Inteliscope turns your iPhone into a tactical gun sight


May 24, 2013

The Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter and app allows gun owners to mount their iPhone or iPod Touch to a firearm and use it as a sight with a heads-up display

The Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter and app allows gun owners to mount their iPhone or iPod Touch to a firearm and use it as a sight with a heads-up display

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You might think strapping your smartphone to a firearm is the last thing you'd want to do with it, but what if it could provide helpful information while hunting or during target practice? That's just what inventor Jason Giddings and his new company, Inteliscope, LLC, decided to do when they combined guns with smart devices to launch the Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter. Along with an iOS app, the adapter allows gun owners to mount their iPhone or iPod Touch to a firearm and use it as a sight with a heads-up display showing real-time data on their surroundings.

The Inteliscope adapter provides a protective cover for an iPhone or iPod Touch that can quickly attach and release from a Picatinny (Mil-STD-1913) or Weaver tactical rail. Using an app, the iOS device can then act as a gun sight, complete with 5x digital zoom and an adjustable mount that lets users peek around corners. The app also works in portrait mode, so the adapter can be affixed to the side of a firearm if needed.

It's hard to imagine an iPhone giving a clearer view than a standard scope, but the included app does offer some features to turn it into a handy heads-up display. Aside from a choice of different cross hairs, users will be able to see data on local prevailing winds, GPS coordinates, a compass, ballistics info, and a shot timer, all at a glance. The attached device can even act as a mounted flashlight or strobe, but probably the most useful feature is the ability to record and play back video of each shot.

The Inteliscope system is not without its drawbacks though. The company has noted that the iPhone/iPod Touch's camera optics only support short range targets, and using calibers larger than .223 or 5.56 mm could damage your smart device. The developers have also advised potential customers to make sure hunting with electronic-enhanced devices is legal in their region. Still, it does provide a fairly cost-effective means for giving any gun a snazzy high-tech upgrade. Just make sure to detach the adapter before accepting any phone calls.

Inteliscope is currently accepting pre-orders through its website, with adapters available for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch. They cost US$69.99 each and are expected to ship in June.

Check out the video below to see some initial tests of a prototype Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter.

Source: Inteliscopes

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@Bob - Now you've got me thinking of bringing google glass on my next hunting trip


Novell idea but I don't think you can actually use it as a site (I think you still need to use a scope or the built in sites) but in long range shooting have wind information could be useful. If you can see the screen in daylight...

Jon Smith

One thing that immediately occurs to me is it could be linked to other phones in a hunting party, share gps coordinates, and flash red if your point of aim is too close to other people.

Bob Ehresman

Interesting idea. That being said, sounds like a great way to destroy your iPhone, even at 5.56.


The first thing i thought of when i saw this was MilSim PaintBall Guns, I would love to stick this on a Tippmann Tipx to peak around corners.

Christopher Rivera

This would be ideal for an air rifle, where accuracy is far more important than muzzle energy. I wonder if it would be legal in 10 meter Olympic style competition?

Tom Sobieski

Can this work for Galaxy phones??

Stephen Russell

Another device to automate and take the fun out of hunting.


And as a added bonus it lights up the user, making them easy pickins for the enemy. like the third guy to use the match.

Jay Finke

No information of how or if you can zero it. Pretty pointless otherwise.

Also, it's the optics that make a sight effective. Smart phones don't have that. I'm pretty sure I can tell what the wind is doing if the target is 10m away.

It's a gimmick.


a few issues I can think of;

Battery dies right at the vital moment Wife calls right at the vital moment Backlight is not bright enough outdoors iPhone flies off and hits you in the face :(

However, making it take a photo a split second after you pull the trigger and uploading a geotagged image to Facebook 'Rob just shot this - literally...' has a certain appeal?


Though others bring in excellent points - mine is, how accurate were those shots?

Craig Brockman

Craig, Looks to me like he was high on the first one...

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