SmartSight inventor Matt Hagerty demonstrates the system’s flexibility and ease of use, firing from a kneeling position and triggering the Springfield M1A SOCOM rifle with his thumb to minimize exposure.
Firing with accuracy from concealment has long been the sniper’s stock in trade, but infantrymen on the move usually have no such option. When shooting starts, combat troops hit the deck or jump behind cover, and returning aimed fire means soldiers must leave cover long enough to line up shots, risking their lives in the process.
Developing a weapon that can eliminate this risk to troops has been a designer’s dream, largely unfulfilled, for decades. Regular readers may recall an earlier article that investigated various approaches to shooting around corners in the March 2009 issue of Tactical Weapons. Solutions ranged from curved barrels to electronic gun sights to a hinged stock mechanism that contains a pistol and video camera. Some of these devices have drawbacks that can force functional compromises on users that limit system utility. For example, approaches can be complex, user-unfriendly, heavy, bulky, inaccurate or without sufficient range.
Today, however, a new system, aptly named SmartSight, apparently has eliminated most of these difficulties. SmartSight is the brainchild of Matthew Hagerty, a dedicated and persistent inventor and accomplished competitive shooter. Hagerty, formerly an investment banker with no military or law enforcement experience, has solved many of the operational and scalability problems that have plagued other developers.