Harnessing Technology: Zore gun locks

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A new start up company, by the name of ZORE has come up with a novel approach to gun locks. Their lock consists of a sort of expanding dimensional correct simulated bullet. Once “chambered” and the lock button is pressed, the bullet expands out into the chamber via a sort of mechanical contraption. At the same time, the bolt face/extractor lock on to the base of the round from the rear, thus causing the slide to lock up to the simulated round, and thus causing the firearm to be essentially locked. How do you unlock it? Dial the number wheel as if you were dialing a MasterLock high school combination locker, no matter what the position of the wheel, it will register the clicks you input. The lock button is popped up, while at the same time the chambered “Bullet” will release pressure from the inside, rack the slide, the lock falls out, and the a round is chambered if you already have a magazine inserted. The ZORE lock is black, with the lock button colored yellow, and the dial has indentations on it to tell you where to spin it for the correct combination. In addition that dial doesn’t have to start from one particular spot, so theoretically you can dial it while in the dark and unlock it. The entire system is also digitalized, with an app that tells the owner if the lock is being tampered with, via a bluetooth connection. The battery itself will last for more than a year on its own, and within 3 months of it running out of power, the app will send you a notification via blue tooth. For now it appears that they only have a 9x19mm version that has an expected release date in December 2016. But their other calibers are .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and 5.56x45mm, all due in 2017.

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This is certainly one way to create a very techy lock system! With the amount of tech in this thing, I hope it will push the envelope when it comes to technologically enhanced locks. This is some input on how the actual battery works-

– Three months before your battery is drained – ZØRE will send you notifications reminding you to change your battery.

– A month before the battery drains – if you open ZØRE it will not allow you to re-lock it without changing the battery.

– You will be able to set your ZØRE to open automatically before draining out if you decide to do so.

– If after all this your battery drained out – you will be able to touch a battery from the outside of ZØRE to give it power – enabling you to dial your code and open it.

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Right now they still have some design work ahead of them, and are looking for ways to improve their product. If you’re interested, give them a shout at their Facebook page. The company really wants to distance themselves from gun locks that are integral to the firearm and instead focus on locks that are completely external of the operation and design of the gun.

 ZØRE was founded by a group of Israeli IDF Special Forces and elite technology unit veterans. Having families in Israel and experiencing ongoing terror, we understand that guns are indispensable for self defence and the protection of our loved ones. While safe storage for our guns was always a priority, we refuse compromising accessibility.

Our journey of finding a storage solution that would maintain the security level safes and locks provide us, yet make our guns more accessible, began with a thorough examination of the existing solutions. Whereas safes and locks are difficult to operate, especially in the dark, smart guns are just unreliable. To carry a gun that has to think before it shoots is unacceptable.

Realizing the shortcomes of these technologies, we invented ZØRE. Unlike smart guns, ZØRE doesn’t change your gun. As opposed to storage solutions available, ZØRE allows you fast transition —in any condition — from locked gun to charge and ready, and connects you to your guns when they are not on you. For we know that when it comes to gun safety – the best safety device is you.



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Pass, I dont lock any of my guns. Ever.

    • KestrelBike

      Yeah. They’re in a safe in my locked dwelling when I’m not there. That’s all that will ever happen.

    • Jakewwa

      So you don’t lock your home with your guns?

      • Mmmtacos

        There’s a difference between locking your gun and keeping your gun locked up. The only time I render a gun unusable is when I’m cleaning it, likewise I only render it inaccessible when it’s not on or near my person, ready to be used if need be (self defense or range).

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I never said I didnt lock my house.

        • Jakewwa

          If you did lock your house, and kept your guns in your house, then you’d be a liar (that you do lock your guns) 😉

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Not if I was inside the house with my guns.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      I do have a safe that is locked. I also have weapons always at the ready. There are weapons located strategically and not locked though it would take those who do not know, time to look. Many places can hold weapons secretively and yet ready access. I CCW 24/7 when I am out of bed and at the ready when in bed.
      When the alarm goes off they will either run or fall.

  • USMC03Vet

    lol gun locks

  • John L.

    I have to wonder about price.

    I’d expect this thing to come in at $100 minimum. I can get a small safe (eg Stack-On PDS-1500) for less than $70 delivered from Amazon, and it provides theft deterrence as well as use prevention.

    If I have more than one gun, well, a bigger safe is a simpler, easier, and more secure way of securing firearms. And a biometric lock is going to be easier than this thing to operate in any case.

    So … Neat idea, but I just don’t see it being practical given the alternatives for storage.

  • Tahoe

    Curious how it “locks” into the chamber/barrel – and if that could damage the barrel. But yeah, safes are the way to go; if someone can pocket the gun in seconds and walk away, they have all the time in the world to figure out how to break the lock.

    • N E W T

      Looks like you can defeat this with two paper clips. One with a loop or hook and one straight. Seeing the slide is at the second cocking serration there is enough room to grab the striker and pull it back far enough to push the striker sleeve in and pop the rear cover plate off. Thus dropping all of the upper internals out. Most significantly the extractor that is so important in engaging the locking mechanism. There may actually be two more ways, all dependant on defeating the extractor. Brute force with a thin diameter metal rod down the bore not touching the radiused bullet but the od sleeve of the unit and a hammer may work too.

      • Johnz

        LOL. I think you are underestimating this company. Good luck with your idea….

  • MrSatyre

    NEAT! And entirely pointless for me. No kids in my house, and they get locked up in a safe when I’m away anyway. But I do question the thought process Bluetooth alert concept. Unless there’s a BT receiver plugged into a router or PC somewhere in the house they’re not talking about, how’s that BT signal supposed to get to my phone when I’m out of town or even in another room in the house? BT is notorious for limited range and overly susceptible to interference from other BT devices.

