Developed on Artio for use by terrestrial police forces, kinetic bullets are uniquely powered ammunition fired from pistols designed and programmed to only work with rounds activated on the same charging device. While the guns are relatively easy to reverse engineer and duplicate, the secret to the kinetic rounds is a tightly held Arthyrian secret, making the pistols all but useless, beyond being a simple blunt object away from Artio.
The Kinetic rounds are made of a secret alloy of metals some of which are unique to Artio, manufactured to very fine 3mm width. The alloy is ignited by kinetic energy, an electric charge begins the firing process, and then the round builds power as it passes through the barrel. The weapons have a range varying between 35 and 90 meters depending on the weapon used. Some guns can produce a larger change which provides greater range. But the most common pistol on Artio, the Calabolg 873, commonly known as the C73, is carried by peace officers and criminals alike across the planet.
The power on the C73 can be adjusted; altering the firing range and strength of the wattage a round carries when it strikes an intended target. A factory set C73 can fire, on the low end 25 watts, on the high end 50 watts, and is not intended to be a lethal weapon. However many criminals modify their weapons to fire a charge upwards of 100 watts. What makes the kinetic round particularly effective is that it can continue to draw power from the target. If a person struck with a kinetic round attempts to move, or fight off the bullet, the charge can hold, or even increase with the targets own kinetic energy continuing to power the bullet.
A C73 contains a clip that can hold 5000 round of kinetic bullets. The manufacturing process leaves the round inert, they are shipped to law enforcement in this state so that if the shipment is intercepted the rounds will be useless to the thieves. Each department has in its armory a device issued by the manufacture of their weapons that activates the rounds, 4 cases at a time. In this process, the rounds are given a specific electronic signal that will limit those bullets to only work with the weapons being charged by the same device. Criminal organizations will often have their over charging apparatus, or have bribed enough of the local constabulary to make use of their device.
The largest draw back of the C73 is that if the kinetic round passes through the body of the intended target, while leaving damage, it does not have the debilitating effect it would have if lodged in the targets body. Most law enforcement officers are trained to aim for fleshy parts of the body to prevent this unfortunate outcome.