Created By: Quatic on September 9, 2017 Last Edited By: Quatic on September 17, 2017

Net Gun

A gun that shoots a net

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Always Up for Grabs, btw....

The archetypal non-laser (possibly even low-tech) type of Family-Friendly Firearms, the net gun is a thing which actually exists[1], though in reality they're not useful for much beyond catching comparatively small birds (or, more recently, drones). This is because real nets tend to be heavy and bulky, and it's very hard to pack a net capable of covering a target of any respectable size into a projectile with any amount of range. But in fiction, the net gun may fire an Inescapable Net. It may be a component of a Swiss Army Gun.

Net guns are fired off in:

Comic Books
  • Spider-Man routinely uses his web shooters to capture villains, often delivering them to justice bagged in a net of webbing. (Notably, in some variations, Spider-Man's webbing is organic and produced by him biologically, but in most versions it is simply a form of technology — a Super Wrist-Gadget that shoots nets.)

Film Animated
  • Captain Gantu bags both Lilo & Stitch with a net gun. His target was Experiment 626, a/k/a Stitch; Lilo was an incidental capture that Gantu regards as "a little snack." Surprisingly, Stitch is unable to break this netting, despite his inordinate strength.
  • In Zootopia, net guns are used to capture at least one savage animal (probably all of the others, too, but we only see one onscreen).

Real Life
  • Net guns have been developed to control remote aerial drones that encroach upon airfields, testing grounds, and other secure sites. It's important that such ballistic weapons be non-lethal, to preclude incidental damage.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • September 9, 2017
    PistolsAtDawn
    Take a look at Administrivia.Text Formatting Rules

  • September 9, 2017
    Berrenta
    We don't format links like Wikipedia. We may be a wiki, but we do linking differently here.
  • September 9, 2017
    Quatic
    Yeah I know, I just haven't been around in a while.
  • September 9, 2017
    TonyG
    In the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Sandy's Rocket", Sandy has net guns to gather rock specimens in her trip to the moon. When SpongeBob and Patrick take the rocket on a joyride, they use the guns to capture aliens, which are actually their friends since they never left Earth.
  • September 9, 2017
    KZN02
  • September 9, 2017
    PistolsAtDawn
    Click the </> button beside the comments so you can copy the formatting directly (your link to Hawkeye is broken cause it's not copying the formatting in my post)
  • September 9, 2017
    Quatic
    Well that's new....
  • September 9, 2017
    randomtroper89
    • Star Wars Legends
      • The Stun Net Launcher fired as electrified net.
      • The Electronet Grenade launcher throws grenades that release similar nets.
      • The Stokhli Spray Stick fires a mist that solidifies into an electric net.
  • September 10, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Comic Books
    • Spider Man routinely uses his web shooters to capture villains, often delivering them to justice bagged in a net of webbing.

    Film Animated
    • Captain Gantu bags both Lilo And Stitch with a net gun. His target was Experiment 626, a/k/a Stitch; Lilo was an incidental capture that Gantu regards as "a little snack." Surprisingly, Stitch is unable to break this netting, despite his inordinate strength.
  • September 10, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    Was one in Kim Possible? I remember one but I can't find any references.
  • September 13, 2017
    powerman228
    In Zootopia, net guns are used to capture at least one savage animal (probably all of the others, too, but we only see one onscreen).
  • September 13, 2017
    tyrekecorrea
    Why not call it a net launcher?
  • September 13, 2017
    Antigone3
    When Myth Busters needed a bunch of pigeons for a test, Jamie and Adam initially tried catching their own with one of these. It worked on Adam, but not on any of the birds.
  • September 16, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Real Life
    • Net guns have been developed to control remote aerial drones that encroach upon airfields, testing grounds, and other secure sites. It's important that such ballistic weapons be non-lethal, to preclude incidental damage.
  • September 16, 2017
    Snowy66
  • September 17, 2017
    Quatic
    @tyrekecorrea — net launcher sounds like it could be a great big thing, like a catapult. This trope is the (presently unrealistic) hand-held-weapon-like net shooter.
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