a reply to: seagull
After the aforementioned suggestion in our meeting, I was inspired to search out about smart guns. I usually read articles in my USCCA magazines
about advances and disadvantages of smart gun technology, until recently I have not purchased any gun magazines since the 1980's. Smart gun tech has
a range of things from palm, handgrip pressure and thumb print activation to even smart sites and ammunition. Which is not so far off as many
believe, for example Armatix
makes a smart gun that is tethered via RF to a watch to
unlock a firearm for firing but is only good for up to 10 inches so if you are not close enough to the gun or you watch is damaged during the struggle
to get to it, it wont fire. Also some claim to have unlocked these smart gun using magnets (someone mentioned this in an earlier post).
Other smart gun tech is Global positioning devices/equipment GPD/GPE, these are the actual electronic parts that allow for tracking of a guns location
especially a stolen one, seeing anywhere from 10 to 25% of guns used on the street are stolen
. This may or may not be an accurate count.
But this tech is already designed and could very easily be in many guns soon. Disadvantages are as mentioned cell battery not being charged, I read
one patent paper where the person who filed the patent has designed a way to use recoil action and slide friction to keep the cell charged. How far
off before this is a reality is the only question. Another patent Indicates the use of a small solar panel to keep GPD/GPE's battery charged, much
like what is used in hand held calculators.
Other devices for smart guns are devices to make them more accurate, this is more for rifles than handguns. Laser sights were developed by direct
desire to make smart guns (this should tell you how long people have been out to make smart guns because laser sites have been out for almost two
decades now if not longer). The laser pointer came from that as well. I read about how a rifle could be linked to cell phone app to adjust the
sighting for distance and wind velocity. I am sure this is not coming anytime to soon however the patents have already been filed.
Another feature I have read about is safety locks. This is in conjunction with the palm activation so as to keep kids from discharging a parents
firearm. How many stories have we read about a child getting mom's 380 auto out of her purse and shoots her to death in a Walmart store. Best rule
of thumb is leave the safety on if the chamber is loaded or don't load any into the chamber to begin with. Modified trigger pulls have added to this
problem as some three year olds cannot pull a trigger that has a 6 to 7 lbs trigger pull. But I know of people who have what we call hair trigger
pulls which are as light as 3lbs or less.
A non electrical device which is already in use is the firing pin microstamps. The gun manufactures put a number on the firing pin so when the firing
pin strikes the the primer it leaves a number on the primer and the shell can be traced to a certain type of gun, that in some cases lead to the
serial number and to the buyer. Microstamping was first developed for marking Diamonds so pawn shop owners or Jewelry buyers can check if the diamond
on or off a ring has been reported stolen.
Part of the whole smart gun manufacturing ideas also includes using Zirconium Oxide, Titanium and other composite materials in the manufacturing of
firearms. Not so much for the purpose of smuggling them on board an aircraft but to make guns lighter and keep the temperature of the gun lower when
shooting large capacity magazines in rapid fire situations. I have not seen any gun made of these personally yet however it would still need a metal
barrel and other metal parts in order to function. If you know of any guns made from composite materials I would appreciate a link to the site so I
could see one.
The point being not only is the research for smart guns out there, so are smart guns themselves, while these firearm companies are are in foreign
countries, they are illegal to buy, sell or own in the US, they are very much a reality.
edit on 22-10-2017 by ChesterJohn because: (no reason given)