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The HERO 2020 Non-Lethal Self Defense Tool is Now Available

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HERO Defense Systems is a Salt Lake City, UT based manufacturer specializing in non-lethal self-defense devices. Today they announced the re-release of their adaptable HERO 2020 device. The HERO 2020 is very similar in function to the Russian PB-4SP Osa traumatic pistol in that they are both aimed at having a less lethal option available to those who want it.

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The HERO 2020 Non-Lethal Self Defense Tool is Now Available

The newly released HERO 2020 comes available with several different cartridges which all use the same PAVA compound. This is what the HERO website had to say about the substance:

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A non-lethal* high grade synthetic capsaicin, PAVA works by binding to receptors that send pain and heat signals to the brain. Targets experience intense burning on the skin (as if exposed to scalding heat), difficulty seeing, intense coughing, and discomfort for up to an hour. There are no long term effects.

The full press release is below:

HERO™ Defense Systems LLC, a manufacturer of non-lethal personal defense devices, announced today the re-release of HERO™ 2020. After being held up for months by COVID-19 shutdowns, the national supply chain is finally able to resume production and deliver parts to HERO™ distribution. Today HERO™ 2020 is once more available for purchase at HERO.US.com.

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A NEW CLASS OF NON-LETHAL PROTECTION
This non-lethal, best in class defense device combines powerful and reliable features into a compact solution. HERO™ 2020's award winning design is easy to conceal and simple to use, a great fit for any lifestyle. Its innovative interchangeable cartridges are a stand out feature, allowing users to swap cartridges quickly and easily to fit any environment. HERO™ 2020 currently boasts three cartridge choices: Pava Ball™ , Pava Gel™, and the newly released Pava Burst™. Cartridges can be changed out in seconds and contain two rounds of PAVA/OC based irritant. A rechargeable onboard battery powers the 600 lumen stun light and laser aim assist. HERO™ 2020 was designed for comfort and usability. It's compact size, sleek shape, and light weight make it easy to carry while the dual finger trigger and double sided safety make using it a breeze.

"We're proud to relaunch our first product and get back to the business of saving lives. It's important to all of us to stay focused on building the highest quality, user friendly, non-lethal solutions around. HERO™ 2020 and the accompanying accessories gives users a choice, a complete solution for self defense. We provide the training, and you build confidence.

We remain committed to our family, friends, customers, and distribution partners to provide products and training that are reliable, effective, and save lives."

- David Clemons, Co-Founder and Partner, HERO™ Defense Systems

HERO™ 2020 is the first in a line of non-lethal products from HERO™ Defense Systems. A second, smaller device is planned for release in January 2021 at the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas.
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Apparently, the PAVA projectiles in both gel and powder forms of the substance remain potent up to 2 years from the date of manufacture. With a cartridge cost of only $15 that makes these more than affordable enough to replace every couple of years.
 

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can't be used/possessed/carried in NYC
 

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22 ft range, legal everywhere:
There's a video on YouTube where a guy has himself hosed down with this stuff. He takes several blasts directly to his face and chest with no ill effect. He also tests other similar products that have no debilitating effect whatsoever.

I wonder if the effective use of this spray for self-defense is just an old wives tale.
 

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There's a video on YouTube where a guy has himself hosed down with this stuff. He takes several blasts directly to his face and chest with no ill effect. He also tests other similar products that have no debilitating effect whatsoever.

I wonder if the effective use of this spray for self-defense is just an old wives tale.
It is unwise to use wasp spray instead of pepper spray, but it is better than nothing.

 

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As to pepper spray versus bear spray, there appears to be a wall of total BS.

Pepper sprays are 10%, small, no mail order in NY (buy from FFL or pharmacist).

Bear spray is 2%, considered a pesticide and regulated as such, large canister.

Then the BS (not "bear spray") starts:

1) Pepper spray will not deter a bear

2) Bear spray will be ineffective on humans

If 2% will deter a bear, dog, or mountain lion, it will certainly deter a human, which is right in the middle of the size range. OTOH, the animals might have more sensitive organs and 2% is enough, whereas humans are so used to pollution it takes 10%.

If 2% pepper spray will deter a bear, 10% pepper spray will deter it 5x as much. The only caveat is if you miss your shot you are screwed.

I am sure there is some good stuff out there (bear 10%) but I can't find it. Maybe in Finland? Home brew?
 

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Hero 2020 new idea, fast interchanageable cartridges, practice rounds @ 12' (personal security ring) but capable of much further.

It comes with projectiles such as pepper filled balls. Lots of training and product is shipping.
 

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While no option fits every scenario I like having options. Gun, knife, OC spray, Tazer, Hero, etc., anything that buys some time to get away.
 
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