CornerShot is a weapon accessory invented by Lt. Col. Amos Golan
Amos Golan
Amos Golan is a retired Israeli Army Lieutenant Colonel. He was a commander and a fighter in various counter-terrorism and elite units. He was the inventor of the weapon CornerShot and serves as joint CEO of the company Corner Shot Holdings, LLC.- References :...

 of the Israeli Defense Forces in cooperation with American investors. It was designed in the early 2000s for SWAT teams
A SWAT team is an elite tactical unit in various national law enforcement departments. They are trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular officers...

 and special forces
Special forces
Special forces, or special operations forces are terms used to describe elite military tactical teams trained to perform high-risk dangerous missions that conventional units cannot perform...

 in hostile situations usually involving terrorists
Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no universally agreed, legally binding, criminal law definition...

 and hostages. Its purpose is similar to that of the wartime
Trench warfare
Trench warfare is a form of occupied fighting lines, consisting largely of trenches, in which troops are largely immune to the enemy's small arms fire and are substantially sheltered from artillery...

 periscope rifle
Periscope rifle
A periscope rifle was first invented by Sergeant William Beech, a builder's foreman in civilian life, of the 2nd Battalion NSW, Australian Imperial Force, in May 1915...

; it allows its operator to both see and attack an armed target, without exposing the operator to counterattack.


The concept was first developed by Nazi Germany in WWII in the form of the StG-44's Krummlauf
The Krummlauf is a bent barrel attachment for the Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle developed by Germany in World War II.The curved barrel included a periscope sighting device for shooting around corners from a safe position....

, a curved barrel with a mounted mirror developed for urban warfare; However, a similar concept was developed by Australian troops in the trenches of WW1's Western front. This early idea was simply a specialised 'second' stock and trigger mechanism combined with a periscope to allow the user to remain within the trench while the rifle was layed over the top of the trench.

The CornerShot 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 steel hinge. It is manufactured by Corner Shot Holdings, LLC
Corner Shot Holdings, LLC
Corner Shot Holdings, LLC is an American company headquartered in Miami, Florida. It was founded by two former senior officers from elite units of the Israeli Defense Forces together with US investors...

, a company headed in Miami with an office in Israel. There is another separate manufacturer for the cornershot in France called OMEGA-Cornershot Units have been sold in 15 countries. The CornerShot was recently evaluated by the UK Ministry of Defence.

Forms and variations

The Corner shot's shooting range is claimed to be accurate and effective to 100 meters in 9x19mm, .40 S&W
.40 S&W
The .40 S&W is a rimless pistol cartridge developed jointly by major American firearms manufacturers Winchester and Smith & Wesson. The .40 S&W was developed from the ground up as a law enforcement cartridge designed to duplicate performance of the FBI's reduced velocity 10mm cartridge which could...

, and .45 ACP
.45 ACP
The .45 ACP , also known as the .45 Auto by C.I.P., is a cartridge designed by John Browning in 1904, for use in his prototype Colt semi-automatic .45 pistol and eventually the M1911 pistol adopted by the United States Army in 1911.-Design and history:The U.S...

 pistols, and is claimed to be effective to 200 meters with a 5.7x28mm pistol. The device is available in several variations, including the Beretta 92F, a model widely used by US security forces, the Glock, SIG SAUER and CZ, the mechanism can also mount various accessories such as detachable cameras, audio/video transmission kits, visible and IR lasers and tactical flashlights, suppressors and rubber bullets A standard pistol
When distinguished as a subset of handguns, a pistol is a handgun with a chamber that is integral with the barrel, as opposed to a revolver, wherein the chamber is separate from the barrel as a revolving cylinder. Typically, pistols have an effective range of about 100 feet.-History:The pistol...

 version is available, along with a 40 mm grenade launcher
Grenade launcher
A grenade launcher or grenade discharger is a weapon that launches a grenade with more accuracy, higher velocity, and to greater distances than a soldier could throw it by hand....

. 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 lets 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.

Future versions will be mountable on the US M-16 and a European joint assault weapon. The system can also be remotely emplaced and operated from behind camouflage, with a wire video - out connection sending images to a commander at a distance or saved to a 2-hour 'flash memory' chip attached to the gunstock.


The standard CornerShot mounts 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
The pound force is a unit of force in some systems of measurement including English engineering units and British gravitational units.- Definitions :...

