If you saw the picture above, you know that that’s an enormous attachment the shooter has on the end of his rifle.
But what is it? Why is he using it? And what does it do?
Turns out that the device isn’t a radar gun, or anything most shooters have ever seen before…it’s a tracking device known as SafeShoot.
Essentially, how SafeShoot works is it helps to prevent friendly fire while hunting (although it can even be useful for military and law enforcement alike).
It does this by tracking where others are in your hunting party. This way, when you’re ready to fire, the SafeShoot alerts you if someone is hiding behind the target you’re aiming at. This way you don’t accidentally hit a friend of family member when you shoot at your prey.
Keep in mind that other shooters in the party will need to attach a SafeShoot to the end of their firearm in order for the device to be able to track their location.
SafeShoot even makes dog collars, so that man’s best friend (and favorite hunting partner) can also be safe no matter where you’re shooting from.
Here’s a short video explaining how the SafeShoot works:
According to The Truth About Guns:
“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.