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Smart guns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by tuj, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Hi fellow shooters!

    While this concept has been around for a while (I think I remember reading about S&W doing something like this back in the 90's), I'm hearing more and more about it. If you're not familiar, the basic premise behind the 'smart' gun is that you need something else in close proximity to the gun for it to be able to fire. This could be a bracelet, watch, ring, etc.

    Obviously there are a lot of concerns; your gun now has to have a battery although battery life has improved dramatically in low-power applications such as this. Also, its much more common to think to charge your cell-phone, so maybe 'charging' the battery in your gun while it resides in your safe, etc, wouldn't be so bad.

    I still see a lot of negatives, such as 'what if the system doesn't unlock when I need it?' But for certain situations, maybe this system would offer some advantages? I'm thinking in particular of LEO's who are probably at the greatest risk for being shot with their own gun. Yes, there are retention holsters in wide use now, so maybe its a moot issue.

    I personally would be against a 'smart' gun at this point in time. But I welcome other thoughts on the topic and would like to know what you all think?
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Is this inspired by the $2,000 Armatix .22lr that ignorant internet sources are lauding?

    While a smart gun that only works in the hands of authorized owners has many benefits the idea of having to pay $1,400 for the handgun and another $400 for each user to purchase the key (RFID watch) is absurd unless you have more dollars than good sense.
  3. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    If it's electronic it can be hacked

    I'd also be concerned with service life... While it might be okay for a gun that sees 200rds in its lifetime, what about 50-100,000rds?
  4. Hardtarget

    Hardtarget Well-Known Member

    If its a really good idea...let the police and the Presidents secret service men use them for a year or two to show us "citizens" just how reliable the system is. Then we'll talk.

  5. HammsBeer

    HammsBeer Well-Known Member

    I work in auto repair, and those "smart keys" that are all the rage fail more often than you would think, leaving the owner stranded and towing the vehicle to the shop. I don't want a "smart key" for my car, I deffinately don't want a "smart" gun. There is a towing service when your gun fails, it's called the coroner.
  6. akv3g4n

    akv3g4n Well-Known Member

    As mentioned in other threads about smart guns, the real concern for me is someone being able to use jammers or other signal interrupting devices to make the firearms inoperable. You can bet that if it's possible, criminals would take advantage to make sure that they are the only one with a working firearm in that scenario. I bet they would stick to the old "dumb" guns.
  7. pockets

    pockets Well-Known Member

    Honestly? .....YAWN......
    I've been reading that smart guns are here for at least the past 30 years now. Back when the battery pack for one filled the entire magazine well (single-shot anyone?).

    BTW: My car's 'smart key' fob has a backup metal 'dumb key' inside of it.
  8. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Since hacking RFID chip enabled systems is as easy as going to ebay and purchasing a kit for under $50 I'm not sure I'd need to pay these companies for multiple authorized user "keys" when I can make my own.

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  9. FAS1

    FAS1 Well-Known Member

    So, this gun has a back up key for when the electronics fail?
  10. itsa pain

    itsa pain member

    This is not a good omen for gun rights. In ten years they will have a system way better and more restrictive then now. With the way the ammo supply is going throw in smart guns and it don't look good
  11. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    I think that's his point. Even a technology as "standard" as smart key fobs has known unreliabilities, so much so they provide a "cheat."
  12. Guy B. Meredith

    Guy B. Meredith Well-Known Member

  13. herrwalther

    herrwalther Well-Known Member

    I barely trust electronics with my firearms to store them as I have an electronic keypad lock on my full sized safe. I would never have them in order to make my weapon fire or make it safe to fire.

    ETA: Anyone who thinks smart guns are a good idea watched James Bond Skyfall and (License to Kill?) too many times.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2014
  14. JRWhit

    JRWhit Well-Known Member

    When you say smart gun it makes me think of this, "system update required. Please perform update to continue. "
    Just saying with technology updates are a necessity as older systems become vulnerable to hacking.
  15. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    I don't want to pay extra for a potential source of failure. It's that simple.
  16. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Well-Known Member

    I don't care if it works....I still don't want it.

    I am not a follower of, nor do I believe in, letting technology replace common sense.

    The end result is disaster...personal responsibility is something we must hold on to...if we lose that, we've lost it all....it is part of our Freedom, the most important part....the foundation of it all.
  17. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    We've all discussed the electronic failures, what about human failures?
    • You left your RFID chip in your pants pocket, which is in the laundry room. Meaning you now have 2 rooms to go through to get your gun and get it working.
    • You lost your RFID chip.
    • Even in a good case scenario, you have to put your watch on to use the RFID chip in a HD situation. This is much slower than simply racking the slide or flicking off the safety.
    • Forget using a $50 device to make your own RFID chip. If you store it near your gun (needed for quick access), a BG will have access to it.
  18. HexHead

    HexHead Well-Known Member

    I'd rather be considered a criminal than use that junk.
  19. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Well-Known Member

    Let me rephrase in light of the previous post....I don't care of it works, and they implant an RFID into each hand....I still don't want it.
  20. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    Would each gun come with a seperate ring,watch,whatever or could an owner of multiple guns have them coded to all work off the same ring,watch,whatever? I would hate to have to find the right gun-whatever combination while armed intruders are in my house. This is just another lib-**** feelgood idea that doesn't quite stand up in real life. Remember Murphy's Law and Murphy's Principle.

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