Friday, December 11, 2015

TrackingPoint precision-guided firearms make old-school snipers obsolete

Taya Kyle, a novice sharpshooter, recently beat Nation Rifle Association World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt at the Inaugural American Sniper Shootout held in Mason, Texas thanks to TrackingPoint, a manufacturer of what it calls as "precision-guided firearms."

TrackingPoint's products are technically a combination of a special optic sight-equipped firearm that incorporates a computer which calculates the best firing solution based on factors such as wind and temperature. The system is supposedly so advance that, using a WiFi connection, a shooter can see what the scope sees without having to be directly behind the gun to shoot at the target.

For the competition, Kyle used TrackingPoint’s M600, M800, and XS1 precision-guide firearms while Piatt used the the M4A1, M110, and M2010 rifles. At the end of the competition, Kyle hit 100% of her shots while Piatt only made 58.6%.

"TrackingPoint precision-guided firearms are a stunning leap forward," Kyle said in a statement. "If our soldiers had TrackingPoint weapons, lives would be saved and the world would be a much safer place. Our first responders and military members face situations most of us cannot imagine. They need every advantage for precision and efficiency to protect and serve while minimizing collateral damage and risk to themselves."

Despite losing the contest, Piatt acknowledged how effective the TrackingPoint system is:"Just imagine if these were in the hands of our police and military units. I wish they were available when I was wearing a badge and coordinating the SWAT team."

If Taya Kyle's name sounds familiar, that's because she is the widow of Chris Kyle, the American Navy SEAL sniper who had 160 confirmed kills over four tours in Iraq and the subject of the 2014 film American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood. In the movie,  Taya was portrayed by Sienna Miller.

Photos from TrackingPoint's Facebook page

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