Futuristic super rifle to sell for $17,000

Learn more about a revolutionary firearms technology that makes precision sharpshooting automatic.

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This is an update on the "Intelligent Digital Tracking Scopes" system, a revolutionary firearms technology that I wrote about last month. The part that makes it "revolutionary" is a digital tracking function that ensures an accurate hit on intended targets the first time, and every time.

TrackingPoint, the company behind the yet-to-be-released modified rifles, had representatives available at this year's Consumer Electronics Show to answer questions and provide additional details on the product's ongoing development and upcoming availability.

But before I get to that, here's a condensed explanation of how the next-generation scope technology works:

TrackingPoint’s patent-pending “Intelligent Digital Tracking Scopes” system was created to do away with all these complex factors by introducing a mechanism that prevents the rifle from going off until it ensures a precise hit. This is done using a correction technology that works to continually calibrate the point of impact based on important variables such as atmospheric drag, parallax, cross-winds and elevation.

Looking through the scope, the shooter starts by tagging the location of where the bullet should end up by means of a red, superimposed square. Once tagged, the shooter can now pull the trigger, though the bullet won’t fire until the crosshairs are matched up correctly with the predicted landing spot.

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Now, here's the latest information on the gun that doesn't miss courtesy of Ars Technica:

  • The system relies on a Linux-based operational interface that functions similarly to a heads-up display used by fighter pilots.
  • It comes with a safety mechanism that snipers will take a liking to. After squeezing and holding down the trigger, the shooter can cancel the entire sequence by releasing it anytime prior to the gun firing.
  • It'll come equipped with some form of nonvolatile storage, like a solid-state drive. While in operation, the rifler's activity will be recorded continuously and the information stores, not unlike the "black box" on board an airplane.
  • Other features include a small Wi-Fi server and the option of an iOS app that connects to the scope and allows the scope's display to appear on an iPad or iPhone screen in real time.
  • You're probably getting the idea now that this will be a well-connected weapon. Naturally, this means that the scope's video recordings can be uploaded to YouTube and other social media sites.
  • The estimated starting price start was quoted at about $17,000 , which also includes an iPad with the TrackingPoint app pre-installed.
  • Despite the exorbitant upfront cost, TrackingPoint's reps believe a major selling point is that the improvement in shot-accuracy would result in a net reduction in the number of rounds used, which  helps gun owners save money.
  • The company's reps also say that device's development isn't tailored specifically for military agencies. Their main focus is to turn out a satisfactorily reliable product first then figure out the best way to market it.
  • Currently, the company is developing the technology mainly for bolt-action rifles.

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