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July 19, 2013

TrackingPoint Announces 'Super Gun' Project: Rifle Capable of Consistent 3,100-Yard Shots

By Ben Romans

TrackingPoint—an Austin, TX based technology company has gotten a lot of press lately for its freakishly accurate Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) system. This week, the company announced it has kickstarted an initiative to create a similar “super gun” capable of hitting a target at over 3,100 yards, or about over 1.76 miles.

The current record for the farthest confirmed long-distance hit with a small arm is held by a British soldier who hit a target at 2,707 yards in November, 2009 in Afghanistan.  

The company already fuses precision rifles with advanced, laser-guided scopes that account for distance, gravity, wind speed, humidity, and even the rotation of the earth. Shooters can view their target through the scope and “tag” it with the crosshairs, so even with the safety off, the gun doesn’t fire until it’s locked on to the target for a certain hit. But PGFs come with a hefty price tag: $22,500 to $25,700.  

In a press release, TrackingPoint CEO Jason Schauble says the final product won’t be available as a commercial product, but the company is talking about how to best use the technology if it succeeds.  

“As an applied technology company at the forefront of the firearms industry, we at TrackingPoint need to consistently push ourselves to innovate above and byond even our own expectations,” said Jason Schauble, TrackingPoint Chief Executive Officer. “Our ‘Super Gun’ project will push the boundaries of perception in the firearms and shooting communities. In the process we hope to find inspiration for a whole new generation of tech applications.”  

The release also states unconfirmed claims have been made for a shot of 3,079 yard in October, 2012 by an Australian soldier using a .50 caliber rifle. The shot, if officially confirmed, will be the standard to which TrackingPoint holds its Super Gun capabilities.

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from huntenthusiest wrote 38 weeks 5 days ago

Anything's possible in cartoons.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 38 weeks 4 days ago

Hi...

Super interesting. If successful, I hope the military will be interested.

As for myself...my tip jar won't quite reach that far...!!

By the way...what caliber is it?

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 38 weeks 3 days ago

Is this really a good idea in the field? I mean, what if I am stalking within 100 yards of a deer, when someone opens fire at a quarter mile or a half mile away? Are we going to have separate seasons for "smart" rifles and regular rifles? Are we going to create a class of super-armed hunters, and the rest of us riffraff? Are we hunting wildlife or at war with it?

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from coachsjike wrote 38 weeks 3 days ago

a laser guided scope that accounts for distance, wind speed, humidity, gravity, and coreolis effect? really??? i thought that these factors are what separate the good shooters from the outstanding snipers that we have today. chris kyle, one of america's elite seal snipers did not have a laser guided scope, all of these calculations were done in his head, and by himself...no spotter. does not seem realistic to spend this much money for the average man to have this kind of technology without putting in practice or effort to get there.

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from Proverbs wrote 38 weeks 2 days ago

More fodder for the gun-uneducated press corps to wail and raise alarms over. This sort of thing could hurt the public perception of rifles.

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from pcspecht wrote 38 weeks 20 hours ago

I'm all for better, longer range, better tech, better down range bullet placement and all that is entailed with the advancement of accurate extreme range shooting. It seems that this community has forgotten the distance driver called the .416 Barrett. This round is still supersonic at 2650 meters and is quite capable of making a 2 mile shot and kill in the hands of a skilled long range marksman. (No, I haven't heard of one yet but as the tech already exists and is proven out I suspect that one will get recorded in the near future.) In addition, it doesn't cost you $20K + to acquire one and set it up! I would like to know considerably more details about what they are planning and hope to accomplish before I get excited about this kind of expensive hardware that's only just a concept. Like, platform, caliber, dumb or smart round, optics, environmental details of test preformed (weather, temp, humidity, alt, direction of shot, time of day .... Etc.) frankly, their going to have to go well beyond what currently available to surpass the .416 with the BORES targeting system computer. Ill wait to see what they can come up with. At the projected cost there won't be many takers.

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from Blowfly basher wrote 38 weeks 15 hours ago

Hmmmm.....is there a point??? Is this for 'war' or for the giant abattoir the Americans and Israelis call "self protection". Shouldn't snipers, probably the most loathsome of all people in the military other than perhaps mine-layers and cluster bomb carters, be required to take risks at all?...

I appreciate that America and it's mates might like to lie in bed in their own country and shoot someone in another land or region or suburb.....and do so....but apart from the 'challenge" what's the point of a 3kM accurate rifle arrangement?...

