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It is a small base that you mount a camera to. The base then tracks a small infrared marker.  It’s purpose was for video conferencing and facetime. The device was developed around the iPhone and iPod. However you can mount small video cameras to it.

I realized immediately the potential of this device to give me a safe way to video the shooter downrange.

Here is a video i just edited with some samples from a few shooting matches these past few months I have had this thing.

A feature I do not use is the wireless mic feature. There is a cable that the base plugs into an iPhone or iPod. The IR marker is also a wireless mic. Sadly it only works with apple products. I decided I would sacrifice sounds of me breathing and talking to myself for wider angle video from my GoPro.

[From The Firearm Blog]

The package starts at $199 so the price is extremely affordable if you are looking to film everything from your training to matches to whatever else  you can think of.

The base tracks the marker using IR which has to be line of sight to track. In some obstacle course shooting matches this base wouldn’t work as well as you might like because the marker could get blocked when you are finding cover.

The base works with any tripod mountable pocket video camera or point and shoot cameras under six ounces.

Redring® Shotgun Sights

The Redring® shotgun sight is an optical shotgun sight. It mounts to the standard ribs on a shotgun, you simply attach it like you would a normal rail attachment with the exception of using the rib of the shotgun not a rail.  Two little hex key screws lock the sight in place.

TECH DATA

  • Battery: AAAA 1.5V, Approx 300 h life. Redring® automatically shuts off after 4 hrs
  • Weight: 134 g (4.726oz) excluding mounts, 192 g (6.773oz) including mounts
  • Length: 134 mm (5.275in), mounts included
  • Width: 44 mm (1.732in)
  • Height: 45.7 mm (1.779in)
  • Material: Anodised aluminium
  • MSRP: $899 (they have a deal going on now for $749.00)

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This sight is lets you keep both eyes open so when you look through the optic what ever the ring is around is where you burst is going to be.

 

1. Spot-Metering

Redring® has built-in intelligence, called spot metering, that reads the backlight in a diameter equivalent to more than double the ring diameter. An integrated processor momentarily adjusts the ring intensity to the prevailing light. Dark background = weaker ring. Bright background = stronger ring. The directed spot metering gives the shooter a great advantage in all types of hunting with varying lighting conditions, such as duck shooting in the sunrise. Light intensity can also be set manually

2. The Red Ring

Another advantage of using the Redring® is that it also is an effective rangefinder. The size of the ring on the target equals the shot diame­ter/burst at 20 meters (65 feet). This gives the shooter an instant indication if the target is within shooting range or if it’s too far away for a sure shot. When the ring looks right, pull the trigger. It surely improves the hit rate and reduces the risk of injuring the game.

3. Low mount with recoil absorption

Redring® is mounted free-floating directly on to the rib of the gun. It only takes a couple of minutes to mount and the sight is ready to use. No alterations or changes to the gun are necessary. As the lightweight sight is mounted low on the shotgun rib, it will not have any noticeable effect on the balance of the gun. Redring® comes complete with recoil absorbing mounts for shotguns with a rib width ranging from 5 to 11.5 mm.

TARGET DISTANCE INDICATOR

The ring gives the shooter perfect aim and indicates when it’s safe to shoot and when it’s not. When the targetlooks right in relation to the ring, that’s when it’s time to shoot. The result is greater accuracy, more fun and more reliable hunting. A sure hit!

PARALLAX FREE

Redring® enables the shooter to fire with both eyes open, irrespective of eye dominance. The open eyes principle improves the perceptual tendencies and helps the shooter to identify the target faster. Since Redring® is parallax free, what the shooter sees in the ring equals the target image, i.e., when the ring is right in relation to the target, the shot most certainly is a hit. The eye relief doesn’t matter.

USB FUNCITION

Redring® can be connected to your computer via a USB interface. This enables the shooter to register the equipment, log personalized statistics, select advanced settings, and receive periodic software upgrades from manufacturer. Go to USB for instructions and downloading the necessary software.

Automatic Shut Off

The built in energy saving “shut-off” function will automatically shut off the sight after 4 hours. The shut-off time is counted from the time the sight is turned on, or from the last time the ring intensity was manually adjusted.

[From the Redring website]

 

 

Sadly at SHOT 2013 I missed this booth because I was busying trying to see everything I had planned,  so I didn’t get to see this up close like I wish I had.

Forbes.com: Meet The ‘Liberator’ (Full 3D printed gun)

Forbes.com: Meet The ‘Liberator’ (Full 3D printed gun)

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“Alright. One…two…”

Before “three” arrives, a shot reverberates across the overcast central Texas landscape. A tall, sandy blond engineer named John has just pulled a twenty-foot length of yellow string tied to a trigger, which has successfully fired the world’s first entirely 3D-printed gun for the very first time, rocketing a .380 caliber bullet into a berm of dirt and prairie brush.

“Fuckin’ A!” yells John, who has asked me not to publish his full name. He hurries over to examine the firearm bolted to an aluminum frame. But the first to get there is Cody Wilson, a square-jawed and stubbled 25 year-old in a polo shirt and baseball cap. John may have pulled the trigger, but the gun is Wilson’s brainchild. He’s spent more than a year dreaming of its creation, and dubbed it “the Liberator” in an homage to the cheap, one-shot pistols designed to be air-dropped by the Allies over France during its Nazi occupation in World War II.

[Read the full article HERE]