In law enforcement worldwide, there is growing aversion to the use of lethal force, no matter how outrageous the provocation. To stop criminal activity, gain compliance through attitude adjustment, and make the arrest while keeping the lawbreakers alive is the new objective.
Safeguard Lives with Rubber Bullets
Demand for less lethal ammunition is in a high growth phase and Less Lethal Africa is at the forefront of new less lethal impact technology.
Less Lethal Africa is an OEM, with outsource factories located in Africa and around the world. These enterprises load and ship our ammunition on our behalf and under our direction.
We use the term "less lethal" and not "non lethal" to describe our ammunition because incorrect use can cause serious injury, even death. Some penetration is accepted as "less lethal". The clay test at 20m should have average penetration of less than 60mm. Less Lethal ammunition should only be used by persons specifically trained in its use.
For more information on what to expect from "less lethal", we refer you to our article "What to expect from less lethal bullets" below.
See also "Differences in Less Lethal vs Regular Ammo" below.
less lethal bullets for rifles and pistol are small and light and need to travel fast or they will not hurt at all.
small bullets may penetrate at recommended min 20m range, (although hitting energy (joules) are not high)
some penetration is accepted as "less lethal". The clay test at 20m should have average penetration of less than 44mm (less lethal clay, 20 degC)
big bullets can have high joules but no penetration (a needle goes in much easier than a ball, given the same hitting energy)
always aim at legs to keep the bullets “less lethal”
in practice there should be VERY few cases of penetration at 20m (causing a small hole in the leg)
police will shoot at min 20m which means MOST shooting will take place at a range greater than 20m
you can expect 80% of shots fired to fall within a 30 cm circle (or better) at 20m
less lethal bullets can be fired from conventional weapons but there is no pressure to cycle the weapon. Manual cycling will be necessary unless a simple bolt conversion kit is installed. This will allow full auto fire of rubber bullets.