Where soldiers bang around the corner

Newly developed high-tech handgun enables firing at live opponents in blind spots

Not only in military battles, especially snipers are furrowed, which from a safe distance can take enemies under fire. "Normal" The soldiers have a much harder time, as they usually have to face the enemy directly. The Israeli anti-terror specialist Amos Golan has developed a firearm with a swiveling barrel and camera especially for house-to-house combat, which can be used relatively safely to shoot at targets outside one’s own field of vision and to locate hidden resistance. The US military is in the forefront.

A few days ago, at a firearms test site near Tel Aviv, a very special handgun was presented, which could have come from the arsenal of the legendary 007 outrider Q. Former members of Israeli SWAT commandos demonstrated a weapon system that may well revolutionize urban house-to-house combat.

Where soldiers bang around the corner

The viewers got to see the simulated storming of one of "Terrorists" occupied building to see more than just a weapon. At the end of the handle there is a barrel, a trigger and a small monitor mounted above it. This plays back images from a miniature camera mounted in front of it along with the firing mechanism and a pistol, which can be used to film the situation in a room around the corner. Depending on the model, the viewing distance of the camera with zoom is between ca. 180 and 360 meters. The firing device can be used with various handguns such as the Glock, the Colt, or the M16 rifle, as well as z.B. also be equipped with a trangena gas launcher. Optionally, an upgrade of the superweapon is also possible with an infrared laser, a sonic vaporizer or a launcher for rubber bullets.

In an emergency, a soldier or SEK specialist controls the weapon with a lever attached under the butt. He sees the enemy target on the small TV monitor and can thus aim the weapon, which can be swiveled a good 60 degrees to the left and right, at someone who is beyond his line of sight in a blind spot, e.g.B. hides behind the tur stop. Ideal for the dangerous storming of rooms and buildings, where the perception of human eyes is naturally severely limited.

A tragic failure in one such operation inspired counterterrorism specialist Amos Golan to create his weapon. During the first Palestinian intifada in the late 1980s, the storming of a house resulted in a large number of casualties among Israeli soldiers, who were caught unprepared by fire from automatic weapons. Golan tinkered for years with a means to avoid such disasters and eventually sold the weapons patent to the American-Israeli company Corner Shot Holdings, based in Coral Gables, Florida.

The weapon is manufactured in Israel. As early as World War II, the Red Army and Wehrmacht had experimented with crooked barrels. FBI and French army later also worked on development of weapons for pushing around corners.

After all, the development of Amon Golan’s high-tech weapon began a good three years ago, and for a few months now it has been sold on the international market. According to Golan, 15 countries have already taken up the offer. Israeli army units and SEK commandos will start using the weapon immediately, following special units of the US Army that are already training with it. American SWAT and police commandos are also interested, according to Amos Golan.

The inventor believes that his weapon will be successful, especially in view of the precarious security situation in Baghdad. In Iraq, however, the problem is not so much the house fight. Where to start? Who can distinguish peaceful Iraqis from suicide bombers?? Hardly an allied soldier has been seen during and after the "official" Fighting in a building kills the weapon. And the confused Saddam Berber actor had to dig very deep to force the use of a weapon with a camera. Bush and Rumsfeld will have to wait for weapons that can not only look around the corner, but also into the future, as in Minority Report, and effectively prevent terrorist attacks.