New $25,000 rifle is fully loaded -- and then some

TrackingPoint's high-tech weapon is the talk of the shooting world. It's also facing criticism for being a little too effective.

By Kim Peterson Jun 19, 2013 1:44PM
Screenshot from Tracking Point's website of the XS1 Precision Guided Firearm (© TrackingPoint, Inc.)A new rifle hitting the market can fire shots across the equivalent of 10 football fields and has enough bells and whistles to turn just about anyone into an expert marksman within minutes.

Some of the first of these weapons, made by Texas company TrackingPoint, were being auctioned off this week for between $25,000 and $35,000, although the auctions had not attracted any bids by Wednesday.

How can one gun be worth that much money? For starters, it comes with a Wi-Fi server, USB ports and an Apple (AAPL) iPad Mini, according to VentureBeat.

Oh, and it also aims itself. The shooter tells the gun what to shoot, and the gun locks a laser on the target, John Koetsier writes.

Then the gun goes to work using its laser rangefinder, ballistics computer, inertia gauge, networked tracking engine and sensors that measure the wind speeds in the area, Koetsier adds. It fires only when everything lines up correctly for the perfect shot -- and it can shoot across 1,200 yards. The gun also records video of the entire thing and streams it to the iPad Mini.

This video shows the gun in action, but don't watch it if you're squeamish about seeing animals shot.

So is all of this worth the $25,000 price? puts it this way:
You pay $25,000 for the hunt, or the potential hunt. The gun itself is less important. It is the assurance that you won't miss, no matter how far out you shoot. That will be, for some, worth the price.
The weapon is already raising concerns that it could be used for evil. "It's also incredibly dangerous, since now inexperienced shooters can be as accurate (as) -- or more accurate (than) -- trained military snipers from almost a mile away," Koetsier writes. "The potential for terrorism and targeted assassinations is obvious."

What do you think? Is TrackingPoint's new rifle a hunter's best friend or an assassination waiting to happen?

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Jun 19, 2013 3:05PM
Ban a super accurate rifle?!?!? BTW, hi powered scopes makes it easier to hit at distance, ban that too? How far is too far? How easy is too easy? Cellphone make detonating IEDs easy, maybe too easy, should we ban that too? Cars make "car bombs" too easy should we ban that too? Pressure cookers???? Fireworks???? Gasoline????? Electrical wire???? Solder guns????? Some of you will try to ban anything out of emotion just because you can't  figure out real solutions for real life problems.......
Jun 19, 2013 3:34PM

I'm an old-school shooter.  I was taught precision marksmanship 20 years ago, how to calculate a shot, factor in wind, elevation, angles, humidity..... all while using a slightly tweaked Remington 700 (hunting type rifle) and mediocre optic. 

Technology and equipment have advanced so far that an average shooter can make 1k yard hits under decent environmental conditions.  The equipment makes up for the lack of skill and training. 

$25k for a rifle that does all the work doesn't really appeal to me.  With a little bit of training and $7k worth of rifle and optics, almost anyone can get this level of performance.

Jun 19, 2013 4:05PM
Kind of takes the sport out of it, doesn't it?
Jun 19, 2013 3:14PM
Is this the gun from Beverly Hills Cop 3?
Jun 19, 2013 4:26PM
Where is the problem?
Only people with a background check could purchase this weapon anyway
It goes back to what I have said many times....people that commit crimes with guns do NOT buy them from a gun shop.
They either steal them or buy them from someone who has done so
I am so sick of the whiners crying about gun control when in reality our laws are very adequate in preventing idiots and criminals from owning guns, instead everyone is hellbent on keeping law abiding people from owning guns. What will happen when only the criminals can get guns?????
If Obama wants to crack down on things that cause death...make cars illegal
How about chemical plants, hurricanes and tornadoes

Jun 19, 2013 3:54PM

People read before typing.


Then the gun goes to work using its laser rangefinder, ballistics computer, inertia gauge, networked tracking engine and sensors that measure the wind speeds in the area, Koetsier adds. It fires only when everything lines up correctly for the perfect shot -- and it can shoot across 1,200 yards.


Stop with the emotions and use the grey matter between your ears. As a FYI we have been arming our snipers with all this gear (and much more) for years in the current conflict. Again I don't see a need for it in the sporting world. Kind of takes the "Sport" out of Sportsmanship. But just like some people cheat in video games some cheat in the field.



Jun 19, 2013 4:19PM
what happens when it gets dropped in the mud?
Jun 19, 2013 5:27PM
I'll take my $500 .270 Remington and $24,500 worth of ammo against this rifle all day long.
Jun 19, 2013 4:57PM
It's not the weapon it's the person with the weapon! This is less dangerous than the IRS; DOJ; NSA; FBI; State Dept.; National Security Council; FISA; Drones over U.S.; Congress; and the King of danger - the Obama White House!
Jun 19, 2013 4:31PM
25k for smart rifle, the stupid idiot behind it, priceless!
Smart rifle won't save you from a inbound round.

Did I mention at 2500 yards, this rifle can still miss.. if that object moves as soon as the trigger is pulled....

This gun just makes idiots with deep pockets and bad shots deadlier
Jun 19, 2013 4:29PM
Can somebody tell me why private citizens cannot own aircraft carriers, tanks, or missiles? Legalize it all!
Jun 19, 2013 4:16PM
POS..............still can't shoot around corners
Jun 19, 2013 3:34PM
that's great that it measures wind velocity where the rifle  is, what about where the target is? what about crosswinds between shooter and target. what about elevation differences between shooter and target. someone's gonna pay a whole lot of money to still miss the target lol.
Jun 19, 2013 5:24PM
If you need a wi-fi enabled laser-guided auto-aiming rifle to hunt then you might want to consider the very likely fact that you suck at hunting and should take up a different hobby. I've always used a lever action 30-30 or a compound bow, no complaints here, except from some dead and delicious bucks.
Jun 19, 2013 5:10PM
Only a poser would use this for hunting .
Jun 19, 2013 4:08PM
Every SWAT team should have one.  Could put a quick end to many a hostage situation.
Jun 19, 2013 4:57PM
Banning a piece of technology that skill can accomplish?  I could see not allowing it for hunting...takes the sport out of it...but banning it's ownership?  That's silly...  Many shooters can do this by skill can't ban skills...although I'm certain the US gov't would love to try to...  Reminds me of Harrison Bergeron...
Jun 19, 2013 5:18PM
bought a new vacuum today (Tirstar).  man does it suck, but not as much a some of these posts do today
Jun 19, 2013 4:45PM
guess some people hate inanimate objects that are smarter than they are
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