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I’ve been a Ricochet member since June of 2010 and never really approached the site as a place to connect with other members to pursue business opportunities. But I’d certainly recommend that now to anyone who thinks that Ricochet is only a discussion site to hash out political or cultural issues.

In December of last year, I received a message from the owner of a firm that I had commissioned product design work from over the last couple of decades for some of the high-tech companies where I had worked. The owner conveyed to me that they had a client who was working on developing an interactive, safe gun-training system to be launched on a crowdfunding site and that the inventor/engineer needed some marketing and product launch help and would I be interested? I was, but I knew that I would need the help of someone who was an expert on firearms, knew the gun industry, had marketed firearms products before, understood the various vertical markets within the gun industry, trained people on gun skills and safety and wrote regularly about guns, gun training, the Second Amendment and gun rights. I reached out to Ricochet Contributor, Kevin Creighton (@kevincreighton).

Designing the iPTS1700

Kevin was very enthusiastic as I described to him what my client was bringing to market and I knew immediately that this would be a good fit, especially given Kevin’s easygoing manner. In fact, over the ensuing weeks on conference calls with the inventor and engineer of the system, Kevin’s wise counsel and expertise helped to modify the inventor’s original concept. Kevin’s insights and efforts have been invaluable for the overall effort and bringing him into the project was probably one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made.

Kevin and I communicate daily now as we get closer to the launch to coordinate all the outreach and social media activities.

Kevin lives in Florida and I in California and it’s been a lot of fun getting to know him and understand just how much he knows about this field.

iPTS – the interactive Pistol Training System will be launching April 15 on Indiegogo.com. We feel it’s a much needed training system that finally brings together some of the attributes of other training methods and products and takes them to the next level – by incorporating an electronic and wireless training pistol – the iPTS 1700, and combining it with two interactive targets and the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone and tablet app – the iPTS Virtual Trainer. Shooters, whether they’re novices, professional trainers, competitive shooters, or in the military or law enforcement now have a system they can train with when they can’t get out to a range, that doesn’t require expending costly ammo, and that can actually give them prompts and guidance and provide detailed metrics through the app.

We believe this is a solution that can provide some much sought-after critical guidance for anyone who wants to learn how to shoot quicker and more accurately or for those who just want to keep practicing to keep their shooting skills at a high level but need a safe, bullet-free way to do so in or around their home.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve received some very enthusiastic feedback on the system from other firearms trainers and gun industry experts, so we’re quite optimistic that it will do well.

Given new, more optimistic perspectives on the economy since the election, it seems like a great time to launch new products and ventures. Have a new product or business venture you’ve been thinking about? Is there a Ricochet member who might help you get it off the ground? Read Ricochet regularly and find out what other people are thinking, what their skill sets are, what their expertise is … and venture forth.

I mean, shoot … it’s worth a shot.

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  1. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor

    This is so cool.

    Congrats, @brianwatt and @kevincreighton

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    • March 23, 2017, at 11:03 AM PDT
    • 14 likes
  2. Brian Wolf Coolidge

    Wonderful story and congrats to all involved. Ricochet has unforeseen depths to it!

    • #2
    • March 23, 2017, at 11:03 AM PDT
    • 7 likes
  3. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSul Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Tom Meyer, Ed. (View Comment):
    This is so cool.

    Congrats, @brianwatt and @kevincreighton

    Ditto!

    • #3
    • March 23, 2017, at 11:07 AM PDT
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  4. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Cool. My budget is limited, so this seems a reasonable alternative to regularly buying ammo and paying for use of a shooting range. It depends on the price, of course.

    If Ricochet’s gun specialists and concrete specialists team up, I might have to wonder about these joint ventures. ;)

    • #4
    • March 23, 2017, at 11:28 AM PDT
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  5. Jamie Lockett Inactive

    Tom Meyer, Ed. (View Comment):
    This is so cool.

