Unlikely to Be a Viable Alternative 

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Police departments in Canada and the US are experimenting with a new, less-than-lethal use-of-force option. A device called “The Alternative” allows an officer to fire a single shot gun which may take down a suspect, without killing them. If the shot fails to take down the suspect, the officer’s gun returns to its normal, lethal state.

It’s an interesting enough idea, and the physics of the device itself seem practical. However, it’s difficult to imagine officers attaching the device to their service weapon in the middle of a confrontation. Perhaps even less likely is police departments adopting a device nicknamed the “Clown Gun”.

The Clown Gun Explained
The silver ball was originally bright orange and resembled a clown’s nose.


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