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Shave a block of wood or ice and fire a projectile
An air rifle alot like this: see link
After firing the barrel will spin and push a large
shaped block of ice, wood or ice frozen with sawdust
a magazine that slices off a segment and loads it into
bandolier, which could be filled up and then reloaded
with another block
at the ready after you empty your
The compressed air canister could be used as a cooling
device by being next to the block of ice in the same
enclosed metal magazine cartridge.
[Duck Lagrange, Jan 18 2015]
Alternative ammunitions have been proposed before...
[normzone, Jan 19 2015]
[hippo, Mar 13 2015]
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||I love the cheery text on the linked page:
|| "Nowadays, both armed forces and law enforcement
officers all around the world have to face an
increasing number of peacekeeping and law
enforcement operations, where, very often, the use
of lethal weapons is not always the most
||I mean "not always the most appropriate", but
presumably, then, at least somewhat appropriate.
||... and no doubt most convenient, particularly if the culprit* is young, unarmed, in a public place during the hours of darkness, and black.
||*all culprits are presumed innocent until after the post-mortem.
||The real beauty of this is that any frozen substance can and should be used as ammo.
||But here now: for reasons of symmetry it would be most fitting that an ice gun be powered by pressurized steam.
||Added benefit: you could fire nonlethal rounds by using lower pressure steam.
||Third benefit: once you were done with your shooting you could steam the wrinkles out of your shooting pants, then do up some dumplings.
||//the use of lethal weapons is not always the most appropriate// - there is a term used in
law-enforcement which evokes a similar ambiguity: police forces and vendors of police equipment will talk about "less lethal" weapons (see link). I don't like this term because surely either something is lethal or it isn't, it can't be "not quite as lethal".
||A % of lethalness would be best; a probability of lethality. People would be interested in the high and the low end. It is those intermediate lethalness weapons that are troublesome.