SHOT Show 2013 Products and Announcements

January 23, 2013

Product Review

I’ve already written about the Glock 30S and the Springfield Armory XDS 9mm that were announced at the SHOT Show. But that’s not all that was announced or debuted at the SHOT Show. Here are a few things that may be of interested to those who carry a concealed firearm.

 

The Intelligun intelligent 1911The Intelligun

While this has been talked about for a long time (including being a featured gun in the latest 007 James Bond movie Skyfall), using fingerprints to allow access to a gun has only been in fiction and research until now. The Intelligun is actually now available from Kodiak Arms. It has a fingerprint reader on the grip of the 1911 style pistol that will only allow the gun to fire for prints that have been added to the reader. It is available as a standalone reader that fits most 1911′s as well as a reader/gun combo. There’s a lot to say about this technology, both good and bad, but without hands on experience it’s difficult to properly analyze it. If it works well then it could be useful in some situations. It could also prevent a good guy from accessing your firearm in defense of themselves or you. Either way, it’s an interesting concept that’s been around for a while, but never actually in production until now.

 

Heizer/Double Tap Pocket Pistol

Double Tap_open Heizer Defense Double Tap

Double Tap and Heizer Defense were working together on a pocket sized double shot pistol, but had a falling away a little while back (see this press release issued by Double Tap back in October 2012). After pushing both companies for more details, which neither was willing to give (citing a pending $6 million law suit) I can’t determine exactly what happened. However, both have now announced a similar style pocket pistol that is a break-open style with 2 shots stacked over/under with the main difference in the caliber to be released this year. Heizer Defense has chambered their pistol in 45 Colt or a 410 shotgun shell while Double Tap has a 9mm and a 45 ACP. While two shots is not preferable for self defense, the slim compact design makes it easy to carry and have accessible when a bigger pistol may not be as feasible.

 

Yellow Jacket iPhone Stun Gun

The Yellow Jacket iPhone Stun Gun Case

This iPhone case packs a mean punch–650,000 volts worth. The Yellow Jacket stun gun case can be deployed with one hand and provides two safety mechanisms. While it does make your phone quite a bit bulkier, it can be a great option for those who want to carry a stun gun. The iPhone 4/4s is available now for $139 and the iPhone 5 and Samsung G3 is due to be released early this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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