The 2012’s underperforming-but-instant-cult-favorite Dredd was based on the post-apocalyptic comic book series “Judge Dredd.” The film starred Lena Headey and Karl Urban and cost an estimated $50 million to make, only garnering $30.9 million in theaters. Roumers has it that fans will soon be seeing Dredd take the law into his own hands on the small screen in a The Judge Dredd TV show, entitled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One.


‘The Lawgiver’

The Lawgiver in the 2012 film Dredd is probably the most realistic depiction of all the Lawgivers seen in the comics and on screen. It may not be the most impressive version of the ‘Lawgiver’, but there is no denying that it fits the overall look and feel of the more gritty and realistic recent depiction of the comic character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.

The 2012 version has three fire modes: Semi (Semi-Auto), Rapid Fire (Full-Auto), and Silenced (Semi-Auto). It has a digital screen that indicates what fire-mode the pistol is in, the range to the target, how much ammo there is in the magazine, and what type of rounds are to be fired. (E.g. when Dredd commands “High Ex”, the display says “HIGH EX”, showing that “High Explosive” has been selected). And anyone who had the balls to disarm a Judge and attempt to use his Lawgiver pistol against him would be left flailing, with the weapon smart enough to know when it wasn’t being wielded by a lawman.

“Manufactured by General Arms, the Lawgiver is a voice-activated machine pistol that serves as the standard sidearm issued to Judges in the fictional world of the Judge Dredd comics. Several designs have been produced, and each is a multi-faceted weapon capable of firing a variety of ammunition from a single cartridge. Due to the high rate at which Judges are killed in the streets of Mega-City One, each Lawgiver is equipped with several security features to help prevent one of these illustrious weapons from falling into the wrong hands.”

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Fiction to Fact?

Unlike Judge Dredd’s sidearm, the so-called Sentinel Identilock won’t hurt an unregistered shooter, but it will prevent the trigger being pulled, unlocking and clipping off only when a verified user is holding it. Using FBI IAFIS standards, multiple trusted users can be associated with the device.

Some US special forces units are equipped with the XM-25 ‘smart rifle’. The XM-25 individual air burst weapon fires 25mm shells which are equipped with precision electronic timing fuses that can be set at the time of firing by the gun’s systems. The rifle is designed for close-quarter urban combat, seeking to destroy enemy fighters hiding behind walls, rocks, and trees – the rifle fires ammunition especially engineered to explode at a particular, pre-planned point in space and time.