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Ahmad shows the 40mm rubber projectile he was shot on his forehead with.

Ahmad shows the 40mm rubber projectile he was shot on his forehead with.

French police fire this type of round from a GL-06 grenade launcher with a muzzle velocity of 300 km per hour. According to a 2008 press release by the weapon’s Swiss-based manufacturer Brugger & Thomet (B&T), the company’s rubber rounds are considered non-lethal but potentially dangerous with their power being compared to “the kick of a horse”. The kinetic energy density of the rounds is specified with 116 Joules.

Among the rounds fired by French police are also “Model 4557 foam batons” by the US company Combined Tactical Systems (CTS). CTS specifies the muzzle velocity between 240 to 260 feet per second. In conjuction with the projectile weight of 60 grams, the round delivers an impact of approximately 174 Joules. The round therefore has 1.5 times the impact velocity of B&T’s own rubber round which is considered to be “just below the critical safety value” that causes skin penetration. CTS and B&T both say that shots to the head, neck, thorax, heart, or spine can result in fatal or serious injury and that these areas should never be targeted or shot at.

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Ahmad shows the 40mm rubber projectile he was shot on his forehead with.<br />
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French police fire this type of round from a GL-06 grenade launcher with a muzzle velocity of 300 km per hour. According to a 2008 press release by the weapon’s Swiss-based manufacturer Brugger & Thomet (B&T), the company’s rubber rounds are considered non-lethal but potentially dangerous with their power being compared to “the kick of a horse”. The kinetic energy density of the rounds is specified with 116 Joules.<br />
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Among the rounds fired by French police are also “Model 4557 foam batons” by the US company Combined Tactical Systems (CTS). CTS specifies the muzzle velocity between 240 to 260 feet per second. In conjuction with the projectile weight of 60 grams, the round delivers an impact of approximately 174 Joules. The round therefore has 1.5 times the impact velocity of B&T’s own rubber round which is considered to be “just below the critical safety value” that causes skin penetration. CTS and B&T both say that shots to the head, neck, thorax, heart, or spine can result in fatal or serious injury and that these areas should never be targeted or shot at.