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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
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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To: Jewbacca

Chey-tac M-200 Intervention has had networked optics for a while now. This just incorporates a laser range finder.

Not sure it’s worth the extra $5-7 grand.


21 posted on 01/14/2013 9:23:16 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Sine ullo desiderio vive et ama.... Carpe diem.)
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To: billorites

This makes the AR-type rifles pretty much in the same category as air rifles or crossbows.

The aiming capabilities puts this device in the class of a great assassination mechanism. I can see its distribution and application subject to some very serious limitations.

But the principles and the proven possibility it CAN be constructed, means that somebody else, somewhere, can replicate the design, or a similar line of engineering could result in the same outcome.

Some garage tinkerer somewhere could be in the business of constructing these appliances for private operators.

And THAT should scare the pants off the social engineers who want to “fundamentally change” the United States.


22 posted on 01/14/2013 9:27:57 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Anything tried before the computer age needs to be tried again! I recall when I was a kid that drones (model airplanes) worked much better with a string!


23 posted on 01/14/2013 9:28:35 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: billorites
It's all well and good until the "novice" marksman flinches as he pulls the trigger. At 700 yards, that flinch is probably 10'.

At that range your heartbeat is a factor.

24 posted on 01/14/2013 9:30:21 AM PST by par4
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To: par4

The weapon doesn’t fire when you pull the trigger. The weapon fires when the trigger is pressed AND the cross hairs are lined up with the laser marker.


25 posted on 01/14/2013 9:34:42 AM PST by Melas (u)
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To: billorites
!?

26 posted on 01/14/2013 9:35:35 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: billorites

I predict another liberal freak out.


27 posted on 01/14/2013 9:36:01 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Just starting with the gyrojet concept, you could right off eliminate the stock and trigger mechanism by replacing that type of rocket with stacked minirockets in an aluminum tube ~ an onboard electronic inertial guidance mechanism would allow your hand held super computer (iphone 5) to put it on target ~ other than needing a glove, or some insulation wrapped around the tube if you wanted to hold it, this could be done now and the federales would never know a new class of incredibly destructive firearms was wandering about.

If we were using it just once ~ until the rounds ran out ~ we could probably make the tubes from heat resistant plastic. You could also simply poke the tube in the ground and find cover before you started using it.

Your target people would definitely need to resort to some high ticket computerization to track back that launchpath, so this would provide more protection to any soldier using the devices.

For personal stopping power you might want to carry an old fashioned 1911 .45 ~ but that's for situations where you might actually come into direct contact with the enemy.

I'm figuring that with remote fire control capability you wouldn't need to have rounds with a range much beyond maybe 100 meters. Fly the tubes into the killing zone by drone, and begin pattern firing by remote.

28 posted on 01/14/2013 9:44:40 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Sir Napsalot

LOL!!! “Spray and pray” works pretty well when you’re spraying with a min gun. IF you aren’t paying for (or reloading your own) ammo.


29 posted on 01/14/2013 9:53:53 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Hey, just what ya see pal.


30 posted on 01/14/2013 9:54:46 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: billorites

I quote: “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.”

BLOODY FREDDING EXCUSE ME!

ONCE AGAIN, A TALKING MUFFINHEAD HAS NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT!

As an F-4 McDonnell Douglas Phantom radar maintenance assistant shop chief, I will tell you. The ‘heads-up display’ (HUD), was “not to compensate for human aim”, at all. The weapons control system, that tracks and locks onto another aircraft, launches a missle to intercept that aircraft, computes and drops bombs onto ground targets, and acts as an aiming device, using the locked on radar, is an autonomous electronic package. All the information of navigation, and the weapons control system, is relayed to the pilot, through the HUD.

PEON NEWSCASTER!


31 posted on 01/14/2013 9:56:12 AM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: Terry L Smith
It all goes back to “Top Gun"...

It appears this author thinks the origination of HUD was the movie. Idiot.

32 posted on 01/14/2013 10:01:20 AM PST by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: billorites

33 posted on 01/14/2013 10:05:38 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Melas
Yeah, read that later, should have known better....

Now all you have to do is keep the laser designator steady on the target. Still at 700 yards a heartbeat in a 12X scope is a big jump.

34 posted on 01/14/2013 10:14:58 AM PST by par4
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To: ClearCase_guy

Reminds me of the time some MSM b!tch was interviewing a sniper out of Iraq of whom they’d caught some pixels ‘misting’ an ‘insurgent’.....

She asked, “How did it feel when you shot him?”

“Just a slight recoil, ma’am.”


35 posted on 01/14/2013 10:15:57 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: billorites

Or you could get one of these:

http://www.barrett.net/optics/bors


36 posted on 01/14/2013 10:21:06 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Terry L Smith

Let’s not let facts get in the way of a good story.


37 posted on 01/14/2013 10:33:34 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: carriage_hill

Good thing I stocked up on these when they were cheap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkFU7o3IAaM&feature=youtube_gdata_player


38 posted on 01/14/2013 10:36:53 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Gotta remember to open that front door flap. Me LIKE it!!


39 posted on 01/14/2013 10:41:12 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: billorites

A Linux-powered scope! That’s worthy of a thread right there. How long before the MS crowd shows up to debunk it?


40 posted on 01/14/2013 12:54:48 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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