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#3714899 - 01/10/13 02:15 AM Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle  
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http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/01/17000-linux-powered-rifle-brings-auto-aim-to-the-real-world/

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CES is about technology of all kinds; while we're busy covering cameras, TVs, and CPUs, there's a huge number of products that fall outside our normal coverage. Austin-based startup TrackingPoint isn't typical Ars fare, but its use of technology to enable getting just the perfect shot was intriguing enough to get me to stop by and take a look at the company's products.

TrackingPoint makes "Precision Guided Firearms, or "PGFs," which are a series of three heavily customized hunting rifles, ranging from a .300 Winchester Magnum with a 22-inch barrel up to a .338 Lapua Magnum with 27-inch barrel, all fitted with advanced computerized scopes that look like something directly out of The Terminator. Indeed, the comparison to that movie is somewhat apt, because looking through the scope of a Precision Guided Firearm presents you with a collection of data points and numbers, all designed to get a bullet directly from point A to point B.

The PGF isn't just a fancy scope on top of a rifle. All together, the PGF is made up of a firearm, a modified trigger mechanism with variable weighting, the computerized digital tracking scope, and hand-loaded match grade rounds (which you need to purchase from TrackingPoint). This is a little like selling both the razor and the razor blades, but the rounds must be manufactured to tight tolerances since precise guidance of a round to a target by the rifle's computer requires that the round perform within known boundaries.


Sniping is a skill that takes years to perfect. If this type of computerized gun becomes easily available to the public it gives the average person the accuracy of a professionally trained sniper. Imagine this in the wrong hands. The good news is they are only making it for bolt action rifles, so it will have a low rate of fire making it only good for hunting.


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#3714906 - 01/10/13 02:24 AM Re: Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle [Re: Desert Eagle]  
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Low rate of fire makes it only good for hunting ? Man, you've never seen a good unit in combat.


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#3714911 - 01/10/13 02:31 AM Re: Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle [Re: Desert Eagle]  
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True. But the general public does not have the training of a good unit, still even if with this kind of scope an individual could hit a target much farther that he would with conventional optics, he wouldn't have the rate of fire of a semi-automatic.


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#3714913 - 01/10/13 02:33 AM Re: Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle [Re: Desert Eagle]  
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Computers computers, I'll be more impressed to see if you can beat the snot out of it and still have it work reliably.


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#3714914 - 01/10/13 02:36 AM Re: Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle [Re: Desert Eagle]  
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Perhaps 'best suited' is preferable to 'only'. And remember, anything in the 'wrong hands' can be a bad thing.

#3714936 - 01/10/13 03:07 AM Re: Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle [Re: Peally]  
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Originally Posted By: Peally
Computers computers, I'll be more impressed to see if you can beat the snot out of it and still have it work reliably.


Yes indeed. But then regular scopes aren't very rugged either. They are pretty fragile and shooters baby them like eggs.


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#3714940 - 01/10/13 03:22 AM Re: Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle [Re: Desert Eagle]  
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Sniping is a skill that takes years to perfect. If this type of computerized gun becomes easily available to the public it gives the average person the accuracy of a professionally trained sniper. Imagine this in the wrong hands. The good news is they are only making it for bolt action rifles, so it will have a low rate of fire making it only good for hunting.



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The good news is they are only making it for bolt action rifles, so it will have a low rate of fire making it only good for hunting.



LOLOLOL! Hunting what?


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#3715105 - 01/10/13 12:56 PM Re: Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle [Re: Desert Eagle]  
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Ok so Hunting, always controversial , High Powered long range rifle V's highly dangerous not so well armed Bambi. Ok so you got to do the tracking finding it thing, so I can just about tolerate that as a "sport". So now you get a computerised sight ? Might as well mount it on a drone and go nail Bambi from hundreds of miles away without the horrible inconvenience of all that going outside !

(I am being a bit Devils advocate (ish) by the way) ar15


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#3715158 - 01/10/13 02:47 PM Re: Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle [Re: Desert Eagle]  
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Just bear in mind that computerized sights are not a new concept. At least this gun doesn't have a 20mm semi-automatic airburst grenade launcher!

Objective Individual Combat Weapon, anyone?

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#3715738 - 01/11/13 05:04 AM Re: Auto Aim .338 Lapua Magnum Rifle [Re: Nixer]  
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Originally Posted By: Nixer
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Sniping is a skill that takes years to perfect. If this type of computerized gun becomes easily available to the public it gives the average person the accuracy of a professionally trained sniper. Imagine this in the wrong hands. The good news is they are only making it for bolt action rifles, so it will have a low rate of fire making it only good for hunting.



Imagine Nancy Pelosi, and what's his face going Ga Ga over this one! neaner

OMG! They can kill people with computers! eek

and what's his face signs off on another dozen CIA drone hits.



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