Pepper Rounds for Paintball & Home Defense Kit Review


Hey guys, what's going on? Joe, with Lone Wolf Paintball, and today I'm going over the live PepperBall pepper rounds for paintball and our new home defense options we've got added to the website. 

PepperBall Live SD .68 Caliber Pepper Ball Rounds

All right, guys, so sitting in front of me are the PepperBall Live SD .68 Caliber Pepper Ball rounds. These are available now for consumers like us. It's a nonlethal home defense option. So these won't kill anybody, but they will definitely stun them, definitely stop them in their tracks, definitely make them start sneezing, coughing, and having a really really adverse reaction.

So I'm gonna go over how these work today and some of the home defense kits, and then we're definitely gonna do a separate shooting video outside where we shoot these. You can kind of see the cloud, and hopefully we'll have a volunteer to take a hit, and we'll see how it reacts.

[Mark] So if you wanna volunteer, let us know in the comments below.

Yeah, Yeah, if you'd be interested in volunteering to take a couple of these to the chest, then, you know, we'll do it. So, all right, well, yeah, like I said, PepperBall, this type of stuff's been around for a long time. It's just usually reserved for law enforcement, military, retired cops, things like that. But as of recently, it's been something that's readily available to consumers.

What’s in Pepper Ball Rounds for Paintball Markers?

So, we’ll crack these open. So to get into the background on pepper ball rounds, people always ask what's in them? They're actually considered a food product. The live ingredient in this is from a PAVA pepper, I believe they call it. Yeah, PAVA, yep. The PAVA, a pepper powder which is approximately 2% live. So this actually comes from a food extract. Here, I’ll open one, ooh, be careful.

[Mark] Yikes!

Pepper Ball Rounds Unboxing

I’ll open one of these too so you can see. So these are .68 caliber pepper ball rounds for paintball guns. You can shoot them out of any normal paintball gun, marker whatever you’d like to call it. I’ll put some out there for you guys to see. So any pack, it's gonna come with two five-round tubes. You get 10 rounds total. Retail price on the rounds is around $35 bucks. So, obviously, they can get pricey, but hopefully you'll never even have to use these.

That's always the hope with any type of home defense, you know, fire arm, non-lethal, anything like that. Hopefully you're never in a position that you'll ever need to shoot one of these. So hopefully you just spend your money on them, and you never have to fire them, and everything's perfectly safe. But if you do need to use them, it'll definitely be money well-spent.

PepperBall Live SD .68 Caliber Pepper Balls Review

So how these things work, if you can kind of see them, so the shells themselves, so the PepperBall stuff is actually made by First Strike. That's one of their separate companies, divisions, however the legal is written out. But they're kind of hand in hand. So the shells are actually a double-sided First Strike round.

So usually a First Strike round is just going to be this, you got your center seam. The top half, of course, would be the plastic. The bottom half is that fin that everybody knows. So the PepperBall .68 caliber round is just an entire First Strike shell. So one of the benefits to these is that they are impervious to anything that a First Strike is. You know, water, dirt, moisture, all those things that normally gum up a paintball that will make a paintball not shoot. That's what these things will not do. So, which is pretty cool. So, they can get wet, they can do any of that type of stuff, and they'll shoot perfectly fine.

Shelf Life

They say the shelf life on these is about two years long. So after two years you might wanna shoot them or replace them. I mean, they'll probably work. I would even think forever. The First Strike round, usually what they say is, it's typically just the light that breaks them down.

[Mark] I would think it may not be necessarily that the shell's gonna go bad in two years, but the potency of the pepper will decrease, so the guy only will have a slight sneeze if you shoot him after two years, instead of a full on.

So, you might wanna swap them out. You can always test that theory after a couple years is up, shoot it and see. Maybe even do, do one now, one two years later to compare it.

[Mark] Yeah, let us know, make sure you email us if you do test this.

I'm definitely gonna be excited to go outside and shoot these, see how it works, but--

First Strike Outer Shell

[Mark] They're intimidating with that red shell.

Yeah, if you hear them clinking together, they kind of sound like marbles. Yeah.

[Mark] That's definitely not the sound of paintballs rubbing against each other.

Yeah, no, that's for sure. So, like I said, pepper balls can shoot out of any .68 caliber paintball gun. If you had the money, I mean, you could easily fill up a hopper with 200 rounds of them. I mean, that would probably be about $400 bucks to fill your hopper, but could not imagine unleashing 200 of these things at once. That would be--

[Mark] A bad time for somebody.

