captive bolt pistol

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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.
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That was when teachers decided they didn't want their school to be called after Christopher Cash anymore because he was the inventor of a humane bolt gun for killing animals for meat in slaughterhouses with the minimum of suffering.
The report comes after the Daily Mirror exposed builders' merchant David Smith, who charged pounds 10 to kill dogs with a legally held humane bolt gun.
The sheep, being slaughtered with a humane bolt gun killer in a barn, had been bought from local farmers for around a pound each.