Army’s Newest Non-Lethal Weapon Is Spicy!

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July 2, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: July 2 on

The Army recently awarded a $650,000 contract to purchase a new non-lethal weapon that launches paintball-like projectiles that irritate and deter potential aggressors.

The Variable Kinetic System (VKS), made by PepperBall Technologies was purchased for troops in Afghanistan, according to a company release.

The weapon has the same controls and ergonomics of the M4/M16 weapons system, so muscle memory training is the same for soldiers who carry those weapons, which is practically everyone in the Army.

Kinetic impact is adjustable to between 10-28 Joules
With VXR™ projectiles, has effective accurate distance of 120 – 150 feet
Same look, feel and fire control system as an AR-15/M-4 carbine
Feeds 20+ PPS (Projectiles Per Second)
Hopper capacity of 180 rounds
Magazine capacity of either 10 or 15 rounds
Dual air source. HPA butt-stock 13ci tank or remote airline to tank of your choice

PepperBall VKS Webpage