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Sticky shocker
Author(s): Edward Vasel; John Bryars; Peter G. Coakley; Charles E. Mallon; Jeffrey R. Millard; Gregory A. Niederhaus; Scott C. Nunan
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Paper Abstract

A nonlethal method is being developed to extend the range for effectively electrically stunning a person. Present technology, consisting of stun guns and tasers, is limited to distances of < 2 or 3 m. This new concept involves firing a blunt projectile at an individual, which will stick to his clothing with a glue-like substance or with short clothing attachment barbs. The projectile contains a battery pack and associated electronics that will impart a short burst of high-voltage pulses. Pulse amplitudes are near 50 kV with pulse widths of a few micro-seconds and a repetition rate between 10 and 15 pulses per second. The pulse characteristics are similar to well-established electrical shock devices. The pulses will not be lethal, but will disable or cause enough discomfort to the individual to distract him. A compressed gas-charged launch system has been fabricated and tested, and projectile designs compatible with conventional nonlethal weapon launchers are being developed. The projectile is accurate at 10 m and limited tests indicate that it is accurate out to 30 m as well. The presentation will discuss electric shock voltage characterization, projectile configuration, and limited prototype field demonstration test data recorded on instrumented targets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2934, Security Systems and Nonlethal Technologies for Law Enforcement, (29 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.265412
Show Author Affiliations
Edward Vasel, JAYCOR (United States)
John Bryars, JAYCOR (United States)
Peter G. Coakley, JAYCOR (United States)
Charles E. Mallon, JAYCOR (United States)
Jeffrey R. Millard, JAYCOR (United States)
Gregory A. Niederhaus, JAYCOR (United States)
Scott C. Nunan, JAYCOR (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2934:
Security Systems and Nonlethal Technologies for Law Enforcement
John B. Alexander; John B. Alexander; Debra D. Spencer; Steve Schmit; Basil J. Steele, Editor(s)

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