As someone who likes both technology and self defense was excited about the opportunity to mix those two and talk about technology in the self defense world. At the 2013 SHOT Show I was able to review a few products that are new in the world of self defense. Two interesting products are the Yellow Jacket iPhone stun gun case and the Intelligun.
The Yellow Jacket iPhone case not only protects your phone, but protects you. It houses a 650k volt stun-gun inside the case. The stun gun has two safety components but can still be used with a single hand. Local laws may vary, but this provides a less-lethal option for those that want something in addition to or a replacement for their firearm or knife for personal protection. In addition to the protection it offers, it also provides a complete charge for your phone, so the bulkiness of the case has some forgiveness in application. They have cases for the iphone and the Samsung G3 case is due to be released any time now.
What could be better than a gun that only worked for authorized users, but failed to function when an un-authorized user attempted to fire it? Well we haven’t got that far yet, but the Intelligun is an attempt at doing that. It has a small fingerprint reader to allow authorized users that have been programmed in to fire the gun, but will not fire without those prints. Remember James Bond in Skyfall? The gun is made by Kodiak Arms and comes either as a gun/reader combo or a reader that can be attached to 1911 style pistols. You can program up to 20 fingerprints so you can allow multiple people to be able to access the gun. There are a lot of pros and cons to this, but I’ll leave it at this. The idea is good, but in practice I don’t know if I want to rely on a mechanical device, especially a fingerprint reader, to function perfectly in a time of stress and quick action. What if my grip is slightly off? What if I’m injured in a gun fight and a friend I’m with picks up my gun to stop the threat? What if your hands are dirty or bloody–will it still read properly? While I like the concept, in reality I question the benefit vs. risk of such a gun. Perhaps as a home defense pistol it would be a good tool, but for concealed carry it may not be. Or vice versa for some people.
There is always new technology coming out, but sometimes the self-defense/concealed carry area is a little light, so it’s good to review new products.
About the author: Rob is the Founder, Editor, and Writer for You Can Carry. He became interested in concealed carry, self-defense, and emergency/personal preparation as he got married and had his first kid. His new-found desire to protect his family and keep them safe led him to getting a concealed firearm permit from the state of Utah, which began an increasing love for firearms and concealed carry. He is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and a Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Instructor. Connect with Rob on Google+