Taya Kyle is the wife of American Sniper‘s Chris Kyle. Although she is a novice when it comes to shooting, she managed to beat NRA champion shooter Bruce Piatt during a recent fundraiser contest. This is not to say that Taya magically inherited her husband’s skills. Instead, this amazing feat was accomplished with TrackingPoint guns, which allowed for 100 percent accuracy even when making very difficult shots.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Taya Kyle attended the 2015 Oscars for the American Sniper movie while carrying a very special memento in her husband’s memory. When the murderer of Chris, Eddie Ray Routh, went to trial, Taya gave an emotional testimony in which she described her husband’s final moments on Earth.
The American Sniper Shootout event was hosted in order to raise money for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, which helps provide support for U.S. military service members, first responders, and their families. All in all, they raised $500,000 for the foundation, but the manner in which the event was held was just as interesting.
NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt was pitted against Taya Kyle during the event, but Piatt was using the U.S. army’s M4A1, M110, and M2010 rifles, which is what American snipers actually use in combat today. Taya, on the other hand, was given access to TrackingPoint guns like M600, M800, and XS1 precision-guided firearms.
The American Sniper Shootout attempted to simulate the conditions of war by using explosions, simulated gun fire, and other battle stressors. Both competitors were required to take shots from a variety of physical positions, some of which were fairly awkward. The worst was a blind shot where the weapon and hands could be pushed through a wall, but it was extremely difficult to see the target. In fact, Taya made all of these shots, while the NRA champ often missed completely.
The difference came down to the weaponry. Taya was able to use the TrackingPoint ShotGlass, which is a pair of glasses that display the view of the gun’s scope. With these glasses, a sniper can take a shot while their face and body is completely protected behind a wall. Despite only training for several hours, this noticeable technological advantage allowed Taya to hit everything, while Piatt’s score was only a 58.6 percent hit rate.
Chris Kyle’s wife says the United States military needs to consider giving the average soldier access to such advanced weaponry, not only so they can hit their targets more, but also so lives can be saved.
“TrackingPoint precision-guided firearms are a stunning leap forward. If our soldiers had TrackingPoint weapons, lives would be saved and the world would be a much safer place,” said Taya Kyle. “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. I am passionate about getting the TrackingPoint guns into our warrior’s hands. They are willing to give their lives for us; the least we can do is give them our very best in that fight.”
Bruce Piatt believes TrackingPoint guns should be given to police and SWAT teams, not just American soldiers.
“Just imagine if these were in the hands of our police and military units,” he said, according to the press release. “I wish they were available when I was wearing a badge and coordinating the SWAT team.”
TrackingPoint CEO John McHale noted how technology has evolved in all of the U.S. military branches, from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Air Force. At the same time, the guns used by soldiers “are the equivalent of prop planes. It’s time they upgraded to fighter jets.”
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