Military could start making use of ‘less-lethal’ rifle

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Lund Technologies dreams up prototypes for just about everything, from hydrogen-powered toy rockets and light-up footballs to the top-selling Honey My Baby Pony and T.M.X. Tickle Me Elmo dolls. But with a little financing from the Pentagon, the company has also devised a new type of less-lethal rifle.

According to the company, the Lund Variable Velocity Weapons System (LVVWS) is an all-in-one weapon: lethal when used at high velocity, or less-lethal at low-velocity. The gun uses pump action, shoots two rounds a second and weighs a little over six pounds. It also substitutes a uses a hydrogen-powered combustion chamber for a standard cartridge, and doesn’t produce any smoke or powder residue.

And, given that less-lethal rounds can be notoriously dangerous when fired at close range, the LVVWS also uses a rangefinder-based safety system to prevent high-velocity shooting at close-range targets.

Full story: Inventors Design Less-Lethal ‘Taser Me Elmo’ Rifle – Wired

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