Defense Technology Introduces The Reflex Trigger Actuator on its First Defense

For Immediate Release

January 16, 2020

Defense Technology Introduces The Reflex Trigger Actuator on its First Defense

MK-9 Aerosol Line

With its patented technology, the Reflex Trigger offers the first significant improvement to aerosol sprays in years

ONTARIO, California – Defense Technology®, a brand of The Safariland Group, today announced the addition of the Reflex™ Trigger actuator on its First Defense® MK-9 Aerosol Projector Spray formulations. This ergonomic trigger design uses a pistol-style grip and trigger, making it more natural to grip and deploy, and allows one-handed operation of its safety features, making it a premier choice for law enforcement and corrections in crowd management situations. The MK-9 aerosols with Reflex Trigger will be on display at the 2020 SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor and Trade) Show, January 21 to 24, booth #12762.

“We’re always looking ahead to provide the safest and most effective products to our LE customers, making the Reflex Trigger actuator an obvious choice for us”, said John Kapeles, category and engineering director for Defense Technology. It not only addresses many of the technical deployment concerns found in existing products available today, it provides a highly-effective aerosol delivery system with safety features making deployment more effective and safer for law enforcement.”

Originally developed by Reflex Protect® as part of its non-lethal active defense solution for healthcare, schools, and other sensitive indoor areas, the Reflex™ Trigger actuator’s patented technology is the first significant improvement in an aerosol delivery system in many years. The Reflex™ trigger incorporates two distinct safety systems, a simple on-off thumb safety and an optional, secondary removable trigger block safety that does not include pins that could be used as weapons. Unlike other aerosol projectors, unique Reflex™ actuator offers an intuitive grip system. This grip design makes it difficult to twist the aerosol projector from the hand and allows easy access to both the trigger and push-button safety mechanisms.

The new actuator is being introduced on the Defense technology MK-9 size aerosol projectors for crowd management and is compatible with existing pouches and holsters. All MK-9 variants will be available with the Reflex Trigger in both live and inert formulations. All MK-9 options will be available for sale during the first quarter of 2020. 

About Defense Technology

Defense Technology® has a long history of providing less lethal solutions for the law enforcement market to protect life and restore peace. With a complete line of duty aerosols, less lethal impact munitions, crowd management products and tactical deployment devices, Defense Technology products are designed to provide proven, less lethal tools to maximize safety and minimize injury. Defense Technology is a part of The Safariland Group family of brands. For more information, visit

About The Safariland Group 

The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a broad range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, Med-Eng®, Safariland® Armor, Mustang Survival®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, PROTECH® Tactical, Defense Technology®, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator® and NIK®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.

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About Reflex Protect

Reflex Protect® has revolutionized anti-violence safety-preparedness as the provider of best practices non-lethal active defense solutions and training for individuals and organizations across a broad market spectrum.  Originally developed as a Safety as a Service™ workplace violence solution for healthcare, the Reflex Protect® line of Presidia Gel® aerosols, patented Reflex™ Trigger technology (used by Defense Technology® in its law enforcement pepper spray solutions), and patent-pending Reflex Remove™ OC/CS decontaminating antidotes provides heightened of peace of mind to all Americans at home, work, worship, or play.  A trade name of Reflex Red Storm, LLC, Reflex Protect® is headquartered in Missoula, Montana.  For more information, visit

For further information, please contact:

Meryl Rader

The Safariland Group
Hope Bianchi Sjursen
Director, Marketing Operations
909.923.7300 x101223

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