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BOISE, Idaho – Executives with a Boise-based company are poised to begin marketing a new type of ammunition specifically for law enforcement teams and designed to avoid causing serious or fatal injuries to their targets and bystanders.

The technology was created at Integrity Ballistics LLC, a company that has spent more than 10 developing and testing a round that resembles a shotgun shell. The round fires a synthetic ball that flattens upon impact and is intended to stun or subdue the target and the plan is to make it available only to law enforcement.

"It will be a lot safer for the officer and for the person being shot."

- Jim Greer, CEO of Integrity Ballistics

The idea for the product emerged in the months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when Integrity founder Joe Kolnik started brainstorming about ways to help federal air marshals assigned to protect planes. The goal was to develop a type of ammunition that would not cause fatal injuries to innocent bystanders or pierce the skin of a plane, yet be powerful enough to stop a potential hijacker.

What emerged is the company's Burns Round, named after Kolnik's cousin, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Burns, who died in action in Iraq in 2004, the Idaho Business Review reported in story published last week.

The product the company hopes to begin marketing in early 2013 looks like an orange shotgun shell and is made up of three proprietary components: a pliable dark gray ball, orange plastic that encases the ball and a base filled with propellant.

Fired out of a 12-gauge shotgun, the ball -- made of soft polymer composite -- flattens like a pancake on impact and stuns and bruises a human target. The ammo is being marketed as a tool for law enforcement officers that can be used to defuse standoffs, crowd control or other scenarios in which law enforcement may need to gain the upper hand.

"It will be a lot safer for the officer and for the person being shot," said Jim Greer, the CEO who joined the company in 2008. "What our products are going to do is stop and defuse threats."

Greer said the company obtained a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives earlier this year, clearing the path to manufacture the round.

The company describes the ammo as "less-lethal" and "less-than-lethal" on its website. According to the Small Arms Survey, an independent university research project located in Geneva, Switzerland, these two terms are all used to describe law enforcement ammunition such as rubber bullets and bean bags.

During the testing phase, Integrity's partners fired the Burns Round repeatedly at indoor gun ranges and targets on land administered by the federal Bureau of Land Management. They also sent the ammo to Wayne State University in Detroit for more rigorous trials.

Integrity's website displays two results from the university's Ballistics Impact Research Lab that show the Burns Round causes less penetration and soft tissue damage than sock rounds.

About 450 companies in 52 countries make less-lethal or less-than-lethal weapons, according to the Small Arms Survey. Many of the firms provide both ammunition and "launchers." Integrity Ballistics concentrates on ammo alone.

The company will begin marketing its product to law enforcement agencies, bounty hunters and the prison industry in January.
 

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What happens when the bad guy is not disabled and shoots back with real bullets, is the rubber bullet guy still safe? :rolleyes:
 

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Safe as any dead man can be Old Grump.
 

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i can see using this on planes, as a broken window can get everyone killed and the badguy is much less likely to be armed with a gun, but here on the ground i would prefer lethal rounds.
 

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So if you mace the bad guy first, then tase him then shoot him in the ...er a sensitive spot with the rubber bullet it might or might not kill him but if he dies he won't be as dead as if he had been hit in the brain with a 38 spcl. Where can I get me some of those safe bullets. Just from the description of them they sound like breast implants.
 
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Ammunition looks like an orange shotgun shell

Fired out of a 12-gauge shotgun, the ball -- made of soft polymer composite -- flattens like a pancake on impact and stuns and bruises a human target.
Can't quite picture an air marshal blending in with the crowd while carrying a 12 gauge shotgun.
 

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yeah, don't hurt anyone that is wanting to shoot at someone; just smack 'em with a bean bag.

We've got tasers for police to use which are very effective in reducing injury to both the officer and the perp, why do we need more less than lethal?

OC spray, baton, taser, backup, and finally lethal force. Seems like plenty of tools already at LE's disposal.

this is the same logic that wishes to remove HP ammo from people as if FMJ's couldn't kill or some nonsense. The military uses FMJs, we've had no problem killing terrorists with non-expanding ammo!
 
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