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Here’s A New Gun That Aims To Make The Bad Guy’s Job Safer By Removing The Occupational Hazards


Say hello to SALT, the gun that aims to try and take out the bad guy without actually hurting him. Because we wouldn’t want that. Hmm.

First, watch the video above. I’ll wait.

Here’s the concept:

This gun shoots a ball filled with a toxic mix of elements that cause problems for the recipient such as temporary blindness, breathing troubles, etc. The goal of the company is to offer a non-lethal self-defense alternative to traditional firearms to keep families safe.

Here’s big idea #1.


My first immediate thought with big idea #1 is that the majority of times where a person needs to draw a gun is when they are in close proximity of the bad guy. Say within 10 feet. If we now introduce a toxic mix of chemicals into the air, how are we not going to be affected by that?

Now we’re both incapacitated and what if bad guy #1 has his buddy bad guy #2 right around the corner? Do you see the problem?

But wait. There’s more. According to their Indiegogo campaign, the effects gradually diminish over 15-30 minutes. Given the fact that the average police response time is in that same area, you’d better hope they’re getting there quicker on the day you need them. If your intruder is able to get back on his feet in 15 minutes, where does that leave your safety now?

Their goal, in their own words, is to “keep the people you love safe” (and also keep the bad guy safe).

Let’s move on to big idea #2



In theory, this may sound like a nice idea. It seems to me, though, that this cloud won’t be lingering around forever. If someone is truly breaking into your home, they’re usually in a hurry. Running through a diminishing cloud of toxins and making it out seems plausible to me, and now you’re left to defend yourself with a glorified paintball gun. Better not miss.

Ok, big idea #3


This is plausible, as some people are definitely afraid of a traditional gun. There will certainly be a market for it, but I don’t think that it should be a first line of defense for anyone serious about keeping their home and their family safe.

Ready for the next part?

SALT is more than just a product. It is a belief that there is a better way to keep the people we love safe. In doing so, we can also help stop the senseless gun violence plaguing our country. Every single dollar we raise goes directly towards furthering that fight for a better way to keep all of us safe.

Hang on. Stop right there. This product is trying to stop the senseless gun violence plaguing our country? Remember that this product is used to stop a threat. If a bad guy comes into my home at 3am and I shoot him, that’s not gun violence. That’s self-defense.

I know what they really mean. They want to have this in a home so that, come a potential domestic disturbance, a real gun isn’t around. It’s the same old story, really. If someone wants to do harm, they’ll do harm. If they really want a gun, they’ll get a gun. If they want a bat, they’ll use the bat. Hell if they want, they can use this SALT gun and then take care of business in any number of ways without any fighting back since their victim is now incapacitated.

My point is, it goes both ways and I don’t see this product slowing down domestic violence, suicides or anything else in that category.

Right off the bat, I began to think of the police and their beanbag guns that they use to stop the bad guy and thought; is this a practical application for a civilian? It’s the same concept, really. The goal is to slow down the suspect in order to make yourself safer without seriously injuring the suspect, but the inventors of SALT are forgetting something… who is going to truly remove the threat if it’s just you and your SALT gun? Once you pull the trigger and ruin the bad guy’s day, how do you make yourself safe? The bad guy is still there, still alive, still moving and still able to potentially do something.

What if he gets up and starts in your direction? I’ve seen videos of people barreling through being pepper sprayed while your typical person would be down for the count. The point is, not everyone reacts to things in the same manner.

This is a hard PASS for me. I want criminals to know that their line of work comes with a certain degree of potentially deadly hazards. Why do people continuously try and look out for the bad guy? They made the choice, not you.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Nick

    Yes, let’s mellow out the violence…… Also, I’m upset; they show the obligatory gay couple and the inter-racial pregnant couple. Why no Asians or Hispanics? By the way, this should really work well in close quarters. Where do these people come from?

  • Robert

    The handgun looks like it would hold only a few of those balls, If they fit/function in a paintball gun I’d like them better. It would be nice to have a few hundred on tap.

  • jules2u

    Just don’t have the cartridge in the ‘gun’ too long, they discharge over time making them useless.

  • clay

    What happens if you hit someone in the parka?

  • Pod

    Flawed execution. You guys covered the basics. Also, the ad copy reveals that the developers know squat about real guns. Because “black powder is an incredibly loud and violent propellant” – wait, so this guy thinks we all go for our blunderbusses or muskets when there’s a home invasion? Admittedly that’d make for an awesome self-defense tale, but in the real world, not so much.

    • Shane

      Came to the comment section for exactly this. I know it’s a nuanced difference to the non gun community but black powder and modern smokeless powder are entirely different.

    • Karen Glammeyer Medcoff

      I have a Thompson 54 cal black powder rifle, and there is NO WAY in hell I would use it to protect myself in my home. takes forever to load and prime! give me a semi auto and i’m good

  • Go Faster

    This is a joke, right? We use pepper ball guns in the State Prison I work at and this will be useless on about 95% of any criminal. As stated, IF they are wearing a jacket or loose clothing this will be less effective. I have watched offenders take several hits with these and if you can’t get the pepper ball to break open then it’s useless.
    People, Use a real gun and quit dreaming that this is going to stop a criminal.

  • Edward Klinovski

    That’s nothing but a Tippmann TPX paintball gun wonder if they are in violation of copy right laws.

    • Chris Siewert

      Nah i looked at their website, they actually partnered with Tippmann to make the gun for them.

  • Guy

    Let’s see: The police have been using pepper spray filled paintballs for decades. Why not just buy some of those and load them into my 200 round hopper on a Tippman Paintball gun and let the bad guy have it? I’d rather use my .40 cal.

  • James C Tunink

    Ok, to the “developers” of “SALT”. You morons just “re-invented” (actually more than likely violated many patents as well) a PAINTBALL Marker! LEO’s have been using Tippman A-5 markers with pepperballs for YEARS! Are there 2 brain cells between the 2 of you? (Please note, as this is a public forum and I’m former military, I kept my commentary “clean”).

  • James Pleasant

    How cute and touchy-feely! I want to order 4 of them! One for each of my kids so they can go outside and bean the hell out of each other with them…maybe it will get them off the damn X-box and outside being active!

  • desert

    There is nothing like a good big chunk of lead to stop an attacker! how many shots do you get with this pellet gun? what if there are 3 or 4 intruders? you don’t hear a lot about bean bags and even tazers because they only work “sometimes”…..the liberal scum in this world call defending yourself “gun violence”, I call it defending my home, my family, my friends and my nation…to hell with this!!

  • LibGuy

    They already sell beanbag rounds for shotguns and pepper spray canisters, this toy is superfluous.