River Rock Designs announced a new distractionary device that may be a suitable alternative to a flashbang in some circumstances. The Dynamic Entry Lighted Tactical Access, or DELTA, light ball uses a “…super-bright strobe effect and steady-light illuminator [to] initially dazzle and confuse the bad guys and then lights up the target area like daylight.”
While the additional stunning/distraction from a concussive bang is absent, I could see where this might be an alternative to the traditional flash-bang in some limited circumstances. Drug labs or other locations where flammable chemicals are expected to be present would be one example.
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From River Rock Designs:
Light Ball to Replace Flash Bangs?
River Rock Designs, Inc., Austin, TX – River Rock Lights known for a wide line of specialized powerful and affordable flashlights and special purpose lights débuts its revolutionary new high-energy DELTA (Dynamic Entry Lighted Tactical Access) Light Ball at 2012 SHOT booth 741 next to the food court in the lower hall.
This Tough polycarbonate super-bright strobe effect and steady-light illuminator initially dazzles and confuses the bad guys and then lights up the target area like daylight.
Unlike flash bang grenades the tough DELTA Light Ball can even be thrown directly through most glass windows.
Once deployed, the DELTA Light Ball emits a high-energy 400 lumen strobe effect for three flashes and then stays on to constantly illuminate the target area with four powerful LEDs.
The DELTA Light Ball is designed for safe distraction, confusion and final illumination of threats not needing the effects of flash bang grenades; especially effective if several light balls are utilized. And of course DELTA Light Balls can be combined with flash bangs in various situations.
For building searches, aircraft, stairwells or outdoor use (trees, bushes, tunnels, boats, even vehicles, etc.) the DELTA Light Ball can be employed at a safe standoff distance without the officer having to use his target indicating personal or weapon mounted flashlight to search for threats. The DELTA may even come in handy for certain types of rescue operations.
As the DELTA comes more into use, tactics will be developed by law enforcement and the military to meet their particular needs and threat situations. And, yes other models of the DELTA are under confidential development and will be available very soon.
The DELTA Light Ball has a provision to attach a line to it for dangling, lowering or pulling through an area of interest. And the obvious; anyone who moves towards the light will be much like mice moving towards a trap.
“The DELTA Light Ball will make many rescue, search and entry scenarios much safer for all involved and yet still affords the use of more aggressive devices if necessary.”–John Sedovic, President, River Rock Lights.
- Material: Unbreakable Polycarbonate body
- Dimensions: Body diameter 2.6 inches
- Weight: 8 oz. including battery
- LED Type: Four 100 lumen LEDs
- Run Time: Constant on run time 30 minutes
- Water Resistance: Entry points sealed with rubber O-rings.
- Order Number: DELTA-100
- Price: Estimated $40-$50 Includes standard 9V battery (unit is immediately reusable)
- Auto Orientation: Designed so the light orientates upward.
- Battery Indicator: Indicates remaining battery charge