posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 05:51 PM
Originally posted by sulaw
Actually a light polymer with the same texture as Paintballs poured solid would probably be as effective as the bean bag gun's police use.
Well, I've been hit by a paint ball and I've been hit by a 12 gauge bean bag round. I volunteered to take one (with a ballistic vest on BTW) to
demonstrate their effectiveness during some Army training. I was skeptical.
When I woke up I wasn't so skeptical....
I had a bruise for several weeks and some pain for several days.
Paint ball rounds leave a little welt the size of a golf ball and can break the skin if you have your system ratcheted up a little like the hotdogs
like to do at the paintball ranges. They doo hurt and I can see how it'd be better than nothing if you say lived in England (if you can even have them
there); however, I have never been knocked down or out by one though.
I guess using a polymer that didn't break would necessarily transfer more impact to the soft tissue because it wouldn't break. It would be worth
trying for someone with the right tools.
I don't play paintball anymore or I'd try it out. I mean one could easily make a mold for a hard rubber round.
My concern would be expansion and tolerance in heat and cold in the caliber. I tended to get (especially with cheap balls) a lot of jamming in my
guns which at the time were pretty expensive. The measurements and the mold would have to be pretty precise to guarantee no jams.
Someone should try it out if they are a paint ball person.
ETA: Actually, last time I played paintball was over 15 years ago. These platforms if nothing else have a huge intimidation factor. I mean they l
look real enough and as I said if you can make your setting as hard as possible they can break the skin. To someone with melee only capabilities this
standoff range alone would be pretty good against all but the do or die type foe. Hungry people will do many things but honestly I'd have to be
pretty damn hungry to stand there and get pelted repeatedly by one of those paint ball guns. After a full day in the field I'd have some pretty good
welts – I think it would be a fair deterrent to the casual group or individual. Hard core criminal gangs are not going to be intimidated but
thankfully they are rare. As I recall there were assholes who would damn near freeze their paint balls making it harder so it would hurt more by
placing them in coolers.
edit on 5/3/2013 by Golf66 because: (no reason given)