To extrapolate on Rod Purcell's sensible comment , what if that trophy thief...the human dung beetle.... misses by a smidgen and hits the hunter because the wind lifted the sistant rifle by 1/1000 of an inch rifle.

I know it's dificult to tell the difference between shooters in so many countries today but with this gear in the hands of a psycopath,the CIA or FBI, your lover's husband, some MK Ultra formatted humanoid who'd Operation Paperclip timeclock has said "it's time" .... how many can be shot on a picnic, at the beach,in the playground or outside a church 2 kms away,...? before the penny drops.

The more I read this New Order assassination stuff the more respect I have for the courage/madness of Mark Sullivan. He doesn't hide away 3kms down the road.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 37 weeks 6 days ago

you would need a remote to set the firing pin off. Might be good for prairie dogs in .17? Seriously, if it benefits the soldier then I'm all for it!

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 38 weeks 3 days ago

Is this really a good idea in the field? I mean, what if I am stalking within 100 yards of a deer, when someone opens fire at a quarter mile or a half mile away? Are we going to have separate seasons for "smart" rifles and regular rifles? Are we going to create a class of super-armed hunters, and the rest of us riffraff? Are we hunting wildlife or at war with it?

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from huntenthusiest wrote 38 weeks 5 days ago

Anything's possible in cartoons.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 38 weeks 4 days ago

Hi...

Super interesting. If successful, I hope the military will be interested.

As for myself...my tip jar won't quite reach that far...!!

By the way...what caliber is it?

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from coachsjike wrote 38 weeks 3 days ago

a laser guided scope that accounts for distance, wind speed, humidity, gravity, and coreolis effect? really??? i thought that these factors are what separate the good shooters from the outstanding snipers that we have today. chris kyle, one of america's elite seal snipers did not have a laser guided scope, all of these calculations were done in his head, and by himself...no spotter. does not seem realistic to spend this much money for the average man to have this kind of technology without putting in practice or effort to get there.

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from Proverbs wrote 38 weeks 2 days ago

More fodder for the gun-uneducated press corps to wail and raise alarms over. This sort of thing could hurt the public perception of rifles.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from pcspecht wrote 38 weeks 20 hours ago

I'm all for better, longer range, better tech, better down range bullet placement and all that is entailed with the advancement of accurate extreme range shooting. It seems that this community has forgotten the distance driver called the .416 Barrett. This round is still supersonic at 2650 meters and is quite capable of making a 2 mile shot and kill in the hands of a skilled long range marksman. (No, I haven't heard of one yet but as the tech already exists and is proven out I suspect that one will get recorded in the near future.) In addition, it doesn't cost you $20K + to acquire one and set it up! I would like to know considerably more details about what they are planning and hope to accomplish before I get excited about this kind of expensive hardware that's only just a concept. Like, platform, caliber, dumb or smart round, optics, environmental details of test preformed (weather, temp, humidity, alt, direction of shot, time of day .... Etc.) frankly, their going to have to go well beyond what currently available to surpass the .416 with the BORES targeting system computer. Ill wait to see what they can come up with. At the projected cost there won't be many takers.

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from Blowfly basher wrote 38 weeks 15 hours ago

Hmmmm.....is there a point??? Is this for 'war' or for the giant abattoir the Americans and Israelis call "self protection". Shouldn't snipers, probably the most loathsome of all people in the military other than perhaps mine-layers and cluster bomb carters, be required to take risks at all?...

I appreciate that America and it's mates might like to lie in bed in their own country and shoot someone in another land or region or suburb.....and do so....but apart from the 'challenge" what's the point of a 3kM accurate rifle arrangement?...

To extrapolate on Rod Purcell's sensible comment , what if that trophy thief...the human dung beetle.... misses by a smidgen and hits the hunter because the wind lifted the sistant rifle by 1/1000 of an inch rifle.

I know it's dificult to tell the difference between shooters in so many countries today but with this gear in the hands of a psycopath,the CIA or FBI, your lover's husband, some MK Ultra formatted humanoid who'd Operation Paperclip timeclock has said "it's time" .... how many can be shot on a picnic, at the beach,in the playground or outside a church 2 kms away,...? before the penny drops.

The more I read this New Order assassination stuff the more respect I have for the courage/madness of Mark Sullivan. He doesn't hide away 3kms down the road.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 37 weeks 6 days ago

you would need a remote to set the firing pin off. Might be good for prairie dogs in .17? Seriously, if it benefits the soldier then I'm all for it!

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