    Congrats, @brianwatt and @kevincreighton

    Where can I get my hands on one?

    • #5
    • March 23, 2017, at 11:31 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  6. Leo E Hoban Member

    Looks really interesting; it’s hard to diagnose what’s going wrong sometimes even with an instructor.

    • #6
    • March 23, 2017, at 11:32 AM PDT
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  7. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jamie Lockett (View Comment):

    Tom Meyer, Ed. (View Comment):
    This is so cool.

    Congrats, @brianwatt and @kevincreighton

    Where can I get my hands on one?

    Well, as soon as the Indiegogo page goes live on April 15th, you can purchase a kit at very discounted pricing. More info on that soon. Cheers.

    • #7
    • March 23, 2017, at 11:33 AM PDT
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  8. Orion Inactive

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Jamie Lockett (View Comment):

    Tom Meyer, Ed. (View Comment):
    This is so cool.

    Congrats, @brianwatt and @kevincreighton

    Where can I get my hands on one?

    Well, as soon as the Indiegogo page goes live on April 15th, you can purchase a kit at very discounted pricing. More info on that soon. Cheers.

    @brianwatt, (Congrats as well…)

    Will any detailed specifications/Data sheet be published prior to the 15th?

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    • March 23, 2017, at 11:44 AM PDT
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  9. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Orion (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Jamie Lockett (View Comment):

    Tom Meyer, Ed. (View Comment):
    This is so cool.

    Congrats, @brianwatt and @kevincreighton

    Where can I get my hands on one?

    Well, as soon as the Indiegogo page goes live on April 15th, you can purchase a kit at very discounted pricing. More info on that soon. Cheers.

    @brianwatt, (Congrats as well…)

    Will any detailed specifications/Data sheet be published prior to the 15th?

    Yes, that’s our intent. You can visit the website now.

    • #9
    • March 23, 2017, at 11:47 AM PDT
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  10. Aaron Miller Member
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    At the bottom of the website, you can sign up to be notified by email when the kit is available for pre-ordering.

    • #10
    • March 23, 2017, at 11:51 AM PDT
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  11. Doug Watt Moderator

    Congrats Brian and Kevin. When I first heard about this project and product I thought it was a great idea. As someone who spent a lot of hours on the range as a former police officer this product will be a great addition for law enforcement officers to maintain their shooting proficiency and accuracy, as well as for those that are not police officers.

    • #11
    • March 23, 2017, at 12:12 PM PDT
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  12. Doug Watt Moderator

    I’ve subscribed to the newsletter, as well as adding my email address on the iPTS website. This looks like a pretty good way to practice on rainy days.

    • #12
    • March 23, 2017, at 12:32 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  13. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    You gotta do something about that creepy voice. Who is that, Fred?

    • #13
    • March 23, 2017, at 12:33 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  14. Bereket Kelile Member
    Bereket Kelile Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    It looks like there’s a Ricochet multiplier effect in the economy.

    • #14
    • March 23, 2017, at 3:32 PM PDT
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  15. DocJay Inactive

    Don’t forget your free male model. Kick ass boys !

    • #15
    • March 23, 2017, at 4:44 PM PDT
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  16. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    Does it provide any mechanical feedback?

    • #16
    • March 23, 2017, at 7:25 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  17. danys Thatcher
    danys Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I want one!

    • #17
    • March 23, 2017, at 7:26 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  18. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The King Prawn (View Comment):
    Does it provide any mechanical feedback?

    Short answer, yes. The pistol utilizes several sensors and the app provides corresponding metrics to what the sensors detect.

    • #18
    • March 23, 2017, at 7:32 PM PDT
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  19. Kevin Creighton Contributor

    but I knew that I would need the help of someone who was an expert on firearms, knew the gun industry, had marketed firearms products before, understood the various vertical markets within the gun industry, trained people on gun skills and safety and wrote regularly about guns, gun training, the Second Amendment and gun rights.

