THE FUTURE IS HERE: LASER FIRING PIN Ignition System of Voere X3 Rifle

Hrachya H
by Hrachya H

Austrian firearms manufacturer Voere has developed a laser ignition system for their X3 precision rifle. The system consists of a replacement bolt, which has an integral laser instead of the firing pin assembly. The system works with any conventional ammunition with the primer changed to a special one.

Note the special primer

So this system virtually eliminates any mechanical movement in the rifle mechanism during the shooting, making it potentially an extremely precise system. It also brings the lock time close to zero. The laser inside the bolt is powered by lithium-polymer batteries. Safety of this new system works by laser’s power interruption. So in order to convert the rifle to this laser ignition system, all you have to do is to change the bolt and use ammunition with the special primers.

Laser bolt cutaway

You can see how the conversion is done in the video below:

Historical Note

Voere has been developing electrical ignition systems since 1991. Particularly, it’s been 25 years since they released their VEC-91 hunting rifle, which used caseless ammunition and electrical primer ignition. They patented the laser ignition system in 2005. They were continuously refining it until the technologies made it possible to fit a very powerful laser in such a compact space as the rifle bolt. Eventually, they made a working conversion bolt and ammunition system.

Voere X3 rifle

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Hrachya H
Hrachya H

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  • James Kelly James Kelly on Dec 13, 2016

    Get a horse? Don't think so. As a Mature Gentleman past my three score & ten I might note that my wife, and others, lacks the strength to cock a revolver or work the slide on an auto. I look forward to laser ignition on a pocket pistol of totally new design. So far as electrical ignition in general, one of my childhood toys was an empty cartridge, maybe 20mm forget, with no primer. Mean for electric ignition. In WW II. Dad was in the Naval Air Force.
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    Damascus liked to play with small kids out back in the high grass. Got along with them. Well, one little girl was afraid of dogs, and thought he was a dog. He knew. He would stalk her through the grass 'til she ran screaming.
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    • John Golt John Golt on Dec 13, 2016

      @James Kelly Thank you old people. I hope you know unlike most of my generation I treasure and hang on every single word you say even if it doesn't make sense now. I store it and remember it because often times it makes sense years later. Thank you and all of your generation for giving us what we have I will do my best to protect and treasure you and America. I hope they make an awesome gun suitable to protect old people, I hear the Ruger Mk 4 is very easy to prime to shoot or disassemble if I may suggest.

  • Niguana Niguana on Dec 13, 2016