posted on May, 22 2003 @ 11:08 PM
A weapon that delivers a debilitating electric shock to its victim without the need for wires is being developed in Germany.
New Scientist has seen video stills of a prototype of the "Plasma-Taser" in action during firing-range tests. The pictures were shown at the
European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons in Karlsruhe, Germany, two weeks ago.
In the first image, a spray of dark gas is seen approaching a human-sized target. In the next, taken a fraction of a second later, there is a
lightning-like flash of electrical discharge intended to incapacitate the targeted person.
The Plasma-Taser, developed by defence company Rheinmetall W&M in Ratingen, is similar to the Taser weapon used by US police forces. In an ordinary
Taser, a pair of darts are fired at a target from a distance of about seven metres, and a high-voltage electrical pulse is delivered through
lightweight metal cables to the darts. The 50,000-volt electric shock stuns the intruder by temporarily shutting down their nervous system.
Hmmm.... Interesting... I still prefer the old Colt 1911A1 .45