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Less-Lethal: The Guinea Pigs

A team of Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies tests less-lethal weapons and restraints, even letting themselves become the targets so that they can determine effectiveness.

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Less-Lethal Options

These tools provide officers more flexibility in how to respond to non-deadly threats.

SHOT Show 2018: Report from the Aisles

For this year's Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show held in January, the POLICE editors and a POLICE contributor walked the aisles learning about the latest products for law enforcement. Here's our report on the nation's largest police equipment show.

Less-Lethal Tools

These options provide officers with many ways to respond with less-lethal force.

Less-Lethal: Making Impact

The pressure on American law enforcement agencies to field tools that can subdue dangerous armed and unarmed individuals without using deadly force has never been greater than today. The answer according to many experts is less-lethal weapons that can be fired from a distance and effect subjects with blunt force or chemical irritant or both.

TCP Pistol

The new TCP pistol from PepperBall is compact, ultra-light weight, and the first PepperBall pistol that fits comfortably on a standard duty belt.

VKS Less-Lethal System

Projectiles deployed with PepperBall's VKS have a variable kinetic impact of between 13 and 30 Joules with extended range and precision accuracy.

Tac-700 Launcher

PepperBall Technologies’ TAC-700 launcher fires up to 12 rounds per second and features a high-capacity 200-round hopper, an automatic feed system, and a honed barrel.

Chemical Agents

View our roundup of nine chemical agents and customizable launchers created for either indoor or outdoor use with inert training rounds or impact projectiles. Chemical agents include liquid or powder barricade penetrators, OC-Vapor grenades, aerosol projectors and pepper projectiles.

Less-Lethal Launchers: Reaching Out and Punching Someone

Today, police have a wide variety of tools and munitions for exerting less-lethal force on individuals at greater and greater distances. Extended range less-lethal impact weapons have been refined to the point that they are both accurate and extremely effective when deployed correctly.