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How Many Shots Does It Take to Bring Down a Remotely-Controlled Drone?

Thousands of bullets were fired to take out these remote-controlled vehicles.

Image via YouTube

Think you can shoot down a drone that is spying on you or your property? Think again.

The machine gun enthusiasts at the Big Sands bi-annual meet in Arizona had their chance to try and shoot down 33 remotely-controlled drones, and a video of the event, uploaded by Taofedermaus shows how many bullets were sprayed before one of the targets was finally hit.

Even though the drones were flying low-level and the participants were using their fully-automatic firearms, it took several hundred rounds to take out the RC vehicles. Popular Science added:

"In this case, the targets were smaller drones ranging in size from remote-control toy airplanes to larger flying wings, about as big as the Army's hand-tossed RQ-11 Raven.

Instead of special anti-air weapons, they tried a few different machine guns, which are more representative of the weapons insurgents might aim at drones. While many of the bullets fired hit the drones, it took direct hits to the tiny drone engines to make them stop flying."

w A pile of the RC vehicles the machine gunners were able to hit - several of the bullets reached their intended targets, but the drones were able to continue flying because the critical components to flight on these models are very small (Image via YouTube).

Check out the video; think you could have taken out the remotely-controlled drones with just a few shots?


(H/T: Gawker)

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