Radetec Now Shipping Round-Counting Grips for Handguns


If you’re like me, you can never remember how many rounds you have left in your magazines. I know that I should know, but I don’t. For those similarly afflicted, Radetec has started shipping a round counting grip system that will check your ammo levels every time you fire a shot and let you know how many trigger pulls are left until the gun runs dry. There are three versions: one with a single light that lets you know when there are three rounds left, a two digit display (above) that shows the total round count, and an AR-15 version for standard magazines. Prices are $160, $170 and $195 respectively. They’ve given us one to try so we’ll let you know how it works… as soon as I get some free time.


  1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    With AR why not save money and use windowed p mags? I don’t always have trouble with remembering round count but I know hickok45 does.

    1. avatar BillC says:

      It’s for handguns, artard. That being said, it’s not for me but for others, it’s their money, needs, and choice.

      1. avatar Jeremy says:

        Try reading the article before starting the name calling.

        “and an AR-15 version”

      2. avatar JamesG says:

        It’s for handguns? Funny, the article mentions AR mags.. Reading Comp Fail 🙂

      3. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        I’m glad you can manipulate the knowledge of all in the galaxy by looking at an image. I actually read the articles.

        1. avatar mike says:

          But the title of the article is “Radetec Now Shipping Round-Counting Grips for Handguns”

        2. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

          Ok, Like I said I read the entire article.

  2. avatar DJ says:

    …meanwhile, the rest of us will just have to continue using our brains to know how many rounds we fired…

  3. avatar AlleyF says:

    Bet this makes for a fun movie prop somewhere.

    1. avatar dangerousdave says:

      It was in Aliens.

  4. avatar JimD says:

    Might be cool if the grips don’t look like crap.

  5. avatar pwrserge says:

    Ok… I’ll admit. This looks cool. I wonder if there is a way to make a bluetooth version for Google Glass? Combine it with a gun camera HUD and you’ve got yourself a rather effective tactical advantage. (In theory)

    1. avatar JustLeaveLawfulGunOwnersAlone says:

      That should be trivial to implement. Just need something to send signal when fired, glass does the display. just a simple low power ir led in the line of sight that turns on when fired. triggering the led could be mechanical or via a shock sensor.

      Use QRC codes on your mags to update capacity and ammo info, so the gun does not need to recognize the mags. Or if low light is an issue, have a mag trigger a identifying signal on loading. Based on the mag, the led lights up at a different frequency. Mag ID could be done via nfc sticker (no need for new mags) but may require more powerful tech on the gun.

      You could even put the active tech in your glove, so when you grab a mag and load it, it would update the glass config to calculate the new round count.

      Anything that is attached to the firearm needs to be strictly KISS, to reduce the powerdraw, even better if it is totally passive.

      I would think that the biggest issue will be the fact that Glass is not really combat gear, or even range gear. You would need a mil-spec version. And (big and) you still need your smartphone in working and powered-on condition.

      1. avatar a.a. says:

        Look at the trend in SOF, it is trying to keep your gear slick, not keep adding more and more features. What scenario do you imagine that somebody would need for this.

        1. avatar pwrserge says:

          Think non-lame corner shot. A rail mounted camera would be the size of a small pen light. The cool part is that there is plenty of space inside the weapon for most of the electronics.

      2. avatar DJ says:

        Google is becoming a major defense contractor. Expect it.

        They acquired Boston Dynamics last year, they have a cozy relationship with a lot of three letter agencies that are interested in their data…

    2. avatar William Burke says:

      Google Glass? You mean the NSA’s free, roaming streetcams?

  6. avatar Braenen says:

    Someone took Aliens WAAAAAAY too seriously.

  7. avatar Jeff in Tacoma says:

    “Now, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ To tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement.” But according to my round counter, I fired 5 shots, BLAM…

    1. avatar John L. says:

      Oh, wait … I have an M&P R8…

    2. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      1. avatar MarcusAurelius says:

        “…and would blow your head clean off…”

        I’m a bit of a slob, but I have to say that’s not within what even I could consider ‘clean.’

      2. avatar DAN III says:

        Dirty Harry….what a Classic movie. Clint Eastwood, the best.

        Thanks for the memories.

  8. avatar pirateye says:

    Seriously? According to my slide there is still one in the chamber.

  9. avatar PeterK says:

    That is… I have no idea. Interesting. 🙂

  10. avatar Danny says:

    We Aliens now

  11. avatar Toasty says:

    Oh i’m absolutely getting this shit once the prices drop if it’s just like the BR from Halo. Yes, i’m a young shooter… We like the shit from video games just like older generations liked things from Western movies. Can’t wait to be show up to the range with this gadget on my AR 😀 Hopefully you can change the round count on it for those of us in constitutionally challenged states like NJ.

