Smart accessories are all the rage—watches, TVs, refrigerators, laundry machines, cars, and guns. Some are a blessing and are truly useful. Others I fear because of Skynet.
ADS, Inc. and Secubit have made more of a diagnostic tool and not just another appliance that sends you an email: WeaponLogic.
WeaponLogic can diagnose issues within a rifle and its parts to better keep it serviceable, long-term. WeaponLogic also counts rounds and alerts you when the rifle needs cleaning or maintenance, among a few other things. This can be a huge money saver for the owner or agency using WeaponLogic.
I received a prototype unit that came in a rigid case with foam cut outs. It came with three transmitters, the Data Collection Device (DCD) reader, the reader dock, and a bullet-shaped flash drive with all the needed software. The transmitters are designed around the A2 AR15 grip and mount using the bolt attach the grip.
The Data Collection Device (DCD) reader has a few buttons for simple operation and can be used to read out the weapon specs on the fly without having to sync it. The dock connects to the computer via USB. The software is an easy install once you change some permissions on the computer.
All the components to WeaponLogic are very simple and easy to use. Once the transmitter is attached to the grip of the firearm and the program is installed, you are good to go.
WeaponLogic can count rounds, time stamp round counts, as well as differentiate between live, blank, semi, full auto, and dry fire. It can alert the user of a slowing cycle rate due to being dirty and alert you if certain parts have met their expected life span. For a military units or Law Enforcement agencies, this may be the product that can keep accountability and maintenance schedules up to par.
For my testing—my favorite part—I used a PWS Mk114 Mod 2 complete upper.
Unfortunately, I found that during the installation of the transmitter did not fit in my beloved BCM Mod 0 grip. However, I have other options and used a Magpul MIAD grip.
Once installed, I shot 60 rounds and synchronized it to the program for calibration. Once that was complete, I began my regular training session to see what it would capture.
I brought a certain number of loaded magazines so I could see if there were any uncounted rounds throughout my training. I was happy to find that the transmitter captured all of them. It was even accurate in differentiating between dry fire and live fire shots. It was impressive to say the least. I went out to train a few times with WeaponLogic to see how it held up to the different shooting sessions. Each time, I made sure to maintain accountability of how much I shot and others shot through it.
I was very pleased to find that every time I synced the transmitter, it was correct. I did try some different weights of .223/5.56 to see if it was picking up the difference.I found that to the transmitter, live rounds were all counted the same. This may be because this is still a prototype or it just could not tell the difference. As for any maintenance uses, I didn’t get to shoot enough for it to alert me. I also wasn’t able to test the bursts or shooting with blanks due to not having access to either at the time of this review.
Weapon Logic was awesome to test. One of the ways I believe they can improve the product would be to make the transmitters form factor much thinner to better battle the different grips available. A tubular design would help this tremendously. I could easily see the capabilities of Weapon Logic for the military and law enforcement.
On the Battalion level, it can manage the accountability of weapons and ammo expenditure. It has the potential for command teams to submit trends info and support material solutions or ID trends. The uses are endless with this type of technology. I look forward to testing the mobile app that will certainly be more useful for the civilian user. Keep an eye out for that.
Jon Dufresne is a former US Army Ranger. He deployed multiple times with the 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment to the Middle East in a variety of capacities. He is experienced in counter terrorism tactics, reconnaissance, Airborne operations and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician. His post military experiences include executive protection and various firearms and tactics training. He is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management.
Disclosure of Material Connection from Jon Dufresne: I received WeaponLogic via Spotter Up/ADS. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.