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.
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.
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.
This must have been developed to capture individuals with special abilities due to genetic abnormality. Save the cheerleader. Save the world.
Those prongs look pretty nasty!
i hope i dont get tazed by one of those
I just saw the TASER "shotgun" story regarding and safety studies. A couple of key points need serious clarification. First, the TASER® eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP™) is self-contained wireless Neuro Muscular Incapacitation (NMI) projectile housed in a shotgun shell. The XREP can be deployed from any pump action shotgun depending on the type of XREP model but more on that later.
The XREP increases the ability to project NMI stopping power from 25 feet to 100 feet. (It isn't a replacement for the handheld TASER® X26™ as mentioned in this article.) It's a new tool in the toolbox for police to stop dangerous subjects at distances greater than the current handheld technology. By eliminating the wires the XREP's longer range keeps officers safer than getting close to dangerous subjects.)
But what about the so called “TASER shotgun headline?” While the Mossberg/TASER Less Lethal Shotgun (LLS) can deploy the XREP round, it is however, the world’s first dedicated less-lethal 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. This innovative technique allows this “shotgun” to ONLY deploy the TASER XREP R or other future less lethal rounds. By utilizing our patent-pending Radial™ Ammunition Key technology, this shotgun actually prevents the firing of a regular lethal shotgun round to prevent what’s known as weapons confusion. While, it is technically a shotgun, it cannot deploy deadly rounds.
This is remarkable breakthrough technology. Not only did TASER “shrink” the incapacitating power of a TASER X26 into a wireless shotgun round, but we also developed a truly less lethal shotgun. See www.taser.com/products/law/Pages/TASERXREP.aspx for more info.
Unfortunately, this report also made mention that there were no safety studies based upon the original source of this story that will hopefully be corrected soon. There ARE safety studies for the XREP and they can be source at: or www.taser.com/products/law/Pages/TASERXREP.aspx (See numbers 65, 70, 73 and 99.)
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Thats pretty cool. Just wondering how much juice a wireless projectile can store to effectively taz someone. As all the other units have thin wires that run back to the gun itself.
So how safe can this be. What if it hits someone in the face while running or moving at a distance.
whitesites said: Just wondering how much juice a wireless projectile can store to effectively taz someone.
the projectile itself would have to store its own capacity for tasing such as a small yet powerful battery stuck inside it.
In the olden days (USN ET-A School) we considered it great fun to charge up a capacitor and toss it to one of our classmates.
I'm sorry, but it's my opinion that this thing is going to eventually get people (especially its operator) killed.
It dangerously muddies a critical line in the continuum of force.
Anyone who has a shotgun pointed at them, even if painted yellow, will be justified in assuming that they are facing a lethal threat, which could, under certain circumstances, justify lethal gunfire directed at the user of the device.
While I'm an informed layman rather than a lawyer, it seems to me that low light conditions, coupled with an ancient body of self defense case law that includes the axiom "Detached reflection cannot be demanded in the face of an upraised knife" virtually guarantees that eventual legal outcome.
Of course, I suspect people will try to evade that reality by demanding all sorts of silly things, like laws concerning what color firearms can and cannot be painted, but that's just putting makeup on a mule.
I understand what you mean but your also assuming this is meant for personel defence. A device like this i would think would be used more in situations where moving in close with a normal Tazer would bring the wielder ,be that Police or Military in serious danger.
At the moment the only way those can be resolved is with sandbag round or trying to shoot the person in an extremity which can cause also many complications.
You said that when you see somebody pointing this at you it could be under certain cercumstances justified to use force to defend yourself. My reply to that would be if you are forced to use something like this that line has passed long ago, Officers if taught correctly have to judge what force to use when depending on how a situation is degrading. Sadly some skip steps and its those you see on the news but most follow the rules and those you never hear about because nobody died.
I bet it's not non-lethal at close range.
Range should not effect lethality. The damage comes from the shock, not the impact. yes, like a blank gun if you pressed the barrell into someone you could do lethal damge.
What people tend to forget when taser bashing is that these tools provide an alternative to lethal measures. Tasers are not designed for random use, they give LEO's an option besides their guns. In a scenario where the shotgun round is used the only option an officer previously had was his firearm. I have been tased, I have never been shot, given a choice i would be tased 100 more times before being shot once. I have also been maced, I still prefer the taser to be used on me, and at the end of the macing I was still on my feet, not so with the taser.
I wouldn't doubt it being lethal at close range.
Most non lethal rounds can be lethal at close range.
They are designed to be used at a specific range.
The energy needed to reach the maximum range in , for example rubber riot rounds, is lethal at a distance any closer than 6 feet while won't penetrate a newspaper at much greater than the maximum range.
Experimenting with some attempts at non lethal rounds in the past, I've seen rounds loaded with no projectile other than the plastic wad (not very aerodynamic, more like a parachute) at 10 feet go through about 1 inch of solid pine.
If you've ever seen the plastic wad in a shot shell , you know how amazing this is.