TASER International announced today that it will debut the new TASER X12 LLS Mossberg shotgun during the 2008 SHOT Show in Las Vegas to be held February 2-5, 2008.
The TASER X12 Less Lethal Shotgun (LLS) is a fully integrated less-lethal platform manufactured by Mossberg that has been optimized for the TASER eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP), while providing for integration of the TASER X26 electronic control device (ECD) for close-in engagements. The TASER X12 LLS includes TASER Radial Ammunition Key technology (patent pending) to prevent the system from accepting lethal 12-gauge rounds in order to remove the possibility of end users loading a lethal round in a less-lethal system during high stress situations.
"In speaking with our customers and law enforcement experts, we found that many law enforcement agencies would prefer dedicated 12-gauge systems for less-lethal use only," commented Rick Smith, chief executive officer of TASER International, Inc. "However, none of the systems on the market today actually prevent the operator from inadvertently loading a deadly round of buckshot or slugs. The TASER X12 LLS is designed with the important safeguard of precluding the possibility of lethal accidents through round mis-identification."
The TASER X12 LLS provides a dedicated less-lethal platform based on the Mossberg 500 shotgun, which is the only 12-gauge system to attain Mil-Spec certification.
In addition to the TASER Radial Ammunition Key system, the TASER X12 LLS also features A high twist, rifled barrel system that is optimized for the lower velocities of less-lethal projectiles; a Picatinny Rail system with the X-Rail mount pre-installed; TASER-Yellow coloration of the stock and fore-end of the shotgun for immediate identification as a less-lethal system; ghost ring sighting system; and collapsible tactical stock.
TASER International will begin training the agencies involved in the pilot programs in February and will release the TASER XREP into pilot programs by the end of the first quarter. The TASER XREP is a wireless Neuro Muscular Incapacitation projectile designed for a 12-gauge platform. The XREP, which contains miniaturized TASER technology as well as groundbreaking flight stabilization and microprocessor-controlled intelligent electrode selection technologies, weighs only 14 grams, or half an ounce, and has a maximum range of 65 feet or 20 meters.
TASER expects to complete pilot programs and release the TASER XREP product and the TASER X12 by the end of 2008, pending results of the pilot programs.
For more information visit www.TASER.com/XREP.