    • RocketScientist

      Their website shows bluetooth will connect to phone directly when in range, and for extended distance, you plug in a BT-to-wifi adapter to a nearby plug.

  • Jakewwa

    My house is my gun safe, my residential security container.

  • Roy G Bunting

    Is is better then a locked box? If not, whats the market? Locked boxes are cheap and plentiful.

  • Greg Anderson

    I’m not convinced that a digital lock is the way to go… Following the same logic as digital smart guns.

    • Yachdav Gilbar

      The big difference between ZORE and a smart gun is that ZORE isn’t embedding tech in your gun. When it’s stored – there’s the tech there. The minute you got rid of it – it’s your good old gun again.

  • Bob

    Hmmmm… Seems clever, and no doubt some would find it useful, but I myself don’t think I’ll be looking into these.

  • Kevin Riley

    “The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.”

    Montgomery Scott, “Star Trek III – The Search for Spock”

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Is this meant to be carried while locked? Is that the intended use?

    • Jwedel1231

      Considering an IDF connection, that could be an intended use.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        What I figured.

      • Yachdav Gilbar

        Nope. No sense in carrying a locked gun. The purpose is to make a stored gun as safe and accessible as possible. If you lock your gun while at home but would prefer having it closer to you – but still secure.

        • JSmath

          The small keypad safes make a lot more sense for securing a stored weapon – they’ll actually prevent unintended use AND theft, whereas this seemingly does absolutely nothing about the latter. (future Lojack/GPS tracking option?)

          One of the few situations that this thing would make a lot of sense is for it to be used by low-hazard security personnel, like mall/theatre cops. Any security work that’s generally expected to be armed but deals with such a high volume of nonaggressive population, that they’re conditioned against drawing their weapon or against keeping a safe distance needed to prevent disarmament.

    • Yachdav Gilbar

      No. It’s an accessible storage device.

    • Johnz

      From the FAQ on ZORE’s website:
      “If I am forced to draw my gun, do I first have to dial my code in order to charge and fire?”

      “No. Absolutely not.
      ZØRE is a storage device only.”

    • David G.

      No, it’s for when you don’t have it on you. If you’re on of the people who never leave your gun unattended then it’s not for you obviously 🙂

  • Vizzini

    Solution in search of a problem.

  • Southpaw89

    It seems to achieve the same thing as running a cable through the barrel and action and locking it, not sure if its any better than that. But I would be interested in a pseudo cartridge that could be locked into the barrel but leave no indication of its presence on the outside of the gun, this could be used for displaying firearms that are not meant to be fired, while ensuring in an unobtrusive way that they will not be fired. I have at least one rifle that’s not safe to shoot, but that I would like to display, and could therefore use such a product on.

  • JJ.45

    Cool product. If you do lock your gun, it much more accessible than other storage solutions. They also use reliable technology, not as all the biometric locks and safes. the tampering alerts are awesome.

  • Shlomo

    I’d prefer this thing over a safe any day. Someone breaks into my home during the night, I’d rather an easy dial lock then having to fidget with a safe in the dark. Also, I’d say that the underrated aspect of ZORE seems to be the app – If I’m travelling 2000 miles away from my gun, I get an immediate notification if it has been tampered with or even touched.

  • Joshua

    I would be concerned with how it locks to the chamber that it can either be forced, literally ripped from the chamber, or could be damaged by someone trying to force it.

    • lol

      This, trying to use compressive force against a smooth chamber that possibly has lubrication on it is going to be a losing battle. anyone who really wants into it just has to brace the slide on a table and push.

  • guest

    Another proof that the “gun-world” customers can be milked for money indefinitely.
    Other examples are:
    1) Custom parts, like literally anything. Why not change a perfectly fine cheap, stock part with something 10x as expensive that offers little/no improvement? Won’t even fit properly, like anyone gives a f***
    2) Old guns with new looks or “new” guns which are actually very old, but “new” because the model name is not the same as the old gun, and are made this year instead of early 1900’s or 1960’s.
    3) Unpractically advanced guns or guns with unpractically high characteristics. Can’t shoot for s***? Here is a gun with a 2 inch thick bull barrel and a high-end marksman’s scope that costs more than the gun.
    4) Ammo that is marginally better (or even worse) than comparable ammo, but “looks better” or has a catchy name
    5) Something that can be used with/on a gun that is of little/no practical importance. May even be counter-productive. But… like Pokemon – gotta buy them all!
    6) Your kid is an idiot? Your wife is an outright time bomb? Why not solve these issues by investing money in a “lock”, instead of… IDK…. training, parenting, or whatever. Here’s an app too, since picture on it shows a padlock that’s like… totally secure. No need to worry.

  • N E W T

    Thank you, that gave a fantastic visual on how to possibly defeat this mechanism.

  • Yair Schwartz

    Great idea.
    So much more accessible than a safe.
    If it’s as good as you claim it is, I will definitely be buying one.

  • bjensen

    I like the concept, and may be a good item for some, though for myself, don’t really have a use for it.

  • CavScout

    Lots of paid shills posting it would seem. Self promotion/clarification/guidence.

  • jakee308

    No. thanks. Unless you are storing the weapon for long term storage. This is worse than useless for day to day locking. Too long to get unlocked. Too tricky/difficult in an emergency situation.

    The best gun lock is the owner. If you have children teach them about guns and what not to do when they see one laying around. If the child is too young then do what you have to do anyway by child proofing your home and create an inaccessible place to store the weapon.

    The only people who panic about this stuff are the ignorant willful and otherwise that somehow believe that with enough laws, the criminal will finally obey them. Contrary to evidence of the last 5,000 years.