Check out our April 2020 overview of these Noise Flash Distraction Devices (NFDD): flash bangs and blast balls, on YouTube.
Our testing of these devices included the evaluation of flammability potential when used in a tactical environment with CS (tear gas). This testing was featured on Washington’s Most Wanted in 2015.
Our firm has extensive experience analyzing evidence and data related to TASER incidents (see our article). We strive to stay up to date with emerging technology and Leroy and Tom with Seattle PD were kind enough to allow us to test fire the new TASER 7 that they are testing and evaluating. There are significant differences from other Axon-TASER models, including new cartridges and probes. The T7 cartridges are available in 3.5 and 12 degree configurations to provide user options for range/probe spread.
The probes now contain the wire which unspools as they travel down range. The probe head will detach at tangential impacts. Forensically, the probes can analyzed where the wire is crimped to the probe head!
In the August 2018 issue of Law Enforcement Technology, we grabbed the cover with an article on Less Lethal Weapon Integration for police and corrections. The piece discusses selection, implementation and post event considerations that can deescalate volatile situations and reduce liability. We hope it can serve as an initial guide for departments looking to start or improve their less lethal program. The fantastic photos were provided by Jessamy Lennon Photography. Thanks Jess!
The TCP model is latest release in the Pepperball line. A compact version of the old Tiberius, this is a little CO2 driven, magazine fed six shooter that fires the VXR shaped round. It’s a nice, accurate device with a rifled barrel and variable velocity with the same impact qualities as their big brothers.
Schiesse dem Fenster! Pepperball recently released a glass breaker VXR round (middle). The payload for the standard powder (livex left, inert right) and liquid rounds is replaced by an aluminum disk in the nose to facilitate energy transfer required to shatter glass. These projectiles are designed for specific tactical applications and it is crucial for operators to know the incident angle which will consistently break glass. On a ridiculously rainy day, we shot some tempered side windows from a couple cars to test for critical angle estimations. Learn more about these rounds on an upcoming segment on our Youtube channel. Special thanks to Gundies Auto Recyclers in Bellingham, Wa for the doors of science!
During a recent shooting incident reconstruction class instructed by Forensic Science Consultants, we had some time after hours to perform preliminary research on our critical angle project. We found that automotive tempered glass resists 40mm less lethal projectiles at angles shallower than 90 degrees. 40mm impact munitions are sometimes used to break windows during operations, but the round must strike nearly square to the window to breach it consistently.
Come see a presentation on this topic at the AAFS meeting in Seattle, Thursday February 22!
These two 68 caliber pneumatic less lethal launchers (FN303, Pepperball VKS) are making a surge in the market. We shot some telling high speed video with impacts into a human analog using an SC2+ Edgertronic HSV camera.
Check our Video on Youtube.
Projectiles for these launchers, VXR (left) and FN303 (right)
The show in Vegas this year was as exciting as usual with new less lethal products and firearms including a single 40mm launcher from ALS, a quad-launcher from Safariland. Safariland is now offering a variable speed 40mm impact munition that the user can manually change in the field. Also released this week was a new civilian TASER.
One of the most exciting new products is a 16 shot full/semi automatic shotgun from SRM Arms, offering a less-lethal platform as well.
Contact us for more information on these or any other less lethal product
US Tactical hosted a demonstration in Oregon of the Milkor(AAMI) 40mm MGL-LTL Multi-launcher with the BIP round from SDI. WDF tested a couple of rounds with the new “less lethal” gelatin block from Clear Ballistics. This was the best multi launcher we have tested to date in terms of quality, trigger pull and consistency of projectile flight.