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My nephew has these tennis racquet shaped air ...guns(?)that are operated by pulling back on a piece of stretchy rubber attached to the racquet frame, aiming it at somebody, and releasing. They are surprisingly effective at a distance of up to 30 feet -- a serious blast of air; enough to make you start,
especially if you aren't aware that someone is shooting you until it hits you. Through experimentation, we discovered that they could be used to deliver certain noxious gasses, at a distance, to unprepared targets with spectacular results.
This design could be adapted to deliver tear gas to individuals in crowds, specifically, those being violent. Just arm several police officers with these cheap toys, put a puff of pepper spray or tear gas into each, and deliver appropriately.
The Nerf Vulcan
The new non-lethal weapon of choice for crowd control [kaz, Aug 26 2009]
20 foot range, a nice pocket piece
[CaptainClapper], putting a puff of pepper spray into your device makes it sound like a muzzle-loader. [normzone, Aug 26 2009]
not exactly a tennis racquet [DrWorm, Aug 26 2009]
||I was hoping for some velcro tipped nerf darts with tear gas release systems, hooks onto clothes, and intensity of 'dose' varies depending upon how much you get shot/how much of a pain in the arse you're being.
||Can we call it "Nerf gas"?
||that's a lot better than the Puff-Puff Riot Racquet
||Are you referring to the... Airzooka? (link)
||Might come in handy at political conventions this year