spitfire® Pepper Spray: The Spitfire pepper spray dispenser is small enough to be unobtrusively carried on a ring with your car and house keys and yet instantly ready should a threat present itself. The thumb actuated dispenser is unlike most oleoresin capsicum sprays in that it is held in the fist and actuated unlike most defense sprays which are held upright like a spray can. The Spitfire spray contains a 10% solution with a 2 million SHU (Scoville Heat Unit) rating.
New from Spitfire at SHOT is the Hex® a Yawara defense stick unit with integral OC spray. The Hex is just the right size to protrude from your fist so that it can be used to strike an assailant before or after you spray them with pepper spray. The unbreakable Hex unit can be reloaded with OC cartridges from Spitfire. spitfire.us
Aegis MK63™ Trident: Aegis Industries LLC is a new company that was started by former Navy SEAL Ken Stethem. The MK63 Trident is defined by Aegis as a Handheld, Modular, Multi-stimulus Response Device or (HMMRD). What the MK63 does is incorporate several different less-lethal options in one package. Looking like a cut off side handle baton the MK63 offers an electronic restraint device, OC pepper spray and impact device combined. The OC spray fires from the thumb activated handle out to 25 feet according to Aegis. The electronic restraint device contacts which are used like a traditional stun gun to achieve NMI (Neuromuscular Incapacitation) are on one end as well as an integral 320 Lumen L.E.D. light. The MK63 is made of durable material and is designed to strike with as well. A rail system allows optional laser and white lights to be attached. aegisarmor.com
Safariland® Distracton Devices: Safariland displayed their new Low Roll and Mini Bang distraction devices from their Defense Technology line. One of the problems with tossing round NFDD (Noise and Flash Distractionary Devices) devices is that they tend to roll away from the breach point and this can result in unintended injuries. The new Low Roll and Mini Bangs incorporate octagonal sections on the top and bottom of the units to inhibit rolling. The devices are non-reloadable and are listed at 175 decibels and 8 million candelas. Both units should hit the market by March of this year. safariland.com/lesslethal, defense-technology.com
Tornado Personal Defence System: The Tornado system incorporates an OC spray unit with a 125 decibel alarm that actuates once the unit is removed from the rotating belt clip. The pepper spray unit also has a strobe light to blind an assailant while spraying or to prevent the need to spray. The Tornado can be carried on a neck lanyard, belt clip, arm band, vehicle mount or wall mounted unit for the home. The Insta-Freeze Spray™ contained within is listed at 2 million Scoville heat units and sprays out to 15 feet according to company representatives. tornadodefencesystem.com
Brite-Strike® Baton Integrated Light Flexaton: The brainchild of police officer Glenn Bushee the BIL Flexaton combines a high output light (170 lumens) with an expandable thermo plastic baton. The light can be used in the traditional flashlight mode while allowing an officer to have a less-lethal impact weapon in hand for instant deployment. With a flick of the wrist the baton expands to a length of 27 inches. The baton flexes on impact which should dump more kinetic energy on target while the thermo plastic design reduces the potential for injuries. The switch allows the flashlight to strobe which can be used to disorient a suspect prior to striking with the baton or the officer can light (disorient) then strike. brite-strike.com
Mace Pepper Gun: On display from Mace is their Pepper Gun which they describe as the most accurate non-lethal self defense spray available. The plastic gun type design (reminds me of a single shot flare gun) fires it OC spray out to 25 feet. The distance is possible because of the double can design which can be replaced in the break top design. With an integral white light to help get pepper spray accurately on target, the Pepper Gun has been a big seller to civilians. mace.com