It’s not waterproof, it’s not shock-proof, it’s not nitrogen-purged, and there’s no guarantee it will return to zero or even hold it, for that matter. But if you want to stream your prairie-dog kills (or PETA-approved airsoft battles) live over the Interwebs, Inteliscope’s new can turn your iPhone 4/4S/5 into a 3G-enabled HUD rifle scope. Seeing that I have an iPhone 4, I’m massively curious to see how well it delivers on the whole ‘turn your gun into a video game’ promise . . .
Inteliscope’s teaser video hints at multiple reticules, preset BDCs for several sample projectiles from Nerf darts to 5.56 bullets, and some goofy light/strobe features. Because what would an iPhone app be without some kitchen-sinkware thrown in for the hell of it?
I have to say that we’ve got our doubts about this. Optics are useless unless they’re very solidly mounted to their host firearm, and there’s a reason that real scopes and mounts are made from steel and alloy instead of plastic. Even if the mount is solid (a very big if), iPhones aren’t built for shock or water resistance and the recoil from anything larger than a 5.56mm class rifle is likely to destroy them.
If it does manage to surprise us with ruggedness and repeatability, the iPhone-o-scope rifle will still be nothing but a range toy. With luck it will be a fun range toy, and it might even be good enough for small-game hunting at modest ranges.
Delivery is expected to start some time this month, but Inteliscope is reporting a backlog of pre-orders. MSRP: $99, but pre-orders get $30 off.