Gun Safety Improved With Armatix’s New Technology

Gun Safety


Gun safety can improve with Armatix’s new  technology. The German gun maker, Armatix, has devised a smart gun using a technology known as iP1. The gun owner wears a black wristwatch that enters a PIN number using  a radio frequency identification (RFID) that’s inside the watch and activates when placed near the specially designed .22 pistol. A light near the gun’s firing pin turns green making the weapon active and ready to discharge. If the watch and gun are too far apart, the pistol’s firing pin remains locked rendering the weapon useless.

James Mitchell, owner of the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, California is currently the only gun store selling the Armatix’s gun and wristwatch. He believes the system could revolutionize the gun industry.

The iP1 system is sold seperately: the pistol sells for $1,399 and the watch $399. The price for a .40 Glock is $600. Armatix expects the demand for a safe gun will increase and the overall costs of iP1 technology will go down.

For 128 years, gun makers have tried making weapons safer. Before the invention of the safety in 1911, D.B. Wesson, co-founder of Smith & Wesson tried introducing a gun with a special lever in 1886 when he heard a child was injured by a revolver. The feature never caught on with the general public.

Besides Armatix’s iP1 RFID chips, an Irish company called Trigger­Smart uses a ring with RFID instead of a watch to activate the weapon. Kodiak Arms in Utah has developed technology that requires the owner’s fingerprint to unlock it. Yardarm of California has a smart phone app to notify owners of a weapon’s location.

New gun safety features can reduce gun violence, suicides, and accidental shootings. People with iP1 technology enter a PIN to activate the weapon so there can be no doubt of the user’s intention. Gun owners fear curious children playing with a weapon unsupervised could accidentally injuring someone. Gun safety may have improved with Armatix’s new technology, requiring an PIN entry into a watch, TriggarSmart’s ring, or Kodiak’s requirement of the user’s fingerprint to unlock the weapon minimizes such accidents and improves gun safety.

For gun owners and law enforcement, there is no greater fear than losing a weapon to theft or in a struggle with an adversary and then having that weapon used by the perpetrator. Guns with iP1 installed transform stolen weapons into an object no more violent than a rock.

Lawmakers across the country who are against and for gun control may have found common ground. People want gun violence and accidents lowered. Legal gun owners insist on maintaining their weapons. In 2002, New Jersey law required only smart guns could be sold within the state three years after the technology becomes available. A similar 2013 measure passed in California. Representative John F. Tierney, (D-Mass.) has introduced the same mandate at the federal level.

The National Rifle Association has yet to respond in public or on its website to Armatix’s iP1 technology. They have previously opposed fingerprint grips for guns that they have called unreliable features. The organization has recognized that smart gun technology has potential. However, if citizens can only own smart guns, does that ban ownership of all previous models?

People in favor of gun rights believe safety issues should be decided by the marketplace and individual owners. Lawmakers, wanting some form of gun control, will propose legislation and will cite safety features found in products sold from Armatix, TriggerSmart, and Kodiak still protect the Second Amendment. No matter what direction the argument goes, gun safety improved with Armatix’s new technology.

By Brian T. Yates

Sources:

The Washington Post

The Boston Globe

Fox News

4 Responses to "Gun Safety Improved With Armatix’s New Technology"

  1. realestateplanet   March 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    OAKTREE GUN CLUB DOES NOT NOR EVER CONSIDERED SELLING THIS RIDICULOUS GUN.THAT IS A TOTAL LIE FABRICATED BY BELINDA PADILLA AT ARMATIX AND THE WASHINGTON POST. ANOTHER ANTI GUN ATTEMPT FUNDED BY MARIA AGAINST GUNS. THIS ENTIRE LIE HAS BEEN FOISTED ON NEW JERSEY AS WELL. ADDITIONALLY LOOK UP HOW ARMATIX LIED ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH ANCHUTZ IN GERMANY.

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  2. hewhorunswithscissors   February 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

    While important, the writer seems to only take into consideration the “benefit” of these developments to everyone EXCEPT the owner of said weapon, forced to use that weapon in a self-defense situation. (while several studies quote different numbers for these uses each year, a “middle-of-the-road” amount would be about one-million, defensive gun uses per year in this country) Fingerprint reading? – – what do you do if it’s winter, and you’re wearing gloves? On the other technologies, ExNuke, (above) covered them quite well, especially with his remark about them being capable of being remotely turned off. No more need to undertake confiscation efforts, as in New Orleans after Katrina right? Just “hit-the-button,” and all personal weapons become, as the writer says, “no more violent than a rock.” Nice option to have, in the tyrant’s view, don’t you think? Nothing, I repeat, NOTHING of this sort will be supported by the American gun-owner, without it being foisted upon the police and military FIRST, and then, only if proven to not reduce any functional aspect, of any weapon, we the people may choose to use for self-defense. “Every terrible implement of the soldier, is the birthright of the American citizen.”

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  3. Tom G.   February 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Let’s see if law enforcement adopts this technology. I’m curious if this will be required for law enforcement in New Jersey and California, where they are making it mandatory for other citizens. If so, I’d expect to see some fierce resistance to the law from LEOs.

    The technology seems like an excessively expensive Rube Goldberg device. It appears most useful for preventing accidents, but a simple, inexpensive lock would do the same job. And for self-defense I wouldn’t want to rely on having a watch on, charged batteries, etc.

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  4. ExNuke   February 24, 2014 at 8:14 am

    “New gun safety features can reduce gun violence, suicides, and accidental shootings.” Maybe in a hundred years or two. There are close to 400,000,000 guns in the US, Brady Bunch claims of 250 million appear to be based on guns evaporating. The technology is overly expensive, unreliable and unwanted. It can’t be retrofit to the 400 million existing guns which, shown by Connecticut, are not going to go away or be “turned in”. When this “safety feature” is mature and reliable enough to be required for Politician’s bodyguards, police and the military then come back to us on it, in the meantime if YOU want to spend 8 times the cost of a working gun for one that is inadequate for any use except playing on the range feel free to throw your money away.

    (I won’t even go into the foolishness of having a gun for self defense that can be “turned off” remotely.)

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