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The first so-called “smart gun” has hit the shelves at U.S. retail outlets, including one of the biggest firearms stores in California, according to theWashington Post
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The Smart System iP1, a .22-caliber pistol made by the German gun-maker Armatix GmbH, can only function with an accompanying wristwatch, which is sold separately.


When the RFID-equipped watch is activated by a PIN number and placed near the gun — like when a shooter grips the handle — it sends a signal to unlock the gun and a light on the back of the weapon turns green, according to the report. Otherwise, the firearm stays locked and the light on the back remains red, it stated.
The pistol sells for $1,399 and the watch retails for another $399 — more than double the cost of .40-caliber Glock handgun, according to the article.


The company is betting that demand for the technology will increase as consumers seek guns modified for safety.

More: First ?smart? pistol hits shelves in California | Fox News
 

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I doubt there will be a 'demand' for this gun by consumers; maybe by anti-2nd politicians. I am curious as to how far away the watch can be from the pistol. If you wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of breaking window glass, and grab this pistol, hopefully you don't forget to put your watch on too!
 

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Can't wait to get my hands on one. :th_puke:That's about as useful as tits on a bull.
 
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I am curious as to how far away the watch can be from the pistol.
I want to to say its around 5-10 inches. So if your watch hand/arm gets injured and you go to switch hands with you gun... click, click, click, dead...
 

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I want to to say its around 5-10 inches. So if your watch hand/arm gets injured and you go to switch hands with you gun... click, click, click, dead...
Dunno about you, but the majority of people wear their watch on their left wrist, and they are right handed, so this problem is actually the default.
 

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The ONLY use I could possibly see, would be a 9mm version for corrections officers working in a jail/prison. But even then, if they were to get jumped, and the watch damaged, they would just have a small club.
 

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Like I said in another "smart gun" thread. It would probably take just 3 minutes of tinkering with this gun to make it stupid again.
 

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Better make sure they have the watch in stock before you buy the pistol lol. Otherwise you're stuck with a nice light-up paperweight
 

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Hmmmm, $1800 for a .22 and a fancy, ugly watch, or get a Casio G-Shock and 3000 rounds for my Five-seveN and PS-90.. Decisions, decisions, decisions... :-D
 

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Call me old fashioned but I rather have my guns dumbed down, at $1800 i'd take a dumb one any day of the week!
 

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Gun owners should brace for onslaught of 'smart gun' idiocyWith the first so-called "smart gun" (possibly the dumbest misnomer in the history of . . . everything) now on the market in California, the forcible citizen disarmament zealots are already planning to inflict a government mandated requirement for this technology (except for cops--more on that in a minute) everywhere they can. The first place for that may end up being the state of New Jersey.

New Jersey passed such a requirement in 2002--that would be 12 years before the technology was available, in other words. In a rare moment of clarity for New Jersey legislators on the issue of guns, Jersey gun buyers have been permitted to buy conventional guns until three years after the first "smart gun" went on the market, anywhere in the country. As reported in the Washington Post, the author of Jersey's law has no intention of letting the state's attorney general forget that the three-year clock is now running:
Meanwhile, the primary sponsor of the New Jersey law, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D), sent a letter to {NJ Attorney General Jay] Hoffman after she learned last month that a smart gun in California could be on sale soon. The Democrat reminded Hoffman of his responsibilities under the law.
“I expect your prompt attention to this matter and look forward to your reply,” Weinberg wrote.
About this "smart gun." If it, or it and guns like it, are still the only "smart guns" available when New Jersey's law goes into effect, prospective gun buyers will be limited to a gun that works 90 percent of the time, according to the manufacturer--meaning, as Bob Owens points out in Bearing Arms, that it should be expected to fail at least once through the course of firing every single 10-round magazine.


Oh--about that "Only Ones" exemption. When this technology, and mandates for its use, were first being pushed, much of the rationale was based on the notion that it would protect police officers from having their guns grabbed by a suspect, and being shot with their own guns. Apparently, though, New Jersey police were strangely unappreciative of this concern for their safety, forcing the exemption as a condition for their support for (and lack of active opposition against) the requirement.


The "good" news is that the Armatix "smart gun" will likely soon have some company, using different approaches to the technology. From another Washington Post article:
A variety of approaches are in development. Armatix, the German company behind the iP1, uses RFID chips, which can be found on anti-theft tags attached to expensive clothing. Trigger*Smart, an Irish company, also uses RFID chips, though with a ring instead of a watch. The company also has technology that would render guns inoperable if they approached electronic markers — for instance, near a school.
Yep--a "kill switch" for all (legally owned by non-"Only Ones") guns. Does anyone think there won't soon be a portable version, for every S.W.A.T. goon squad to bring along on no-knock raids? For that matter, does anyone think that criminals unaffiliated with government will not be able to replicate these "electronic markers"?


In May, U.S. Representative John Tierney (D-MA) introduced H.R. 2005, the "Personalized Handgun Safety Act." Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman tells us that yesterday, another Massachusetts Democrat congressman, Senator Ed Markey, introduced a Senate version (bill number not yet available).


Neither of these federal bills appears likely to pick up much legislative momentum (and until H.R. 2005 gets its own "Only Ones" exemption, it's going nowhere)--at least at the moment. In the aftermath of another atrocity like Sandy Hook Elementary, whether or not it has any relevance to "smart guns," that story could change dramatically and quickly.
A "smart gun" mandate would require gun buyers to spend an exorbitant premium for technology that makes one's gun less likely to fire when the trigger is pulled. That's what the technology is designed to do, when it works perfectly (something it cannot be expected to do). That's a deal breaker even before one considers the idea of the government having an "Off" switch for the Second Amendment.

More: Gun owners should brace for onslaught of 'smart gun' idiocy - St. Louis gun rights | Examiner.com
 

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YA right...
 

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I don't care if even the most neutral social scientist said that this technology would save the lives of multiple innocent babies/children, I still wouldn't put it on my firearms.
 

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Tarnhelm Supply - Gun Safety Add-ons, Smart Guns, Defense Training, Gunsmithing, Expert Witness This type of technology has been around for over 20 years. It is called a Magna Trigger for S&W revolvers, a magnetic ring is worn which forces a the locking mechanism to disengage. People who have small children running around and others without weapon retention skills may benefit from this type of thing, but it is just another fail point that may cause your firearm to not function when you need it most. You will never replace common sense and training with a gadget.
 

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:biggrin:SO I WONDER IF THIS SMART PISTOL IS .22 RIMFIRE OR .22 PELLET :-D:lol:
its smart as if you name a mistake and shoot wrong person, you get a second chance as the pellet will alert them that you may shot them with another pellet if the don't climb back out that window.
 
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