A new “smart rifle” has debuted, and the precision weapon allows even an inexperienced shooter to kill a target from 1,000 yards away.
Killing someone without the training of a sniper doesn’t come cheap with the weapon running a crazy $27,500.
According to gun manufacturer Tracking Point, the weapon is a smartgun with a trigger wired to the scope so it won’t fire until the shooter has the perfect lock on their target. The smart rifle automatically accounts for distance, gravity, wind speed, humidity, the rotation of the Earth, and other variables that influence a bullet’s path.
Company CEO Jason Schauble says of his company’s deadly technology: “There are a number of people who say the gun shoots itself. It doesn’t. The shooter is always in the loop.”
The Tracking Point smart rifle has all the amenities technology lovers expect these days, including Wi-Fi capabilities, a color display, and the ability to post
kills videos to Facebook and YouTube.
The company is on track to sell 500 of the weapons this year alone, with most of the buyers deemed “high net worth hunters” who “want to kill big game at long range.”
The smart rifle has already been used to kill a South African wildebeest from 1,103 yards out. In fact, Tracking Point brags about the guns ability to take down big game from a far distance. Score one point for poachers who want to kill from a hard-to-detect distance and then run in quickly to claim their illegal prize.
Tracking Point is already preparing a less expensive version of the smart rifle, which will be sold under the Remington name at a cost of $5,000 each.
Company founder and chairman John McHale came up with the idea for the smart rifle when he lacked the natural ability to kill a gazelle from 300 yards away during an African safari trip.
At this time, only a handful of snipers can hit a target from 1,000 yards.The Tracking Point smart rifle changes that fact, yet the company says US agencies are not worried about the implications. In fact, they say that security agencies say the gun is no more dangerous in the wrong hands than a regular hunting rifle.
Do you think handing citizens a rifle that can easily kill someone from 1,000 yards away with very little effort is a bad idea?