Inventor goes public with ZHeus 3, a weapon with big implications for police reform


ST. GEORGE — An invention that could lead to the end of gunpowder is not just an idea — it’s already been used in a real-world military mission.

Priced at $1 million, ZHeus 3 is not a gun; it’s a “platform” that has taken Harvester, a St. George-based inventor, 15 years to design. Harvester could not release his full name because he still has a commitment to national security.

The idea for this invention, along with an improved armor, began some 15 years ago when Harvester’s best friend died in his arms after being shot during an Air Force mission. The bullet shot straight through his friend’s bulletproof vest and kept going.

“The armor didn’t just kind of fail. It failed,” Harvester said. “It failed so much that it was the perfect storm of science failing the advertised claims and selfish, greedy business people taking many millions of government dollars — that were supposed to go into research development — into their own personal bank accounts.”

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  1. Interesting, but, at the end of the day I have to wonder how much more effective it would be. It all comes down to energy storage density, and how fast that can be translated to kinetic energy.

    I stopped reading when I got to the “no kick” statement. You can come up with new methods; you can come up with new materials; it’s really kind of hard to abrogate conservation of momentum, however. Granted, that might be a “journalism”-ism.

    There are also some issues with floating projectiles (or anything else) using only static magnetic fields, but that’s perhaps a different discussion.

  2. That entire article reads like something written by an easily-impressed ignoramus who has no idea about what they are looking at, no subject-matter knowledge whatsoever, and who is just parroting the press release.

    And, if you think cops everywhere are going to start carrying a longarm instead of a service pistol? LOL.

  3. The article is poorly written, but I think what the they are selling is a combination of flywheels, rail gun, and compressed air. It has three times as many failure points, so it fails often enough and catastrophically enough that they had to armor the chassis to protect the user. With smart gun user access technology.
    And the basic law enforcement model cost a million each.

    I’m going to put my marker down on “and they were never heard from again”

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