Gear Preview: RADETEC LED Advisor

I love shooting guns, but rarely does something gun-related give me the giggles. Several exceptions naturally apply. Full auto, silenced and subsonic .300 BLK shooting and Tannerite come to mind. And I’ve found another giggle-worthy item: the RADETEC LED Advisor . . .

See the video above for a demo of the product that straps to your gun and lets you know when you’re running low on lead. I can’t stop running snap caps through my pistol and giggling. It lights up! Is it worth $169? Does it work under actual shooting conditions? Will it break immediately?

I don’t know! But I’m headed to the range to find out. Watch this space to stay up to date.


  1. jirdesteva

    Looks cool.

  2. peirsonb

    I nerded out wondering how they were detecting the rounds through a steel magazine….then to find out the cheaters used a reed switch 🙁

    1. As in Dark Souls, so with guns, if it works it ain’t cheating.

  3. the ruester

    At the range, do a mag dump and see how close you can get to one in the pipe before it lights. I bet there is some latency.

  4. Wassim Absood

    This and the mag-dagger and I’m set!

  5. Oh, for Christ on a Cracker.

    You, as a competent shooter, would have been better off to spend that money on a class to learn how it feels when your gun is nearing empty in the excitement of shooting, as opposed to some do-dad that’s bound to fail when the chips are down or that is going to distract you when you’re fighting for your life.

    Give it the fecal product of the year consideration.


    1. 7.62x54r

      Finally, an advantage to living in upstate NY. I only have to count to 7.

    2. TTACer

      I know what you’re thinking, “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement.

      1. Bob

        So do you feel lucky? Well do you, punk?

  6. Defens

    Right up there with the infamous M1 Garand “clip ping”. Which was a bug, not a feature, and came at no extra cost.

    “Dude’s – he’s blinking red! Let’s rush him!”

  7. mrvco

    “Dangerous Ammo Thresholds” sounds like a Bloombergism.

    Not to mention it requires a proprietary follower be installed in the magazine.

    And then there is this gem from the product page:

    “This is the first accessory of its kind and can benifit the user and almost every way possible.”

    1. Andrew

      Finally – A magazine radar that also gives full-service handjobs!

      Wait… it DOESN’T do that?

  8. Paul53 Old gringo

    If I had $169 to waste, this would be far down the list, if it made the list at all. Sorry, but it does nothing for me.

  9. Renegade Dave

    I can paint a want as a need with the best of them to justify purchases, but I got nothing on this one.

  10. A neat idea! Some fun but seemingly unnecessary tech. All of the training I have taken has us dumping the mostly-used mag and doing a reload at the first pause in the action, and if we run the mag dry, immediately reloading as well. Still, looks kind of fun.

  11. Second Amendment

    Note quite as cool as the UA-571 C remote sentry from Aliens. Now that had an ammo counter! 🙂

  12. Dave s

    rather put the cash into spare mags, and the time into reload practice, then it really doesnt matter

  13. Al Cohol


  14. crashbbear

    The digital read out version would be cool on a rifle. But not a handgun. Cool, but completely unnecessary. I put a new mag in when my gun goes click. This is just a distraction.

    I like Glocks because they’re simple, why would I want to ruin that? But hey, everybody wants a slice of mall ninja pie. They, sitting on their tactical black couch with high speed, low drag internet, operating in radio silence (mostly ’cause no one wants to talk to them).

  15. Paul53 Old gringo

    Perfect example: Necessity is the mother of invention. Invention is NOT the mother of necessity!

  16. CJ

    Finally! A gun product I have no need or desire for. It’s like money in the bank. More products like these please. I might actually be able to retire some day.

  17. Gunr, from Oregon

    Maybe they will next come out with a sensor that will tell you what kind of rounds are in the mag, such as Hollow point, round nose FMJ, etc. in case you forgot, with all that magazine changing in a fire fight!

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