"Fly by Wire" Firing?

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    "Fly by Wire" Firing?

    I'm setting here watching a show on sniper weapons and the technology is amazing. I then got to thinking.... Seems that trigger pull issues could be eliminated by a "Fly by Wire" or "Shoot by Wire" system. Instead of pulling a trigger, a touchpad "touch" electronically fires the gun.

    Is there such a thing?

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    K-I-S-S (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle in action. IMHO, any advantage gained by electronic trigger activation (less jerk, consistant pressure, etc.) is far outweighed by the potential downside (power outage, circuit failure, etc.) resulting in a FTF. To me, it's a complicated, intricate solution...to a non-existant problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    K-I-S-S (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle in action. IMHO, any advantage gained by electronic trigger activation (less jerk, consistant pressure, etc.) is far outweighed by the potential downside (power outage, circuit failure, etc.) resulting in a FTF. To me, it's a complicated, intricate solution...to a non-existant problem.
    For sure not an application for battle... but I could possibly see it used for sniping.

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    I could possibly see it used for sniping
    In one of the most rigorous, demanding shooting/survival environments imaginable? I'll pass. Question is, how many snipers are missing the shot because their trigger isn't electronic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    In one of the most rigorous, demanding shooting/survival environments imaginable? I'll pass. Question is, how many snipers are missing the shot because their trigger isn't electronic?
    Point taken.....

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    About the only application where I could see this taking root is competitive shooting, and only due to the controlled environment.

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    The Dragon missiles I fired in the Marines were 'fly by wire'.

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    Here's my modern day idea of fly by wire!
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    The only hand held version that springs to mind would be "Metal Storm"
    the operate some of their systems on an electronic impulse system.
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    Long ago and far away we mounted an electric seloniod on a M2 .50 BMG to activate the butterfly trigger.The whole unit was set up as a sniper tool, scope and exrta tight base mount...too many hands needed, big PITA.
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    I have a very nice "fly by wire" trigger on my paintball gun. The bad news is it can go off when the wind blows or when hardly touched at all. They are dangerous and people shoot themselves all the time (they also rock and roll at about 15-20 balls a second) .

    This type of trigger is IMO not safe for a firearm other than a pure benchrest rig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I have a very nice "fly by wire" trigger on my paintball gun. The bad news is it can go off when the wind blows or when hardly touched at all. They are dangerous and people shoot themselves all the time (they also rock and roll at about 15-20 balls a second) .

    This type of trigger is IMO not safe for a firearm other than a pure benchrest rig.
    I hear ya there! Seen too many fliers in the staging area from electro Spyders and Piranhas that mommy and daddy bought for little trigger discipline-less Johnny...

    Love the trigger on my E-Pneumag though!

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