Armatix: We’ll Release iP1 .22 ‘Smart Gun’ Into U.S. Market Next Year

“German firearms manufacturer Armatix LLC is planning to release its second smart gun in the U.S. next year after sales of its first model — the .22 caliber iP1 — were quashed by pressure from some gun owners and gun rights advocates who saw it as a threat to Second Amendment freedoms,” reports. True story! And here’s why:

The New Jersey Childproof Handgun Law. The law mandates that the moment a “smart gun” is for available for sale anywhere in the U.S., New Jersey residents have three years to buy “dumb handguns” before they’re banned.

For some reason, no retailer wants to be “that guy” — the one that triggers the Garden State dumb gun ban. Something to do with a total boycott perhaps?

Anyway, notice the word “release” in the opening sentence. Not “sell.” Here’s Armatix’s new plan:

Prior to the release of the iP9, Armatix also plans to re-release its iP1 .22 caliber smart gun, though sales this time around will be focused on shooting ranges, where safety. The company plans to combine the iP1 with a new Target Response System it developed; that RFID-based system enables the gun to fire when it’s pointed at a target.

“There are 18,000 gun ranges in the U.S. You can imagine that’s going to keep us busy with our Target Response System. Retailers are interested in stocking it,” [Armatix CEO and president Wolfgang] Tweraser said.

I assume Wolfie means that U.S. retailers are interested in stocking the Target Response System, not the iP1. But maybe not. The article indicates that he has a complete lack of understanding of opposition to the Armatix gun.

Tweraser said the push back on the iP1 started because of the NRA.

This time around, Tweraser said he’s taking more time to properly educate sales staff, the public and lawmakers “that Armatix is not here to replace other guns.”

“When Tesla came on the market, I never heard them say, ‘Let’s replace the BMWs and Mercedes and only have electric cars,'” Tweraser said. “They offered a superior product that was more expensive and people said… ‘Yes, it’s more expensive, but I would like to have it.'”

Wrong. The NRA has publicly declared its support for “smart gun” development — while opposing “smart gun” mandates like New Jersey’s. And Armatix would replace other guns, at least in New Jersey, by law (a similar bill almost passed in Massachusetts).

Bottom line: Armatix’s failure in the U.S. market — past, present or future — isn’t about fear of foreign competition. And it isn’t about NRA intransigence. It’s about the protection of Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear the arms of their choosing. And the fact that the iP1 sucks.


  1. avatar Jack says:

    Good luck with that.

    I will not be in the market for one.

  2. avatar lightfoot says:

    this is total BS|!

  3. avatar OmnivorousBeorn says:

    Okay, kinda cool product. Now, who’s your target customer? Get the hint guys.

  4. avatar Asamurai says:

    I am on board with a boycott of all Armatix’s products.

    1. avatar Jeff K says:

      Yup, my list of companies to boycott (and I do) just keeps getting longer.

  5. avatar The Duke says:

    This is crazy, just this morning I was telling my buddy “there is not a gun in the world I wouldn’t buy.”

    And here it is 8hrs later and I’ve been proven completely wrong

    1. avatar Jeff K says:

      Proves you are too smart, aka not a stupid idiot, to but a ‘smart’ gun.

  6. avatar DaveL says:

    I’m pretty sure they’re only pretending not to understand the opposition. It’s by all accounts an epically craptacular gun that doesn’t stand a chance on an open market, and they’re clearly banking on a government mandate to create a market for them by decree.

  7. avatar Daily Beatings says:

    They offered a superior product that was more expensive …

    While Armatix offers an inferior product that is more expensive, big difference.

  8. avatar Geoff PR says:

    Watch someone on the Left open a gun store in New Jersey that sells only *one* product, that ‘smart’ gun.

    And after they make the first sale, close it…

    1. avatar Button Gwinnet says:

      The law says “anywhere in the US.”

  9. avatar TexTed says:

    To hell with the New Jersey law. Let the manufacturers innovate. If they make something the public wants to buy, then the public will buy it.

    And if poor New Jersey residents can’t buy anything else? Then get off your asses and throw the socialist nannies out on theirs, and repeal the law! Or move, and let the socialist nannies have it.

    You can’t stop the signal. Innovations in “smart guns” are coming, one way or the other. The New Jersey law is not, and cannot, be an impetus to innovation. I refuse to be held hostage by some bit of legislative insanity passed by some socialists 2,000 miles away. I am not afraid of the New Jersey law, any more than I am afraid of the California “Microstamping” law — which has done far, far more damage to the right of residents to buy firearms than the New Jersey “smart gun” law ever has or ever will be able to.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      “To hell with the New Jersey law.”

      I think New Jersey already is Hell on Earth.

      At the very least, I consider New Jersey to be the “armpit” of the United States.

