Electric gun


#1

here is a picture of an elecric gun from 1933.
Any info ?
jp


#2

Maybe it’s Thomas A. Swift and his Electric Rifle.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist a pun.


#3

[quote=“DennisK”]Maybe it’s Thomas A. Swift and his Electric Rifle.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist a pun.[/quote]

Hello,
explain the joke please, my english being not good enough to understand it at once.
jp


#4

Don’t feel bad, I was not aware of this also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Swift_ … tric_Rifle


#5

JP, this is a rifle which “fires” a spot of light and it was designed by a rifle instructor as a training device for the US Army.


#6

Back long before computers, there were coin-operated arcade games that worked on that principle. The rifle or pistol projected a light beam, and there were photocells in the target to record “hits.” Actually, some such games are still around and in use, as I know of one (which is set up like a shooting gallery with multiple light rifles) at a pizza parlor game room near where I live. I think there still exist some military training devices that use the same principle, and there is a name for them, which I don’t remember. Laser tag is a similar idea. So are TV, etc., remote controls, except there is no marksmanship involved.


I remember now - MILES. See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_I … ent_System


#7

Thanks !
JP