The "Big Hurt" adjustable-velocity knockout rifle
'Big Hurt' - or gentle slap, as you choose
The brainboxes at Lund Invention are probably rather better known for devising such works of genius as robotic doll babies which slurp juice, wet their nappies and utter troubling catchphrases ("baby go boom"). Nonetheless the company has also done its bit to keep the US military-industrial complex on top with the LVVWS.
The idea of the weapon is a simple one: you don't always want your bullets to come out of your gun at the same velocity. When shooting a "non-" or "less-lethal" plastic bullet, beanbag round etc you need low velocity at close range to avoid inadvertently killing your target: but to hit further off you need more poke even with a riot slug, and should you want to pierce armour or deal out death you need still more.
The LVVWS copes with this by using an explosive gas mixture in the chamber behind the projectile rather than conventional propellant powder. A laser rangefinder measures the distance to the target and the gun automatically injects the correct amount of gas in order to deliver a less-lethal slug at the correct velocity: alternatively the user can manually override to fire a lethal-force shot. Thus a soldier or plod can carry both lethal and non-lethal weapons in one, avoiding the need for multiple arms or a clumsy combo like the M-16 with underbarrel Taser.
To begin with inventor Bruce Lund intended to use a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen to propel slugs from the LVVWS, having successfully used such a system in a toy rocket, but hydrogen was seen as a logistic burden by the military. The latest versions of the gas-gun now use MAPP fuel canisters of the type employed in nail guns among other applications.
Lund calls the LVVWS the "Big Hurt... because it puts the hurt on the bad guys".
He adds that "with the development of the LVVWS, we answered our country’s call to create a tool to keep our peacekeepers safe while deterring the behaviors of aggressive law breakers," though also admitting that "I have always loved things that go boom... They just make my little heart go pitter-pat".
If you are going to indicate a lack of historical knowledge in others, I advise you to bone up on the facts in advance.
The 'English empire' was never an English Empire, it was a British Empire; the 'bunch of rednecks with little more than slingshots to strike back with' were actually very well armed, supplied and supported by the French (who were pissed off they only got part of Canada to trade with); on your showing in this post I certainly don't agree with 'trust me', you obviously have very little idea of why 'the British lost the colonies' and no knowledge of the Commonwealth (and no, I don't mean the Australian bank)
So who's trying to look clever now?
Are you trying to look clever by explaining all the faults in the original article?
Does that mean you're stupid or European?
Your post impresses nobody with your intellectual abilites. You couldn't even be bothered to look up the source for your quote.
Can I suggest you go back to reading something .com instead of .co.uk?
And in case you're wondering, in this country it's a "smart arse".
Some things don't translate
Including humour (or spelling). Get over it.
I guess you yanks would be impressed by the author showing off his guns/muscles/cash instead of his wit. The rest of us were entertained.