A flash-ball gun ("arme à léthalité atténuée", "attenuated lethality weapon") is a hand-held weapon intended mainly for use by police officers in riot situations as an alternative to lethal
firearms or baton rounds ( plastic bullets). It was developed by French arms manufacturer Verney-Carronand is available in two versions. The super-pro version features vertically stacked barrels and is made from metal alloys, while the compact version is made from lighter composite materials with the twin barrels side by side. Both versions of the weapon can be used to fire a variety of ammunition although a soft 44 mm rubber ball is the most common.
According to the manufacturer's own publicity, the flash-ball's standard round packs the
stopping powerof a .38 caliber handgunbut considerably less kinetic energy per sq. cm thus making it unlikely to penetrate the body of a normally clothed person even at ranges down to 7 meters. This said, various human rightsgroups have expressed fears that the widespread deployment of such weapons could result in police being less likely to apply non-violenttactics when dealing with potentially dangerous situations. [ cite web|url=http://web.amnesty.org/report2003/fra-summary-eng|title=Amnesty International Report on France 2003]
* [http://www.flash-ball.com/ Official Site]
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