Friday, 23 May 2014

Writing - Smart guns and Steele's weapons

When creating a hero whether anti- or otherwise there is usually scope for introducing weapons of some description. My man Steele has three such options.
The Nemesis Sniper Rifle

The sniper rifle was used in 'I Have To Get It Right' and 'The 51st State' but not so often since those early stories.

For closer work Steele carries a Glock 27.
Glock 27

This is his weapon of choice for 'wet work' and is used in the later stories such as 'Inceptus' - it is important to keep up-to-date as technological advances are made.

Now for the slightly more scary and extremely close work that Steele is quite accomplished in we have his knife.
Fallkniven F1 Survival Knife

This is not a huge weapon but has the advantage of being held in a horizontal sheath, and if you are close enough to use a knife the odd inch doesn't make a huge amount of difference! Steele has used this evil blade to exact justice in many stories and in the new book 'Castled'

As mentioned above it is important to keep on the ball and weapons can play a significant part in stories. 

In the film Law Abiding Citizen Gerard Butler uses a handgun with needles soaked in poison  in the handle, that shoot out into the user's palm when he tries to use the weapon. He traps one of his quarry in this way. I was intrigued by an article in the news this morning about smart guns and was intrigued to read on.

Apparently smart guns have been around for quite a number of years but the technology seems to be more sophisticated than in the early efforts forty years ago. The weapon shown above has proximity sensors and many other facilities. The Armatix iP1 is a smart semi-automatic pistol that communicates with an RFID watch, which is worn by the user of the gun.
Thanks to an internal tracking device on both the gun and watch, the pistol will not fire if it is away from the owner. The watch can also provide useful data to the wearer, such as how many bullets have been fired. A US and Austrian company called Biomac is currently working on a system that will use optical sensors to measure the biometric data below a user's skin in order to determine whether the individual holding the gun is the rightful owner of the weapon.
If the biometric data isn't recognised, the gun will not fire. The company claims it will allow for the recognition of a number of different users for a single gun and that "retro-fitting" - applying the system to older weapons - will be possible.

I can sense Steele having a change of weapon fairly soon!

On VG today.

God Bless