iPhone and iPod touch get a firing solution

  • Chicago (IL) - In case you think you've seen it all when it comes to the iPhone/iPod touch uses, think again! We bet Apple engineers never envisioned that someone might come up with military uses for the two gadgets. So, what do you get what you mount iPhone or iPod touch to the M110 Sniper Rifle via a specially crafted mount and then load the accompanying ballistics software? A firing solution, of course. The combination lets firearm aficionados dynamically calculate firing solutions with ease, delivering the bullet right in the bull's eye.

    We thought we'd seen it all, too but this one managed to raise the eyebrows of Apple-savvy members of our team. According to the original post at The Firearm Blog, the firearm equipment company called Knight's Armaments has crafted a mounting system especially designed to secure Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch to a sniper's riffle. It works really simply: You attach the gadget to the Knight's Armament's mounting system and then attach the mounting system to a side mounted picatinny rail. As an added benefit, your gadget slides into an Otterbox protective case that comes with the mounting system - so it's kept protected in harsh environments.

    Knight's Armaments mounting system for iPhone and iPod touch is meant to be used with the M110 Sniper Rifle. Shooting aficionados will note that this rifle is the one which phased out the Army's M24 bolt action sniper system - adding that the Army currently uses M110 Sniper Rifles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    So, what could the 7.62 x 51 millimeter semi-automatic sniper rifle do when paired with iPhone or iPod touch? Well, certainly not playing your music, although there's nothing to stop you from doing that while on the battlefield. Instead, an accompanying App Store application for the iPhone and iPod touch, entitled BulletFlight, will turn this unusual combo into a sophisticated ballistic simulator that can deliver the precise firing solution with remarkable precision - which is not to be taken for granted.

    The application calculates various parameters that affect your shot, like the bullet trajectory, distance, weather, and other parameters for environmental conditions that might influence trajectory. The application lets you choose previously saved ammunition and firearm profiles and feed them with real-time environment data like elevation, air temperature, wind direction, distance, moisture, etc. The more precise the information and firearm profile you feed, the better results you get from the application, and that directly relates to the precision with which you deliver a long-range shot.

    Firearm addicts would quickly notice that this combination is not the first instance of the iPhone or iPod touch use with weaponry. For instance, Apple's App Store currently offers two additional applications other than BulletFlight. iSnipe is a $4.99 ballistic calculator similar to the BulletFlight, although less sophisticated - so it mainly appeals to the shooting sport enthusiast. Another free of charge app, ShotTimer, enables shooting sport enthusiasts to measure the elapsed and split times for every shot fired with great precision - simply by listening for shots via the handset's built-in or external microphone.

    You can read more detailed description of these two additional applications in the image gallery attached to this article.