Will ya look at humongous thing hanging off the end of that guy’s rifle? No wonder it needs a bipod! Nope. It’s not a radar gun. It’s a SAFESHOOT device “driven by an array of dynamic-calibrated long-range MEMS sensors, onboard GPS and RF communication.” Well no one communicated this to me . . .
Until their email arrived in my inbox. My first reaction: it’s a joke, right? Apparently not. They’ve got a video and everything.
“By attaching a shooter device that fits most rifles, shooters will be automatically alerted when another SAFESHOOT device holder [or a dog wearing an RF collar] is downrange and in their line of fire,” their honest-to-God website proclaims.
A website that offers the following pic of hunters not carrying the device. Anyway, here’s their pre-SHOT Show launch party presser:
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Not long ago, I published a couple articles about a product called SAFESHOOT. In both instances I shared concerned and real-life experiences purposed in demonstrating the important role such system can play in hunting; of course, SAFESHOOT also delivers big on invaluable reassurance for law enforcement and military operators.
I could continue with another true story here but I’ll digress – another experience saved for another time. This bit of writing is in response to a simple request, “Tell us about the product.”
SAFESHOOT doesn’t eliminate your role of responsibility, rather it simply adds a layer of peace-of-mind to your foundational commitment to safety. In short, it emphasizes your desire to make good decisions at all times. I’ve spent more than enough time immersed in our outdoor heritage to see or hear how quickly things can happen, even when everyone considers safety paramount.
So what is SAFESHOOT and how does it work?
SAFESHOOT devices take two forms, Shooter and Dog Defender. While the devices could be installed on countless items, they are designed, as their names imply, for shooters and hunting dogs. SAFESHOOT devices are driven by an array of dynamic-calibrated long-range MEMS sensors, onboard GPS and RF communication.
The Shooter also employs green-, yellow- and red-colored LED illumination as well as an audible buzzer to alert the user.
A green LED-blinking signals operation mode. Yellow LED-on signals the user to check the system. The red LED-on warning means someone… or a four-legged friend is in the area of your muzzle direction.
When no illumination is present, conditions are safe, or at least, another SAFESHOOT device is not in the danger zone.
While each SAFESHOOT system includes the device and batteries, the Dog Defender also comes with a harness. SAFESHOOT products mount easily to Picatinny and Weaver rails (Shooter), or a harness (Dog Defender) and are powered by two CR123 batteries for up to 30 hours.
Designed for rugged reliability as well as comfortable carry or wear, SAFESHOOT devices are lightweight (about 6 oz.), compact (Shooter dimensions: 2.17-in. wide x 2.76-in. tall x 3.94-in. long) and feature a durable, waterproof body.
SAFESHOOT’s purpose resonates with me. If a lightweight system can add one more level of safety, why not? Once again, using SAFESHOOT doesn’t eliminate or become a substitute for responsibility; it also doesn’t mean a hunter is lazy or incapable of being safe.
The cold hard truth is that things happen on rare occasions, especially when we get comfortable. In my opinion, adding one more layer of safety is not only appreciated, it’s quite a noble effort.
Looking back at decades of hunting and shooting, as well as eight years of military service, I see SAFESHOOT as the invaluable tool it was meant to be. Each year, as safe as we hunters are or claim to be, accidents still happen.
Like you, I would love to achieve a level of safety within our hunting ranks, on both public and private ground, where there are no stats to consider. We simply aren’t there.
To learn more about SAFESHOOT visit www.safe-shoot.com
About Kevin Reese:
Kevin is an award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, videographer, speaker, host of Global Outfitters TV Show’s GO Tips and a Marine Corps veteran. He owns and administers www.mainbeammedia.com and Main Beam Blog at blog.mainbeammedia.com. The Main Beam Blog offers great articles, press releases, outdoor industry news and reviews.