Hollister, Calif.-based MK Ballistics makes a wide variety of 12-gauge and 37mm/40mm impact munitions in addition to its less-lethal launchers and chemical munitions.
The company made its name producing the conventional square bean bag round that was a police standard a decade ago. MK now makes a wide range of impact munitions, including its best-selling product: the Aero-Sock Drag Stabilized Bean Bag. To prevent penetration, the Aero-Sock's knit fabric bag expands to disperse energy. MK says that it exceeds the expansion requirements established by the Los Angeles Police Department.
An improved Aero-Sock called the QT-4 Aero-Sock features a bore riding tail stabilizer that reduces friction in the bore and quickly stabilizes the round as it exits the muzzle.
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PepperBall's most popular launcher is the Custom Carbine. This system uses a pressurized air bottle to launch .68 caliber rounds out to 150 feet. The rounds are fed into the carbine through a 160-round capacity hopper that sits atop the weapon.
Designed for patrol operations, the SA-4 PepperBall launcher is a four-shot chemical irritant pistol with a range of 30 feet. It fires a special ImpactPlus PepperBall cartridge that combines Capsaicin III powder and kinetic impact, delivering 20 foot-pounds of energy. The standard PepperBall gun used for crowd control delivers its projectiles at about 8 foot-pounds. The form factor of the SA-4 is like a cross between a radar gun and a flare gun, but the polymer-framed weapon is very light, weighing a little less than 14 ounces empty. Features include a safety-activated laser sight.
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TASER's eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP) is a 12-gauge impact munition that carries all of the neuro-muscular incapacitation capability of a TASER X26.
The XREP can be fired from any 12-gauge pump shotgun as well as the TASER X12 Less Lethal Shotgun (LLS) from Mossberg. The LLS is a fully integrated less-lethal platform manufactured by Mossberg and based on the Mossberg 500 shotgun that has been optimized for the TASER eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP).
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Veritas Tactical's line of less-lethal weapons includes a pistol and a rifle that both use CO2 to fire .68-caliber paintball-type rounds. Ammunition for the weapons includes PAVA rounds, glass-breaker rounds, rubber rounds for impact, plus inert and clear gel rounds for training.
The VT-MKIV is a less-lethal system with the form factor of an M4. It has a muzzle velocity in excess of 400 feet per second, and holds 15 rounds. The M4 form factor, an improved air system, and a custom rifled barrel (painted orange) make the VT-MKIV capable of delivering accurate fire at 50 meters and area fire at 100 meters. Its rail accepts most popular optical sights.
The Veritas VT-P8 pistol also has a point-of-aim range of 25 meters and a muzzle velocity in excess of 400 fps. It holds eight rounds in an easily loaded and exchanged magazine that also holds a CO2 canister.
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