Technology has a way of improving practically every aspect of our lives. One area that this is particularly noticeable is in guns. It seems like every year a new gun comes out that takes us closer to the futuristic weapons we’ve seen only in science fiction movies and video games. To see what we mean, check out these eight recent guns and the technological improvements that made them possible.
The AA12 Atchisson Assault Shotgun
This gun is a full automatic shotgun. It a tremendous show of force, this gun can fire up to 300 rounds per minute. On top of that, there is a significant amount of recoil reduction, making it easier to fire than you might expect. The latest version came out in 2005, and it serves as the inspiration for several other models.
The XM25 CDTE
This gun takes grenade launching to a new level. When the gun fires the grenades are spiraled towards the target. What separates this gun from the pack is that it tracks how far the grenade has traveled, allowing it to detonate based on where it is.
Going a little smaller, we have the ZiP pistol. This gun is unique in that it is made from plastic, and is easily modified. There are gaps within the initial design, making it easier to customize the gun by attaching extended stocks or adding in more ammunition. It doesn’t look like an ordinary pistol, but if it catches on, it might be the standard look in the future.
Not every gun is lethal. In fact, the US Department of Defense designed the PHASR Rifle to blind its targets, rather than injure them. This non-lethal weapon could be very useful in certain situations, but likely won’t be available to the average person. Check out this article if you want to learn more about how the United States Air Force developed this weapon, and how they plan to use it.
3-D printers can do a lot of things. You can make prosthetic limbs, give yourself a tattoo, or build computer parts. Now you can even make a gun with one. The Liberator is a gun that anyone with access to a 3-D printer can make and use. It is entirely made out of plastic, and the instructions are found online. There were many concerns when the plans were first released, and as such they are hard to find, but they are still out there if you are looking for something to do with your 3-D printer.
The Chiappa Rhino
Anyone who has fired a revolver knows that it isn’t the most accurate of guns. One of the reasons for this is that a typical revolver recoils upwards, rather than into your hand. The Chiappa Rhino aims to fix this by changing the direction of the recoil. The result is a more accurate gun, and therefore more fun to use.
Bolt-Action .338 TP Rifle
Want one of the most accurate rifles available? Then this is the gun for you. This rifle calculates the distance to the target, and adjusts the gun accordingly. Some old-school shooters might not like a gun that does the work for you, but it’s hard to complain about the accuracy. However, this particular model costs about $50,000 so if you’re going to get it, you might want to think about going for bulk rifle ammo in order to save yourself some money.
The Armatix iP1
Lastly, we have a gun that aims to be safer. One of the primary dangers of owning a gun is that someone else might get access to it. No matter how careful you are, there is always the risk that someone uses your gun without your knowledge, or even uses it against you. The The Armatix iP1 tries to minimize this risk, by making it so the gun can only fire when in proximity to a watch that you wear. In addition, the watch is fingerprint enabled, so even if someone also got your watch, they still wouldn’t be able to use it. This adds a small extra layer of security when owning a gun, and after a while you likely won’t even notice the inconvenience of having to wear a watch.
Guns are Improving in all Sorts of Ways
There’s no telling how guns will continue to advance. In some cases, they become more deadly, allowing you to fire faster and more accurately. At the same time, other guns are becoming safer, trying to limit who can shoot them. When we look back on this list in a few decades, the improvements above will probably seem commonplace, and new innovations will have captured our imagination.