The Anti-Riot Tangle Gun 7 was a crowd control defense weapon manufactured by Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc. for use by the Galactic Empire. The gun fired a pellet that, when exposed to air, explosively expanded into a multi–meter–wide webbed net that enveloped its victim and then shrank, thus immobilizing the target. Sometimes the webbing contracted too tightly, causing the victim to suffocate and die.


The Anti-Riot Tangle Gun 7 was a crowd control defense weapon that shot a naorstrachem pellet mixed with a shrinking agent. The pellet, when exposed to air, explosively expanded into a webbed net several meters in width. The net automatically contracted as soon as it came into contact with a warm surface, such as a living body. It then wrapped around the target and tightened, trapping the target almost instantly. However, a problem with tangle guns like the Tangle Gun 7 was that the webbing often contracted too much, resulting in the target being suffocated—and sometimes killed—by the intense pressure of the webbing.[1]

The gun carried a load of fifteen pellets and had a short range of three to ten meters, a medium range of eleven to nineteen meters, and a long range of twenty to twenty-five meters. The weapon cost 300[1] to 500 credits. The size of a blaster carbine and light in weight, the gun had a light polycarbonate furniture and a short, wide-mouthed barrel.[2] The reload cartridge for the gun was located at the top rear just above the handle.[1]


The tangle gun was produced by Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc. for use by the Galactic Empire. Considered more humane than a blaster, the Anti-Riot Tangle Gun was often used when non-lethal force was needed. Therefore, when Imperial policy went from one of seduction to one of brute force, the weapon was mostly mothballed.[1]

The gun was included in General Airen Cracken's field guide for the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The weapon's article was accompanied by an illustration of the weapon along with a depiction of a Duros caught in the gun's webbing.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Anti-Riot Tangle Gun 7 was introduced in Cracken's Rebel Field Guide, a reference book written by Christopher Kubasik for the West End Games Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, which was published in June 1991.[1] The weapon was later mentioned in The Far Orbit Project, designed by Timothy S. O'Brien and released in 1998,[3] The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, written by Stephen J. Sansweet and Pablo Hidalgo and released in 2008,[4] and Far Horizons, developed by Sam Stewart for the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire roleplaying game and released in 2014.[2]


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