Americans develop Taser shotgun cartridges

#1
This story was quite interesting.

PHOENIX_America's largest stun-gun manufacturer is working on a new way to deliver electricity to the human body: through 12-gauge shotgun shells. Though it's still being developed, Taser International Inc. says the new product will allow police officers and U.S. troops to hit someone from a much greater distance than its current line of Tasers, which Amnesty International has cited in more than 120 deaths.

The eXtended Range Electro-Muscular Projectile, or XREP, will be a shotgun shell designed to combine the blunt-force trauma of a fast-moving baseball with the electrical current of a stun gun.

"It will truly cause incapacitation," company spokesman Steve Tuttle said.
I'll bet it will!

Taser hopes to release the product in 2007. The Office of Naval Research funded the approximately $500,000 (?419,956) it took to develop the shotgun shells, Tuttle said.
Why the Spam navy funded this must surely raise the question: how bad is discipline on board their warships?

Test models of the XREP shells currently reach 100 feet (30 meters), though the military has challenged the company to extend the range to 330 feet (100 meters), the company said.
How good a shot must you be to hit somebody with a shotgun cartridge trailing an electrical filament at 100 metres? Does it come with a scope?

Taser tested the electric wave form of the new product on 35 volunteers at its Scottsdale headquarters last month but didn't fire the shells at them to do so. Nobody was injured during the testing, Smith said.
Absolutely nails!
 
#2
Where can I get one? even if it only goes 100 feet... there are so many deserving cases 'round here.
 
#3
they make an automatic shotgun as well imagine the fun possbilties .When are the airsofter going to cope hill down perfect test
area :twisted:
 
#4
If it gives the "blunt-force trauma of a fast-moving baseball" at 100m, will it really need the taser at, say, 10m? If the US Navy had come to me first, I would have given them a $400,000 discount.
 
#5
Vegetius said:
Test models of the XREP shells currently reach 100 feet (30 meters), though the military has challenged the company to extend the range to 330 feet (100 meters), the company said.
How good a shot must you be to hit somebody with a shotgun cartridge trailing an electrical filament at 100 metres? Does it come with a scope?

Absolutely nails!
I have seen a similar project where the shells were charged up and discharged on impact hence no trailing wires!
 
#6
^ Good point. I've seen video of the US Marines using the "beanbag gun" which is a soft projectile that is fired from a sort of baton round discharger.

It's a soft-blunt-trauma device that simply knocks people over with minimal physical damage. I don't know if they are operational, the marines in the video were having a lot of fun blatting each other with them.
 
#7
This is all very well for hitting targets in depth but what we really need is taser baton.

Not only do you get to smack someone with two feet of hickory stick but you zap them at the same time.

Obviously the number of NDs and self administered shoeings would slow the action down a bit but you if you were a rioter you wouldn't want some hairy arrse Cpl wading in with his lightsaber now would you.



This post in no way supports or approves of the judicious use of force to suppress or control anyone at any time. Firm words and the naughty stool are all the tools you need to deal with rioting hooligans.
 
#9
They should fund the development of the 1t tactical nuclear 5.56mm crowd-control round. It would have the advantage of preventing re-offence.
 
#10
latest rumour from our QM'S is there is an NSN for Prod Cattle Electric..... any truth in this?? and if so whats the score with demanding one??? :p
and does it work on sheep??? got quite a problem with that at the mo :)
 
#11
sun-tzu said:
latest rumour from our QM'S is there is an NSN for Prod Cattle Electric..... any truth in this?? and if so whats the score with demanding one??? :p
and does it work on sheep??? got quite a problem with that at the mo :)
Can we get those on Expense account, that would be mint, 'specially in the sand pit
 

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