Beretta USA and PepperBall Technologies to Offer Non-Lethal Defense Devices
The allied companies will develop products using PepperBallâ€™s unique and proven Chem-netics technology to effectively achieve subject compliance. Affected individuals experience the deterrent effect of being struck by the powerful yet less-than-lethal kinetic impact of a patented hard frangible projectile, and the release of potent PAVA (capsaicin II) pepper super-irritant.
The combined effects of this technology will enable Beretta and PepperBall to develop products that are extremely effective while also lowering the level of kinetic impact relied upon by other less-than-lethal products, thereby enhancing the security of users and saving subject lives.
â€œThese are the most comprehensive, less-than-lethal products available today,â€ said E. Scott Blackwell, vice president of law enforcement and defense group at Beretta USA. â€œThese products use psychological shock, kinetic impact, and chemical effects as multiple deterrents, when most less-than-lethal products use only one,â€ he said.
The companies plan to supply their initial products to the commercial markets through Berettaâ€™s existing dealer base. PTI has provided their existing TAC700 and SA200 launcher products to over 3,000 law enforcement agencies in the U. S. and has produced and sold more than 10 million non-lethal projectiles. Berettaâ€™s law enforcement and military group will be assisting PTI in creating further awareness and educating users of the numerous benefits of the non-lethal solutions.
Christopher Merritt, general manager of Beretta USA, said Beretta was attracted to the alliance by PTIâ€™s strong patent portfolio in the areas of non-lethal projectile and delivery systems. â€œPTIâ€™s management team has extensive experience in developing similar solutions for the United States Department of Defense,â€ he said. â€œPartnering with PTI provides Beretta with a dynamic foundation from which to offer our existing customers innovative self defense/security solutions, and introduce new customers to the world of Beretta.â€
Eric Wenaas, PTIâ€™s president and chief executive officer, said he expects the alliance with Beretta to help PepperBall more quickly penetrate new and existing markets with its products. â€œAn opportunity to work with a global company such as Beretta was one that we were anxious to embrace,â€ he said.
â€œCombining PepperBallâ€™s innovative focus on various technology solutions with Berettaâ€™s strong brand, solutions-based approach, and marketing prowess is a combination that we believe will create a uniquely powerful force in serving the demand for and providing non-lethal solutions to various markets.â€
Beretta U.S.A. was founded in 1977 and supplies the standard sidearm to the U.S. Armed Forces. Today Beretta manufactures, distributes and markets a complete line of firearms, accessories and apparel. Beretta also operates five retail Beretta Gallery stores worldwide.
PepperBall Technologies Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes the PepperBall brand line of non-lethal weapons for governmental, military, corrections, private security, and law enforcement agencies. For more information on PepperBall Technologies, visit www.pepperball.com.