Electro-mechanical Trigger

    Thanks to reader Jay for sending a link to this video:

    A company, Creative Digital, in collaboration with Michael’s Machines, has developed a solenoid actuated trigger controlled by a microprocessor for around $200.

    The concept is really interesting. My initial question was “What happens when the electronics fail?”. According to the video, it sounds like it downgrades and operates as a mechanical device.

    I like the idea that the rate of fire can be adjusted, including full auto capability. The problem I see is that it seems like feature is ripe for abuse. I’d give it less than a day for an enterprising tinkerer to bypass, unlock or override the functionality that limits the rate.

    In any case I should actually be reviewing an electric trigger in the next month or so (though not from this company). So I’m going to withhold my judgement until I go hands on with one.

    What are your thoughts, dear readers? Good idea? Bad idea? Hype?

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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