      1. avatar Jeff K says:

        Armpit is being absolutely too nice, think lower.

        1. avatar The Gray Poseur says:

          Well said Tex. Fuck New Jersey. And that fat fuck governor.

  10. avatar DoctorHog says:

    Next year from armatix, the electronic buggy whip. Pre-order now.

    1. avatar Troy Bollocks says:

      Next year from Armatix, bankruptcy filing. Maybe they can team up with Tracking Point. Their business plan was to be some big, fat, democrat handouts. That not gonna happen now.

      1. avatar neiowa says:

        Likely team up with Elon Musk. The Clown Prince of progtard handouts and craptastic gimcracks. Out ponzis the original. They could market Telsa branded electronic tulips.

  11. avatar Ben says:

    I’d like to see the government mandate all police and military must use it them we’ll see how well it’s received…

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Better yet, I want a law that forces ALL security details to use only “smart” guns. We’ll see how fast our nation’s mega-wealthy balk at that.

  12. avatar Waffensammler98 says:

    Correction to the NJ law stated in the article: it specifies that only “dumb” handguns would be banned after the three year mark, not all “dumb” guns period. Still a terrible piece of legislative excrement regardless. I wish we got as many earthquakes as Cali, so North-eastern/North-central NJ and NYC could fall into the ocean.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Text amended. Thanks!

  13. avatar MyPrettyAr15 says:

    Protecting myself in a struggle with a .22? That’s not going to happen. Did the people who invented this thing test it out with real world .22 ammo?

    1. avatar ITsuits says:

      Hope that this goes away, in many states is is Illegal to hunt deer with anything smaller than .22, Why, because it is considered Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

  14. avatar Ironhead says:

    And they won’t be in business much longer afterwards.

  15. avatar Dave M says:

    Dependent on batteries in the gun and wristband, the way I read it.
    What a great idea, battery dies just before you do.

  16. avatar Mark says:

    I seem to recall a statement from the New Jersey Attorney General that the Armitix pistol didn’t qualify as a “smart gun” under the law.

    “After careful consideration of the iP1’s design, we have determined that it does not satisfy the statutory definition because, as a matter of design, the pistol may be fired by a person who is not an authorized or recognized user.”

  17. avatar Chip in Florida says:

    I thought Armatix was going bankrupt. I actually thought they had already gone bankrupt.

  18. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    The smart gun development has been smothered in it’s cradle by the power of a single twisted socialist gargoyle in New Jersey. Due to her efforts US gun retailers and consumers will be extremely reluctant to ever support any company producing a smart gun. Even if the gargoyle were to back off and allow the law to be removed, who is to say that some other socialist couldn’t get a replacement law passed?

    Nope, no smart gun for me! I would be as likely to buy one as donate to the Democrats!

  19. avatar Luke Yarasheski says:

    “Will be focused on shooting ranges, where safety.” What the hell is that?

    1. avatar DaveL says:

      It’s a Smart Sentence. It’s poorly thought out, and poorly constructed, but if they can just get the government to ban all others, you’ll have to accept it.

  20. avatar Kaban says:

    I thought one attempt to sell innovative, pre-perforated, comfortly ventilated condoms was enough.

  21. avatar neiowa says:

    They have the balls to establish an exhibit booth at the NRA Annual Meeting?

  22. avatar Docduracoat says:

    Once again the smart gun is just a way to lock your gun so that only you can use it
    Smart gun technology, when it finally does come, it’s going to be completely different
    It will be something like a tracking point in every gun
    You will make first-round hits on moving targets at any distance
    If you want a gun only you can use lock it up and keep the key

  23. avatar Docduracoat says:

    Once again the smart gun is just a way to lock your gun so that only you can use it
    Smart gun technology, when it finally does come, it’s going to be completely different
    It will be something like a tracking point in every gun
    You will make first-round hits on moving targets at any distance
    you want a gun only you can use? lock it up and keep the key

  24. avatar Anonymous says:

    Tweraser said the push back on the iP1 started because of the NRA.

    This time around, Tweraser said he’s taking more time to properly educate sales staff, the public and lawmakers…

    Armatix knows damn well that NJ passed a law mandating smart guns! Armatix doesn’t care about gun rights whatsoever! They care about exploiting the situation for money. The statements made by whatever the F his name is – is proof enough. Does anyone here think for one second that armatix didn’t know NJ mandated smart guns???? Seriously? It’s bullshit and armatix is in my sh!tlist now.

  25. avatar maxi says:

    How to deal with Armatix:

    While they are technically a gun company, they are the worst gun control freaks ever. They can’t beat any competition in the free market so they seek to create a police state with disarmed citizens where they can supply the police because every other company was banned because of smart-gun laws and they are the only allowed supplier.
    They are lobbying for more gun control in germany and releasing a shitton of fake studies that analyse that every bit of evil in the world is due to weapons out there not being their smart guns, only given out to the police while every other gun must be banned.

