New From Viridian: FACT Weapon-Mounted Video Camera

“Don’t let someone’s video tell a different story.” That’s the message behind Veridian’s new FACT (Fast Access Camera Technology), a weapons-mounted video camera. Veridian’s press release and some further photos follow…


Minneapolis, MN—January 16, 2017 Viridian Weapon Technologies™ officially announced today at SHOT SHOW 2017 a revolutionary new product category that fills a crucial gap, not only within the firearms industry, but for society as a whole. Introducing FACT™ weapon-mounted cameras for law enforcement, conceal and carry, and self-defense.

“No product introduction at SHOT SHOW 2017 is more relevant than FACT,” said Viridian® President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “FACT can reveal what really happened in situations when a firearm is involved.” Hedeen went on to say, “FACT is not a replacement for a body camera; but with it being uniquely positioned under the muzzle of a firearm, the high definition video and audio captured by a FACT camera may better tell the real story of what occurred. Who knows, the footage might even be powerful enough to stop a riot before it starts.”

FACT™ [Fast Access Camera Technology] is designed for law enforcement, private security and the legally armed citizen and incorporates Viridian’s proprietary INSTANT-ON® activation to ensure the HD video and audio capture automatically records every time the weapon is out of the holster.

Three different FACT models will be introduced in 2017.

 FACT DUTY™ o Law enforcement, duty-grade model with HD camera, forward facing audio plus 500 lumen taclight for full size firearms. ADMIN data evidence integrity built-in.

 FACT COMPACT™ o Universal rail mounted model with HD camera, forward facing audio plus 140 lumen taclight for compact firearms.

 FACT MICRO™ o Trigger guard mounted model with HD camera and forward facing audio for subcompact/pocket pistols.

Viridian Weapon Technologies will be launching FACT™ weapon-mounted cameras at SHOT SHOW 2017 at booth #653.

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  1. avatar Dave says:

    How much?? How much is each model in what are the specs on the cameras as far as how long can they record what type of batteries do they take are they rechargeable??

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “…what type of batteries do they take are they rechargeable??”

      Under *NO* circumstances use rechargeable batteries on something like that *EVER*.

      Rechargeable have a high failure rate and can self-discharge.

      Have you ever pulled a flashlight out of a drawer and discovered the batteries dead?

      *Only* use *new* high quality batteries and change them periodically.

      Some lithium photo batteries can have long shelf lives.

      Even for them, change them every few years at a minimum.

      The number one thing you want is *reliability*…

  2. avatar pwrserge says:

    Yeah… I’m sure that no powder fowling will fuck up that lens… ever.

    1. avatar Dave says:

      I agree I would hope that they have a removable clear glass lens on the outside of the unit so that you can just replace it with a new cover lens almost like on a 35 millimeter when you run a clear protective lens on top of your telephoto so that if you scratch it you only scratch a $15 clear lens cover instead of a for $500 lens. If they don’t have it you might want to read this and think about doing that.

  3. avatar Walter, NOT The Dude says:

    LoL !!
    Is THAT your good side?

    Everybody gotta mug for the camera…

  4. avatar Step says:

    Can’t give up the green laser for the camera. It would be nice to have all three in one unit. Probably not enough battery power though.

    1. avatar Dave says:

      It would really be cool if gun designers or these guys that make this camera setup would have thought of doing all three and having battery packs made to go in that space behind the magazine or somewhere under the trigger guard or somewhere inside the grip Maybe. Like a really thin credit card Lithium Polymer battery so that they get the voltage and the run time and milliamps.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “…Like a really thin credit card Lithium Polymer battery…”

        *BAD* idea to use LiPo or similar chemistry batteries.

        The *will* self-disacharge in a matter of months.

        (See my comment above.)

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Edit- Make that self-discharge, not ‘self-disacharge’…

      2. avatar Stuki says:

        A big department speccing this out, will make it real. Along with other emerging stuff, like charging contacts in the holster topping off on-weapon batteries from a bigger battery on the belt.

  5. avatar Howdy1 says:

    Like the idea and the integrated light. Hate the videos. Especially the second one.

