Avoiding the “Smart” Gun Rabbit Hole

By John Farnam
Editors Note: The Jonathan Mossberg of iGun Technologies is not an employee of OF Mossberg Inc, nor does he represent them in any way.

iGun Technologies Smart Gun
iGun Technologies Smart Gun
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Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- “Being knowledgeable… blurs dissenting views until they are no longer visible, thereby transforming data-collection into bias confirmation, and self-deception into self-assurance.” ~ Michael Shermer

Put another way:

“Don’t cross the stream to find water.” ~ Norwegian Proverb

“Smart” Guns?

Igun is the latest voluntary victim of this fatally-flawed notion. They have announced that they are going to try to resurrect this dead dog, applying “new technology,” but provided no “due date”. Like all before, iGun, after pointlessly squandering millions, will have to reluctantly admit that it was a stupid idea to begin with.

Magna Trigger
Magna Trigger

As noted, many have tried before, and even so much as a workable prototype has yet to be produced. The closest to success was the long-gone “Magna-Trigger,” which only worked on revolvers and required the operator to wear bulky magnetic rings, on both hands. A few were sold, but the problem was, of course, people forgot to wear their rings!

More recent attempts have involved electronics, but they all, of course, require a power source. And, the smaller the power source, the more expensive and less reliable. The Armatix Pistol, manufactured in Germany, for example, was designed to be used in conjunction with a wireless activation system camouflaged as a wristwatch, worn on the wrist of the hand that is holding the gun. When held in any other hand, the gun would not fire. This pistol was available only in 22LR caliber.

And, (1) electronics involved were never tested in temperature extremes. (2) Electronics can be jammed, interfered with, and countermanded! (3) Every adult in the family, or in the entire department, must wear watches, on both wrists. After all that, (4) the ensemble (gun and only one watch) was priced in excess of 2k, and that was two years ago.

Armatix displayed this dubious gimmick at the 2014 SHOT Show. It was received with what could be called an “enthusiasm vacuum.” No distributor, nor retailer, wanted it. It flopped ignominiously. None were ever sold, and the company shortly went belly-up.

Armatix iP1 Smart Gun
Armatix iP1 Smart Gun

Several years earlier, Colt bought-into the same delusional fantasy. They also squandered millions and never even came close to producing anything remotely eligible for acceptance in the market. They also eventually grew weary of the cash-hemorrhage, gave-up on the idea, and walked away.

This identical self-inflicted psychosis will now devour its latest victim, iGun.

Smart” guns can never be made reliable enough to be accepted in the American market. No one will ever trust them, and therefore all marketing, no matter how clever and “trendy,” is doomed to rejection and failure.

When asked, “Would you want your family’s lives to depend on one of these?” American consumers will say, “No way!”

Smart” guns are a stupid idea, and all who invest in the concept lose money… and respect!

Naive gun-company executives may foolishly think that leftists/liberals, who hate their guts, will suddenly “like them” when this fraudulent dogma is embraced. They are self-deceived dupes, and they are doing their companies, and our Art, no good service!

“The worm that destroys is the temptation to seek approval from your critics.” ~ Anon

/John

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

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I’m sure some elderly person living in public housing or, anybody living under the upper middle class level will be able to afford thousands of dollars for a handgun to protect themselves, but then, that’s really the logic behind smart gun tech, to deny ownership to all but the few wealthy.
I guess there is more than one way to skin a cat.

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I already have a “smart gun”. My weapon does exactly what I intend it to do every time I pull the trigger. And it needs NO batteries. The hoplophobia and the pathological fear the anti gun NUTS exibit is by far enogh to have them institutionalised for mental problems.

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1. Magna-Triggers are not “long gone”, they are available from a shop called Tarnhelm Supply Co. Their website is still up and copyrighted through 2015, and their FFL shows good to 2018. 2. The rings are not any bulkier than any other type of ring. The type shown in the pic must be a very old type, as it is different from the ones I received ten years ago. 3. If you can’t figure out wearing the ring(s), you probably shouldn’t be allowed to handle firearms. 4. Unfortunately, although they work flawlessly, the Magna-Trigger is not included in the legal… Read more »

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And you would have to be a complete and absolute IDIOT to buy anything remotely resembling that “technology”. IF you AHAVE to wear RINGS to fire your weapon, then you shouldn’t have that weapon in the first place. I DO NOT sleep with my wedding band on and would NOT sleep with that stupidity on my fingers either. What would I tell a Crook that broke into my house and threatened me in my bed room?? “WAIT< WAIT< WAIT WHILE I PUT MY RINGS ON SO MY GUN WILL FIRE AND I CAN SHOOT YOU ?" Yeah moron, I would… Read more »