There are some products that make you scratch your head and wonder who the heck thought this was a good idea. We’ve seen examples of less than lethal projectiles before, designed for use by police officers who want to be able to stop a person without actually shooting them with the intention of killing them. Generally this is a niche that is filled by things like the Taser, but Wasp Weapons System is a device designed to quickly fit over the muzzle of a firearm and be shot at a person you don’t really quite intend to kill just yet . . .
There’s two parts to this system. The first is the barrel extension, which is about six inches long and threads directly to the barrel. The second is a large rubber projectile that slots over the barrel extension and is launched when you pull the trigger and fire a live round.
Problem #1: that’s expensive. If the plan is to have this issued as standard equipment to cops then you’re looking at the price of a new threaded barrel in addition to the price of the kit, since GLOCK doesn’t play that game.
Problem #2: ain’t nobody got time for that. You can have this thing threaded on from the beginning of your shift, but that defeats the compact nature of handguns and is massively annoying. The other option is that you can thread it on when needed, but there’s already another product called The Alternative which performs the same function with much less setup time. And cost. And space used. And annoyance.
Problem #3 is follow up shots. There’s a real tendency among those who use guns in self defense to continue shooting — especially among cops. Firing a single round in practice is easy, but firing a single round in reality can be much harder. You’re already employing a deadly weapon. It makes far more sense to use something like a Taser or a dedicated less lethal shotgun with the time it takes to prep this contraption.
In short, I’m not a fan.