Safeguarding the power of a shotgun with the security of a unique computer chip.
iGun Technology Corp is building a Magnetic Tag-enabled shotgun that is activated by a ring worn by the user. When the ring comes in close range to the normal ring-finger placement on the firearm’s stock, the iGun compares a unique code from the ring to the gun to see if there is a match. If the code matches, the trigger unlocks.
My family has been in the firearms business for three generations and now I am integrating the most reliable 12-gauge shotgun on the market with magnetic token-access technology.
— Jonathan Mossberg, iGun Technology Corp
The iGun works through a mechanism that blocks the trigger while the gun is at rest. The user wears a ring with a special system that triggers power to the iGun system when the ring comes in close range to the normal ring-finger placement on the firearm’s stock. When the iGun senses that the ring is near enough, it compares a unique code from the ring to the gun to see if there is a match. If the code matches and certain other conditions are met, an electric current from the battery bank actuates a mechanism to unblock the trigger.
The iGun is designed to function under rigorous conditions: it is waterproof and functions even if the user has dirty hands or is wearing gloves. Its platform is based on the most reliable shotgun design in the world, the only one that meets MilSpec 3433E, a 3,000-round buckshot torture test. Additionally, the iGun is designed to exceed industry standards (SAAMI) and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards for drop tests. here are no complicated switches, lights, or buttons. We designed the iGun to operate transparently to the firearms user; that is, a user is not required to complete any additional operations other than those customary to traditional firearm operation.
Jonathan Mossberg in the News
CBS 60 Minutes Replay: “Is the U.S. Ready for Smart Guns?”
Smart-gun technology is not new, yet these guns are not mass-produced or sold in the U.S., partly due to fears they are a backdoor to greater gun control. 07.19.16
The New Yorker Magazine: “Making a Killing.”
The business and politics of selling guns. 06.27.16
Guns.com: “Smart gun manufacturer responds to gun rights vitriol.”
Third generation gunmaker Jonathan Mossberg on Wednesday responded to a statement put out by a national gun rights group this week attacking presidential action on smart guns and calling research into the technology “questionable.” 05.04.16
The Guardian: “Smart guns: how Obama hopes to create a market for personalized weapons.”
For more than a decade, smart guns have been stuck in a Catch-22: personalized guns don’t have a proven market, and buyers don’t want a gun they think is untested or hard to find. Now Barack Obama is trying to break that stalemate by creating a market for smart guns among law enforcement agencies around the US. 01.05.16
I just watched a video of your product on a popular gun website. After reading your documents on your site, I have a question. Would the firearm still function if it were to be affected by some sort of EMP event?
You have a good question, but you need to understand the context. Depending on strength, EMP’s can bring down airplanes, disrupt or kill the grid, stop all commerce, create anarchy, etc. So can CME’s. We had a Law Enforcement officer ask us what might happen if during a drug bust a perp. opened a door and aimed an EMP device at the SWAT team. I looked at him for a minute. Then he started laughing. He realized that if they were aiming EMP’s they could just have as well been aiming heavy armament.
We don’t make claims about EMP bursts. But we do make claims about the girl who wants to carry a gun when she’s walking in a rough neighborhood and is afraid of a takeaway – she’s not afraid of a thug with an EMP device. She’s afraid of a thug with a knife or crowbar. Or the young couple who wants to keep a gun by the bed at night. They have toddlers in the house, but they want to defend themselves in case of a break-in. Their concern of an EMP event is nil. But their concern of the toddler accessing the firearm is real. We do claim with absolute certainty our technology could have prevented this:
Michigan Shooting: Inmate kills 2 bailiffs with officer’s gun – July 12, 2016
We also claim our technology would have prevented this:
Man steals cop’s gun: Kills bodega worker: NYPD – August 9, 2016
Our team owns lots of guns. Some of them are iGuns, most are not. We do not suggest an iGun replaces all guns. It is designed for specific purposes. If you think the likelihood of an EMP blast from a burglar is higher than the likelihood of a takeaway or use by a child, buy a regular gun.
If teachers or air marshals are going to be armed, it would be nice if that gun would not work if taken away. Are they worried about EMP’s? Probably not. Is the Military worried about EMP’s? Probably yes.
Did the deputy in Michigan or the NYPD officer in the above recent circumstances worry about EMP’s? NO. Do their families and families of the victims wish they had guns that would not work if taken away? I think in hindsight, yes.
This is the freedom of choice that we advocate. Is our technology worth the cost, risk, training, and additional maintenance? If yes in your circumstance, buy our product. If not, don’t buy our product. Just like a car, shirt, or washing machine; we want the freedom to choose what you want to buy.
The iGun Team