Sentinel Inc. has taken the concept behind a biometric smart gun and applied it to a new kind of gun lock.
The company has officially released the Identilock gun locking system, saying it will be available at Cabela’s retail stores across the country, according to this story from guns.com.
The device was created to keep “unwanted fingers off the trigger through the use of fingerprint identification technology.”
The story says the device, which fits around a handgun’s trigger and trigger guard, is outfitted with a fingerprint sensor that identifies the user and provides access to the gun in less than a second (300 milliseconds exactly) when the clamshell lock falls off and “harnesses the same computing power and speed as complex consumer electronics.”
In this story on fortune.com, Sentinel founder Omer Kiyani said that his device will ensure that the “right person gets in every time, and the wrong person never does.”
The company website says that modern fingerprint authentication “guarantees that the correct person is granted access every time.”
The system allows for up to three users to be programmed into its memory and is compatible with any USB Type-C charging outlet. While the lock takes four hours to fully charge, it can sit in standby mode for up to six months, highlighting the same weakness that all electronic firearms devices have: they rely on a battery that will, at some point, go dead. However, the Identilock features a physical key override as a secondary backup system that works independently of the electronic lock.
And what about the other big problem with fingerprint scanner locks—the fact that they tend to not work with a finger that isn’t perfectly clean and dry, meaning sweat, dirt, or blood could render a firearm in the Indentilock useless? The Fortune story says “Those are questions that haven’t been fully worked out yet.”
It’s made of “state-of-the-art shape memory alloy (SMA). Developed by NASA, this tough metal alloy keeps Mars Rover operating even under extreme temperature conditions.”
“I’ve watched the media, politicians, and others weigh in on our gun rights. I value and support our individual freedoms like the 2nd Amendment,” said Kiyani in a statement, who has spent the majority of his career working on various safety systems.
Sentinel currently offers Identilock models for the Smith & Wesson M&P in 9mm and the M&P Shield in 9mm and .40 S&W, the Sig Sauer P226 and P229, all Glock double-stack firearms and most standard 1911s.
“I’ve wanted to find a balance between gun ownership and safety. The Identilock is designed to assure firearm owners that a gun will not fire if handled int he wrong hands…as long as the lock is on the gun,” Kiyani said in a release.
Range365.com is currently testing the Identilock and will publish results soon.
– MSRP: $239
– Dimensions: 4″x5″x1.5″
– Weight: 0.5 lbs.
– Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
– Type-C USB Charing Port
– 360-degree Fingerprint Recognition