Weapons manufacturers don't typically enjoy boasting about a shotgun's non-killing power, unless that manufacturer is Taser International. But even as the leading name in "less-lethal" released a new stun cartridge for 12-gauge shotguns with a range of over 100 feet, some journalists point out that safety and field tests have yet to disclose public results.
Shocking Shotgun: Taser's XREP wireless shocking projectile can be fired from 12-gauge shotguns.
The eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP) first surfaced a few years ago as a less-lethal alternative for the Marine Corps, which wanted to use the shotgun cartridge during room-clearing operations to nab potential baddies. The device is a wireless shocking projectile with a max range of 100 feet, or roughly twice the effective range of other 12-gauge less-lethal munitions. Taser is not marketing a shotgun of their own to accompany the round.
Wired's Danger Room notes that Taser International has not revealed the results of field trials using the XREP. That could cause some hesitation for even the most eager would-be buyers, given that Taser weapons have attracted more than their share of controversy in the past. A United Nations committee previously deemed the Taser effect as a form of torture, and none of us are likely to forget "Don't Tase me, bro" any time soon.
Yellow Means Less-Lethal: A Mossberg/TASER X12 Less Lethal Shotgun can fire a specially designed XRED shocking projectile to subdue targets.
Still, Taser has plowed ahead with a full-bore marketing campaign for its next possible successor to the XRED cartridge, during the run-up to its annual conference on July 27. The mysterious X3 device has already begun building its social capital on Facebook and Twitter with messages such as "Check out my color screen. Like a Tele-Tubby only a little more intense!"
The teases have revealed little actual info, but a Taser press release highlights that the X3 will be the "first multi-shot ECD (electronic control device) capable of simultaneously incapacitating multiple targets." That could put some real scatter in less-lethal shotgun action, but also raises potential safety and abuse questions.
For now, rest assured that the X3 probably won't go off accidentally. A YouTube video shows the device being subjected to electric shocks, and other tests have apparently involved the cartridge "doing 4 foot free-falls on concrete at 20 below," according to a tweet from X3.
Prosecutors ban Soros Foundation as 'threat to Russian national security' 2015-11-30 21:04
The Russian Prosecutor Generalās Office has recognized George Sorosās Open Society Institute and another affiliated organization as undesirable groups, banning Russian citizens and organizations from participation in any of their projects.
In a statement released on Monday, prosecutors said the activities of the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation were a threat to the foundations of Russiaās ...
Israeli Colonel Caught with Islamic State (IS) Pants Down 2015-11-30 21:11
This was definitely not supposed to happen. It seems that an Israeli military man with the rank of colonel was ācaught with IS pants down.ā By that I mean he was captured amid a gaggle of so-called ISāor Islamic State or ISIS or DAESH depending on your preferenceāterrorists, by soldiers of the Iraqi army. Under interrogation by the Iraqi intelligence ...
Uh-Oh 14,000 Illegal Immigrants in Sweden Disappear without a Trace 2015-11-30 20:10
More than 14,000 foreign nationals told to leave Sweden have instead gone underground, with police saying there is little they can do to enforce deportation orders.
A total of 21,748 people had been given deportation orders by the Migration Agency at the end of October ā the largest number in history, the Aftonbladet tabloid reported on Friday.
Of those, 14,140 are registered ...
Munich Jews battle in court over Holocaust remembrance 2015-11-30 20:42
Two Jewish groups in Munich are at odds over how to remember the Holocaust. The situation has escalated, and now one of the groups is suing the city. The argument centers on āStolpersteineā - bronze memorial plaques that can be found all over Germany, but not in Munich.
In July, Munich voted to continue the ban on Stolpersteine first introduced in ...