captive bolt pistol

(redirected from Captive bolt)

captive bolt pistol

a handheld weapon used for euthanasia of large animals. The muzzle is placed against the subject's forehead. When the trigger is pulled, or the firing pin struck a sharp blow, a 3 cm rod, 1 cm diameter exits sharply from the muzzle and pierces the skull and damages the brain. The rod does not leave the weapon and there is no possible risk of injuring a bystander.
References in periodicals archive ?
The scientists also rely upon a powerful projectile weapon called a captive bolt gun to combat the invasive iguanas.
Founded in 1913, Accles & Shelvoke makes and supplies precisionengineered cartridge-powered captive bolt stunners which are used in the food production industries.
The letter, from the Food Safety and Inspection Service, states Bartels employees failed to knock out livestock with the first shot from a hand-held so-called captive bolt gun and instead were routinely having to shoot cows with a second bolt-gun blow.
Tenders are invited for Captive Bolt For Ep Contactor.
Simply turn the mount's latitude up to 90[degrees], and then tighten a captive bolt to hold the head securely in position.
Usually they are stunned with a captive bolt gun first but when the gun malfunctions, he orders staff to carry out the grim procedure.
It is understood that the party was referring to a captive bolt pistol, used to stun animals before slaughter.
The 'Ban the Bolt' campaign is calling for Defra to immediately ban the use of captive bolt guns in the UK and for the destruction of greyhounds to only be performed by use of intravenous euthanasia, administered by qualified veterinary surgeons.
They should also be told the method of slaughter: captive bolt shooting, gassing, electrocution, drowning, trapping, clubbing or any of the other approved methods," the letter said.
In Australia, cattle are stunned prior to slaughter using a penetrative captive bolt, non-penetrative (percussive) captive bolt, or electrical methods, and, according to Gregory and Shaw (2000), when stunning is done correctly, the animal feels no pain and becomes instantly unconscious.
a captive bolt instrument is kept close to the restraining pen, cradle or table for use in case of emergency and is immediately used where the animal is subject to any avoidable pain, suffering or agitation, or has any injuries or contusions".
First a captive bolt pistol is used to paralyze the animal.