Yes, that'd be a bad time for anybody within like a mile. Yeah, that would be crazy. But yeah, so you can hear these things popping around. So when they hit somebody it's definitely gonna hit with a thump. I mean, you got your gun crowing at about $300 feet per second, and I'm sure if you're using it for home defense, you can crank it up a little bit more. They even make some special, like home defense version guns, like home defense only, that you can't even use at a paintball field, that shoot at even higher velocities. If you crank one of these out at someone, it's gonna sting.

[Mark] Have we ever tested to see if the First Strike shells, in general, are more brittle and break easier, or are they a little tougher to break than a traditional paintball, like a--

I mean we haven't done an official stress test per se. I mean, my first inclination would be, yeah, they're definitely gonna be, You know, I know guys that play First Strike are like, "No, it doesn't hurt anymore. It doesn't hurt." I mean, I would have to imagine that the shell's probably gonna take a little bit more to crack, I mean, just due to the fact of the material that it's made out of. It's impervious to water and things of that nature. So I would have to--

[Mark] I would just hate to shoot someone with one of them and find out it doesn't break.

I'm squeezing that pretty hard. Yeah, I mean this thing, I mean I'm not speaking to First Strikes shells. You know, those might be formed. But these things are, I mean, I'm squeezing this pretty hard to the point that,

[Mark] Okay, there's no on the package that say, like, you should shoot this at a 300 velocity or...

Shipping to Specific States

No, no, it's got just kind of your basic warnings, recommendations, legality stuff. You only have to be 18 to purchase these. There's no background checks or anything like that. There are definitely restrictions though. They can't be shipped to California, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. So if you live in one of those states, unfortunately, we will not be able to ship these to you.

TiPX Pepper Ball Home Defense Kit

So I'm gonna actually show you the TiPX Pepper Ball Home Defense Kit. We actually have these now on our website. We added a home defense section on the website now. You can search pepper ball, and then we're putting together some bundles.

The first one we did was, naturally, the Tippmann TiPX Pepper Ball kit with ammo. So we have a bundle on the website for $329. It'll get you the Tippmann TiPX. It comes with two magazines, seven round True Feeds, one already in the gun. Th second magazine comes with all your parts, barrel cover, your barrel plug. And then included in the kit, we will be including six 12-gram cartridges. So you can mess around, you can shoot it with some normal paintballs to practice. And then you'll get a 10-count of the pepper ball rounds for paintball guns. So, you're getting a whole set of the .69 caliber pepper ball rounds and you're getting six cartridges. So you got plenty of air.

We're gonna add some other stuff too, like your TippMann TMCs with the Air-Thru Stocks. Those are a really great option for home defense. Give you the realistic rifle feel with the little tank in the stock. The TiPX pistol is obviously a great option, again, for the home defense route.

Like I said though, you can shoot these pepper balls out of any .68 caliber paintball gun you have. You can throw them in an R2 and feed them into your CS2, and have a day at it. So, but, cool, guys. 

Like I said, this was kind of an overview of the new PepperBall rounds that we're carrying. This is an option. Now that you can purchase them through the website. Home defense kits, TiPXs, magazines, rounds, cartridges. You can even buy whole bundles. We'll be adding some other guns, other tank options to come in bundles. Anything you wanna see, let us know, and, most important, definitely can't wait to shoot these. So stay tuned for a follow-up video to see how they perform outside.

[Mark] And don't forget to go to the Jerky Den. Get that lean protein, keeps you full all day in the field or on your couch while you're watching our videos. And, give me one second, we will have a comment for Joe to answer.

Question from our YouTube Audience

*Update 10/5/21

We have fortunately been able to remain open since this review on pepper balls has been posted. We can still do curb side fill up and similar if required. If you are local to us, stop on in today! 

From the YouTube channel. All right, well, here's one kind of relevant to us being local. “Burrowslawnboy terps” wants to know, is the shop open for air and paint?

Yeah, so we are open now. Now that you guys are seeing this video, curbside pickup has been allowed again for retail stores. We've been shipping online orders as well. That hasn't been an issue whatsoever. But, yeah, so currently, today is April 30th, when we're shooting this video, so we are open now. Rules could change. Hopefully we're not gonna be taking a step backwards. But, yeah, we are open for paint and air. So give us a call. We do curbside fill-up. You just drop your tanks off in our enclosed vestibule, you head outside, we sanitize them, fill them, and leave them out there for you to pick up, so.

[Mark] And the outdoor paintball, Metamora Field, is now open for play, 'cause by the time this comes out, opening weekend will have already happened with the new rules. And there either was already a video discussing all the new rules, or it will be coming soon, depending on what order these come out. So look for it or stay tuned. Thanks guys.

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