Shooter Picks the Target, ‘Smart’ Gun Decides When to Fire
A Texas company has developed a high-tech rifle that decides for itself the exact moment to fire — enabling the shooter to hit targets with much more accuracy.
“It allows people to make first round hits at extreme ranges, we’re talking 1,000 yards, or 1,200 yards,” says TrackingPoint CEO Jason Schauble.
An onboard computer does all the work for you, with controls automatically adjusting for accuracy. You lock the target but when you pull the trigger, the gun picks the exact moment to fire.
The firearm, which comes with a price tag of about $27,000 is primarily marketed to hunters, but some critics are concerned about the weapon’s ability to turn novice shooters into expert marksmen.
Schauble doesn’t see it that way, insisting that anyone who wants to purchase one still has to go through the same screening process as he or she would to own any other kind of weapon.