CornerShot

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CornerShot
Cornershot eurosatory2006.jpg
A standard CornerShot fitted with a Glock pistol.
Type Rifle (Standard)
Place of origin Israel
Service history
In service 2005-present
Used by United States,China
Production history
Designer Amos Golan
Designed Early 21st century (took several years)
Manufacturer Corner Shot Holdings, LLC
Produced late 2005-present
Variants 4 (including Standard)
Specifications
Weight 3.86 kilograms (8.5 lb)
Length 820 millimetres (32.7 in)
Crew 1
In use

CornerShot is a special-use weapon that can fire around corners. It was first made in the early 2000's for SWAT teams and special forces in situations usually involving terrorists and hostages.

Overview[change | change source]

Its designers, or the people who made it, were two former Israeli Army senior officers Amos Golan, with money invested by American investors.[1] It has several different types. The types made so far are the Standard, the 40 mm grenade launcher, the APR, and an Anti-tank version.[2][3] It works because its many parts are either on the front or the back end, which are linked by a steel hinge. It is manufactured by Corner Shot Holdings, LLC, a company in Miami with offices in Israel. Units have been sold in 15 countries.[4] The CornerShot was recently evaluated by the UK Ministry of Defence.[5]

Forms and variations[change | change source]

The CornerShot is available in several different types. A standard pistol version is available, along with a 40 mm grenade launcher. Because they are fitted with really good digital cameras, any type can also be used as a tool to spy with. All the models come with the same camera and 2.5 in. color LCD screen, providing video and sighting system with transmission capability. The flashlight and camera let it work in either day or night. A variety, or group of different types, of cameras, as well as a folding stock, are available, and an accessory rail is standard.[6]

Standard[change | change source]

The standard CornerShot can put a normal semi-automatic pistol in the front part of the weapon, with a remote linkage to the trigger mechanism in the rear part, it has a trigger pull of 21 newtons (4.7 lbf). It is 820 millimetres (32.67 in) long, with a weight of 3.86 kilograms (8.5 lb).[7]

40 mm grenade launcher[change | change source]

The 40 mm Grenade Launcher is a breech-loading, single shot grenade launcher. Manually operated, or it can only fire one at a time, it fires all 40 mm grenades, less-deadly and non-deadly ammunition (or what a gun fires), and tear/irritant gas capsules (the container in a liquid or gas is stored); spent ammunition is ejected for easier reloading. The same system is available in 37 mm size for police.[8] 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, or velocity when it comes out of the gun is 74.7 m/s (M-406 grenade).[2] Its range for normal fire, single target is 150 meters; and for area coverage, with fragmentation munitions, or ammunition that blows apart when it hits its target, is 350 meters.

Assault Pistol Rifle (or APR)[change | change source]

The Assault Pistol Rifle mounts an assault pistol in the front part of the weapon to allow the use of rifle bullets. It fires 5.56 mm ammunition.[9] The APR pistol can be removed from the CornerShot frame.[2]

CornerShot Panzerfaust (or CSP)[change | change source]

First shown at the Eurosatory 2004 military trade show in Paris, based on the system for use against armored vehicles is designed to fire Panzerfaust anti-tank rockets.[3] It can turn 90 degrees instead of the standard 60 degrees.[10]

How it works[change | change source]

In the standard version a pistol is mounted in the front end of the weapon, which bends horizontally (like a door does) at a mid-gun sixty-degree hinge.[4] 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), and controls for the camera and light.


Similar weapons[change | change source]

The Krummlauf was a bent barrel designed for the Sturmgewehr 44, which was used by the Germans in World War II. It allowed for looking and firing around corners with its 30 degree barrel and a periscope-style sight.

In popular culture[change | change source]

  • It was featured on the first episode of Future Weapons.
  • On the Fox TV show Standoff, a CornerShot is used by the FBI's HRT.
  • An episode of CSI: Miami ("Going Under", season 5) features a CornerShot used by a biker gang. Dialogue near the beginning of the episode referred to it as a "CS".
  • Hasbro's Nerf product line has included a toy gun that functions in the same fashion.
  • The video game Nemesis Strike for the Xbox console includes the CornerShot as a weapon choice.[11]
  • The recently released "G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 Snake Eyes with Night Ops Gear" action figure comes includes a CornerShot which is able to launch a small toy missile.
  • In the "Full Metal Panic!" novel series and "2nd Raid" animated series, MITHRIL has some CornerShot weapons in service.
  • A second season Numb3rs episode features a CornerShot being used by an FBI HRT entry team. The sequence clearly demonstrates the operation to reorientate the handgun from left to right and depicts the view operators receive via the weapons monitor.
  • An automatic-pistol version of the Cornershot is seen, used by Angelina Jolie, in the trailer of the upcoming movie "Wanted" (2008).

Other pages[change | change source]

Sources[change | change source]

  1. CornerShot on AAgunsales-A third-party source
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 CornerShot.com - manufacturer's website
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The CornerShot" on Defense Update — short profile with additional photos
  4. 4.0 4.1 CornerShot on New Scientist.com-a brief article on CornerShot
  5. New technology gives clues to the Army's possible future equipment - MOD
  6. "CornerShot" on Military.com – an article
  7. Description of CornerShot
  8. "CornerShot" on GolanGroup.com – a short article
  9. A PDF document about the APR
  10. The Panzerfaust on Eschel.co.il-has a little info about the CornerShot Panzerfaust (and tells the name of the CornerShot Panzerfaust)
  11. Nemesis-Strike.com – referenced under "Strong Points: Weapons: Raptor"