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Bass Gun   (+2, -7)  [vote for, against]
It does not fire fish or beer.

A non-lethal weapon for dissuading people from rioting. the vehicle-mounted version is used in place of the water cannon, focusing low frequency compression waves at the oncoming hoards of lefties (I've been collecting them). Rather than injuring or even completely incapacitating the offending ruffians, the weapon merely causes queasiness, taking away the enthusiasm for civil disobedience.

Seasoned club goers may have developed a resistance to hearty bass and might need to be softened up with the handheld blunderbass, which when aimed directly at the stomach, is capable of administering a short thud of intestinal discomfort.
-- marklar, Feb 05 2008

Infrasound weapon is mentioned in "Sonic Weaponry" in Wikipedia.
Mentions an infrasound weapon that operates at 7Hz to disable 'perps'. [Jinbish, Feb 05 2008]

Iron Maiden Gun iron_20maiden_20gun
If you're gonna die, die with your boots on... [Jinbish, Feb 05 2008]

Treble gun
Won't work on me come this Friday, Ha! [theleopard, Feb 12 2008]

//UBER-sized speakers on their mobiles// Ghetto Phone
I have a dubious solution [coprocephalous] [theleopard, Feb 12 2008]

Rather than riot control (which is not wrong, btw) a little jaunt into weapon: sonic yields a couple of interesting comparisons.

In the Halfbakery, we find the Iron Maiden gun. Which *Rocks*!

And from Wikipedia page on sonic weaponry:
"The U.S. DOD has demonstrated phased arrays of infrasonic emitters. The weapon usually consists of a device that generates sound at about 7 Hz. The output from the device is routed (by pipes) to an array of open emitters, which are usually one wavelength apart. At this frequency, armor and concrete walls and other common building materials allow sound waves to pass through, providing little defense."
-- Jinbish, Feb 05 2008

//The output from the device is routed (by pipes) to an array of open emitters, which are usually one wavelength apart//
That's nearly 50 metres!
-- coprocephalous, Feb 05 2008

Will this do anything bagpipes can't? It's nice that you have discovered the legend of the brown note, but there's nothing new here.

Also, rioting 'hordes' (sp.) tend not to be 'lefties' but 'righties' such as nazis, ultranationalists and farmers.
-- ConsulFlaminicus, Feb 05 2008

If you are working at 7hz you could have an array of tanks that were synchronised to pulse at the same time, they wouldn't need to be connected.

This is a more practical weapon than the grand-scale military versions often used in sci-fi and x-files, but admittedly based on the same principle.

I am aware of the brown note but this is not that, it is based (he he) on my personal experience of standing near a large bass speaker and feeling slightly dodgy, losing my will to dance and make merry. It could also be called the "Screw you guys, I'm going home" weapon.

I saw the title "Iron maiden Gun" but didn't read the idea, my warped imagination took it to be a net gun derived from the torture device, despite it being in weapon: sonic.

<bun trawl>Would this idea be more positively received if I named it the BlunderBass?</bun trawl>
-- marklar, Feb 05 2008

My half-search has only yielded a high-frequency bone shatterer, a large medieval drum and a rock music weapon that makes no mention of bass.
-- marklar, Feb 05 2008

[UB], your fish suggestion might be considered to be an infringement of the squid-based gun that was proposed earlier...

I can't find it now, but it was definitely there somewhere. The ammo varied between cuttlefish and giant squid, depending on the target and required damage.
-- Jinbish, Feb 05 2008

Widely Baked, as they all done said.
-- DrCurry, Feb 05 2008

I think they are testing this weapon now at the nightclub I visited last night....Oifff! My ears still are ringing.
-- Blisterbob, Feb 07 2008

Baked - Kate Bush lyrics:

"What they wanted ... was a sound that could kill someone."

But it seems the logical next step to help clean our streets of young, temporarily stupid hooligans, the teenaged sickness. High frequeceny variations have been used to dissuade kids from hanging out in store fronts.
-- M Carter, Feb 10 2008

// oncoming hoards of lefties // - what's a "leftie" [marklar]?
-- xenzag, Feb 10 2008

South paws. I've always been suspicious of the other handed. Not really, it's how stuck-up people refer to anyone liberal enough to protest against something (war, fur, capitalism).
-- marklar, Feb 10 2008

Hmm, I guess a Huey has a pretty decent rotor thud, but I think the Chinook would be the ultimate air thumper.
-- marklar, Feb 10 2008

"Uploaded on December 31, 1978 by Ian Tindale"
-- marklar, Feb 10 2008

[theleopard[ Thanks for the link.
It seems odd to me that the Mosquito annoys young people so much.
The ones I often encounter on the bus seem to delight in tinny, high-pitched sounds from the under-sized speakers of their mobiles.
-- coprocephalous, Feb 12 2008

That would imply that they have some musical ability. As afficionados of the current popular music culture, they would no doubt have considererably more success trying to poke runny butter up a porcupine's arse with a red hot needle.
-- 8th of 7, Jan 03 2011

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