Rapid-Fire Gun Spreads Gas over Riot Area (Jul, 1936)
Rapid-Fire Gun Spreads Gas over Riot Area
Machine guns that can flood a wide area with tear gas or nauseating gas in a few seconds are the latest recruits to law-enforcement staffs. Forty or fifty feet from the muzzle, the stream of powder has become a cloud of blinding or sickening gas, and the rapid-fire gun can distribute this along a broad front, effectively putting down a riot. The powder shell follows a formula developed by a former army officer. One machine gun shoots twenty-five millimeter gas shells from a round of eighteen that revolves automatically with each pull of the trigger. Another fires a round of twenty-four twelve-gauge shells, and there is a revolver type of light alloy with chambers for five twelve-gauge shells. This is conveniently carried in a holster. The gas is effective a few feet away, yet is declared to have no permanent harmful effect. Only at close range is there danger of powder burns.