This "Smart" Handgun Is the Future of Firearms Today

Last week, the story of a .22 caliber "smart" handgun was liked more than 81,000 times on social media, making it the No. 1 trending business and investing story for the week. What makes this gun so special, and why does it have the Internet in a sharing frenzy?

The gun's technology, which could have been pulled straight out of a James Bond movie, uses a linked wristwatch to prevent the gun from being fired by anyone other than the rightful owner. If you're wearing the watch, the gun and watch will sync up, a small green light will illuminate on the handgun, and the firing mechanism will work. No watch? No green light and no shooting. 

In the following video, Fool contributor Jay Jenkins discusses the handgun (which retails for $1,399 plus another $399 for the watch), and its implications for the industry. For industry leaders such as Sturm, Ruger (NYSE: RGR  ) and Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ: SWHC  ) , the impact won't be immediately felt. However, with reviews stagnating after years of booming growth, these companies will have to find ways to blend technology with tradition to keep sales, and stock prices, moving from the lower left to the upper right.

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  • Report this Comment On February 28, 2014, at 2:29 PM, cjlutzo wrote:

    Never happen. A gun needs to work when it is needed. Every. Time. Introducing more variables and potential points of failure is counter to this goal. This technology has been around for years. How many LE agencies have adopted it? Exactly. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/02/20/smart-guns-...

  • Report this Comment On February 28, 2014, at 2:29 PM, grumpy1 wrote:

    The problem with holding gun stocks is that the market can be volatile based on news events.

    As far as the future of smart guns, I would suggest that this newest attempt is a trial balloon. I don't believe that it will be successful. There is a reason that firearms are simple mechanical devices. They are dependable. I would not trust my life to electronic devices.

  • Report this Comment On February 28, 2014, at 2:44 PM, cjlutzo wrote:

    The headline would have been more honest had it been (remained?) a question rather than a declarative (see, url).

  • Report this Comment On March 03, 2014, at 11:00 AM, DerAlteJunger wrote:

    The only gun-savvy people who will buy this "experiment" are collectors of oddities that will become rare and valuable, e.g. the Webley-Forsbury automatic revolver, or the Volcanic pistol.

  • Report this Comment On March 29, 2014, at 3:50 PM, longshotlouie wrote:

    The smart gun appeals to politicians and anti-gun zealots like the writer, not to actual firearm users.

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