Re: smart pistols (not so smart !)

Date: Mon May 01 2000 - 17:55:45 MDT

-James Rogers wrote:

>Now that you mention it, I've already seen this done on similar devices.
>Creative individuals have hacked electronic firing systems so that you can
>control both the trigger mode (semi, burst, auto) and the cyclic rate for
>automatic modes (burst, auto). These hacks were done on electronically
>controlled semi-only systems.

    This has already been done with the electropneumatic markers (Paintball
Guns) that are on the market now. In the UK, full auto is illegal, so the
manufacturers of the most advanced marker, The Angel. make it with a "snap
off part" on the guns PCB to render it semi auto only for the UK. There are
already kits for making the guns fully auto again.
    These kits cost next to nothing and are made by people with little
electronics expertise. Id agree 100% with James Rogers:

>I guarantee that these mods would be on the street within days of the
>introduction of these types of control systems. The cruel irony of
>unintended consequences...heh.

    And it wont be paint flying out of these guns. On the plus side. I think
any extra security feature on firearms is good. This system could reduce the
amount of accidental deaths and injuries caused when kids find their parents

    Alex Blainey.

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