This is a discussion on I'd like one of these in a handgun within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/01/24/r...ion=cnn_latest Ray gun makes targets feel as if they are on fire POSTED: 3:19 a.m. EST, January 25, 2007 Story Highlights• Ray gun so hot ...
Ray gun makes targets feel as if they are on fire
POSTED: 3:19 a.m. EST, January 25, 2007
Story Highlights• Ray gun so hot it makes enemies drop their weapons
• Technology is supposed to be harmless
• Officials say it could save lives
• System uses millimeter waves to barely penetrate skin
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MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Georgia (AP) -- The military's new weapon is a ray gun that shoots a beam that makes people feel as if they will catch fire.
The technology is supposed to be harmless -- a non-lethal way to get enemies to drop their weapons.
Military officials say it could save the lives of civilians and service members in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
The weapon is not expected to go into production until at least 2010, but all branches of the military have expressed interest in it, officials said.
During the first media demonstration of the weapon Wednesday, airmen fired beams from a large dish antenna mounted atop a Humvee at people pretending to be rioters and acting out other scenarios U.S. troops might encounter.
The crew fired beams from more than 500 yards (455 meters) away, nearly 17 times the range of existing non-lethal weapons, such as rubber bullets.
While the sudden, 130-degree Fahrenheit (54.44 Celsius) heat was not painful, it was intense enough to make participants think their clothes were about to ignite.
"This is one of the key technologies for the future," said Marine Col. Kirk Hymes, director of the non-lethal weapons program that helped develop the weapon. "Non-lethal weapons are important for the escalation of force, especially in the environments our forces are operating in."
The system uses millimeter waves, which can penetrate only 1/64th of an inch of skin, just enough to cause discomfort. By comparison, common kitchen microwaves penetrate several inches of skin.
The millimeter waves cannot go through walls, but they can penetrate most clothing, officials said. They refused to comment on whether the waves can go through glass.
Two airmen and 10 reporters volunteered to be zapped with the beams, which easily penetrated various layers of winter clothing.
The system was developed by the military, but the two devices being evaluated were built by defense contractor Raytheon.
Airman Blaine Pernell, 22, said he could have used the system during his four tours in Iraq, where he manned watchtowers around a base near Kirkuk. He said Iraqis often pulled up and faked car problems so they could scout U.S. forces.
"All we could do is watch them," he said. But if they had the ray gun, troops "could have dispersed them."
"Each worker carried his sword strapped to his side." Nehemiah 4:18
Guns Save Lives. Paramedics Save Lives. But...
Paramedics With Guns Scare People!
That could have potential - in the right hands!!!!!
Chris - P95
NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.
"To own a gun and assume that you are armed
is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."
http://www.rkba-2a.com/ - a portal for 2A links, articles and some videos.
Just watch out, though friends: the nitwit do-gooder society of America would try to ban them, or make sure only the police and military have them.
"...bad decisions that turn out well often make heroes."
Gary D. Mitchell, A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man and the Rifle, P. 103, NAL Caliber books, 2006, 1st Ed.
This reminds me of the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
"If you so much as bunny hop I'll cut your heart out!" Billy Bob Thornton in The Last Real Cowboys
"I carry a gun for the same reason that I carry health insurance and a cell phone - be prepared."
Very promising for non lethal use.
When you accept mediocrity you sow the seeds for future failure.
One should never confuse good fortune with good training.
Illegitimus Non Carborundum. In God we trust.
It's already too warm...according to him...
I think that they should warn prostesters once...then cook them...
OMO...did I mention that I lean RIGHT?
Certified Glock Armorer
NRA Life Member
It would sell in No Dak on those cold days that you just can't stay warm. Now that would be a great pick-up gun in case of a Blizzard...put me down for two
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton
They need 2 settings, Warm and POOF. No more riots.
"warm and POOF"....
Deer huntin' is a hole in the swamp where i spend my wife's money....
Seems kind of pointless. If it gets hot enough to make you feel like your on fire, but not hot enough to burn you, it's not going to make me stop doing anything. People with a high pain tolerance, who are aware that this thing isnt going to hurt them are going to be impervious to it.
He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day
i would rather have the rail gun :)