    1. avatar Matt Richardson says:

      You need to focus less on the cool factor and learn to keep things like round-count in the back of your head as you’re shooting…

      I am also a gamer and rely on the HUD to tell me what’s left in the mag while playing, but there’s a lot of other feedback from my weapon I DON’T get in game, which is why I don’t count naturally… I also don’t personally have access to fully-automatic firearms outside the game which helps.

      Seriously, teach yourself to count your rounds. Someday you’ll thank yourself

      1. avatar pwrserge says:

        Simple solution is to load tracers.

  12. avatar H.C. says:

    With your focus on the target and your front sight, and the distances and scenarios in which handguns are employed, isn’t this a bit useless? If you have the time to look at your counter, shouldn’t you be done shooting what you were shooting at?

    I guess I just see this as “tacti-cool” instead of “tactical”, and look forward to seeing some wanna be gun fighter at the range telling me how important it is.

    “A” for innovation, but a total round counter for a rifle would be better (I.e. Rounds expended), in reference to preventative maintenance

  13. avatar Emfourty Gasmask says:

    So when do we get civvie M41A’s? I’d like to know!

  14. avatar GM248 says:

    I wonder, is it programmable for different sized magazines?

  15. avatar mrvco says:

    Distraction is distracting, just make a grip with an iPhone mount and get it over with please.

  16. avatar Moonshine says:

    Nick, you shoot competitively. How is it that you can’t keep track of your round count? Serious question.

    1. avatar Matt Richardson says:

      Rumor has it, Nick doesn’t shoot competitively anymore. 😉

      1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

        Not for FNH USA. I’ve still got sponsors and shoot national 3-gun matches, though.

  17. avatar Dave s says:

    would rather just spend the time practicing my reload. Besides isnt that why the last three rounds are tracer?

  18. avatar JSIII says:

    I might see where this comes in handy for LEO’s but even then the number of cases where this would help are limited. Cool, we have “Aliens” tech round counting firearms…but I want my pulse rifle

  19. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    As if Beretta 92s weren’t hard enough to carry concealed…

  20. avatar benny says:

    The amount of ALIENS references in this thread has restored my faith in humanity.
    “I say we nuke freedom group from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

  21. avatar doesky2 says:

    Ok I’m not charging for this patent….

    I’m waiting for the bluetooth model to display it as an overlay in the corner of my red dot display.

  22. avatar rammerjammer says:

    Full on retarded

  23. avatar johnnosk says:

    Does it come in left handed?

  24. avatar Ronaldo Ignacio says:

    I am continually amazed at the crap some will add to their tools that serve no reasonable need.

    Get off my lawn.

  25. avatar Anders A says:

    When they make one that replaces the Glock slide backplate, then I will be excited.

    1. avatar CA.Ben says:


  26. avatar CentristGunGuy says:

    I’d be more impressed if it interfaced with Google Glass.

  27. avatar sacorey says:

    Didnt 7 trees do this with a mill and lexan like 40 years ago

  28. avatar Crunkleross says:

    This is not a new concept, IIRC late 80’s or so a company made a analog type device, the numbers looked more like the mileage indicator on an old car. They also tried to market it to competition shooters and Police, lost somewhere in obscurity just like I suspect this device will be.

  29. avatar ErrantVenture11 says:

    Counting is free, and my pistol has a built-in feature for letting me know the magazine is empty called a slide lock. No thanks.

  30. avatar The Original Brad says:

    Just one more thing that can go wrong in the field. Completely unnecessary, even for on-duty carry. Sure, it would make for a nice range gimick or another accessory to add on to your over accessorized pistol. You know, the one with the light, the laser, the optical sight and now, the round counter. It’s the gun everyone wants to shoot but no one wants to carry. A range toy extraordinaire.

    1. Totally agree.

      I shoot my handgun until the slide locks back and then I drop the mag and put a new one and it shoot it until the slide locks back.

      Maybe I’m not doing it right?

  31. avatar MD Matt says:

    I was all for the fun factor on a borgged out carbine until I read the guns.com review of this product.
    It seems that you have to modify your magazines with a magnet under the follower for the counter to work. I’m fine replacing my grips, but I have enough problems getting a decent magazine that functions consistently without introducing further issues.
    Seriously, if there was a way for this to work with just the grips I’d be all for it as a fun range item.
    But as it stands…no.

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