Armatix Plans 9mm ‘Smart Gun’ Over New (And Old) Concerns


Armatix is working on a smart gun for gun ranges that will not fire when pointed in an unsafe direction. (Photo: Computer World/Armatix)

German “smart gun” manufacturer Armatix is announcing a new, updated version of their design now chambered for 9mm Luger. This will be the second smart pistol Armatix offers to the public. Their first gun was chambered for .22 Long Rifle.

“Smart” or “personalized” guns use locking systems that prevent unauthorized users from shooting them. While the concept has more than a few people interested for safety purposes, many in the gun rights community see it as a way to foist gun control.

Some legislators have proposed banning the sale of conventional guns if personalized firearms become reality. Critics argue that smart gun tech adds reliability issues and increase costs. And a smart gun mandate would take away the majority of options available to gun owners. It would limit sales to a tiny number of vendors with a small selection and few features.

The Armatix iP1 is the gun that may enact New Jersey's ridiculous gun restrictions.

The original Armatix iP1. (Photo: Armatix)

The new pistol is the Armatix iP9. Unlike the original iP1, the iP9 has a fingerprint scanner built into the trigger. The iP1 used a smart watch that unlocked the pistol when the authorized user was in close proximity to the handgun.

Details about how the gun works and other specifications haven’t been released. We do know it will be expensive. Armatix President Wolfgang Tweraser told Computer World that the iP9 will have a sticker price similar to the iP1: $1,395.

“Always the latest technology comes with a higher price tag,” said Tweraser. As you make hundreds and thousands of units, then the price will change also. We’re not going to replace regular guns because of the price point also.”

Armatix is also looking to reboot the iP1 with a new system that will prevent the pistols from firing when not pointed in a specific direction. This feature is designed for ranges that rent firearms to shooters.

New Jersey has already enacted a smart gun mandate, the 2002 New Jersey Childproof Handgun Law. Gun control activist and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) drafted the bill.

The bill was set to go into effect as soon as a single manufacturer brought a smart gun to market anywhere in the country. Surrounded by controversy, it did not trigger in 2014 when the first Armatix gun hit store shelves. New Jersey Attorney General John Jay Hoffman ruled that the gun did not qualify under the law because the gun unlocked when the smart watch was within 10 inches of the pistol.

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Because the original Armatix pistol’s locking system could be remotely deactivated the A.G. said it wasn’t a true personalized firearm. By using a fingerprint reader the iP9 may have what it takes to qualify under the state law.

That isn’t to say that the mechanism will pass muster with the firearms community. Gun owners are particularly suspicious of smart gun tech because of the political — not safety — motivations.

It’s possible that the people pushing for smart gun tech are trying to shoehorn emerging technologies into firearms specifically to corner the smart gun market if a mandate goes into effect. It doesn’t matter if the technology is proven reliable — as long as it meets the legal standards to qualify as a personalized firearm, that’s good enough.

Supporters praised one fingerprint reading design at the 2016 International San Francisco Smart Gun Symposium earlier this year despite its clear drawbacks. The modified Glock 22, develop by 19-year-old inventor Kai Kloepfer, failed to correctly identify users with wet fingers and took 1.5 seconds to identify and unlock when it did work. The gun also had a dramatically reduced magazine capacity in order to house the locking system. Instead of a standard capacity of 15 rounds the magazine only holds nine.

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  • TGugs September 23, 2022, 10:33 pm

    Until the electronics get wet……Futureristic idea not well thought out or engineered.

  • DoctorWho October 12, 2018, 11:38 am

    Sadly no electronic technology is 100% reliable, smart guns are a poor idea, I love computers, and started using them in the early 1980’s and cell phones, my smart phone has problems all the time, so no, a smart gun would get one killed.

    Someone used an example of the magnet ring gun, a S&W revolver was modified to accept a ring worn on the finger as a key, cute concept, as cute as “keyed guns” just more things to go wrong, Murphy’s law…..
    I love simplicity, and the best guns are the simplist ones, remember
    Remington’s electronic rifles ? Where are they now ?
    We are back to regular fire control mechanisms.

    When a policy is set in place that Government will guarantee 100% functionality of smart gun fire control mechanisms before foisting them on us, and still it violates Constitutionality and tbe intents of the Founding Fathers, no thank you..

  • Carl November 2, 2016, 6:45 pm

    It is pretty simple. Never make them mandatory. Otherwise, let them compete on the free market and see if they catch on. They may at some level; however, they almost certainly will be something that most people would not want to rely on to save their lives with.

  • Missouri Pilgrim October 31, 2016, 1:59 pm

    I would never buy ANY product from a company that was working on a “smart gun.” That company betrays the spirit of the 2nd Amendment and is kissing the hind quarters of the anti-liberty Left.

  • JD October 29, 2016, 3:49 pm

    Let all the politicians voting on this be guarded by guards armed with smart guns. First that would be POTUS, SOS, and SCOTUS. Lets see how well that works out if even their guards would trust their own lives to smart gun technology.

  • Andrew October 28, 2016, 11:39 am

    I’ll wait until LE and the military has used them for 20 years before…
    Oh, wait.
    They demand exemptions.

    Not “no thank you” either.

  • nedafix October 28, 2016, 11:26 am

    why would a gun company help restrict guns and work towards ending the 2nd amendment? i for one will never buy anything these people manufacturer. i hope others who love America and our freedoms will do the same(not buy their guns). money or lack of it os all businesses understand anymore.

  • Chasrlie October 28, 2016, 11:21 am

    How about getting smart people in our government instead of smart guns? Smart guns will kill people that could defend themselves if only the gun would work for them . Not just the person it was assigned to. Smart guns STUPID IDEA!

  • Ranger Rick October 28, 2016, 8:15 am

    You’ll know when these so called “Smart Guns” and their adoption is not opposed by law enforcement unions that they are reliable products. Until then I would not trust them.

  • TM October 28, 2016, 6:57 am

    yeah, that will work real well, it takes me 5 tries to unlock my cell phone with a thumb print. I would be dead before the thing would unlock.

  • Joe McHugh October 25, 2016, 10:03 pm

    I don’t care how many “smart guns” are offered for sale, as long as I can still buy the “dumb guns” that go bang every time you pull the trigger in rain, snow, mud, blood, ….well you get the picture. I’m pretty sure smart guns are for dumb people.

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