Quad barrel handguns are nothing new, nor are pepper spray (aka oleoresin capsicum, or OC) dispensers shaped like a pistol. However, the Swiss company Piexon has now blended the two to make a four barrel pepper pistol called the JPX4.
The JPX4 operates in a manner similar to a firearm, having the same shape as a pistol and using a trigger to dispense the pepper. A pull of the trigger will cause OC to jet out of one of the barrels. Another pull will activate the next barrel and so forth.
Four OC cartridges are used to charge the gun. Each cartridge has a primer that activates a plunger. The plunger then forces the OC out of the cartridge and toward the target. According to the company, the JPX4 has been determined not to be a firearm by the ATF.
The effective range of the OC is about 7 meters. According to the company, the minimum safe distance for deployment is 1.5 meters. Piexon OC comes in two 10% formulations with net Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) ratings of 400,000 and 500,000 respectively.
The company also makes a double barrel version of this pistol, and a compact version of the quad barrel.