In my new Work in Progress my first titular character, Azuela is a bodyguard. Protecting a high profile, wealthy individual she comes up against well-funded criminals at times. In turn, she has to be well versed in weaponry and fighting techniques, as well as adequately armed to deal with differing situations.

Azuela has two main weapons; her semi-automatic pistol with laser targeting and her pulse gun. The Pulse Gun is where the SciFi shows up most so I thought it was worth a more in-depth look.

The Pulse Gun has generally the same body still as a semi-automatic pistol though the squared off barrel is more distinctive. Instead of projectile rounds, the Pulse Gun uses small, self-contained electrically charged rounds that can disable an opponent.

Real World Link: The Taser

The Taser is a less than lethal option used by both law enforcement and civilians. Taser (often marketed as TASER) is a brand name and registered trademark of Taser International.[1] The word most often refers to an electroshock weapon marketed by that company which uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles. The device functions by effecting “neuromuscular incapacitation”[2] and the devices’ mechanism “Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) technology”.[3] Someone struck by a Taser experiences stimulation of his or her sensory nerves and motor nerves, resulting in strong involuntary muscle contractions. Tasers do not rely only on pain compliance, except when used in Drive Stun mode, and are thus preferred by some law enforcement over non-Taser stun guns and other electronic control weapons.[1]

[1] Taken from Wikipedia July 14, 2012