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aCCURaCy. RELIabILITy. VERSaTILITy. The FN 303 Less Lethal platform is a semi-auto, shoulder-fired launcher. It uses compressed air stored in a removable and refillable bottle to launch its projectiles, which are stored in a 15-round disc magazine. TODD bURgREEN LESS LEThaL The expanding use of less-lethal technology will be the norm in police/corrections departments across the country over the next few years. Photo: FNH USA FN 303 s evident by the recent spate of “Occupy-you-name-it” demonstrations, law enforcement is facing unique force continuum challenges. Along these lines, the appreciation of less-lethal devices is gaining ground in terms of civil disorder response — not to mention finding traction in correctional facilities, border defense, physical security of businesses and other applications. Right or wrong, the ever-present access to social media also adds to the mix of how law enforcement responds to organized civil disobedience and unruly crowds. To appreciate the complexity of situations where the police use force, you need to think of force not as a static concept, but as a continuum of responses, ranging from verbal commands to deadly force. Arguably, less-lethal systems have a potentially broader range of application than do lethal systems. One of the latest devices showing promise, with its utility constantly being expanded, is the FN 303 Less Lethal Launcher distributed by FNH USA. a Versatile Platform The FN 303 is a semi-auto, shoulderfired launcher. It uses compressed air stored in a removable and refillable bottle to launch its projectiles, which are stored in a 15-round disc magazine. The 30 WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MAY2012