Tranquilizer Gun - Immobilizing
firearm with sleep darts used on the spy drama FORTUNE HUNTER/FOX/1994.
Carlton Dial (Mark Frankel) a former British spy in the
employ of Intercept Corporation (a San Francisco recovery
firm) was ordered to use a tranquilizer gun (that fired six
high-potency darts) due to lawsuits against the corporation
for over excessive violence by its agents.
When asked about the gun, Dial remarked "It's not the size
of the gun that's important. It's how he uses it."
Carlton was also outfitted with a miniaturized camera and
audio-transceivers that broadcast what he saw and heard back
TRIVIA NOTE: On the adventure
series SEARCH/NBC/1972-73 similar devices were used by field
agents of the Probe Division of World Securities who were
fitted with earphone implants and miniaturized scanning
The spy drama THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. also used guns with sleep
darts. The novelization "The Cross of Gold Affair" by Frederic
(#14) featured a discussion of sleep darts vs. bullets as the
preferred ammo in the U.N.C.L.E. specials.
Tranquilizer guns were used on the sci-fi fantasy series LOST and
HEROES. On LOST Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) was shot with a tranquilizer
dart that made him comatose for over 40 hours.
On HEROES, the darts were used to capture a band of paranormals
with special powers. To further keep their captives in check, a
small medical delivery box with tubes to the nose emitted
anesthetizing gas to sedate the captives and leave them in a
state of lethargy.
Veterinarians and zookeepers use darts filled with a drug
called "Ketamine" to immobilizes chimps, gorillas and other
wildlife for examination purposes. The drug has also been
associated with the date-rape drug that incapacitates
Although the writers stated that Sayid was under for more that
forty hours, it was more likely have been like eight to 1o
hours. Doses large enough to put someone to sleep for forty
hours could be life-threatening.
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