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NCJ Number: 34846 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: ANALYSIS OF A BEAN-BAG-TYPE PROJECTILE AS A LESS LETHAL WEAPON
Author(s): B K THEIN; E B SHANK; M J WARGOVICH
Corporate Author: US Dept of the Army
US Army Land Warfare Laboratory
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 150
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of the Army
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
Contract Number: LEAA-J-IAA-014-72
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT ANALYZES THE STUN-BAG IN TERMS OF DESIRABLE AND UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS FROM THE USE OF THE WEAPON IN DIFFERENT LAW ENFORCEMENT SCENARIOS.
Abstract: AMMUNITION/PROJECTILE PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS (ACCURACY, FLIGHT ORIENTATION, IMPACT POSITION, VARIANCE IN WEIGHTS AND VELOCITIES) WERE TESTED AND A MEDICAL EVALUATION OF THE RESULTS OF TESTS ON BABOONS AND SWINE WAS MADE. TWO SCENARIOS WERE CHOSEN FOR EVALUATION THE SUSPECT FLEEING ON FOOT AND THE DISPERSAL OF A CROWD. MEDICAL EVALUATIONS FROM THE ANIMAL TESTS INDICATED THAT STUN-BAG IMPACTS TEND TO CAUSE INTERNAL ORGAN DAMAGES WITHOUT PROVIDING IMMEDIATE, FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY OR 'STOPPING POWER'. TEST SHOT DATA, WHEN APPLIED TO THE FLEEING SUSPECT SCENARIO, INDICATE A CONSIDERABLY HIGHER PROBABILITY OF UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS THAN OF DESIRABLE EFFECTS. IN SUMMARY, THE STUN-BAG APPEARS TO OFFER LITTLE TO LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS AS AN AUGMENTATION TO THEIR PRESENT STANDARD WEAPON, THE .38 CALIBER. ANALYSIS OF THE TESTS SHOWED THAT THE STUN-BAG'S ABILITY TO AID THE POLICE IN APPREHENDING A FLEEING SUSPECT OR DISPERSING A CROWD IS MARGINAL AT BEST AND AT PRESENT DOES NOT ADEQUATELY SATISFY POLICE REQUIREMENTS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Effectiveness; Equipment evaluation; Less lethal technologies; Medical research; Police weapons; Testing and measurement
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