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Projectiles such as bean bags and OC-packed munitions provide non-lethal use of force alternatives for getting someone’s attention when necessary.

July 01, 2008  |  by - Also by this author

MK Ballistics

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.

Need FREEInfo?  Visit MK Ballistics online.



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.

Need FREEInfo?  Visit PepperBall Technologies online.



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).

Need FREEInfo?  Visit TASER online. 


Veritas Tactical 

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.

Need FREEInfo?  Visit Veritas Tactical online.

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