Bull’s-eye: Web-enabled ‘smart rifle’ helps shooting accuracy
The XactSystem, a so-called “smart rifle” with a computerized telescopic scope that helps the shooter aim and fire, and streams live video of the shot to a nearby wireless device for uploading to the Internet.
The XactSystem’s manufacturer, Austin, Texas-based Tracking Point, says the gun is accurate up to 1,200 yards
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According to gun manufacturer Tracking Point, the weapon is a smartgun with a trigger wired to the scope so it won’t fire until the shooter has the perfect lock on their target. The smart rifle automatically accounts for distance, gravity, wind speed, humidity, the rotation of the Earth, and other variables that influence a bullet’s path.
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At the heart of TrackingPoint’s sophisticated firearms, dubbed the XactSystem, is the company’s “networked tracking scope,” which sports a color heads up display, and instantly monitors a wide variety of factors, including wind speed and direction, target distance, gravity, the rotation of the earth, and more, to calculate when and how to accurately fire the ammunition. TrackingPoint’s so-called smart rifles, which range from $22,500 to $27,500, even pack built-in Wi-Fi, which allows shooters to transmit live video of their shots to an iPad, then upload them to YouTube or social networks.
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“This is a weapon that will get the Call of Duty generation into the real shooting sports,” says TrackingPoint’s chief executive, Jason Schauble, a 38-year-old decorated special-ops officer who formerly served in the Marines. A genial, smooth-talking ballistics pro who retired from the military after being seriously wounded in Iraq, he is making the rounds in New York and elsewhere to promote TrackingPoint. Schauble readily acknowledges that to make the transition from pretend shooter games to the real-life range or hunting grounds will require serious money. TrackingPoint’s customized rifles sell for $22,000 to $27,000 apiece, depending on just how tricked-out consumers want their weapons.