Smart Magazines What Could Possibly Go Wrong
An article By Robert Farago
This Technology Could Get You Killed!
Needless to say, this could be a “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” post. I’d love to see a demo video of a gun owner reloading his handgun using the system. Under stress. Tap, rack, look at the idiot light! Hey! Look at the new round count! bloomberg.com reveals the man behind the biometric mags: 52-year-old Daniel Biran. The Co-founder of two-year-old, 15-employee startup Clipfort in Kfar Saba, Israel “previously made biometric memory sticks [and] began working on gun safety following the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.” Here’s some more ammo for biometric mag haters . . .
The fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the clip is programmed at purchase to match the owner’s print. It works 99,999 times out of 100,000, the company says.
ID confirmation takes 0.7 seconds. Given a match, the clip can load bullets until the magazine is removed from the gun.
Clipfort has developed magazines for the M16 rifle and a range of pistols.
The company says it plans to charge $150 to $200 for the clips, which can be refilled with new bullets.
Clipfort has joined with gun manufacturer Check-Mate Industries to begin mass production by the end of next year.
Just in case you thought this was a REALLY stupid idea, Bloomberg called an “expert” to tout the biometric mag concept. Even he couldn’t quite see its commercial potential.
Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, says that even though Clipfort has strenuously avoided taking a position on U.S. gun laws, “many gun enthusiasts will see this as a back door to restricting their Second Amendment rights”—and pressure retailers to keep the magazines off their shelves.
Yeah, that’s it. Blame gun enthusiasts for rejecting this lame-ass concept – before it even hits the stores. What’s really hard to believe: Biran burned through $2m already and wants another million to make it so – assuming his calls to Michael Bloomberg went unanswered.