Crowd Buster: Good Times with Rioters

Advanced Weapons Inc. has a new non-lethal system designed for riots, protestors and Westboro Baptist Church services urban unrest. Aptly called the Crowd Buster, it’s a high pressure Oleoresin Capsicum delivery system designed to do 3 things. One puts a barrier between MPs, Security Forces or police and the rioters (directed introduction of pepper spray). Another incapacitates the disaffected and discourages rude behavior. The last eliminates the anonymity of rioters by marking them with an indelible dye introduced to the mix (like a dye pack in the cash from a bank robbery).

Pepper spray is delivered in a micro pelletized fog or directed stream up to 150’ (under ideal conditions; winds or heavy precipitation will degrade performance). According to Dr. Dan Sherman of AWT, the optional dye is similar to the ink used to mark the fingers of voters in the Iraqi elections.

Crowd Buster comes in a backpack (45lb carrying 5 gallons) or larger mounted version (an ATV or Gator maybe) that’s twice that size. It delivers OC in fine mist or direct spray, determined by a positional trigger. Compressed air is carried in a canister, the agent in another canister alongside. Dr. Sherman likened the system to an HMG. “You have a gunner and a loader. You can have the agent, just the pelletized spray aggravant, or another with the dye package. You can change options during the incident virtually instantaneously if need be. It takes a few seconds to reload or switch a canister.”

One backpack size canister will cover a large public square or prison yard with mist.

“What we’re trying to do is present a barrier, a debilitating smoky type fog fifty to seventy five feet from the tactical line,” Dr. Sherman explained. “Depending on wind conditions it will go further than that. It blinds the rioters or demonstrators from seeing what’s opposing them—it’s a smoke screen. It also causes confusion, breaks them into fragments and marks them for later. They’re not only going to be miserable, they’re going to see that the rioters around them are being marked. They won’t be washing it off, either, this stuff lasts 2 to 3 weeks.”

The rapid ability to swap canisters also allows them the option of hitting rioters with straight OC while targeting specific individuals (e.g. the ringleaders) with the dye mix.

This might not be something that would be used too often in Afghanistan or Iraq, but we’re betting it would’ve been welcomed by some of the KFOR boys tasked with crowd control, or those caught up in civil unrest during FID missions now, etc. Damn sure beats shields and batons.

For more information, contact Dr. Dan Sherman of Advanced Weapons Inc. at




Shields and batons are ok, but hosing them with OC gets the point across.

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    The WORST training I’ve done so far was the riot training at Camp Muscatatuk(SP?). OC turned even to hardest grunts into little boys again. I can only imagine the fog being a whole lot worse.

  • rob

    we could of done with that fog in london a few weeks ago!

  • OCCD

    I’m sure the scumbag ACLU is preparing the lawsuit paperwork now. The best riot control tool I’ve ever used is a fire hose. Especially if it’s cool weather. Takes the fight right out of them. They stopped us from using them too. “cruel and inhumane.” Damn whiners.

  • crackedlenses

    I disagree with the crossed out part at the top. I think it would be very appropriate for the monsters from Westboro Baptist….

    joking/ off

  • S.P. Walsh

    Looks a lot like what the Ghostbusters used. Is that another option for the agent?

    • defensor fortissimo

      just don’t cross the streams!

  • RN

    Needed this in Vancouver B.C.

  • Lance

    Pls Pls use it on the Westboro mob pls pls have some bear grade spray used on them.

    • Johnny_Darko

      They deserve nothing less than napalm.

  • Dumb Grunt

    You can get the same effect with pepperballs. For the price of that “sprayer” you could buy several paintball markers and have several gunners versus one sprayer. You can single out one person or “spray” a crowd. If you run dry, reloads are as fast as any paintball marker. How long does it take to reload that sprayer??? Besides the paintball marker will leave a welt that sprayer won’t.

  • Morgan

    Rubber bullets are both cheaper and can be fired out of standard issue shotguns. Why risk the wind blowing the fog back to you, or being unable to enter a fogged up area without expensive masks? Nope, stun grenades and rubber bullets all the way. And if necessary water cannons. Helps wash the blood off the tar.

  • Paralus

    “It blinds the rioters or demonstrators from seeing what’s opposing them”

    This a tad alarming. There is a significant difference between rioters and demonstrators. Demonstrators are exercising free speech, rioters are committing a crime.

    It’s a good thing Egypt or Tunisian authorities weren’t using these.

    • NGPOG

      Demonstrators can become rioters in very short order.

  • Steve

    If Barack Obama the so called commander in chief ordered a so far compliant US military and you all know what I’m talking about, to OC a TEA PARTY demonstration, there are alot of 2nd amendment types that would send something back other than OC spray. I pray to God the military comes to their senses and stop with the “orders are orders” BS that was tried and convicted at Nuremberg. We truly have traitors among us, but remaining compliant isn’t the answer.

    • orly?

      So during the civil rights movement, when minorities were getting firehosed and attack dogs set lose on them, they should have retaliated with fully automatic gunfire?

      Yes, please bet history on your “ideas.”

    • Paralus

      Yeah, I’m sure the 50-person ‘rallies’ the Tea Party organizes is right at the top of the Joint Chiefs of Staff list of priorities.

      • Steve

        I was in DC when the river of people were there….9/12/09 1.8 million estimated by the Capitol Police, the same cp,that esimated obummers innaguration at 1.7 million.

        Point is everybody knows what is being said here by me.

    • orly?

      Civil rights movement, look it up.

  • Mike

    Do our warriors really need to be mixed up with police state tactics? Lets leave the civilian abuse to the locals and maintain our dignity.

  • HD Kent, NSATC: LL,

    Readers: The key element of being able to project liquid carrier riot agents at long range is being lost in misdirected discussions of morality; the alternative to being gassed in a military riot situation is being shot with bullets. Dr. Sherman needs to join the National Small Arms Technology Consortium. We have a Less Lethal Committee that works with JSSAP. Editor: Please pass my contact along offline.