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Futuristic rifle turns novice into sharpshooter
NBC News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Wilson Rothman

Posted on 01/14/2013 8:44:13 AM PST by billorites

It all goes back to "Top Gun." In the heads-up display on Maverick's Tomcat, you can see a computer compensate for human aim with precision laser guidance and careful calculations. How long before that technology made its way to to a conventional hunting rifle? It's here now, with a price tag of $17,000 to $21,000.

We came to Las Vegas the first week of January, the way we always do, for the Consumer Electronics Show. The vast trade show features over 3,300 exhibitors, and covers 1.9 million square feet. But there are no shooting ranges at CES. To check out TrackingPoint, we had to drive out to the hills outside of tow

As someone who not only isn't a marksman but pretty much avoids guns altogether, I approached the TrackingPoint rifle a bit gingerly. However, when the company's president, Jason Schauble, walked me through it, I realized that as long as I paid attention (and observed the basic safety rules of firearms), I would be able to hit that target without trouble. Not 15 minutes later, I did — at a distance of nearly seven football fields.

How does it work? A laser rangefinder identifies the target, and tells the gun where to aim to hit it, given conditions such as humidity, wind, and the typical ballistic drop you'd expect from a bullet shot from a gun at such a distance.

You pick your target by dropping a pin on it using the camcorder-like zoom lens. When you want to shoot that target, you line up crosshairs inside the scope with the pin you dropped. The weirdest thing is, when you squeeze the trigger, it doesn't fire. You have to squeeze the trigger and line up the crosshairs with your mark. When you do, the gun goes boom, and the target takes a bullet.

No matter where you are on the gun debate, the technology used is an impressive system. The rifle will be available soon from TrackingPoint. Watch the video above for the whole story.


TOPICS: Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Science
KEYWORDS: banglist; ces; guns; nra
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Check out the video at the link.

Ars Technica has a quite detailed article plus some amusing comments as well.

1 posted on 01/14/2013 8:44:16 AM PST by billorites
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To: billorites
one way to do it ~ on the other hand, returning to the original Chinese idea ~ little rockets ~ putting a computer controlled guidance system on board the projectile is better.

Just access an ap on your cellphone to fire at and hit your selected target ~ even around corners.

2 posted on 01/14/2013 8:49:08 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: billorites

I hate Aim Bots.


3 posted on 01/14/2013 8:54:50 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: billorites
As someone who not only isn't a marksman but pretty much avoids guns altogether

Well what is this dufus doing at the SHOT show, much less reporting on the SHOT show?

4 posted on 01/14/2013 8:55:52 AM PST by grobdriver (Sic semper tyrannis!)
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To: American in Israel

Now if Halo and Battlefield will incorporate this type of aimbot on their sniper guns...I may win a few rounds :-)


5 posted on 01/14/2013 8:58:33 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Clint N. Suhks; mylife; smokingfrog

Can’t miss Ping.


6 posted on 01/14/2013 8:59:43 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: grobdriver
Read the article, dummy.
Consumer Electronics Show?
7 posted on 01/14/2013 8:59:43 AM PST by grobdriver (Sic semper tyrannis!)
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To: grobdriver

I especially like his little “the gun goes boom” comment. Obviously a lifetime NRA member.


8 posted on 01/14/2013 9:00:06 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: grobdriver
Well what is this dufus doing at the SHOT show, much less reporting on the SHOT show?

He was the closest thing his entire news organization has to a gun lover...

9 posted on 01/14/2013 9:01:17 AM PST by null and void (Confiscating guns enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: grobdriver

Still a valid question, why is he reporting on a gun?


10 posted on 01/14/2013 9:02:53 AM PST by null and void (Confiscating guns enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: grobdriver

Apparently NBC News think that is a perfect pre-qualification for the rest of us, the dummies er general public.

Speaking of NBC News, do they even know any real ‘gun expert’ in their staff, and what the difference is.


11 posted on 01/14/2013 9:05:04 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: billorites

Mount the gun on a UAV quadrotor, and you have an aerial remote sniper.


12 posted on 01/14/2013 9:05:52 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: billorites

81 mm mortar rounds, just get it close...


13 posted on 01/14/2013 9:05:52 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: billorites

Phased plasma rifle in a 40 watt range?


14 posted on 01/14/2013 9:08:15 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: grobdriver

That’s a fail on your part. It’s CES, and he’s a technology and science writer. That’s who I’d send to the Consumer Electronics Show.


15 posted on 01/14/2013 9:09:25 AM PST by Melas (u)
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To: billorites
Wow. Snipers will no longer need a spotter. The US military will lock up this technology right quick.

There's no way the Gubmint would take a chance on this falling into the hands of a sufficiently 'motivated' or insane citizen.

16 posted on 01/14/2013 9:09:26 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Humans have eliminated natural selection. Morons are now a protected species. They breed and vote.)
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To: muawiyah

***one way to do it ~ on the other hand, returning to the original Chinese idea ~ little rockets***

They tried that with the Gyrojet firearms back about 45 years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyrojet


17 posted on 01/14/2013 9:11:11 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: billorites

>>> Futuristic rifle turns novice into sharpshooter

IF ONLY I can get my hands on a mini gun ..... and don’t have to worry about the ammo

I don’t have to worry about being a sharpshooter.


18 posted on 01/14/2013 9:12:11 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Phased plasma rifle in a 40 watt range?

Just what you see, pal.

19 posted on 01/14/2013 9:12:25 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Just what you see, bub.


20 posted on 01/14/2013 9:13:21 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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