MAKE: PepperBall MODEL: LifeLite Model 52 SIZE: 11.25” L x 2.31” W x 2.56” H; 1.75 lbs. URL: PBLifeLite.com MSRP: $300
The LifeLite offers effective, nonlethal self-defense. It launches a pharmaceutical-grade PAVA pepper powder ball up to 60 feet. To engage the threat: Pull the safety pin (as on a grenade), slide the safety forward (which turns on the laser-aiming guide), and press the trigger. Although we found it to be pretty accurate, direct hits aren’t required—the pepperball bursts into a 12-foot cloud of irritant that disables the attacker for up to 15 minutes.
It’s semiauto with a five-shot capacity and uses a standard airgun CO2 cartridge. The built-in flashlight is 350 lumens. It ships with five live SD Pepperballs, 10 inert practice balls and three CO2 cartridges. It’s about the size of a Maglite (circa 1990s) and the weight of a loaded 1911. (We enjoyed shooting the inert—and not-so-inert—projectiles more than we should have.)