Identilock Smart Gun Technology

Smart guns are at the front of the gun industry’s mind right now. This is due in large part to Obama’s recent order that the Department of Defense, Justice Department, and Department of Homeland Security must come up with a viable plan to speed along the progress of smart gun technology. In the wake of Obama’s executive order announcements at the beginning of January 2016, a company by the name of Sentinl took it upon themselves to make a big announcement: they just happened to have a product coming out of R and D capable of fulfilling Obama’s request.

The new product is called Identilock and it isn’t a gun but a technologically advanced trigger lock. The maker of this new product – a product being hailed by mainstream media as the potential answer to many problems – is a man by the name of Omer Kiyani. Kiyani is an engineer living in Detroit who got his start as a software developer for airbags. He has apparently been working on the Identilock for three years. R and D was funded in part by a $100,000 grant from Conway’s Smart Tech Challenges Foundation. Kiyani says he is a gun owner and also that he was the victim of a drive-by shooting at the age of sixteen.

Identilock from Sentinl

Identilock from Sentinl

According to Sentinl, Identilock will fit a wide variety of firearms (see list at bottom of this post). It attaches to the gun’s trigger guard and is designed to be unlocked with a fingerprint. The biometric lock first began seeing widespread media coverage in 2014 in publications such as Wired (“A Biometric Gun Lock That Even the NRA Might Like”) and Geek (“Identilock Biometric Tech Unlocks A Gun In Under A Second”). CNN even covered it in March of 2014 on their website in “The High-Tech Guns That Know Who Is Firing Them: Can Smart Tech Make Firearms Safer?”.

The Identilock will be at SHOT Show next week and you can be sure I’ll be meeting with them.

Take a look at their website at

Guns the Identilock currently can be used on (this list is from Sentinl and has not been edited):

  • 1911 Colt and clones
  • 1911 Commander
  • 1911 Government
  • Beretta 92/96/M9
  • Glock 17/19/20/21/22/23/26/27/31/32/33/36/37/46
  • Glock 42/43
  • Heckler & Koch 45C
  • Heckler & Koch P30
  • Heckler & Koch UPS
  • Kahr CW
  • Kahr PW
  • Mossberg 500/930
  • Remington 870/1100
  • Ruger P85
  • Ruger P89
  • S&W 4000
  • S&W 5906
  • Sig Sauer 2022
  • Sig Sauer 226 / 228 / 229
  • Sig Sauer 250 DC
  • Sig Sauer P220/P225/P226/P228/P229
  • Sig Sauer P238
  • Sig Sauer P250/P320/Pro 2022
  • Smith & Wesson M&P .357
  • Smith & Wesson M&P SD 9/.40 / Sigma
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9/.40
  • Springfield XD/XDS/XDM
  • Taurus 24/7
  • Taurus PT111 Millennium G2


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  • AJ187

    That’s a bold claim in your first sentence. I don’t anyone has that on the mind than the anti-gun folks.

    • Katie A

      Actually, putting it on the “anti-gun folks” is a mistake. We should be thinking about it and paying attention and yes, many in the industry are talking about this. I’m meeting with the founder of Sentinl during SHOT so I can get a better look at this particular piece of technology and hopefully gain an in-depth understanding of it. It may be a cliche but it’s true: knowledge is power.

      • Anon. E Maus

        Tell him to make it use a regular key instead of a biometric scanner, it’ll make it cheaper, faster, and more reliable.

        I can’t think of a worse employment for a biometric scanner than something that you might have to use in an emergency.

        • Katie A

          Interestingly enough, it does have a key option that was apparently included in case the biometric scanner fails.

          • Joshua

            if it didn’t have that feature I would be really surprised, it is well known that fingerprint scanners can fail, or through circumstances become unworkable, even my closet safe that’s controlled by a button combo, has a keyed back-up. If you supply a security device that relies on electricity, which presumably this does too, based on technology that is not 100% and you don’t add a key back-up, that’s just stupid.

  • SlippedThroughTheCracks

    I wonder how long it would take a criminal to get one of those off a gun that he had just stolen, and what tools it might require. Drill? Prybar? Just a screwdriver? A hammer?

    • Joshua

      It only takes cable cutters to get a cable lock off.

      • Joshua

        I did a “Custom” trigger-lock for a guy, he got a new Remington pump shotgun that came with a fitted trigger lock, he put a M4 style buttstock on it, all of a sudden the triggerlock didn’t fit no more, so he brought it to me and asked if I could do anything about it, I asked him why he wanted it, go buy a new generic one, it would have cost him $5. his response; “the Remington one is better, harder to break and get off the gun” I said sure leave it with me for a couple days. I cut the offending quarter of the lock off in 5 minutes with a bandsaw, then cleaned up the edge with some filling paper, got to charge him $30 for “my time and expertise”

        this thing looks, and looks the operative word, a lot easier than that, it appears to lock entirely outside of the trigger guard, which means you could cut it in half with a bandsaw and not touch the gun at all. His insert adapters may be a failure point as well, depending on how they are secured, if they can be pried loose you may be able to re-position one until you can get the gun out,

    • iowaclass

      Yeah, putting it external to the weapon is just an invitation to easy circumvention.
      They should go back to basics — look at the magnatrigger and figure out how to apply it reliably to striker-fired pistols.

    • Anon. E Maus

      Hi-Points come with a trigger-guard lock in the box, apparently what crooks do when they get them with the lock on and they can’t get the key, is that they plain just saw off the trigger-guards.
      So much for safety.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    They should make police officers and military demo it first and we will see how much it cuts down on their firearm accidents before its forced on the citizenry. They should prove it works before they make it mandatory.

