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Reporter Tests New 'Taser Grenade' on Himself: 'Shock and Ow


"...massive jolt of paralyzing electricity."

It's a clever title for a puzzling story. But it did produce some great video.

The Daily reporter Justin Rocket Silverman decided to test the new "taser grenade" and its 50,000 volts. Guess what: it hurts. So much so he decided to call his story "Shock and Ow." Appropriate.

First, Silverman gives the specs of the new weapon for maximum effect:

Fresh out of Taser’s R&D lab in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Taser Grenade, or 40mm HEMI (short for “human electro-muscular incapacitation”) projectile, works much like a grenade. But instead of blasting deadly shrapnel, it releases tiny metal barbs that latch onto skin or clothing, creating a “circuit” for the massive jolt of paralyzing electricity.

Since they can be shot out of the same grenade launchers soldiers attach to their M-16s, and cops use to fire tear gas canisters, these powerful projectiles allow authorities to “tase” someone from afar.

The new projectile means law enforcement or military officials can tase someone from as far away as 900 ft. And even at that distance, it leaves burn marks on the skin.

This is what 50,000 volts surging through someone's body looks like. But, a little disclaimer: officials didn't want to fire the actual grenade at Silverman, so instead they hooked him up to the taser's shocking (in the voltage sense of the word), and powerful, guts:

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