Re: smart pistols

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Mon May 01 2000 - 17:33:20 MDT

> > Maybe I am starting to like this "smart gun" idea...
> You'll like it right up until some smart alec gun hater gets a little
> EMP/ECM device that fries the circuits on people's self defense guns...

Damn. I was starting to really like the smart gun idea, and you have
to bring up a really good argument against them. I should point out
that mere electric ignition is not enough to make a gun vulnerable to
EMP--a simple battery-powered mechanical switch device will survive.
But "smart" requires silicon, and that /will/ be destroyed by EMP.
Perhaps one could build the silicon in such a way that an EMP would
turn it into a dead short, thereby rendering it "dumb" but still
firable. Is that feasible?

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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