). It is 820 millimetres (32.67 in) long, with a weight of 3.86 kilograms (8.5 lb
Pound (mass)
The pound or pound-mass is a unit of mass used in the Imperial, United States customary and other systems of measurement...


40 mm grenade launcher

The 40 mm Grenade Launcher is a breech-loading
Breech-loading weapon
A breech-loading weapon is a firearm in which the cartridge or shell is inserted or loaded into a chamber integral to the rear portion of a barrel....

, 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.

Assault Pistol Rifle (or APR)

The Assault Pistol Rifle mounts a custom pistol in the front part of the weapon to allow the use of rifle cartridges. It fires 5.56 mm ammunition The APR pistol can be removed from the CornerShot frame.

CornerShot Panzerfaust (or CSP)

Debuted at the Eurosatory 2004 military trade show in Paris, a derivative of the system for use against armored vehicles is designed to fire Panzerfaust
Panzerfaust 3
The Panzerfaust 3 is a modern and disposable recoilless RPG anti-tank weapon developed between 1978 and 1985 and put into service by the Bundeswehr in 1992...

 anti-tank rockets. It can turn 90 degrees instead of the standard 60 degrees The Panzerfaust-has a little info about the CornerShot Panzerfaust (and tells the name of the CornerShot Panzerfaust)

How it works

In the standard version a pistol is mounted in the front 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
A bayonet is a knife, dagger, sword, or spike-shaped weapon designed to fit in, on, over or underneath the muzzle of a rifle, musket or similar weapon, effectively turning the gun into a spear...

 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

The Krummlauf
The Krummlauf is a bent barrel attachment for the Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle developed by Germany in World War II.The curved barrel included a periscope sighting device for shooting around corners from a safe position....

 was a bent barrel designed for the Sturmgewehr 44
Sturmgewehr 44
The StG 44 was an assault rifle developed in Nazi Germany during World War II and was the first of its kind to see major deployment, considered by many historians to be the first modern assault rifle...

, which was used by the Germans in World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. It allowed for looking and firing around corners with its 30 degree barrel and a periscope
A periscope is an instrument for observation from a concealed position. In its simplest form it consists of a tube with mirrors at each end set parallel to each other at a 45-degree angle....

-style sight.


China has made two Cornershot-like weapons to date. One of them, based on the Cornershot, is the HD-66. Another is the CF-06. Both was first unveiled at the 4th China Police Expo (CPEX) and developed by the Chongqing Changfeng Machinery Co Ltd and Shanghai Sea Shield Technologies Company. According to Qing Shanseng, chief designer of the HD-66 and CF-06, both systems are indigenous and were not done based on the CornerShot.

The two systems use the QSZ-92
The QSZ-92 Services Pistol is a semi-automatic pistol designed by Norinco and it is in limited service in the People's Liberation Army since the late 1990s.-Development:...

 as the main pistol.


POF Eye is a special-purpose hand-held weapon system similar in concept to the CornerShot that can fire weapons around corners. It was first revealed at the 5th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar , held at the Karachi Expo Centre in November 2008...

 is a special-purpose hand-held weapon system similar in concept to the Corner Shot that can fire weapons around corners. It was first revealed at the 5th International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS 2008), held at the Karachi Expo Center in November 2008. It is designed for SWAT and special forces teams in hostile situations, particularly counter-terrorism and hostage rescue operations. It allows its operator to both see and attack an armed target without exposing the operator to counter-attack.

South Korea

South Korea had publicly unveiled their own version of the CornerShot on March 23, 2010, created and developed by the Agency for Defense Development. The ADD had
South Korean won
The won is the currency of South Korea. A single won is divided into 100 jeon, the monetary subunit. The jeon is no longer used for everyday transactions, and appears only in foreign exchange rates...

350 million invested for research and development of their own CornerShot in September 2008. Its functions are similar to the original version, with the exception of a laser target designator and a pixel sensor included to assist in locating hostile targets.


Beijing SWAT
Beijing SWAT
The Beijing Special Weapons and Tactics Unit is a police unit in the People's Republic of China that deals with incidents beyond the capabilities of normal patrol officers such as hostage situations, high risk warrants and riot control...

.: National Security Guards
National Security Guards
The National Security Guard is a Special Response Unit in India that has primarily been utilized for counter-terrorism activities and was created by the Cabinet Secretariat under the National Security Guard Act of the Indian Parliament in 1986...

.: South Korean special forces. (Israeli model)
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