Inteliscope has an interesting product here at SHOT show 2014: a smart phone holder that is designed to mount to a rail on your rifle or pistol. The newest version is the Inteliscope Pro, a universal mount that will hold most smart phones. At this time, the apps are available for iPhone and Android. While we were initially skeptical about mounting a phone on the top of a rifle, we had to see it for ourselves. And we were converted. We’ve seen the light.
The working example here at SHOT is set up on the side of an AR. As you can see in the photos, this set-up still lets you use a traditional primary optic. The feed from the phone is sent to a TV screen to show some of the things that can be done. From inside the app you can record in real time to the phone. I can see this being used to show some truly amazing shots for bragging rights, or it could show an embarrassing miss. Mounting the phone on the side could even allow a shooter to peek around a corner while staying concealed.
The app will save a profile for your guns so you don’t have to set them up each time you go out. You will simply select what firearm you want to use, and it will remember your zero settings. Speaking of zero, to make sure you remount your phone into the Inteliscope exactly the same, you will have to make some marks on the back of your phone case to index them to the mount. But that’s easy enough.
The app will also allow you to put your phone in “airplane mode” with a couple of swipes and clicks. This is important to me. I can imagine being in the field sighted in on a monster buck with the app recording the epic shot I am about to take, when my wife texts to ask me to pick up some milk on the way home. No need to pull the trigger and lose my sight picture to her picture on the notification.
The Inteliscope Pro has an all-metal housing that weighs around 8oz. The MSRP is $169. We’ll have one soon and will put it through its paces.