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The Anti-Riot Tangle Gun 7, also known simply as the tangle pistol, 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. The webbing sometimes contracted too tightly, causing the victim to suffocate and die. General Airen Cracken included an entry for the weapon in his field guide for the Alliance to Restore the Republic.


The Anti-Riot Tangle Gun 7 was a crowd-control defense weapon that shot a naorstrachem pellet mixed with a shrinking agent. When exposed to air, the pellet 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. A rifle the size of a blaster carbine and lightweight, the gun had a light polycarbonate furniture and a short, wide-mouthed barrel.[3] The gun was also composed of an additional polymer material, non-ferrous metal, and Codoan Copper.[2] The reload cartridge of the gun was located at the top rear just above the handle.[1] The weapon was considered a specialized item that was not available everywhere, and was even considered to be illegal on most planets.[4]



A tangle pistol

The tangle gun was produced by Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc. for use by the Galactic Empire,[1] though schematics of the weapon were also available to independent weaponsmiths and munitions traders.[2] Manufactured to meet the Empire's need for a more humane crowd-control weapon than a blaster, the Anti-Riot Tangle Gun 7 was often used when non-lethal force was needed. Therefore, when Imperial policy went from one of seduction to 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] The gun was also listed in the 50th anniversary issue of Galladinium's Galactic Datalog of Fantastic Technology, a datalog purveying fine merchandise to an upscale clientele during the Galactic Civil War. The datalog listed the gun at a price of 300 credits.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Anti-Riot Tangle Gun 7 was introduced in Cracken's Rebel Field Guide, a June 1991 reference book written by Christopher Kubasik for West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game.[1] The weapon first appeared in the 2003 LucasArtsSony Online Entertainment MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, prior to its closure in 2011.[2][5] In the game, the weapon was simply identified as a "tangle pistol," and it could be crafted by weaponsmiths and later by munitions traders using a number of different components and resources, including Codoan Copper, non-ferrous metal, and polymer.[2]

Various Star Wars Galaxies reference guides provide differing statistics for the tangle gun. Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided: Prima's Official Strategy Guide (2003), Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed: Prima Official Game Guide (2004), and Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Quick Reference Guide (2004) identify the tangle gun as a stun weapon with a maximum range of forty-eight meters,[6][7][8] while Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience: Prima Official Game Guide and Star Wars Galaxies: The Complete Guide: Prima Official Game Guide (2005) identify it as a kinetic weapon with a range of thirty-five meters.[9][10] Given the ambiguity of these statistics, this article uses the twenty-five-meter figure provided in Cracken's Rebel Field Guide.[1]


  • SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (First appearance) (First identified as tangle pistol)


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