Toggle switches and LED lights: The electric Walther

Behold, the Walther FP, a 1970s design that includes a very fine electric trigger (Photos: RIA)

Behold, the Walther FP, a 1970s design that includes a very fine electric trigger (Photos: RIA)

Rock Island Auction Company has a really interesting .22LR match grade target pistol up for grabs, a Walther FP– Free Pistol– model complete with an electronic trigger.

This single-shot 49.4-ounce pistol is not your average plinker, but, with its 11.4-inch heavy barrel, is meant for Olympic/world standard 50m Free Pistol matches.

Manufactured from 1977-91, there aren’t a ton of them floating around on the used pistol market due to their niche design, which includes a very fine electric fire control system that Rock Island’s Joel R. Kolander describes as “Instead of depending on a sear to activate a firing pin, and the physical movement required by that system, the electronic activation of this trigger is less than a mouse click.”

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As far as ergonomics, “This feels like you’re wearing a wooden glove with a gun mounted to it.”

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The only pesky thing about electric triggers is that they can fail. Case in point: Army Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, a San Antonio native stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado had to make emergency repairs to his gun to replace a faulty trigger while competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But then again, anything made my man can fail, right?

The very interesting Walther, lot 6962, comes with a branded case, three extra rear sights and tools, with an estimated auction price of  $1,500-$2,250.