Re: smart pistols

From: Charlie (
Date: Mon May 01 2000 - 10:51:11 MDT

On Mon, May 01, 2000 at 08:45:28AM -0400, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> Ruger has had a trigger bar construction on its pistol actions since the
> early 70's. Electronic ignition is merely an easy way to get yourself
> killed due to a dead or low battery.

Maybe I'm just being thick here, but what's wrong with piezoelectric
power? We can build arbitrarily low-powered circuitry these days -- a
watch-face sized solar panel should do for keeping the owner-ID stuff
powered up and driving the FET that lets the ignition pulse through, and
you can have the trigger action itself generate the power that sparks off
the charge, just like it does in a cigarette lighter. Whichever, the
goal should be for any electrical power necessary to be supplied by the
gun's wielder -- either thermocouples in the grips, or piezoelectric
crsytals squished by the trigger, or something similar.

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