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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:22 AM

Computerized "aimbot" rifle debuts

This discussion thread was locked as off-topic by krispos42 (a host of the Gun Control & RKBA group).

TrackingPoint makes "Precision Guided Firearms, or "PGFs," which are a series of three heavily customized hunting rifles, ranging from a .300 Winchester Magnum with a 22-inch barrel up to a .338 Lapua Magnum with 27-inch barrel, all fitted with advanced computerized scopes that look like something directly out of The Terminator. Indeed, the comparison to that movie is somewhat apt, because looking through the scope of a Precision Guided Firearm presents you with a collection of data points and numbers, all designed to get a bullet directly from point A to point B.
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The image displayed on the scope isn't a direct visual, but rather a video image taken through the scope's objective lens. The Linux-powered scope produces a display that looks something like the heads-up display you'd see sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet, showing the weapon's compass orientation, cant, and incline. To shoot at something, you first "mark" it using a button near the trigger. Marking a target illuminates it with the tracking scope's built-in laser, and the target gains a pip in the scope's display. When a target is marked, the tracking scope takes into account the range of the target, the ambient temperature and humidity, the age of the barrel, and a whole boatload of other parameters. It quickly reorients the display so the crosshairs in the center accurately show where the round will go.

Image recognition routines keep the pip stuck to the marked target in the scope's field of view, and at that point, you squeeze the trigger. This doesn't fire the weapon; rather, the reticle goes from blue to red, and while keeping the trigger held down, you position the reticle over the marked target's pip. As soon as they coincide, the rifle fires.


My inner tech geek is screaming "WANTWANTWANT" but...what could possibly go wrong? Also, the system is $17,000 and you have to buy the ammo from them since you can't update the ballistics. Still, if I hit powerball..

But hey, they're bolt-action so pro-controllers shouldn't have any problems with it, eh?

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Reply Computerized "aimbot" rifle debuts (Original post)
sir pball Jan 2013 OP
mn9driver Jan 2013 #1
sir pball Jan 2013 #3
discntnt_irny_srcsm Jan 2013 #9
Clames Jan 2013 #10
oldhippie Jan 2013 #5
jpak Jan 2013 #2
sir pball Jan 2013 #4
jpak Jan 2013 #6
sir pball Jan 2013 #7
krispos42 Jan 2013 #8
krispos42 Jan 2013 #11

Response to sir pball (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:32 AM

1. Never seen a long range weapon without a bolt...

...that was any good. Even so, it wouldn't be all that great for any really long shots. It looks to be tailored for big game hunters with a lot more money than talent.

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Response to mn9driver (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:47 AM

3. For now yeah

The demos all involve animal targets, but they're claiming to be doing a sort of reverse-design program; develop the tech then market it. If it's reliable enough (they claim 100% first-shot hits out to a thousand yards with 300WM) I could see the Army being on this like flies on crap - it fits perfectly into the whole network-centric/Land Warrior concept, especially with the builtin communications.

For now though, it is just an expensive toy, albeit one I'd like to try.

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Response to sir pball (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:11 PM

9. Why would you...

...think the Army/Marines/SEALs... don't have this or even a mil version that's twice as good?

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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:48 PM

10. They don't.

 

They use very high quality mil-dot scopes, a compact weather meter, a spotter, and have the training to do the math they need very quickly.

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Response to mn9driver (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:49 AM

5. Actually, most semi-auto rifles, including AR platforms ....

... have a bolt. You just don't operate it manually. Same with lever actions and pumps.

Just sayin', in the interest of accuracy.

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Response to sir pball (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:40 AM

2. The NRA can now get out of the marksmanship business

Terrorists will love this bullshit too.

Yup

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Response to jpak (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:49 AM

4. At least you're honest

After the "assault weapons", you'll go after the the "sniper rifles"

yup yup yup

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Response to sir pball (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:52 AM

6. .50 cal sniper rifles?

yup yup yup

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Response to jpak (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:59 AM

7. But these aren't 50

300 Winchester Magnum, one of the most popular and generally inoffensive calibers out there. Tens of millions of hunting rifles - and all of them are just as deadly at a thousand yards as a 50 cal. Hell, the military prefers it over the 50!

"Sniper rifles" next, caliber be damned! YUP!

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Response to jpak (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:00 PM

8. Whew, so my .499 sniper rifle is safe? n/t

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Response to sir pball (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:23 PM

11. Locking

While neat, this probably would be best under National Security or perhaps GD.

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Krispos42, Group Host

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