    So instead, you reached out to me. :)

    • #19
    • March 23, 2017, at 7:35 PM PDT
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  20. Michael Minnott Member
    Michael Minnott Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jamie Lockett (View Comment):

    Tom Meyer, Ed. (View Comment):
    This is so cool.

    Congrats, @brianwatt and @kevincreighton

    Where can I get my hands on one?

    Ditto! Brilliant concept.

    • #20
    • March 23, 2017, at 10:24 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  21. Rick Tessner Member

    This looks fantastic!

    I hope that it will be available in Canada as well.

    • #21
    • March 24, 2017, at 6:26 AM PDT
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  22. jmelvin Member

    Pretty cool! I’ll look forward to seeing more in April.

    • #22
    • March 24, 2017, at 6:43 AM PDT
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  23. iWe Reagan
    iWe Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This is awesome. I intend to purchase one for my family.

    I, too, do a lot of work with Ricochetti, and have never regretted it. Our company uses Ricochet as its primary recruitment tool: this site has awesome people, and even a fair number of financial investors/introducers whom I intend to make embarrassingly wealthy.

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    • March 24, 2017, at 9:10 AM PDT
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  24. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Rick Tessner (View Comment):
    This looks fantastic!

    I hope that it will be available in Canada as well.

    We will accept Indiegogo backers from Canada.

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    • March 24, 2017, at 11:18 AM PDT
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  25. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    The King Prawn (View Comment):
    Does it provide any mechanical feedback?

    Short answer, yes. The pistol utilizes several sensors and the app provides corresponding metrics to what the sensors detect.

    I meant simulated recoil. I know the sims used by the military use air for this purpose, but I didn’t see anything in the video indicating such an effect.

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    • March 24, 2017, at 2:20 PM PDT
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  26. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The King Prawn (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    The King Prawn (View Comment):
    Does it provide any mechanical feedback?

    Short answer, yes. The pistol utilizes several sensors and the app provides corresponding metrics to what the sensors detect.

    I meant simulated recoil. I know the sims used by the military use air for this purpose, but I didn’t see anything in the video indicating such an effect.

    We are working on providing recoil on a next generation model, as we want to ensure we get the most realistic recoil possible but that would delay the release of this model which we feel is still far superior than anything else out there even without a recoil. Thanks.

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    • March 24, 2017, at 4:29 PM PDT
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  27. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Had a great visit with the manufacturer for the iPTS yesterday at his facility. He’s very excited to be producing the product, especially since he’s an avid gun owner himself. His operation is quite impressive.

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    • March 25, 2017, at 9:46 AM PDT
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  28. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSul Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Brian Watt (View Comment):
    Had a great visit with the manufacturer for the iPTS yesterday at his facility. He’s very excited to be producing the product, especially since he’s an avid gun owner himself. His operation is quite impressive.

    I recognize some of those machines! Speedprint in the photo inset – got one myself.

    • #28
    • March 26, 2017, at 4:07 AM PDT
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  29. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    BREAKING NEWS: RECOIL ACTION ADDED — The team developing the interactive Pistol Training System has been listening to our followers and we’ve made a significant enhancement to the iPTS 1700 Training Pistol so it will behave even more like a real pistol.

    Teksilon engineering has developed an Intelligent Recoil for the iPTS 1700 Training Pistol. The iPTS Intelligent Recoil™ uses a new proprietary method that retracts the racking slide on each trigger pull and stays in the racked position after shooting the last virtual round from the programmed magazine.

    We call it Intelligent Recoil because it’s user programmable for speed and slide travel to better simulate the timing and action of various pistol models and more rapid fire action. Unlike CO2 cartridge recoil; the iPTS intelligent recoil emits no gas or lingering odor after each trigger pull.

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/interactive-pistol-training-system#/

    • #29
    • May 3, 2017, at 9:37 AM PDT
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  30. iWe Reagan
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