December 26, 2002, 11:39 PM
Anyone here know of any occasions where someone used a gyroscope to stabalize a handgun for offhand shooting? I have always kindof wondered how it would work :D I know you can get gyroscope attachements to stick in the tripod mount of a camera, so why don't they make em to mount on those little flashlight/ accesory rails? It seems like something EVERYONE could use, how can you possibly be tactical without a gyroscopically stabilized pistol?
December 26, 2002, 11:47 PM
I believe the new model Terminator in T3 may have such hands.
December 26, 2002, 11:50 PM
How appropriate for Canon to come up with a stabalized handgun.
Big bore of course.
Recoil might make it precess violently to some unwanted direction.
Not a good idea for a weapon tho.
A gyro out of whack is not a pretty sight.
December 26, 2002, 11:54 PM
Something like the Steadicam should work fine for shooting (but note that an actual Steadicam doesn't use gyroscopes or any other active technology; it's a wonder of balance and mechanical engineering instead).
And you need video assist; the gun version of that would be a video camera mounted as a site, with display at a convenient place for the operator to watch it. (The geometry of the thing doesn't bring the viewfinder of the camera anywhere near your eye).
Of course, the small-scale semi-pro steadicams for light cameras cost around $5k.
I've applied things I learned in low-light photography to shooting, and vice versa. I've croggled some photographers (though not Oleg or Randy) by pointing this out on occasion. They both have the same problem -- holding something very still pointed in a precise direction.