CornerShot



CornerShot is a special-purpose weapon designed in the early 2000's for SWAT teams and Special-Purpose forces in hostile situations usually involving terrorists and hostages. Its designers were two former Israeli Army senior officers Amos Golan and Asaf Nadel, with sponsorship by American investors. It has several variations. The variations developed so far are the Standard, the 40 mm grenade launcher, the APR, and a derived Anti-tank version. It works because its many parts are either on the muzzle or the butt end, which are connected by a hinge. It is manufactured by Corner Shot Holdings, LLC, a company headed in Miami with offices in Israel. Units have been sold in 15 countries.

The CornerShot is available in several variations. A standard rifle version is available, along with a 40 mm grenade launcher, and a convertible assault pistol/rifle. Because they are fitted with high-resolution digital cameras, any variant can also be used as a surveillance tool. All the models come with the same stock camera and 2.5 in. color LCD monitor, providing a video observation and sighting system with transmission capability. The flashlight and camera let it operate in either day or night. A variety of optional interchangeable cameras, as well as a folding stock, are available, and a universal accessory rail is standard. There is also a derived anti-tank weapon, with a different frame and feature-set.

The Standard, a military rifle version, shoots either M16, M4, or custom ammunition, and has a trigger pull of 21 Newtons. It is 820 millimetres (32.67 in) long, with a weight of 3.86 kilograms (8.5 lb).

The 40 mm Grenade Launcher is a breech-loading, single shot grenade launcher. Manually operated, it fires all 40 mm grenades, less-lethal and non-lethal ammunition, and tear/irritant gas projectiles; spent cartridges are ejected for easier reloading. The same system is available in 37 mm size for law enforcement agencies. The 40 mm model has a rifling of 1:1.224, is 900 mm long, and weighs 4.4 kg (9.5 lb.) The muzzle velocity is 74.7 m/s (M-406 grenade). Its range for precision fire, single target is 150 meters; and for area coverage, with fragmentation munitions, is 350 meters.

The Assault Pistol Rifle combines the maneuverability of a handgun with the abilities of a small 5.56 mm assault rifle. It has 7.62 mm and 9 mm versions, too. Like the Standard, it is also available in versions that use M16, M4, or custom magazines. The APR pistol can be removed from the CornerShot frame.

Debuted at the Eurosatory 2004 military trade show in Paris, the version for use against armored vehicles is designed to fire Panzerfaust anti-tank rockets. It can turn 90 degrees instead of the standard 60 degrees.

The hammer, barrel, and most other moving parts are all on the muzzle end of the weapon, which bends horizontally at a mid-gun sixty-degree hinge. There is a digital camera and a flashlight attached to the barrel in the bayonet position. On the butt side of the hinge are the trigger, camera screen (which is on a horizontal hinge just like the mid-gun hinge but it is off of the left side of the gun), the magazine, and controls for the camera and light.

A video game that includes the CornerShot is Nemesis Strike for the Xbox.

The recently released G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 Snake Eyes with Night Ops Gear figure comes with a CornerShot with a small missile launching function.

It was featured on the first episode of FutureWeapons.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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