    From the point of view of the second video, the “boss” has his firearm drawn and pointed a threshold/open door.
    So many other things wrong in that video.
    It’s an advertisement. It’s fiction. I get it.

  6. avatar Joe R. says:

    Dirty Harry: “The punk said that he did indeed feel lucky”
    Chief: “Not likely”
    Dirty Harry: “Let’s roll the video tape”
    Chief: “I stand corrected [vomits]”

  7. avatar Madcapp says:

    The clearly foolish thing about that idea is…in order to film something/someone, you have to point a gun at them, thereby escalating the situation and putting yourself at greater risk. Gun cameras are a very bad idea, and you don’t have to give it very much thought to reach that conclusion. Plus, while you’re focused on/distracted with getting a good recording and keeping things in frame, you’ll lose situational awareness. Gun cameras are a very, very bad idea.

    1. avatar Timmy! says:

      These were my thoughts as well.

    2. avatar VerendusAudeo says:

      Exactly. When you point your weapon at someone, that’s a declaration of intent to shoot them.

  8. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    Add a laser to that rig and you have a winner.

  9. avatar strych9 says:

    I had to kinda laugh at the first video (Yes, I know it’s staged).

    The guy who’s excited that he just bought a new Jeep Wrangler Sahara should be considered a questionable witness at best. Ooooo, nice stock wheels! So badass!

    Don’t worry buddy you’ll positively love the recalls on your new Jeep and, oh man, are you gonna love that new 3.6L Pentastar engine! ROFL!

    Congrats on buying a $35K POS that’s a rolling disaster. Hey, for only a few thousand more you could make the mistake I did and get the Rubicon!

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    If I ever have to shoot somebody dead in self defense — and I certainly hope that it never happens — I think, on balance, that I would prefer it if there was no video and no witnesses except for me.

    1. avatar Timothy says:

      Oh, I’d take the thing off and pocket it if I were ever in a DGU situation. Later, I’d review it myself and then with a lawyer and it if were supportive to my case, I’d submit it to the police. If not, it’d disappear.

  11. avatar Kendahl says:

    First a flashlight, then a laser, now a camera. We’re going to need more rail space. I wish I had skill as a cartoonist. It would be fun to produce a cartoon of a pistol with all sorts of junk clustered around the muzzle.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      No need for a cartoon. At least some people already do that sort of thing.

  12. avatar Warlocc says:

    For cops and security, this can be a good idea.

    For everyone else? I’m not so sure.

    And yes, you CAN use rechargeable and/or lithium batteries. As long as you take it out and charge/discharge ’em regularly, they work fine. Plus it’s not like your life depends on the camera, just on the gun.

    1. avatar Binder says:

      No you can’t on the rechargeable. If there is no footage you are so screwed in court. “Why did you have a camera mounted under your pistol, were you planning on shooting someone? Where is the footage?” And now you are looking at a destruction of evidence rap.

      1. avatar Timothy says:

        The cops that arrive on scene don’t have to know you had a camera mounted under your pistol. The thing detaches I’m sure. I would 100% remove the camera after a DGU and I wouldn’t give it to the police until my lawyer and I had reviewed it

  13. avatar MamaLiberty says:

    This is a joke, right? Along with the ice gloves and the “some assembly required” pocket gun…

    And it would seem that too many of the folks making comments here have forgotten the absolute rule against pointing a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.

    So… NO. If I want a camera I can find one to clip onto my clothing. I’m not putting anything on my gun.

    1. avatar Montesa_VR says:

      I totally do not understand the objection to the camera based on pointing the gun at something you don’t want to shoot. Well duh, it isn’t a replacement for the video camera in your iPhone. It isn’t for recording your adventure at the beach. If you have legitimate reason to point your gun at someone, the video captures it, end of story. Why is this a difficult concept?

      1. avatar MamaLiberty says:

        You go right ahead and put one on your gun. Not my problem. 🙂

  14. avatar Big Red says:

    I hope the batteries last longer than the ones used in their laser sites.

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