Posted on November 30, 2012 at 1:24pm by Liz Klimas The Blaze
A new Texas-based company is developing a shooting system that could turn even the least skilled marksmen into a sniper-quality shooter.
TrackingPoint calls its system the “world’s first precision guided firearm.”
President Jason Schauble explained in a YouTube demonstration of the technology that what the company did is “put jet fighter lock-and-launch technology into a firing system.”
The system uses a conventional gun and ammunition, but combines them with a Intelligent Digital Tracking Scope and a guided trigger. The technology doesn’t let you fire until the shot is spot on.
“You don’t have to be an experienced shooter,” Schauble said in the video. “You can come and pick this up and within minutes be able to master the tag-track-exact technology that allows you to get on target.”
Here’s how it works:
1 Tag your desired target.
2 Bring the scope’s “firing solution” back onto the tag you’ve established.
3 Squeeze the trigger. Only when the firing solution and the tag are aligned will the gun shoot
The shooter’s real job is something like being the rifle’s spotter, porter and chauffeur,” Max Slowik wrote on Guns.com.
TrackingPoint “Precision Guided Firearms” will be available starting January 2013. Slowik noted the systems being based on “Remington 700 rifles and will have two tactical models, one in .338 Lapua Magnum, the other in .300 Winchester Magnum and a hunting version in .300 Win Mag as well.”
Slowik also stated there are many unanswered questions regarding the tech:
[…] can the IDTS system track moving targets? Does it use any type of facial recognition? If not, does TrackingPoint have future versions planned that do?
How long do the batteries last? How much does it weigh? Can it be programmed for specific loads? What’s the scope’s rangefinding range and how does it measure wind and other atmospheric elements? Can it be fired if the scope or trigger system is broken or unpowered, like a normal rifle? Will TrackingPoint offer complete rifles, PGR/IDTS kits, or both? Will they develop a night vision or infrared version of the system? Will it be sold on the commercial market right away or will they first go to military and law enforcement agencies? When will it become available, and for how much?
How long will it take for “real” long-range shooters to call the IDTS the “Idiot scope?”
We also wonder how much such a system will officially cost. Slowik said there are hints that the guns could range from $15,000 to $20,000.
As of right now TrackingPoint’s website is pretty uninformative, only offering visitors the opportunity to sign up for updates.
So for now, here’s another video demonstrating the system: