I looked at the company in which you invested. I think you, and they, need to learn a bit more about guns, how they are used, and the demands placed on them.

  1. The Biofire system may not be fast enough. Yes, I know that a second seems pretty quick, but a good instructor will be looking for a total time from a surrender position to the first shot fired of about 1.5 seconds. To give you an idea of the necessary target time range, the late Bob Mundin was recorded drawing and firing a single-action revolver in 0.19 seconds. He hit the target, too. Back in my younger days, wearing my duty rig, the entire cycle took right around a second.
  2. The Biofire system could get someone killed (1). In fact, it could get a fair number of people killed. If someone needs to change the gun from their right hand to the left hand, perhaps because the hand was injured, the gun doesn’t work.
  3. The Biofire system could get someone killed (2). Fingerprint recognition systems require a clean finger. Dirt, grease, and other contaminants could produce a false negative and the gun would fail to operate.
  4. The Biofire system could get someone killed (3). Did anyone at Biofire ever hear of gloves? Defensive gun uses generally involve a few seconds; There’s no time to take off a glove. If you’ve ever wondered why trigger guards are so much bigger than trigger fingers, that’s the reason.

If a handgun isn’t suitable for use by a law enforcement officer, it isn’t suitable for defensive use by anyone else. To think there’s a difference is to admit you don’t understand anything about guns and their uses. Anyone who depends on a gun to work immediately and damn near infallibly in all circumstances, and with either hand, can’t stake their lives on a gun that works only in ideal conditions.

Of course, we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a successful product. You might find an eager market among gun control fans or people who don’t know any more about firearms than you do.

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