TrackingPoint Is Increasing Your Squeezing Ability

TrackingPoint is a gun company founded by John McHale. And their weapons are getting a fair amount of press right now, especially their Precision Guided Firearms or PGFs, which use Linux-powered scopes to assist in trigger-squeezing:

Austin-based startup TrackingPoint isn’t typical Ars fare, but its use of technology to enable getting just the perfect shot was intriguing enough to get me to stop by and take a look at the company’s products.

The TrackingPoint XS1, chambered in a .338 Lapua Magnum, with a 27-inch Krieger barrel and 300 grain match rounds
The TrackingPoint XS1, in a .338 Lapua Magnum, a 27-inch Krieger barrel, 300 grain match rounds.

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.

It would be fun to shoot ’em. . .

2 thoughts on “TrackingPoint Is Increasing Your Squeezing Ability”

  1. Without going all high tech…

    PGF systems will revolutionise the art of sniping. It was always on the cards, as the technology has existed within Main Battle Tanks, Naval Weapons systems, and Fast Jet’s ‘heads up’ system for years.
    Condensing its size to a practical weight scenario has been the only hold up. Just like cell phones, the system will develop further, and continue to shrink in size and weight.

    It is my hope that military sniper schools retain the art of ‘old-school’ scoping sights using the stadia-metric range-finding reticule, which require the full integration of a sharpshooters ability, combined with the essence of the soul and balance of mind to place a round on target.
    Only then having passed the ‘old-school’ sniper course should a trained sniper evolve onto the PGF system.

    A great majority of people may not realise that the bulk of potential snipers fail such courses, created through their own inability to meet the standards required on stalking and field craft. Secondary comes the long range shots (if you can’t get there undiscovered, you certainly will not get to place the shot)!

    The purest of true hunters will step away from such PGF systems, as the skill set required to hit a target is a defined art that takes years to master.

    Perhaps of interest.
    The verb ‘to snipe’ originated in the 1770’s among soldiers in British India (days of Empire & the Raj), where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a ‘sniper’ The snipe bird was difficult to hit due to its irregular and erratic flight pattern, which made it difficult to estimate the correct aiming lead. Its unique camouflage also made it difficult to spot on wide-open marshland.

    Yours Aye.

    1. I do hope they continue to run our guys through the sniper course. Should computers fail, it is important to still function. As for this tech, it is amazing. I imagine it is ruggedized, because conditions could get hairy out there. And by hairy, I mean, dusty, dirty, and wet. . .

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