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Taser's Shockwave Cannon Array Like Many Little Bottles of Lightning Bolts

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Taser just introduced this multiple projectile taser cannon as part of its 2007 Tactical Conference, appropriately named the Shockwave. Each one of those little green boxes can light up an assailant's ass like any particular day happens to be the fourth of July.

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Illustration for article titled Tasers Shockwave Cannon Array Like Many Little Bottles of Lightning Bolts
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As you can see in the video, the biggest advantage of the Shockwave, meant for military checkpoints, is that you can be a crap shot and still lay out your enemy. Each unit fires six TASER cartridges, fanning out in a nightmarish 20-degree arc of electricity that's bound to hit something. That's what is called "area denial".

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The other boon of the Shockwave is its modularity: you can couple, or "daisy-chain", as many units together as you want. Side by side alignment will enhance your kill, er, incapacitation radius. Stacked, you increase the number of salvos to return against a given attack wave. Of course, the 25-foot range on each TASER cartridge brings to mind every movie that ever featured a grizzled captain eying the enemy horde's approach and growling, "Wait for it... Wait... For... It..." I'd say that's in the "force protection" category.

The products should be in a pilot program this fall, with full release of the Shockwave next year. We'd be happy to product test them, Johnny Knoxville-style, if TASER would grant a media request, if for no other reason than to legitimately use once and for all the phrase, "You can really TASE the difference!" [TASER]

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elvisisdead
elvisisdead

@ Pope

Read the snippit. Stacked, they provide for multiple salvos with 6 tasers. In the config pictured, the first salvo would fire 18 tasers in a 60 degree arc. 3 times. Total of 54 tasers. Will it stop a mob of hundreds? No. Will it make hundreds minus 18 think long and hard about whether getting to whatever's on the back side of the shockwave is worth it? I think so.

I would say that you could probably easily defeat the device by having 2 people in the front carry a 4x8 sheet of 3/4" plywood, or a heavy blanket, etc.

I just don't see the benefit of this vs. the stinger rubber bullet claymores/grenades or teargas paintballs. That is, unless the desired goal is to take the downed individuals into custody.