Skip to comments.Smart Rifle never misses, now comes in semi-automatic form
Posted on 01/11/2014 5:39:43 AM PST by carriage_hill
In the near future, you won't even need to know how to fire a rifle to be a crack shot.
At the Consumer Electronic Show, the Austin, Texas-based start-up TrackingPoint showed off its all-new 500 Series AR Smart Rifle, a gun that makes it almost impossible for any user to miss.
(Read more: Now there's a gun that let's you shoot.)
TrackingPoint is the inventor of Precision Guided Firearms, a guided shooting system that the company says creates the most accurate guns in the world. The new rifle is the company's first semi-automatic series.
This technology turns even a neophyte into a marksman, at least within a 500-yard range. The user simply "tags" the target, and the gun and ammo do the rest, all for a mere $9,950the starting price for the new series.
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Where’s the fun in that?
LOL, Target practice is one of my favorite joys.
Lol...the scope is longer than most ARs.
All the same....WANT!
Takes all the fun out of target shooting, IMO. Heh.
Still... I want one!
This should make qualifying at the rifle range while in the military a bit easier.
I had a good laugh when someone was telling me they allow Marines to qualify with an ACOG sight. I don’t know if that is true or not, but it would not surprise me.
Wheres the fun in that?
Let’s just say, it depends on circumstances.
In the Canadian army we use a 4 times site. We also have a tough qualifier. We start shooting at 100m, different positions, then 200m, then 300m. Then we start at 400m, and we do a run down. It’s timed, you have to sprint to 300m, get a number of shots off at two different targets, then spring to 200m and from kneeling hit two different targets, then sprint to 100m and do some more. Then we advance to 75m and stand, advance again, fully auto.
Sometimes the conditions we do this in are so bad, that there’s no way anyone would pass, so the guys in the ‘butts’ help out a little lol.
I hear you! ;-)
Picture of a Chevy Volt keeps flashing through my mind.
From an environmental standpoint, think of all the lead you will keep from getting all over the place!
Me too! Thanks for the ping.
Get out the ol' jumper cables.
Heh. What’s the fun if you can’t waste all that money on errant, non 8-9-10-ring ammo. (Just kidding)
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
That's actually the article's title.
"Now there is a gun that let us you shoot."
I guess you’d keep spare batteries in a shirt/coat pocket, to keep them warm, and rotate them in very cold weather. That’s a definite problem in sub-freezing/zero weather.
So it’s good for sniper work. Send 50 solders with those into a Chicago meltdown. Dead men walking.
How useful is it in a 100 yard or less firefight? Tactical house to house warfare?
When the SHTF, Appleseed type marksmanship will prevail.
Still, if someone would buy it for me...........
I wonder if this is their own technology or if they are working off the tracking technology developed elsewhere, such as eye trackers used in refractive surgery.
I always thought it was iron sights only? (I have no military experience) In the BSA in the 60s, we had to shoot NRA competition with iron sight; no scopes, although I had an easily removable 4x Bushnell on my old Mossberg 144LS .22LR at the time.
This system gives the user environmental feedback like temperature, compass direction, wind speed, and other sensor data.
However, it appears that the active part of this system is no more than an interlock that prevents the round from firing until the gun is aimed correctly. I, for one, would not want that feature.
The gun is cheap! It’s the ammo cost that will kill you! Just like printers! lol
To get the maximum accuracy, you would have to buy match grade ammo, or load your own under very careful conditions. Appleseed marksmanship will prevail with any ammo under all conditions thrown in.
This might even things up a bit with Ubama’s “civilian army that is as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded” as the US military.
I am thinking the opposite — that Obama’s “civilian army” will be the only ones allowed to buy or possess these things. Oh plus your local jackbooted SWAT team of course.
I meant if you got one now.
Yep. In urban warfare superior technology is far from a guarantee of victory. And when the underdogs are free men who love their families & liberty more than their lives, technology comes in a distant second.
We may come to find out how many of those men we have in this country.
Challenge accepted. I’ve had some bad days on the range where I just can’t seem to hit anything I aim at. On one of those days, ha, I could make your 10K rifle miss. ;-)
“Smart bullets”? I can’t even imagine how much they cost per round. My Barrett’s .50cal were ~$4.75/round, and “smart bullets” probably dwarf that. WTH is a “smart bullet” anyway? It’s a guided missile; yikes!
The batteries used in red dot sights are usually good for 1,000 + hours. I don’t know how the cold affects them. Same as other batteries I would guess. In any case, sooner or later....
But competency with iron sights should always be a prerequisite to scope work. Sights and scopes mean squat if you aren’t good with the fundamentals. I’ve seen active duty military at Appleseed courses. The human factor is always the dominant one.
Actually, I sold it a few weeks ago, but I’ve had days like that, too, until I had the Leupold-BORS System fitted... at $2,900 it was a bargain.
But you can never get the genie back into the bottle. These things have a way of making into the other side's hands.
Stinger missiles in the 80's? Once they're out there, it's pretty hard to guarantee they stay where you want them.
Another thought regarding Zero's private "army". Like the Brownshirts they will be poorly educated cowardly thugs, bullies and sadists. They will be better equipped, but see what happens when the hunted start shooting back from the rooftops, etc.
If someone would buy it for me....
(That applies to a LOT of things! hahahaha)
You mean, it depends on the target.
In the hands of an inexperienced shooter, or some dumb ass, that's not a guarantee. Hand steadiness? No scope will give you that. Nor proper trigger pull. Close quarters firefight conditions?
This will be a pretty mean weapon, but it's not the magic bullet (pun intended)
As one who did fairly well on the USMC Known Distance (200, 300 & 500 yds) ranges using iron sights, first on the M-14 and later the M-16, I say, "More power to them".
You fight like you train.
That is what I like about some of the Russian red/black dots.
When the battery goes the black dot is still sighted.
You have a point. However, what do you do when the ACOG breaks or is lost? I know that they are pretty indestructible...just saying.
Practice both ways, just in case. I learned instrument flying with a full IFR panel, but we always practiced partial panel, too. Things break.
“Murphy” was a grunt before he became a pilot!
A very well put, very diplomatic answer. And exactly what I was thinking. The ATF will never allow this technology to be available to the general public.
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