Alternative Offers Law Enforcement A Single Non-Lethal Shot To Avoid Deadly Force
It’s an idea whose time has arguably come not a moment too soon: a handgun accessory called The Alternative that renders bullets non-lethal by spreading their points of impact and dampening up to 80 percent of their velocity.
Developed by California-based Alternative Ballistics, The Alternative is a compact, hollow metal sphere that attaches instantly to a gun’s muzzle without interfering with the firearm’s functionality. Its proprietary metal alloy reduces a standard round to the stopping power of a bean-bag projectile as it catches the bullet and rides it toward the target. By absorbing velocity as the projectile exits the muzzle, it allows one shot to knock down and incapacitate its target, but won’t cause a life-threatening injury.
The Alternative manages to render an otherwise deadly shot non-lethal without interfering with the firearm’s accuracy. The shot certainly still hurts, but it can’t break flesh to injure a target internally. Its bright-orange support ejects automatically after firing and Alternative Ballistics claims that effective field use requires only minimal additional training time or costs. That’s the good news.
The one caveat is, it’s a one-off option. The Alternative is designed for quick immediate installation, but after firing its metal velocity-minimizing projectile, law enforcement officers may continue firing regular rounds as necessary.