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Hot Shot Personal Protection System

HotShot Personal Protection System

Brooke Reynolds

I carry my HotShot on the way back to my dorm, especially at night.
Brooke Reynolds
College Student
Protect yourself. Protect your Family. The patent-pending HotShot™ system is a compact, powerful, safe and effective self-defense product that blasts about 5 grams of HOT pepper powder onto your attacker. HotShot™ is the only self-defense product available today that creates an instant barrier between you and your attacker. Weighing a mere 3.4 ounces, the lightweight and compact HotShot™ can easily be carried in a pocket, purse, backpack or car glove compartment. PepperBall has been trusted by law enforcement agencies since 1999. Visit for more company information.

Michele Young

I work late at night. I always have my HotShot with me on the way to my car.
Michele Young
Female Attorney

Legal Disclaimers The HotShot™ is classified as a self-defense weapon and is delivered by PepperBall® Technologies, Inc. (PTI) with the understanding that the recipient and user assumes all liability resulting from unsafe handling or any action that constitutes a violation of any applicable laws or regulations. PTI shall not be liable for personal injury or loss of property or life resulting from the use or misuse of this weapon under any circumstances, by the recipient or user, including intentional, reckless, negligent, or accidental discharges. All information on this Web site and in any instructional materials accompanying the product should be read and understood. PTI reserves the right to make changes and improvements to this Web site and its products and update instructions and warnings without incurring any obligation to incorporate such improvements or changes in products previously sold or notify of updated instructions or warnings. If you are the recipient of the HotShot™ and DO NOT accept liability, PepperBall® Technologies, Inc. requests that you NOT use the HotShot™ and return it. By using or allowing anyone to use this HotShot™, you and the user release PTI of any and all liability associated with its use. The ownership of this weapon places upon you the total responsibility for its safe and lawful use. You must observe and cause any user to observe safety precautions as you would any weapon to assure the safety of not only yourself but everyone around you and around the user. The user should at all times be cautious when using the HotShot™ personal defense system. As a recipient of the HotShot™ system, you assume total responsibility for keeping the HotShot™ safely out of the reach of children or the possession of any user not following the safety procedures provided by the company. PepperBall® Technologies, Inc. warranties this product for defects in manufacturing for a period of one (1) year after purchase.

States where HotShot™ is Legal: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

States with Restrictions:

Massachusetts: Your order will be shipped from a licensed firearms dealer in your state. Purchaser must also provide verification of "Firearm Identification Card" before shipment or purchase. Please contact 1-877-887-3773 to place your order. New York: Your order will be shipped from a licensed firearms dealer in your state.

We will not sell this product internationally including Canada.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What irritant is in the RED powder cartridge that makes it so hot?

Answer: The active irritant is called PAVA (aka nonivamide, capsaicin II). It is one of the two hottest capsaicinoids found in nature. Capsaicinoids are what make chili peppers, spicy foods and pepper sprays hot. The RED powder in your patent-pending PepperBall® HotShot™ Self Defense product contains a proprietary mixture of this PAVA pepper powder and other inert powders. PAVA pepper powder will irritate the eyes, nose, lungs and skin and may cause severe coughing and involuntary closure of the eyes.

Q: What should I do if I become irritated by the PAVA pepper cloud or exposed to the PAVA powder?

Answer: Remain calm and get to a safe place. If your lungs are irritated get to fresh air and wait until the effects wear off, usually in several minutes. If breathing becomes difficult, seek medical attention. If your eyes are irritated or involuntarily closed, hold them open and gently flush with water for several minutes. All effects are temporary and will wear off in about 20 minutes.

Q: Can I check my HotShot™ Self Defense System on an airplane?

Answer: No. Current FAA regulations do not allow it in the cabin. However, the HotShot can be checked into luggage when traveling on an airplane. This is also outlined in the instruction manual provided.

Q: How do I clean up the inert training and PAVA pepper powder?

Answer: •The powder in the inert BLUE training cartridge is similar to baby powder and can be easily cleaned up by sweeping, vacuuming or other methods. •The powder in RED PAVA pepper cartridges may be cleaned up with several methods including vacuuming or wiping. •Wearing protective goggles and a NIOSH approved dust mask will make you more comfortable while cleaning up and protect you from incapacitating effects of capsaicin exposure. •Use a damp paper towel to wipe down surfaces and prevent powder from becoming airborne. •Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean upholstery. Remove bag and wipe down vacuum to remove any residue. •Evacuate area, clean up powder, and place all paper towels, cleaning rags, vacuum bags, etc. in a plastic bag and deposit in your outside trash container. •Care should be taken to avoid causing pepper powder to become airborne. •Ventilate area and wash exposed surfaces with soap and water after powder cleanup is complete. •Waste Disposal Measures: The PAVA pepper powder is not considered a hazardous waste as referenced in 40 CFR 261.24 or 261.3.

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