New Handgun Lock Fits Inside Chamber, Barrel

The proposed Zore X handgun lock is caliber specific, fitting inside the chamber and barrel.

Every once in awhile, an intriguing product that doesn't exist anywhere but on a crowdfunding site makes a big splash in the gun world. Not long ago it was a folding derringer that looks like a smartphone, which has yet to be introduced to the market. Now, it's actually a gun safety product that has gotten a lot of traction on social and other forms of media since the shooting at an Orlando nightclub.

The Israeli startup Zore has developed a gun lock that "provides access to a firearm in response to a personalized pin code, offering what the company claims is fast access to the weapon in any circumstances, including the dark," according to a story from gizmag.com.

So what makes this different from other biometric, combination, or keyed gun locks? The Zore X gun lock is sized for different-caliber chambers, and fits inside the chamber and ejection port of a semi-auto handgun. The slide is then released and allowed to close on the lock. The combination is entered via a single-dial combination lock that is indexed for the desired combination, which can be as few as two numbers, or far longer, depending on the user.

The user enters the pin with the dial, which can be done without looking. Once the correct combination is entered, the user pulls the slide all the way back, ejecting the entire lock, and then releases it, chambering a round from the magazine, according to a product demo video from the company:

The lock also comes with a Bluetooth LA module that can notify a smartphone app if the gun is moved or if the lock is tampered with in any way. It's powered through a replaceable CR2 battery that the company claims will last for about a year. The story says the app also allows users to unlock their guns via the smartphone app, for some reason. Which begs the question: Could the lock combination be overridden, as in, could a signal be sent to it preventing it from unlocking? The story doesn't say.

Of course, all of this is just so much marketing smoke until the lock gets in the hands of some gun people for testing. One concern is it seems the lock uses the handgun’s ejector to pop the lock free from the chamber. The ejector on most pistols is just a small metal hook attached to the slide, designed to pull free empty casings when the gun cycles, which are decidedly smaller than the Zore X. No specs on weight for the lock are available, so unless it’s mostly plastic, breaking extractors, especially on older firearms, is a real concern. And in a self-defense situation, you likely wouldn’t know anything is wrong until the gun doesn’t chamber another round after the first shot.

The lock uses what the company calls a RapidDial, which can be unlocked by feel.

The story says Zore is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for commercial production of its "smart gun lock."

It seems enough people think it's a worthwhile product, sight unseen—the Zore X lock has raised 324% of its $100,000 goal, or in other words, $323,759 pledged by 1,849 backers.

You can currently reserve a Zore X lock and a Bluetooth module for $200. Delivery is expected in February 2017.