WTW: SIG's Smart Gun


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WTW: SIG’s Smart Gun

Ian McCollum

[Intro by Mike the Mook]: 1992 to 2000 were some of the worst years in firearm history. Apart from primer shortages, semi auto and standard capacity magazine bans, gun owners were constantly under attack from all sides. It appeared a few manufacturers even turned on us, but one of the worst was the “Dawn of the Smart Gun”.

Our idea of a "smart gun" usually means it is threaded to take a can.
Our idea of a “smart gun” usually means it is threaded to take a can.

Democrat political types tend to get all their gun knowledge from cheesy action movies and poorly written detective novels, it seems. They wanted to see “smart guns” so Colt and a few others trotted prototypes out, which coupled with 1990s technology would make you want to vomit.

This week Ian takes a look at a Smart Gun produced by SIG.


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Did you know that in the 1990s that SIG attempted to make a “smart gun”?

This is the SIGP229EPLS (Electronic Personal Locking System).

They came up with this super awesome way to do it. Namely, you had to punch in your code on a 4-digit electronic keypad and then tell it how long you were going to be on duty as a police officer that day in various increments. You could tell it 1/2 hour, two hours or 8 hours and shoot for as much as you want in that time period.

There’s a little solenoid in here that allows you to activate the gun and fire it as much as you want. Then when the time limit is up it goes “bzzzzzzzt” and locks the gun up, and you can’t use it.

Also if you forget your pass code, you can’t use it.

If you still happen to have the gun and you’re not in your duty schedule, you can’t use it either.

Interestingly, if you take out the battery or the electronics go tits up it stays permanently in its last configuration. So if you want to get rid of all this electronic nonsense, you can simply put in your code, take the battery out and throw it away.

The battery, not the gun, that is.

You guys are going to see my secret code which is 8-0-1-4.

Photo from http://www.gunsandammo.com/historical/sig-sauers-smart-gun-records-your-every-move/

There it goes, see the little button moving.

The red light means, “Danger, I’m ready to shoot”.

If you want to have some real fun, get your buddy’s gun, put it on safe, and take the battery out. He’s never going to able to open the gun up until he realizes that he needs a new battery.

Or if you put the wrong code in several times in a row it completely locks it up until you can find somebody with the 6-digit master code.

So there you go: SIG’s idea of a “Smart Gun”.

Needless to say, this never went into mass production.


I am just taking a look at this one example because it is really cool that it was such a bad thing.

Thanks for watching, guys.




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About the Author: ian_mccollumIan McCollum is considered a gun nerd even among gun nerds. He’s probably best known for his work as the founder and editor of Forgotten Weapons. McCollum is also a producer and co-host of InRange TV. As if these chops weren’t enough, he’s a technical adviser for the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners and a professional researcher for Armament Research Services. Somehow he manages to balance such academic work with private consultation and practical shooting competition. He’s been published in publications such as Strzał Magazine and Popular Mechanics, and he has excellent taste in rare and obscure camouflage. If you’d like to support Ian’s goal of creating a comprehensive firearms encyclopedia, support him here: https://www.patreon.com/ForgottenWeapons. (Yes, we know he looks like someone crossed a beatnik with a Civil War cavalry officer — idiosyncracies, eccentricities and peculiarities are the first requirements to write for us. He’s gonna fit in perfectly.


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