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Ace Capture handheld net guns

Ace Capture’s handheld net gun animal catcher was the first unit we designed for animal control and capture. Back in the early 1980s red deer capture for domestication was lucrative and operators needed net guns that could be used from a helicopter or moving vehicle. Our handheld units were created to allow flexibility when catching fast-moving targets in a fast-moving situation. Over the years we’ve adapted them for use on all kinds of animals from geese to feral dogs and elk. They’ve also proven effective on human target and drones. 

Ace Fixed Net Gun

Ace Capture rifle style net gun with small canister
Fixed net gun with small canister and long stock
Ace Capture basic hand held net gun - rifle style
Fixed net gun with long stock
canister from Ace apture handheld net gun
Ace Hand held net gun canister
Close up of Ace Capture net gun canister
Close up of net gun canister

Ace Fixed Net Gun

The fixed or basic net gun animal catcher is our original and most cost-effective unit.  It’s well-suited for capturing individual animals and larger birds when needed. Conservation departments, city authorities and airports often start with this net gun.

The fixed net gun has the same high quality and safety standards as our other units but is slower to reload. This is because its non-detachable canister needs to be re-packed on the unit for the next shot. It can easily be upgraded to a replaceable net canister model with significantly reduced reload times if this is desired.

As with our other net guns, the size of the canister on this the fixed unit is matched to the net size required for the target animal. Pricing is identical for all canister sizes.

Ace canister-switch net gun

Ace Capture canister-switch net gun with long stock, next to a loaded canister
Canister-switch net gun with a long stock, next to a loaded canister
Ace Capture hand held canister switch net gun with short stock
Short stock canister-switch net gun with two packed canisters
Ace Capture canister-switch net gun showing net in packed canister
Canister packed with net

Ace canister-switch net gun

The Ace canister-switch net gun is very similar to the fixed net gun except that it’s faster to reload. Its detachable net canister can be replaced with a pre-packed canister straight after firing. As soon as this is done, the unit is ready to fire again.

The handheld canister-switch unit is designed for capturing more than one animal, or for situations when a net can’t be recovered for re-packing right away (such as during helicopter deer capture).

This unit comes with two canisters, but we can supply as many as necessary when you purchase.

canister switch net gun: US$2665.00
Additional canisters: US$195.00


Ace breakaway net gun

Ace Capture breakaway net gun with three barrel/canister/net sets
Breakaway net gun with three barrel/canister/net sets
Ace Capture breakaway net gun with three barrel/canister/net sets
Breakaway net gun with three barrel/canister/net sets

Ace breakaway net gun

The Ace Capture breakaway net gun system is by far the fastest way of achieving fast multiple shots from the same net gun. The system is typically used for catching deer from a helicopter in combination with a follow truck or other vehicle. Each animal is captured individually. However, with the breakaway system’s fast reload times, an experienced team can catch a large number of animals in a single run.

The breakaway net gun system allows the net gun’s firing mechanism to be quickly detached from an entire barrel/canister unit and attached to another barrel/canister unit. The system differs from the ‘Canister-switch net gun’ in the way the net gun breaks for reloading. For an experienced operator, time between shots can be less than five seconds.

For extended rapid firing, net canisters can also be quickly removed from the barrel sets and replaced with pre-packed canisters by one operator while another continues to shoot.

As an example of how this net gun system is used, a typical ensemble for a helicopter capture team would be one breakaway net gun, three or four barrel/canister net sets and around ten detachable canisters pre-packed with nets for recharging the barrel/canister sets after they’ve been fired.

This unit comes with a single net/barrel/canister set. Additional sets can be ordered on purchase or at any time. 

breakaway net gun: US$4225.00
Additional net/barrel/canister sets: US1210.00


Additional Ace net gun components

All units come with everything needed for operation. Spare components can be ordered separately if required.

Spare net gun nets with weights (approx dep. on size): US$550.00
Spare plastic net gun weights with traces: US$26.00
Spare Steel net gun weights with traces: US$85.00
Spare lycra net gun retainer: US$20.00