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Oh no. Dontcha just hate getting bad news on a holiday weekend? “The manufacturer of the only so-called ‘smart’ pistol available on the market today has entered chapter 11-style restructuring proceedings in Germany, the company confirmed to Fortune yesterday. ‘This is a corporate restructuring, not an insolvency proceeding,’ a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. ‘Armatix will continue operations and does not anticipate any changes to its majority shareholders.'” Uh huh. Maybe that’s why, despite our best efforts, TTAG’s been unable to buy one of their whiz-bang .22 caliber pistols from the only US retailer willing to sell them . . .

Armatix was known to be in turmoil. On April 20, as Fortune previously reported, Armatix’s co-managing director and head of technical operations Ernst Mauch abruptly parted ways with the company.

But wait. It gets worse.

The timing of the development was unfortunate for the company. Today Armatix was to have been a key presenter at the first of five smart gun technology fairs that a gun safety group had organized to familiarize local law enforcement officials with developments in the area. On Tuesday, however, Armatix informed Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, a co-chair of the group, that it would be unable to attend today’s fair at the New Rochelle (N.Y.) Police Department because the custodian appointed to oversee the company’s finances had refused to authorize travel expenses, according to Mosbacher. The fair will go forward with four other smart gun designers participating, Mosbacher says.

Say it ain’t so, Joel!

Of course, now that New Jersey is considering chloroforming its poison pill “smart gun” mandate law, more companies may be willing to give the business a go. Who knows? Maybe future entrants will be astute enough that their initial product launch won’t be an underpowered 10-round pistol that’s largely inappropriate for concealed carry or home defense applications. But what do we know?  [h/t DrVino]

 

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65 Responses to ‘Smart Gun’ Maker Armatix Crashes and Burns

  1. Promise of technology undelivered.
    Create a company, sell to the willing, legislate to the masses, fail to deliver, cash out, start again.

  2. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind a dumb pistol that looks kinda like that, it does have the whole sleek, unlikely to snag on something while drawing from concealment, futuristic look to it. But I’m in NJ, so fuck this gun.

  3. BLAME THE NRA. #gunbullies would not let the company gain any market share, so now the are in financial ruin! /sarc. Maybe the company should have produced traditional firearms that go bang without a kill switch installed. The liberals they were bending a knee to aren’t customer base to keep profits rolling in!

  4. It burst into flames! It burst into flames, and it’s falling, it’s crashing! Watch it, watch it! This is one of the worst catastrophes in the world. Oh, the humanity!

  5. If it were a plain ol’ “dumb gun” in 9mm I’d consider buying one. Leaving aside the insideous technology, that is a slick-looking gun, like something from Shadowrun.

  6. The irony here may be that the legislators who had hoped to put manufacturers of conventional handguns out of business may have done just that with the only viable product which meets their delusional criteria. Pay heed, Sacramento..

  7. Maybe the problem is that the antis hate guns so much none of them will invest in a company to develope the product they want. Or maybe when they start working with firearms they actually change their minds because guns are just so cool! Either way we win!

    • The thing is, it’s NOT a product they want. It’s not a product anyone wants. They just want it on the market so they can stop other people from owning the products they DO want.

      • This gun was being pitched to a market that if free would not purchase it. This gun was being promoted to legislators who would legally ram it down into a captive restricted market. Sort of like electric cars with various governments.

      • I hope the irony of funding a company to create a gun that appeals only to people who don’t buy guns is not lost on Armatix’s investors.

      • That’s the worst part – if it weren’t for the NJ law, I might actually be interested in it. There’s nothing wrong with the idea of a smartgun; it’d actually be a great boon to law enforcement officers who have a tendency to leave their sidearms in mens rooms. But the NJ law is such an abomination that I wouldn’t buy one even if the law is rescinded, just because I know some genius is going to try and put it back into place.

  8. I’ll believe the smart gun technology works when police departments buy into it for their own use.

    Otherwise, buying a smart gun will only be buying into a false sense of security.

    • the test field should be the security details of legislators and activists who think this type of firearm is appropriate for the people..
      Start with Bloominidiot and his AstroTurf MDA group, along with all democrat politicians…

  9. Well, I see from the Fortune article that Mosbacher is trying to convince the cops and military to use “smart guns” first. I say go for it Mr. Mosbacher, you are exactly right–I’ll start trusting “smart gun” tech when the cops adopt it as their only service weapons. Lotsa luck with that…

  10. Did you catch the part where a “gun safety group” organized those “technology fairs” for the police?

    All the anti-gun orgs are calling themselves “gun safety” organizations now. They know the anti-gun movement is in decline and gun control is a damaged brand, so they’re trying to co-opt the safety space. And of course the establishment media is happy to oblige them in the new rebranding effort.

  11. It’s kind of cool-looking; maybe a real gun manufacturer can buy them and use that as the basis for an actual pistol that’s worth a toot.

  12. Capitalism is a bitch like that… Build something nobody wants and surprise surprise nobody buys it.

  13. The only thing that would be better is if Shannon and hubby invested in this company on the if come and lost all of the money he made off his golden (shower) parachute earned screwing people over by denying their health care claims.

  14. So the antis, who would never buy one of these firearms, were rooting for a product that no market sustaining number of gun owners wanted? Guess the free market worked in this case 😀

    • Mostly because the law in NJ stated once a smart gun that worked hit the market it would then ban conventional arms. Then only smart guns could be sold. They were interested in the gain, sweeping gun bans, not the gun itself. It was just a means to their engineered end

  15. Solyndra of the firearms market, without the .gov checks to prop it up long enough to burn in flames.
    Thanks for playing.

  16. The design looks similar to the Czechoslovakian CZ52 sidearm used by military & police from 1952-1982

  17. Hopefully this company will be announcing next that it is going belly-up! I personally will NEVER buy a smart gun as it is worthless in a self defense situatuon should a loved one need my weapon to protect themselves or me. Ignoring this type of dangerous technology is the best way to insure firearms manufacturers will refuse to continue developing it…because there is no money in it, thus no future for it!

  18. Good: it was a mostly bad idea. Hope the CEO/owner of the business isn’t hurt financially for it, however. It was a bad idea, but i doubt it was fielded with intent to try to support more gun legislation.

  19. Hahaha EXPLETIVES DELETED. The very nature of a firearm and the circumstances in which a firearm is actually needed precludes this POS and any others like it from being a viable option. I hope more dumbass antis try to keep on with this idea, it hasn’t wasted enough of their money yet

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