By David Crane
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August 17, 2012
Last updated on 9/27/12.
Here at DefenseReview (DR), we've always gotten a kick out of cattle prods, particularly in the movies. You remember Goodfellas (1990), right? Remember that scene where one of those two douchebag card cheats gets cattle-prodded right in the ribs and hauled into the back room for a "talking to"? Sure you do, and so do we. So, when DR ran into Donovan Hunter of the appropriately-named Stunning Developments, Inc. (gotta' love that name) at NDIA Special Operations Forces Industry Conference 2012 (SOFIC 2012) and got a quick demo of the the BattleProd (or Battle-Prod) less-lethal stun baton in action, we couldn't help but smile and laugh.
This thing is just too much fun. I mean, what's not to like? It gives you 3-5 million volts of compliance-inducing electricity either in your hand (handheld variant) or at the end of your weapon (rifle/carbine, weapon-mountable variant). Touch the BattleProd anywhere on the rod (front, sides, etc.), and you're goin' down like a sack a' potatoes. Actually, you're probably goin' night-night for a little while.
Watch the embedded video below and listen to the BattleProd "fire". It's pretty intimidating. It's loud, and you can almost feel the voltage coming through the screen. Defense Review dares anyone to hold and activate the BattleProd and not smile a big Cheshire Cat grin. We double-dare ya'.
By the way, we write "less-lethal" instead of "non-lethal" because, well, how safe can 3-5 million volts really be? Frankly, it can't be all that good for you to get BattleProdded, even if you're in perfect health–but it's better than getting shot! We think.
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