VLe Provides Non-Lethal Response
The VLe, a variable-lethality weapon with no moving parts (except for the projectiles) has been introduced by Metal Storm.
The totally electronic mechanism provides for remarkable new features:
The most useful aspect of the VLe is that it finally provides law enforcement and military personnel with a choice of lethality in a single weapon. The device fires small high-velocity beanbags to bring down an assailant, functioning in a similar capacity to a stun gun or taser. It also fires conventional bullets.
- Complete record of use, downloadable to a personal computer
- Recognition of authorized user, by ring transponder (biometric data acceptance is planned for future versions).
- Voice statement by the weapon, affirming its present setting to the user and the assailant
The manufacturer claims that this device is an improved self-defense weapon for use by home owners, or by organized police and military forces, because it cannot be used against it's owner, and provides a wider choice of response by the user.
In his 1992 novel Snow Crash, sf author Neal Stephenson refers to a loogie gun, another non-lethal response device with a different design, but similar purpose. See also the manufacturer website Metal Storm Limited - 100% Electronic Ballistic Technology.
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