Israelis invent a gun that can shoot around corners

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jerusalem | From the nation that developed the Epilady feminine hair remover and bomb-sniffing pigs, now comes another invention — the gun that shoots around corners.

Shown to the public for the first time Monday, Dec., 15, the Corner Shot is actually an apparatus containing a small, high-resolution camera that attaches to handguns. It allows the operator to stick the pistol around a corner without exposing themselves, aim and fire.

The inventors displayed their new device to reporters Monday at a shooting range in the center of the country. Interest in the “gun that doesn’t shoot straight” was extremely high, with more than 50 reporters from Israel and around the world showing up for a firsthand look. Some even fired a few rounds.

Demonstrators at the Shoham Firing Range showed how it could be fired around building corners, demolished doorways and from a hall into a room.

Veterans of Israeli secret service units, the inventors said a worldwide patent was currently being used by Special Forces, military units and law enforcement agencies around the world.

Inventor Amos Golan said U.S. troops were already training with the weapon and that the armies of 15 other countries are currently testing the system. Golan said that Israel Defense Forces units would start using it shortly.

The apparatus can house a variety of pistols, including Glock, Sig Sauer, CZ and Beretta handguns. It can also be adapted to fit an M-16 rifle or tear gas launcher. The device swivels 63 degrees to the left or right and is the only system in the world that allows the shooter to keep their entire body around a corner and out of the line of fire, Golan told reporters.

“The Corner Shot weapon system can be extremely beneficial in the global war on terror. It protects soldiers’ lives and increases their chances of survival, while drastically improving their ability to gather information,” said Golan, 49, a former deputy commander of an anti-terror unit.

The unit was particularly suited to urban warfare or commando raids into airplanes, buses or trains, he said.

“The Americans are very interested in this,” Golan said. “I believe from what I have seen and heard that it can be a big success in Iraq because the Americans are dealing with an urban area there.”

The detachable camera is a day/night thermal image-maker and can zoom in up to 400 meters. The video image can be relayed to other team members or to command posts in the rear.