Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Set Weapons to Stun!"

Not particle beam weapons, like Star Trek, but projectile weapons!

A gun that fires variable speed bullets and which can be set to kill, wound or just inflict a bruise is being built by a US toy manufacturer. The weapon is based on technology used to propel toy rockets.
Lund and Company Invention, a toy design studio based near Chicago, makes toy rockets that are powered by burning hydrogen obtained by electrolysing water. Now the company is being funded by the US army to adapt the technology to fire bullets instead.


The new weapon, called the Variable Velocity Weapon System or VWS, lets the soldier to use the same rifle for crowd control and combat, by altering the muzzle velocity. It could be loaded with "rubber bullets" designed only to deliver blunt impacts on a person, full-speed lethal rounds or projectiles somewhere between the two.


Ain't science wonderful? I shudder to think, though, of the first lawsuit after someone inadvertently fires at the wrong setting or a weapon malfunctions!

Hat tip John Lott

Cross Posted at Say Anything

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