Click Headshot! Why Did it Take So Long For Someone to Invent a Precision Guided Firearm [TrackingPoint]
If you ever found yourself wanting to shoot like a sniper from some sort of elite military unit that you never get to hear about, then the TrackingPoint Intelligent Digital Tracking Scope and Precision Guided Firearm would probably be a good place to start.
The system takes a point and click approach to shooting. You put the crosshairs on what you want to shoot, click the tag button next to the trigger, squeeze and hold the trigger and the scope does the rest. It does not fire right away – it waits until the rifle is in position to hit the target, taking into account gravity, atmospheric drag, parallax, and cross-winds, before it shoots.
According to the manufacturer, the TrackingPoint system should be able to hit most targets to the width of a single human hand at a range of 1000 yards (914m). The company plans to release three rifles in January: the XS1, which fires a .338 Lapua Magnum round; and the XS2 and XS3, which are smaller variations that fire .300 Winchester Magnum rounds.
The no-nonsense gentleman that you see in the image above is Jason Schauble, president of TrackingPoint, former vice president of Remington’s Global Military Products, and a retired special ops Marine Captain who was awarded a Silver Star and a Bronze Star in Iraq.
As of yet there is no word on price, but the rumored $15K-20K price range sounds realistic.