More often than not, using a taser on someone usually ends with cheese and wine -the occasional phone number exchange- and it’s because of this not-lethal-enough stigma that the fine folks over at Taser’s R&D lab in Scottsdale, Arizona decided to amplify its effectiveness by 50,000 volts. See those goofy potato-shaped things we photoshopped in the banner picture? That would be one of R&D lab’s brand new Taser Grenades. Yeah, I guess just not enough people were uncontrollably crapping their pants with the old models they were using. Slide one of these 40mm projectiles down your M-16’s grenade launcher and BAM: you now wield the power of Thor in a single beefy shell. Even better, you can send rap metal enthusiasts scrambling from up to 900 feet away, meaning that you won’t need to get anywhere near that Limp Bizkit reunion performance to disperse unruly teens.
Fresh out of Taser’s R&D lab in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Taser Grenade, or 40mm HEMI (short for “human electro-muscular incapacitation”) projectile, works much like a grenade. But instead of blasting deadly shrapnel, it releases tiny metal barbs that latch onto skin or clothing, creating a “circuit” for the massive jolt of paralyzing electricity. [TheDaily]
After the jump you can watch video of the first civilian testing of the Taser Grenade’s power. Aptly enough, they zap a reporter named Justin Rocket Silverman, and I can’t even justify why, but that name just sounds like someone who needs 50,000 volts surging through them. Consider it justice.