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.
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? Guns.com 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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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.
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
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.
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