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PepperBall Technologies Introduces FlashLauncher

PepperBall Technologies, Inc. Press Release - 8/06/2007

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Provides Illuminated Protection, Advantages Over Competing Products By Using Proven PepperBall Technology

PepperBall FlashLauncher™

PepperBall FlashLauncher™

SAN DIEGO, Ca. - PepperBall Technologies, Inc., the leading producer of less-lethal weapons solutions, continues to expand its product line with the PepperBall® FlashLauncher™, a compact use-of-force option for the law enforcement, private security, corrections and bail-enforcement markets. FlashLauncher can launch up to five PepperBall® projectiles with semi-automatic action and incorporates a working, high utility rechargeable flashlight in one product.

Upon launching FlashLauncher is designed to provide safe and effective results through painful impact and release of hot pepper powder from patented PepperBall projectiles. This combination is designed to stun and incapacitate would-be assailants giving authorized personnel tactical advantage, enhanced safety and a measured response.

According to Eric Wenaas, president and chief executive officer of PepperBall Technologies, Inc., FlashLauncher is ideal for use during nighttime traffic stops, perimeter patrols, or area searches where officers, guards, or agents need a less-lethal solution and a powerful light to illuminate an area while keeping their other hand free for use.

“The combination of a flashlight and PepperBall launcher allows law enforcement, corrections officers, private security guards and bail-enforcement agents to immediately respond to situations that can suddenly require use of force,” he said. “The same core technology used in FlashLauncher is also the choice for thousands of law enforcement agencies, security service providers, and private concerns around the world.”

FlashLauncher’s 80-lumen flashlight illuminates immediate surroundings such as the inside of corrections cells, dark rooms, perimeters and vehicles. Its focused beam also illuminates person-sized objects at the target-accurate range of 30 feet. This gives users the ability to quickly assess situations and more easily judge if launching is required. The unit also includes a laser sight to make targeting simple and accurate.

The compact FlashLauncher can be stored in a recharging unit mounted inside a patrol car, or at agency facilities.

FlashLauncher was designed to compete with other hand held less lethal products including pepper sprays and flashlight products which integrate pepper spray. FlashLauncher offers several advantages over these kinds of products, including:

  • Extended range: FlashLauncher projectiles are target-accurate to 30 feet – up to twice the distance of pepper spray/flashlight products. FlashLauncher is effective at full range yet also safe for in-close encounters.
  • Superior stopping power: FlashLauncher offers the effects of active agent pepper powder combined with the painful impact of 10-12 foot pounds of kinetic energy from each PepperBall projectile.
  • Engagement of multiple suspects: Unlike many other less-lethal weapons, which can target only a single suspect, FlashLauncher can launch five high-stopping-power projectiles before the need to reload.

Wenaas said FlashLauncher was designed to meet the requests of customers for a PepperBall product combining a high-power flashlight in a hand-held configuration.

“PepperBall has developed a track record as an effective tool in achieving compliance and giving users a defensive tactical advantage,” he said. “We have been providing less-lethal solutions for eight years, while some of our competitors are new to the industry.”

About PepperBall Technologies, Inc.

PepperBall Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes the PepperBallâ brand line of less-lethal solutions. Products include a full line of PepperBall system launchers and projectiles, and PepperBall pepper spray. PepperBall’s thousands of users include the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States Border Patrol, police and sheriff’s departments in major United States cities, as well as private entities, security services companies, and bail enforcement agencies around the world.

For more information on the FlashLauncher or other products offered by PepperBall Technologies, Inc., visit

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