‘Snowflake’ Removal with Less-Lethal Pepperball Pistol – SHOT Show 2018

The Tactical Compact Pistol from Pepperball.

Deadly force is not always necessary.  Sometimes one needs to subdue a potential threat or de-escalate a situation with less-lethal force.  Enter Pepperball.  A trusted source for restoring law and order for nearly two decades.

AT SHOT Show we got a chance to view two newer products.  The Tactical Compact Pistol (TCP) and the Flashlauncher.

Tactical Compact Pistol

The Tactical Compact Pistol or TCP is a magazine-fed, CO2-powered, semiauto tool that fires Pepperballs.  It is specifically designed for law enforcement, military and corrections.  In other words, not for the average joe.  Sadly.

In the hand. There is zero recoil on the TCP.


  • Compact, ultra-light weight that fits comfortably on standard duty belt
  • Molded duty holster included
  • Semi-auto action
  • Fires 6 round projectiles or VXR-shaped projectiles
  • Round projectiles accurate to 65 ft./20 meters
  • VXR-shaped projectiles accurate to 150 ft./50 meters
  • Ambidextrous cross safety pin
  • Under mount rail (for mounting light/laser)
  • Designed for use with CO2 or nitrogen

The TCP is badass.  It’s a blast to shoot.  Because it’s CO2/Nitrogen operated, there is zero recoil.  It was more accurate than I expected it.  Especially when shooting those VXR projectiles, aka bullet-shaped pepperballs.  They made a substantial difference.  I was easily able to hit headshots from 15 yards out (or thereabouts).

Comes in multiple colors. Including black, yellow, orange and LAPD green.

I think this will be a hit with the LEO market.  Available in plain black, yellow, orange and LAPD green.  Price point for the TCP should be under $400.


Not a law enforcement officer or a government agent?  No worries.  Pepperball has something for us common folk too.  It’s the “Flashlauncher.”  A flashlight, laser, and Pepperball launcher all in one unit.

Like the pistol, it’s a semiauto firing system. It has a capacity of five balls.  To operate, the user needs to point.  Aim.  Push the button and put a ball on target.  Not only does the aggressor get the kinetic wallop of the projectile, they get smoked with the irritant as well.  It’s bound to take the fight right out of that jackal.

The Flashlauncher. Another tool to add to your arsenal.


  • Combines a flashlight and PepperBall launcher into a single device.
  • Semi-automatic firing system.
  • Bright 180-lumen flashlight.
  • Integrated laser sight for rapid target acquisition.
  • Optional rechargeable battery & charger available.

There are some restrictions on owning the Flashlauncher.  It’s not a 50-state legal device.  California, New York, Colorado, and Minnesota all prohibit it as of now.  But that may change.

Flashlight, laser, and launcher all in one unit.

You can light up your target. Or just use the laser.

It should be available this April.  Price will be $299.  That include projectiles and the power source.  For more information on the TCP or the Flashlauncher, make sure to visit the Pepperball website.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • ejharb February 18, 2018, 9:45 am

    Snowflake removal heh.until the dirtbags want to arm up which will likely be soon.anyone who knows history knows what’s coming.

  • dman January 29, 2018, 8:56 am

    How about buy a 100 paintball gun and shoot the .68 caliber pepper balls out of it instead OF PAYING FOR A NAME?

  • Matthew January 25, 2018, 7:35 pm

    Will pepperball flashlaunchet be available to citizens
    Also when will it be released?

  • Archangel January 25, 2018, 7:24 pm

    Old, old, OLD news.
    Slow day?

  • picrthis January 24, 2018, 5:37 pm

    I don’t get whats new about these? pepper ball guns have been out for years

  • Patrick January 24, 2018, 5:36 pm

    In Kansas I c an buy and carry a handgun, no permit required. But non-firing replica guns are restricted. Switchblades are legal to carry, but ninja throwing stars are banned. Never heard of throwing stars being used in an assault, so I guess the law works.

  • Zac January 24, 2018, 3:44 pm

    Way to point it right at yourself.

  • joefoam January 24, 2018, 1:33 pm

    Would it be okay to use one on my unruly kids?

    • ejharb February 18, 2018, 10:06 am

      Only if they are going antifa and coming towards you with bike locks 😀

  • Paul Ruffle January 24, 2018, 10:51 am

    Since the TCP is CO2 or Nitrogen gas powered it’s not a firearm, so it wouldn’t be regulated by the BATF. I don’t understand why it’s not available to the general public. Maybe there is a federal law I’m not aware of that regulates pepperball guns. I’m going to do a little research on this.

    • Area 52 January 24, 2018, 1:16 pm

      In my state local municipalities cannot make laws regulating guns. However then can ban/regulate air guns. Many cities did that and have an out right ban on them. Some even banned paintball guns. There is even a state law that bans anyone from having a loaded paint ball gun in the car. ( thanks to the vandals) My point is this would probably fit the definition of an air gun and in some locations it might be already banned on a local level or one might not be able to transport it loaded legally in a car. Just because ATF can’t ban it doesn’t mean another level of government can’t.

  • Mike daniels January 24, 2018, 8:50 am

    Are you guys serious?
    I can carry a lethal .40 cal pistol with 12 rounds but I cant carry this LESS LETHAL PEPPER BALL GUN


    This country is now led by a nation of RETARDS

    • Jay January 24, 2018, 10:13 am

      Agree 110%, you know we are led by a nation of idiots when illegals and criminals have more right than we do!

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