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Bad Idea

Looks like this company is trying to revive the Gyrojet.  This is going to get people killed.  It’s a stupendously bad idea to mix lethal and non-lethal capabilities in the same weapon.  No one wants to be on the receiving end of “Ooops, I though I had it set to stun.”  Let’s not even think about if the velocity is dependent on distance, what happens to someone behind your target.

Just because Star Trek came up with the idea, doesn’t mean it’s a good one.

5 Responses to “Bad Idea”

  1. gattsuru says:

    I’d be surprised if they were aware of the gyrojet at their drunken kegger planning session. The Gyrojet wasn’t intended as a non-lethal or less-lethal weapon. You could stop the rocket from leaving the gun with hand on the end of it, but that was considered a flaw of the design, and thanks to the power curve, a minimal one — there were only a few feet between “not beating paper” and “going through your arm”.

    That said, I don’t see how this is significantly different from the shotguns that take beanbags or rubber bullets or electroshock rounds or even blanks. They even mention that it’d need rubber bullets to be more less-lethal. I don’t consider those a good idea, but it’s not something this gun is especially bad about.

  2. Probably another far-fetched scheme to produce a product that is expensive to operate… which means that anti-gun organizations will love it. Also, since its so “high tech”, it will invariably have biometrics or some other such nonsense built in.

  3. RedneckInNY says:

    Yeah, and at least on Star Trek, their weapons were Phasers that didn’t use solid projectiles.

  4. Nomen Nescio says:

    not a new gyrojet — that’s just what this company makes its current living building toy versions of. this is a retread of the liquid/gaseous variable-charge gun. still solid projectiles, but with the amount of propellant chosen on the fly and mixed into the chamber right before firing.

    ISTR the armed forces have tried this on an artillery-piece scale before, and failed. (the injection valves couldn’t stand firing pressures, i think it was.) dunno how it’ll work if scaled down in both size and power. i rather doubt a large canister of liquid or gaseous propellant, with a feed line to the chamber, would be too very safe to carry around, however. for the artillery that’s a minor concern, but for an individual soldier…

  5. AughtSix says:

    Sort of like the Pinball manned aerial gunnery target, but without the excuse of “there’s an all-out war going on.”. Despite the frangible ammo designed to be used on it, live belts got used, and some were shot down. Oops.

    (From here http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2008/07/weekend-wings-25-air-gunners.html)

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