Unlike an RC car that will simply crash into a wall if you lose control, an expensive drone can potentially fly for kilometres after it stops heeding your remote's commands. But while a shotgun can blast your treasured robot out of the sky before causes any trouble, this net-firing, air-powered, anti-drone cannon seems like a much safer solution.
Before you decide to shoot that drone out of your backyard, there are a few important things you need to know. First of all, damaging any flying robot is a crime. It doesn't matter if it's crashing your pool party or watching you in your skivvies through the skylight in your master bath.
YouTube's Make it Extreme has created an in-depth video detailing almost every step required to build this anti-drone cannon, but without narration, just a royalty-free soundtrack packed full of "that tune sounds vaguely familiar" songs. So if you actually want to build one of these, head on over to the Make it Extreme website where you can buy and download detailed plans.
The cannon will probably work equally well on annoying kids, yappy dogs, and pigeons, but you'll want to refrain from pointing it at the noisy neighbourhood drone that keeps buzzing your property. No matter how annoying it might be, shooting down an aircraft — any type of aircraft, with any type of weapon — is straight-up illegal.
There's a bit of a legal grey area if you're taking a drone down for self-defence reasons, but your safest recourse is to just treat your drone-flying neighbour with as much passive aggressiveness as possible.