Anyone see a problem yet?
Just in time for the continued post Michael Brown second guessing extravaganza, San Diego-based Alternative Ballistics is out with the latest iteration of something they’ve apparently been working on for a while, a “less lethal” option for beat cops. They call it, oddly enough, The Alternative. It’s a two-piece agglomeration consisting of a “docking station” that – get this – fits over the muzzle of an officer’s standard duty gun, and a ping pong ball-sized projectile. The idea is that an officer who decides he might be able to diffuse a situation without ventilating a suspect can slip the docking station over the end of his GLOCK along with an orange ball. Anyone see a problem yet? . . .
That orange orb is designed to encapsulate the live round fired from the gun, turning it, in effect, into a big rubber bullet. As Alternative Ballistics describes it,
Once THE ALTERNATIVE™ is fired; the bullet welds itself inside the projectile, simultaneously transferring its kinetic energy propelling it at the target. Once the bullet is fired from the gun into the projectile they permanently become one unit.
A kinetic knock-out punch, as it were. The docking station flies off with the shot, leaving the gun ready for real live follow-up shots if necessary.