Holy immobilising – this lasso gun will let police tangle with suspects without using force.
Zap! The Batman-style BolaWrap fires an 8ft kevlar cord with hooks on each end at 513 feet per second.
And ker-pow! It wraps up the legs of targets up to 25ft away.
The £1,000 gadget is designed to inflict as little pain as possible and could be used instead of Tasers.
And it is now being put through trials after it was demonstrated to forces from across the UK at the Royal College of Policing last year.
Tom Smith, president of US-based Wrap Technologies, said: “We have had a lot of interest from the UK and I had a meeting with the Home Office this week. Police are looking at it at a national level.”
Mr Smith said the explosive device that propels the cord is similar to a starting pistol’s – but its 160-decibel noise exceeds UK health and safety limits, so his team is making the device quieter.
Three British use of force experts said in a report: “We recommend the potential role for BolaWrap in policing is tested in reconstructions and in scenarios in which a [Taser] was deployed so a reasonable comparison can be made.”
And subject to testing, the report states: “We recommend consideration be given to BolaWrap being provided to all frontline officers.”
The BolaWrap is named after the bolas – a throwing weapon made of weighted ropes that South American cowboys used to capture animals by entangling their legs.
The Home Office said: “The Government is clear police officers should have the best possible protection when facing serious and sometimes violent situations.
“There is an established process for approval of less lethal weapons due to the unique risks and societal implications [of]their use.”