    Even if this thing was integrated seamlessly into our firearms, its a failure point, and I don’t think the rate bad guys get officer’s guns is enough to justify the price and failure rate.

    The point for citizens would be to make the firearm not function is stolen, but that will be less effective than how safe locks keep cars from being stolen.

    • Budogunner

      Another point is that, once stolen, you have plenty of time to tinker. If it is electronic, it can be hacked or disabled.

      Even stolen smart phones can be made to work for everything but cell tower use. And keys not even suggest that every trigger pull require a round trip of data to verify ownership. 4G ain’t fast enough for me in that situation, even if you have signal.

  • Cal.Bar

    Brilliant! EVERY LAPD and NYPD officer should be MANDATED to have their guns locked up thusly. After one year, if the cops give it a ringing endorsement, I will still ignore it (but be less morally certain) (lol)

  • Paladin

    Having seen video of it in action it’s not exactly impressive. It’s also not likely to work properly if your hands are dirty or otherwise obscured, and for a guy like me that’s most of the time.

  • Matt Shermer

    Can somebody please tell me what a Glock 46 is?

    • Tim Pearce

      Oh, that must be the ten shot 40mm revolver Glock made all those years ago I heard about in some news story.

      • Budogunner

        Yeah, I heard about those. The sights were mounted on the right side of the frame so you had to hold it sideways and the grips were fingerprint resistant. 40mm really should have taken off more, though. Perfect for varmints and small pest control.

    • Edeco

      Hopefully 9mm ultra-longslide artillery model. 7.5″ barrel, 500 yard adjustable rear sight.

    • Katie A

      I’ll edit this later to make something else clear. I thought I had but I see it’s not there: not my list, it came straight from Sentinl and I decided to share it with you guys. Thought I explained but I see I didn’t.

  • Phillip Shen

    *ZZZZZ* (snores). A glorified biometric safe. I’d rather get something like the Hornady Rapid Release safe, and it’s less expensive as well.

    • Anonymoose

      Can’t keep a Mooseburger in that, though.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    The H&K UPS?

    What is that? A version that only comes in OD Green and gets delivered late?

  • tyrannyofevilmen

    I don’t have any problem with these technologies. Perhaps the electronics could be built into a quick release holster.

    My only requirement is this:

    Police and military, you first.

    If you haven’t battle tested it, I’m not even interested and certainly I would not comply with any requirement that I use it.

    Good luck!

    • iowaclass

      Police on patrol could use the tech. It would be worthless to the military, except maybe MPs and a few spec-ops applications.

      • tyrannyofevilmen

        Why would you say that? How many weapons did Obama leave in Iraq?

  • papagrune123

    It has a coke machine lock on it…. Think they can not be “picked” by someone that knows how

    • raz-0

      Hey if they shopped right, it can be picked with a bic pen tube.

  • LV-426

    Glock 46, H&K UPS, Kahr PW HMMM…. These guns don’t exist, and neither should this.

  • AD

    So it’s a standard external trigger lock, that can also be opened by your fingerprint for quicker access? Sounds like a decent enough idea to me: no harder to use than a standard trigger lock, but with an optional faster (if less reliable) way of opening it. It’s pretty bulky though; hard to imagine that it really needs to be that big.

    • Joshua

      how big is the electronics behind the fingerprint scanner?

  • jerry young

    I think something like this in a quick release mounted holster for in your car or home and be capable for multiple users at one time might be good but anything for concealed carry seems like it would be too bulky

  • Budogunner

    UPS once temporally “lost” a barreled action of a rem 700 I had mailed off for threading. Freaked out, I called the ATF for help as I couldn’t bare the thought of one of my firearms in criminal hands. They told me there was a “lost or stolen” firearm form on the website I could fill out if I wanted, but it was optional…NO f*cks given by the ATF.

    Pressure from State Police investigations resulted in the firearm being returned to… I mean “found in” a UPS warehouse. It looked like sh*t when I got it back, but at least it is in lawful hands.

    • Anon. E Maus

      Goddamn. Could it be salvaged or was it just completely screwed?

      • Budogunner

        There was light surface rust just about everywhere, and some dings along the outside of the barrel and one on the muzzle, but not affecting the recessed crown.

        Fortunately, after a thorough clean up, it was still posting .5 MOA consistently. That PSS was a tank.

  • Sianmink

    When my fingerprint can unlock my phone, first time, every time, wet or dry, dirty or clean, I will trust this technology to critical applications. As it is I usually have to swipe 3-4 times under ideal conditions to unlock.

    Until then, any firearm not staged ready-1 is just going in the safe anyway.

    • raz-0

      Pretty much with you 100% on this. My iphone is easily the best fingerprint scanner I have encountered at the consumer level, and it’s vastly unreliable compared to a reasonably maintained firearm.

      Not to mention they say it works in 1 second while showing you video of it clearly taking ~3 seconds to work when it works.

    • Brian Hert

      As someone said, if it fails to work – staying locked in this case and someone gets killed because of it – they’ll get sued. And if it fails to work – unlocking when it fails, and someone gets killed – they’ll get sued.

      There are zero circumstances where the ‘smart’ tech is viable for something like this.

  • Anon. E Maus

    >fingerprint locks
    This is an awful idea for a weapon, and these kinds of trigger-guard locks have existed for years already, using just regular keys.

  • Anonymoose

    If Chris Christie gets rid of the NJ law, people with kids and stupid “friends” might actually consider getting a smartgun to keep around the house.