SPECTER Electroshock Round Fireable From Shotgun

Harkind Dynamics is working on an electroshock round, a device that can be fired from an ordinary shotgun to incapacitate an individual up to one hundred meters away.

The device is called the Small Arms Pulsed Electronic Tetanization at Extended Range, or SPECTER.


(Small Arms Pulsed Electronic Tetanization at Extended Range (SPECTER))

To reduce the risk of blunt force injury to anyone hit by the projectile, it deploys a tiny parachute right before hitting its target, cutting its speed in half.

A “deformable nose” further reduces the blunt force, the company said in its proposal. When the round gets within a meter of its target, it shoots out three electrode darts that can penetrate clothing and stick in the skin.

The 12-gauge munition offers greater stability in the air, a flatter trajectory and more accuracy than larger rounds, such as a 40 mm grenade round, it said. Higher muzzle velocities increase its potential range.

The basic idea was invented by 19th century science fiction great Jules Verne in his spectacular 1875 masterpiece 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea:

...the balls sent by this gun are not ordinary balls, but little cases of glass. These glass cases are covered with a case of steel, and weighted with a pellet of lead; they are real Leyden bottles, into which the electricity is forced to a very high tension. With the slightest shock they are discharged, and the animal, however strong it may be, falls dead.
(Read more about Verne's leyden ball)

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