  26. avatar WarEagle82 says:

    It will take someone less than a year to hack the signal between the watch and pistol and produce a universal remote control that will fire any “smart gun.”

    Yet another rehash of a bad idea.

    Buy one if you want one, or just buy a good safe for your handguns that actually work and protect you.

    I really don’t want to have to call technical support and look up my pin code, serial number, support contract number, and 12 security questions when someone is charging through my front door.

  27. avatar Fred says:

    A gun made for the lucrative yet illusive gun contol advocate niche…. Good luck with that.

  28. avatar LHW says:

    Looks like it’s time for another company to go bankrupt.

  29. avatar J says:

    Armatrix should sell on the euro law enforcement market.

  30. avatar Charlie says:

    As a computer nerd I wouldn’t trust this pistol simply due to its reliance on short range radio signals to pair with a watch. Never mind any political nonsense halfway across the continent. Never mind mechanical unreliability. I have a smart watch now, a reasonably good one, and in the past I’ve used a step tracking wrist band. Simply keeping them paired with my phone is a real hassle. I basically have to wipe and reset my watch every few months. My son’s similar smart watch won’t even stay paired up longer than a few days. Sure, bluetooth and RFID are two different technologies. But from the NRA review it seems maybe they’re not so different after all.

    That’s not even considering the matter of technological obsolescence, long term vendor support for the inevitable software updates, and watch battery life. All of which are ongoing problems with my otherwise wonderful watch. (Pebble got bought out by another company and promptly dropped any support for the existing customer base. Yippee skippy.) Make the authenticating token completely passive, RFID powered, not a wristwatch, and with a cold boot time measured in milliseconds… and I’d still be skeptical.

  31. avatar barnbwt says:

    I sear to God these guys’ refrain is like some cheesy TV supervillian; “You may have bested me this time, but I’ll be back soon, and then I will finally have my revenge (and ram my crap gun product into some store front to screw over New Jerseyians even harder)!”

    I predict a gun store owner trying to get some free press by offering to sell it, then being inundated with hate by potential customers that indicates a rapid bankruptcy will result, then some bullshit claims of death threats before giving up on the Armatix kiosk to keep the doors open (maybe).

  32. avatar Peter Alaric says:

    “For some reason, no retailer wants to be “that guy” — the one that triggers the Garden State dumb gun ban. Something to do with a total boycott perhaps?”

    Nope, that’s dead wrong and you know it. Every market survey to date has shown that MILLIONS of Americans would buy a smart gun. Even as a niche product, the market is huge. The reason the iP1 was pulled from shelves is that gun store owners received death threats from COWARDS in the supposedly-pro-gun camp who want to ban smart guns. These communists want to deny all Americans the right to buy whatever guns we want.

    If you oppose the free market, you are a communist. If you oppose some gun being available on the free market, you are a gun-grabber. If you oppose the advancement of technology, you are a neo-Luddite and a technophobe, and you will soon be buried beneath the sands of time by people like me who don’t give a shit what you oppose.

    Threatening to murder honest gun store owners because some idiots in New Jersey voted to revoke their own rights makes YOU PEOPLE the villains of this piece. This was an act of evil, and it makes me seriously question my commitment to defend YOUR freedoms. You seem intent on pushing all of us who support the free market — and oppose acts of TERRORISM — to the other side of this debate.

    This article sugar-coats the acts of terrorism committed by smart-gun-grabbers, in an attempt to make your side appear civilized. What you geniuses don’t seem to understand is that only gun nuts read rags like this. THE REST OF THE WORLD reads regular news sources, and these news sources report what REALLY HAPPENED here! So you are only deluding yourselves.

    I just hope you are happy when the millennials who will soon be running our government vote to make smart guns required nationwide, citing your childish tantrums as proof that gun owners are a violent and uncivilized horde who cannot be trusted with weapons. Maybe you can threaten to murder them too, further proving their point.

    The question is not, “Are smart guns coming?” Spoiler alert: Yes, they are. The question is, can American gun owners be trusted with their weapons? Keep threatening to murder people you disagree with if the answer is “no”.

    1. avatar Mark says:

      But the New Jersey Attorney General’s office said a while back that the Armitix pistol doesn’t meet the criteria to trigger the law. I recall that Armitix said they were developing a pistol to market to law enforcement.
      Has anyone heard any updates on that? I can imagine what the rank and file officers would say.

      1. avatar Peter Alaric says:

        I know… They threatened to murder the gun store owners for literally no reason, since the iP1 would not even have triggered the ban. They even threatened to kill the guy’s dog. How low is that?

        I’m thinking of getting my FFL just so I can sell Armatix pistols. We cannot allow the terrorists to win.

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