SECURE SHOT (Shoot Around Corners)|
The Secure Shot weapon system can be extremely beneficial in the global war on terror. It protects soldiers' lives and increases their chances of survival, while drastically improving their ability to gather information and transmit the combat scenario as well as pinpoint and engage targets out of their line of sight. Today's combat situations, especially in low intensity conflicts, involve fighting in urban terrain, and inside inhabited buildings, forced entry into airplanes, buses or trains. This unnecessarily exposes security forces to the enemy and presents an immediate risk to their lives. Secure Shot removes the need for this initial exposure.
The Secure Shot system is designed in a way that enables security forces to engage targets from the left, and right, from the front, up or down, and to move to each of these shooting positions very rapidly without the removal of hands from the weapon. This shortens reaction time and increases accuracy in sudden engagement situations. The weapon system can be triggered completely from behind cover.
The Secure Shot was designed and developed to
allow military Spec-Ops/Counterterrorism and LE SWAT personnel to be able to see and shoot around corners without exposing themselves to deadly return gunfire from the bad guys. That's basically the whole concept--see and shoot the bad guys before they can see and shoot you. The Secure Shot accomplishes this by turning your pistol into a pistol-caliber (very) short-barreled rifle with a
swiveling front section. In other word's, this short-barreled rifle's got an omni-directional barrel.
Located directly under the swing-out/flip-out video monitor is a lever that operates in swinging fashion just like the lever on a BB gun. However, unlike a BB gun, instead of acting as a pump, the Secure Shot's lever allows the operator to very quickly swivel the pistol in either direction, depending on the direction of the corner and hostile threat, and then turn it back again just as quickly. The Secure Shot does require some practice for the operator to get the hang of this procedure to the point that this operation becomes second nature and as fast as possible.
The front of the Secure Shot is designed as a swivel-mount for modern semi-auto pistols like Glocks, SIG's, HK USP/P2000's, etc. A camera lens is attached to the front of the
swiveling pistol mount, and a white light is mounted underneath the camera. Mounted on the left side of the "receiver" is a flip-out/swing-out camcorder-style video monitor--only the Secure Shot's video monitor features a sighting
reticule and is heavily reinforced for hard use, just like the rest of the unit. Control buttons located close to the video monitor allow the operator to turn the camera and monitor on and off.
Here's how an operator employs the Secure Shot (Assuming the the Secure Shot is shouldered and in the neutral position, with the pistol pointed straight ahead): First, flip the manual safety lever down and off. This lever is located directly above the 1911-style trigger. Flip the video monitor w/reticule out and turn it and the camera on (using one of those control buttons). If you're fighting at night, a second button allows you to turn on the front-mounted white light. Now you're ready to go.
So, let's say the hostile threat/terrorist/bad guy is around the corner to your right. Just swing the
under mounted "cocking" lever to the left in order to release and swivel the pistol mount section to the right . You then swing the lever back up and to the right towards the center (so it's now back in line with the "receiver", and lock it back up underneath the "receiver". This locks the pistol mount section in the right-pointing direction. Now all you do is move the gun past that right corner while you keep your eyes on the video monitor for the bad guy. When you see the bad guy, just "lock him up" by putting the center of the
reticule on the spot you want to hit, and pull the trigger. One could say the Secure Shot gives a whole new meaning to the idea of "shooting video". Anyway, once you've taken the shot(s), use the monitor to observe the effects on the target. Repeat as necessary. It's really that simple.
If you have a hostile subject/terrorist/bad guy around the left side corner, just perform the procedure in opposite to that described above by pulling down and swinging the "cocking/pump" lever to the right and back, and locking the gun in the left-pointing direction.
While reading about the whole pistol-swiveling operation/procedure might make it seem somewhat slow and involved to someone who's never actually seen it performed, it's actually quite the opposite. A skilled/experienced operator can accomplish this operation in one very fast, fluid motion.
With Secure Shot, the operator can perform a speed-reload of the attached pistol almost as quickly as a standard speed reload.
It's important to note at this point that just because an operator gets a visual/sighting lock on a BG (bad guy), it doesn't necessarily follow that he needs to pull the trigger on the subject, especially in an LE SWAT scenario. In this situation, the Secure Shot can be used to simply monitor the hostile subject/hostage taker from a relatively safe position. SPECOPS/Counterterrorism operations are an altogether different story. Target neutralization/liquidation is often the goal of this type of endeavor. In this case, the Secure Shot will allow for a very fast and accurate shot from cover.
The Secure Shot features a short M1913 Picatinny rail for mounting optical gun sights just in case you have to shoot straight ahead or while you're out in the open. The optical gun sights often recommended are the EOTech 552 HDS (Holographic Diffraction Sight) (or EOTech 551 HDS) and the Aim
Point CompM2 red-dot sight. The Secure Shot also features a
Galil-style side-folding butt-stock, and has a little weight to it (not too much), which inspires confidence and really makes the unit feel like sort of a blocky rifle in your hands.