riot gun

(redirected from Riot guns)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

riot gun

A firearm used to fire non-lethal ammunition to suppress riots. Riot guns can be purpose-built for riot control and loaded with special ammunition, or can be standard-issue weapons loaded with plastic bullets, teargas cartridges, pepper spray, smoke shells, sound projectiles, etc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Radikal reported that the police officer ysmail Aydyn has claimed that his team fired no tear gas canisters that day, adding that he did not know who used the riot gun.
Sefa Doyranly, head of the riot-control team posted to the area of the incident, said he was in Okmeydany on the day the incident took place, but stressed that he didn't fire the riot gun.
My next post, the embassy in Tel Aviv, boasted two pristine Stevens 620 riot guns, complete with ventilated handguards and bayonet lugs.
I tried to find bayonets that would fit, but didn't find out until much later that the standard riot gun used a 1917 Enfield bayonet.
I accomplished the remarkable feat alluded to above (10 and 12 gauge riot guns beat the absolute tar out of people my size, please be advised) courtesy of a simply marvelous new product I'd like to recommend to almost everybody.
The usual practice with American and Constabulary personnel was to work in pairs, one armed with a Krag and the other with a Winchester riot gun.