Safety First: Air Pistol Pressure Gauge Located In The Worst Possible Place

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Mark W. Shead has chosen the perfect lead photo for his article on software design. Feinwerkbau's Piccolo air-powered pistol which requires you to stare at the business end of the barrel to read the pressure gauge.

I'm sure the pistol has plenty of safety features to ensure it doesn't accidentally go off. But come on, nobody's perfect, people forget, and I'm sure the engineers could have worked a little harder to find a safer place to put the gauge. I mean this is just bad business sense. How do you expect to get repeat business if your product is prone to eliminating your customers who just want to know how many shots they have left? [Mark W. Shead via BoingBoing]

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The gauge is on the end of the pressure tank, which is removable for filling. I'm sure they intended you to look at the gauge while filling the tank from an external pressure bottle. However, I'm also sure folks will want to take a peek while using the gun, so there you go.