[SHOT 2016] ALS Technologies: Drones Beware!

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Leading the good fight against our cyborg overlords this year was ALS defense (Amtech Less-Lethal Systems), with their Skynet anti-drone rounds for 12ga. shotguns and 37mm/40mm launchers.  All kidding aside, this is quite a capable antidrone round.  It works by spreading apart a bolo than can entangle the rotor blades as it ascends toward the drone.  The rounds for the 12ga 3 1/2″ Magnum can ascend 300ft, and achieve a 9 ft diameter, while the 2 3/4″ rounds can achieve a 5ft diameter.  Once they reach the apex of their ascent, the parachute down slowly enough to be caught in one’s hand.  The rounds are also non-toxic.  For drones with shrouded blades, steel shot can be inserted into cavities between the pieces of the round. Perhaps we should do an anti-drone round comparison review in the future, it is becoming a popular category!

Moving on to ALS’s speciality of nonlethal munitions, their new multi-impact round uses a heat-sensitive polymer.  Employing the same “net” as their Skynet rounds, the polymer it is made out of is soft in warm/hot temperatures, and becomes harder in cold temperatures.  This allows the rounds, for the most part, to impact with appropriate kinetic energy for the environment they are using.  For example, the same round that would be “soft” against a person wearing a t-shirt in a warm climate would be hard enough to transmit energy across several layers of heavy clothing in a cold environment.  I guess a bare-chested perpetrator in a cold climate would be out of luck, and on the flip side, an overdressed individual in a warm climate might get off easy.  But I digress.  The rounds are available for the 12ga shotgun and the 37mm/40mm launchers as well, and glow in the dark for recovery.

Moving on to distraction devices, ALS has a few new tricks up their sleeve:  A scalable flashbang chain that can be used with their aerial pest control charges as not to be considered the use of explosives (the bird bombs are viewed as the equivalent of a firecracker).  Also seen was another re-usable flashbang that used their 12ga. “bore thunder” blanks.  It activated using an awesome gyro trigger that ,when triggered, set off a striker that fired the round.  Then, one can simply reload the device for future use.  If one ever encounters ALS rounds, one would be well-served to give them a try.  The aerial pest control round is a personal favorite of mine.

Thanks to ALS for their time and patience in explaining their new devices to me!

Rusty S.

Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. He is fortunate enough to have access to class 3 weaponry as well.


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I wonder how quiet the anti-drone rounds are when fired? Certainly wont do to have a 12 ga going off in the back yard.

    • ARCNA442

      That’s what the Salvo 12 is for – didn’t you see the ad?

  • USMC03Vet

    Joe Biden approved. Just get a shotgun and shoot it in the air. Don’t need no stinking AR15!

  • Jambo

    I’ll be honest, with UAVs now being regulated by the FAA and being registered, it’s probably a crime to shoot at them.

    • Mcameron

      pretty sure its always been a crime to shoot at property that doesnt belong to you

    • Risky

      It was still a crime before, vandalism and/or criminal mischief depending on where you live and how much the drone cost… they’re private property after all. Unless you can prove that the drone was in the air space of your property (good luck defining that) AND that it posed some sort of threat or nuisance to the point you need to destroy it versus calling the authorities you definitely run the risk of criminal charges and at least the likelihood of being taken to civil court if the drone was expensive enough.

      Regardless, this kind of stuff is just gimmicks anyway. A lawful drone flying at its max legal altitude of 400 feet is going to be out of range for this stuff unless youre firing from directly underneath… and even then you would have to get extremely lucky to land a hit (I’m sure these rounds ain’t cheap, either).

      • Bill

        The airspace issue is moot, you don’t own the airspace over your property. Shooting down a drone would be a notch under firing rounds at a helicopter overhead, or an airliner.

        If it is being used for an illegal purpose, like voyeurism, it’s a criminal tool, but a person doesn’t have carte blanche to blast one because they “think” it is, the burden is to prove that it is being used illegally.

    • Rusty S.

      These are marketed towards law enforcement

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      I think airspace needs to be defined for personal property now to accurately determine when we can shoot things on our property and when we can’t. I know we don’t have a right to everything above and below.

  • Joshua

    I’m curious about their temp. sensitive rubber slug, would it be possible to make it sensitive to even out range? at close range less lethal slugs transmit lots of energy, but rapidly bleed energy at range, could it be made to be soft and malleable at close range to spread it’s energy out on contact, and harden to deliver more concentrated force at range?

  • Rimfire

    a quiet load would be so nice for those spying bastards

    • Chris Wilson

      I hope you’re not referring to all drone users as “spying bastards” because we aren’t. In fact the vast majority of us, fly for racing or obstacle course type flying.

      So if you are saying that we are all “spying bastards” then that’s like saying all gun owners are murders.

      • Rimfire

        I’m speaking of the one that circles overhead when my daughters are swimming. Not cool

        • MadMonkey

          Did you make sure to confiscate the cell phones from everyone within a 200 foot radius, telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes from the surrounding neighborhood, and put out a NOTAM to keep away news and police helicopters too?

  • Bob

    That’s funny, birdshot worked just fine for a friend of my stepfather’s. He got a slighy dented Gopro out of the deal, since the owner never showed up…

  • Taofledermaus

    This stuff just infuriates RC quadcopter hobbyists . They’ve been victims of the same type of media-hysteria and negative news reporting legal gun-owners are always going through.
    No, I am not a RC hobbyist, but I can see what’s happening.

    • Bill

      Bingo – just because something CAN be used unlawfully, doesn’t mean that it will, or that it’s evil. As a photographer, I’d love to use one, and as a cop and trainer, they have a lot of uses in the field.

  • Chris Wilson

    Good luck catching my 190 going 80mph in circles around your ass! You ever tried hitting a target moving that fast?……. No, you haven’t. Lol. I welcome someone to try to take me out! You might me able to take out a hovering phantom, but you ain’t got a chance catching a racer. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    • Bobby

      I’ve been trapshooting for 15 years, I would blow that thing out of the sky in 1 shot.

      • Bill

        Clay birds don’t change direction or speed. You REALLY need to see a racing drone in action.

  • Joey JoJo Jr.

    Sky Net? Sky…Net? As in: SKYNET IS TAKING OVER?
    Just sayin’.

  • JK

    “Less lethal”