Video: The PepperBall Non-Lethal Weapon System

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The PepperBall is a non-lethal weapon system designed to incapacitate would-be attackers with a stinging projectile filled with a concentrated powder irritant.

Many of those who take their safety within the home seriously might have a handgun in a nightstand or a shotgun propped nearby for addressing threats. However, for those unfamiliar with or untrained with firearms, or for those not prepared to or unwilling to defend themselves with lethal force, a non-lethal response tool might be the ticket. And a great option that’s currently available is the PepperBall non-lethal weapon system. 

At the crux of this system are a spherical projectile (typically filled with a concentrated powder irritant designed to incapacitate threats) and a launcher designed to propel it. One of the nice things about this, of course, as opposed to simple pepper spray, is that the risk of accidentally spraying yourself is dramatically reduced, as the ball is launched at decent speed to the target.

During the recent 2018 SHOT Show, Gun Digest Editor Luke Hartle was able to get a hands-on look at the PepperBall system. More specifically, he examines and tries out the “Life Light,” or Flashlauncher, which sends the projectiles downrange at around 300 feet per second — plenty fast to bust the PepperBall open and unleash its payload. 

As an added bonus, the launcher, as its name suggests, comes equipped with a 180-lumen flashlight. A light is critical in any home defense scenario, and with this PepperBall launcher, it’s built right into the design.

It also incorporates a laser sight to assist the user with aiming. Just as a laser makes sense on a home defense firearm or carry gun, so too does it here.

Although it’s the powder irritant that most will be looking at with the PepperBall system, the manufacturer’s website also lists a host of other projectile options. These include various types of visible and non-visible marking rounds, a water-filled training round and a glass breaking projectile, among others.

For more information on this innovative non-lethal weapon system, check out the video above or visit the PepperBall website.


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