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“The Alternative” puts the brakes on bullets fired from police sidearms. Pics & Video

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Aiming for a leg or shooting a weapon from a criminal’s hands may be an option for cops in the movies, but real police officers are trained to shoot for the center of mass, not necessarily to kill, but to stop – although the end result can often be one and the same. “The Alternative” is designed to give officers a less lethal option in the form of a clip-on “air bag” for semiautomatic pistols that reduces the velocity of a standard round to make it less lethal.

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Developed by Alternative Ballistics of Poway, California, the Alternative is designed to improve the chances of imparting a stopping force on the target without penetrating or causing lethal damage.

Based in part on feedback from law enforcement and special forces, the Alternative consists of a plastic carrier that normally sits in a belt pouch. It’s designed to fit over the muzzle of a semiautomatic pistol, with installation a one-handed operation that doesn’t require the officer to look away from the situation. The carrier is designed not to interfere with the pistol’s sights or under-barrel rail, which may carry a torch or laser sight.

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At the front of the bright orange carrier is a hollow sphere made of a proprietary alloy that catches the bullet and firmly embeds it as it leaves the barrel. The ball and bullet fuse, slowing the round by 80 percent. At this speed, the ball-encased round is less likely to penetrate flesh, but it will transfer enough kinetic energy across a wide surface to knock a suspect down with less chance of a lethal outcome. Essentially, it’s like a small, powerful bean-bag round, which Alternative Ballistics claims is as accurate as a standard pistol round.

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After firing, the carrier is ejected as the pistol chambers another round, which allows the police officer to immediately fire a second, lethal round if needed. If the Alternative ends up not being required, it’s easily removed and returned to its pouch.

Alternative Ballistics not only provides the less-lethal rounds, but also a two-day instructor course in the product, its use, history, and legal implications.

The video below introduces the Alternative.

Source: Alternative Ballistics


Henry Sapiecha

Australian NSW Police to wear guns in court

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Police will be permitted to carry guns in court. Photo: Joe Armao

Police will be allowed to take their guns into courthouses under changes announced by the state government on Tuesday.

Officers were previously prohibited from wearing or carrying their firearms into court buildings under a directive from NSW’s Chief Magistrate.

But under the current terror threat, officers will be able to arm themselves with their full appointment at all times.

Deputy Premier and police minister Troy Grant said the change in protocol will come into effect next Monday, August 10.

“The change recognises Australia’s heightened terrorism alert and the risk posed to the police, judicial officers and the community,” Mr Grant said.

“This is a common-sense approach at a time our nation faces a high terror alert and when we’ve seen police overseas become terror targets themselves,” Mr Grant said.

The Police Association of NSW has been fighting for the changes for their members to be able to wear and carry their firearms in court since September last year.

In May this year, the association’s president, Scott Weber, argued many members were concerned for their safety following a number of terror-related threats and incidents in Sydney and Melbourne.

“We have seen terrorism related offences in Sydney, current heightened security warnings and subsequent direction for police to carry their appointments due to escalating threats,” Mr Weber said.

“Recent events in Victoria involving a direct threat against police officers have meant the risk for police is at the highest levels and all reasonable steps must be taken to alleviate risk.”

He said judges, magistrates and court officials could not always control what happened in the “pressure cooker” environment of court houses.

“Some members of the judiciary must be stuck in the past,” he said. “Tradition does not dictate no weapons in the Local Court.  It is an archaic system from higher courts and times have changed.  When these traditions developed, there were no credit card knives, no ceramic edged weapons, no 3D printed edged weapons or firearms.”

The protocol was signed by the NSW Sheriff and NSW Police Commissioner and was developed in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Chief Judge of the District Court and the Chief Magistrate of the Local Court.


Henry Sapiecha