Should you need a daylight launcher, the PepperBall TCP (Tactical Compact Pistol) is one to consider. This unit looks, aims, and functions much like a striker-fired pistol with a grip magazine except this magazine holds the CO2 cylinder as well as 6 pepper balls. Load it, insert magazine, puncture the cylinder, and launch a pepper ball with each pull of the trigger. Easy and impressively accurate. As the video shows, I was able, first try, to rapid fire six balls into jacket draped over a sheet of plywood satisfyingly quickly. The experience made me want to load up and fire six more!
The TCP has large, easily seen sights, a transverse safety bar in front of and above the trigger, a magazine release button in the usual position, and a brightly colored body to help differentiate this from a real firearm. Launch velocity can be can be cranked up and down with a hex wrench.
I found the TCP much easier to use than the Mobile because of its pistol shape and function. Pressing the top trigger of the Mobile is unlike the firing of any launcher or gun I’ve used before. That said, the Mobile is a versatile nocturnal launcher, the flashlight illuminating the way, the pepper balls standing ready for defense, and the laser providing a fine aiming point regardless how the unit is held.
Given costs, (I almost hate to report this, but…) ideally you would want both units. Pragmatically, however, you might decide under just what lighting conditions you’d most likely need to mount a PAVA/capsaicin defense of life, limb, or property. I see the Mobile with three CO2 canisters, 12 inert powder practice balls, and 6 live pepper balls selling for around $200. The TCP is currently advertised at $299.99.
PepperBall Mobile & TCP Self-Defense Launchers — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com