Electric Rifle

A device that shoots an electrical charge. (Read the full article)

""Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle" was inspiration for John Cover in the 1960s to create the Taser. A useless bit of knowledge but interesting. "
(Tom Wynn 7/8/2005 11:00:24 PM )
"I just read the bit on TomSwift and his Electric Rifle, and he mentions "luminous bars of light"... sounds like a laser to me."
(DEXTER 11/13/2005 5:14:15 PM )
"I have read in a news article (http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2894/) that Jack Cover, the man who reportedly invented the first stun gun in 1974, named the his invention as an acronym for "Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle""
(TASER Acronym? 1/4/2007 1:25:12 PM )
"Couldn't this be an example of Science fiction immitating theoretical science? Didn't tesla have a "death ray" that worked under similar principles? Isn't this the wikipedia article related to the subject? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directed-energy_weapon#Tesla"
(Turgenev 6/22/2007 2:21:17 PM )
"Yikes - see this article on the teleforce, a charged particle beam weapon developed by Tesla and offered to the US military. Tesla envisioned it as an entirely defensive weapon. Here's a quick quote: "“But while it will make every nation safe against any attack by a would-be invader, Dr. Tesla added, the death-beam by its nature could not be employed similarly as a weapon for offense. For this death-beam, he explained, could be generated only from large, stationary and immovable power plants, stationed in the manner of old-time forts at various strategic distances from each country's border. They could not be moved for the purposes of attack." From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleforce."
(Bill Christensen 6/27/2007 2:23:46 PM )
"So Tesla anticipated the strategic defense beam weapon! But, given that the OTHER thing he anticipated was beamed POWER, I think he was kidding himself about the "no offensive applications" part."
(Jordan Bassior 10/8/2007 8:33:37 AM )
"I think a taser stun gun death beam system, is like an electricians smart bullet device for the future."
(Michael 5/19/2013 8:48:06 AM )

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