Las Vegas (CBS LAS VEGAS) – A new Wi-Fi enabled “smart gun” uses a computerized scope to compensate for human error and ensure that the rifle and an amateur marksman can pick off any target up to 3,600 feet away.
Featuring a precision guided laser and an electronic rifle sight that can display targets on an iPad, the new “TrackingPoint” rifle promises to “turn every shooter into a sniper.”
According to their website, TrackingPoint says they build “Precision Guided Firearms,” or “PGFs.”
The PGF from TrackingPoint is a heavily modified hunting rifle that features “a modified trigger mechanism with variable weighting, the computerized digital tracking scope, and hand-loaded match grade rounds,” Ars Technica reports.
The view through the tracking scope is at first simply a magnified view of the target along an axis that is parallel to the rifle barrel. According to Business Insider, the Linux-powered scope produces a display that looks similar to the display you’d see sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet, showing the weapon’s compass orientation, cant, and incline.
The shooter can “tag” a target by choosing a desired impact point on the target’s surface. An electronic display adds a red dot that indicates the desired impact point, which remains fixed on the target as the direction of the rifle changes.
The high-tech sight then takes into account humidity, wind and the ballistic drop expected from a bullet fired over any given distance. Once the target has been selected, the scope provides cross-hairs which have to be lined up with the pin that is dropped on the target. Marking a target illuminates it with the tracking scope’s built-in laser, and the target gains a red blip in the scope’s display
The auto-aim hunting rifle also includes an iPad with the TrackingPoint app pre-configured and ready to go. The scope is capable of recording the visuals and streaming a live video feed over WiFi to the iPad, or an iPhone.
But all the technology and precision will cost consumers big time – its price tag is $17,000.
In January, TrackingPoint plans to introduce three precision guided rifles. The XS1 will be a tactical rifle chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum, one the remaining candidates for the new US special ops sniper caliber. The XS2, and XS3 will be smaller versions of the XS1 chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum cartridges. The rifle was unveiled the first week of January at the Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The timing of the advanced rifle’s release has been questioned by many firearm bloggers and media outlets, coming just a month after the massacre of 20 children and six staff members by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.