If you have somehow missed Kimber’s recent advertising with their new LifeAct non-lethal self-defense tools, you probably don’t read too many gun magazines. Kimber’s Guardian Angel is a new type of delivery device for Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), often referred to as “pepper spray.” The Guardian Angel actually utilizes a pyrotechnic charge to deliver a 6 milliliter payload of OC at approximately 90 m.p.h.! The effective range is up to 13 feet.
This delivery system has many advantages over a traditional chemical spray. The effective range of 13 feet is much farther than traditional chemical sprays, and the high speed delivery significantly reduces the chance of blow-back on the user. Since the propellant is pyrotechnic, as opposed to an aerosol, the unit can be fired in any orientation, and will not suffer a loss of pressure.
Non-lethal weapons should be an important part of anyone’s self-defense strategy.
The only real downsides to this platform are a slightly larger size than some aerosol chemical sprays, and a limited capacity. Each Guardian Angel fires only two charges before empty. Once empty, the unit must be disposed of—it is not refillable.
Kimber sent me a couple of training units that were identical to the live units, but filled with a sticky blue die instead of OC. This gave me an opportunity to use and shoot the units, and even employ the Guardian Angel against a live volunteer! Following the simple instructions provided, the unit is very easy to aim and shoot accurately, even out to its maximum range. The roughly 7 pound trigger pull would be nearly impossible to discharge accidentally, but functions quite easily under stress. The propellant charge makes a very low volume popping sound, and the recoil is unnoticeable.
Shooting the dye-filled training Guardian Angels at my volunteer test subject was very enlightening. At just inside 13 feet, I was able to easily center the OC charge on the head and neck of the attacker, covering him in blue dye. A second shot, if necessary, comes instinctively with the second pull of the trigger. Even in a decent cross-wind, I was able to make acceptable hits.
I could not find a live volunteer to take a face full of the OC spray. I have no reason to doubt that this OC formula is quite nasty. If anyone out there wants to take a hit and report back, please let me know!
The LifeAct Guardian Angel is a unique step forward in an OC delivery system. Non-lethal weapons should be an important part of anyone’s self-defense strategy. If the advantages of this system appeal to you, the Kimber product will not disappoint. The Guardian Angel has a suggested retail of $41.99, and appears to be selling very close to this price at most retailers. The units are rated to last for 3 years, and Kimber will even send you a three year replacement reminder upon request. Check out the Guardian Angel at www.kimberamerica.com, or call (800) 880-2418.