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The first "smart" rifle

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We have already written about a computerized telescopic sight developed by Texan startup TrackingPoint. And now, when the rifle, equipped with it, is sold with might and main, we will tell in detail what it offers to its customers weapon price of 22,5 thousand dollars.


The idea of ​​precision-guided firearms (PGF) came in 2009 in the year to John McHale, at that time, to the vice president of Remington Defense, when he was hunting Thompson mini-gazels in Tanzania.

Being a technically savvy person, McHale set out to create a “smart” sight that would smooth the shooter’s mistakes, such as incorrect aiming, pulling the trigger, improperly chosen shot time. Thus, the device would allow accurate shooting regardless of the level of training.


The prototype of the sight, commissioned by McHale by engineer John Lufer, made it easy to hit a target the size of a volleyball with 450 yards (411,48 m). In July, 2010, the technology provided the ability to hit a moving target already from 1000 yards (914,4 meters). In February, 2011 John McHale founded TrackingPoint to commercialize smart weapons.

The rifle began to be sold in the USA in May 2013. Today it is available in three versions: 1 mm XS8,6 with 35-zoom effective range up to 1200 yards (1097,28 meter); The XS2 mm 7,62 “lightweight” model with 30 multiple zoom, offering an excellent compromise of size and effective range of shooting (up to 1000 yards); lightweight and compact XSUMNUMX caliber 3 mm with 7,62 multiple zoom, allowing you to hit a target up to 30 yards (850 meter).

The shooting algorithm is simple. Seeing the target to be hit in the sight, the shooter assigns a tag to it by pressing the button. The fact that the tag assignment took place will be visible by the red dot, which will be marked with the object. Next, the arrow needs to combine the blue graphic crosshair in the sight with a red dot. To do this, by pressing and holding the trigger (it will work in Guided Trigger mode), you need to wait until the crosshair, having aligned with the dot-tag, also turns red. After that, a shot will sound.

The decision to shoot is made by a rifle based on the following factors: data from a laser rangefinder; user pre-entered wind direction and speed information; pointing angle and GPS coordinates; gyroscopic stability; initial bullet speed; Magnus effect; Doppler radar data; air density; barrel length and some others.

In addition to their outstanding skills, each of the rifles can make a real show out of the shooting process, streaming video, voice, and various data to smartphones and tablets on Android and iOS.
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  1. edge
    edge 23 October 2013 09: 05
    -1
    idea for a shooting range (shooting at a fixed target in comfortable conditions)
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 23 October 2013 10: 24
      +1
      There we are talking about a Doppler radio sight. You can take an accurate lead. So the target can be very moving
  2. Lopatov
    Lopatov 23 October 2013 10: 22
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    Prospectively. The technology used in some RSZ is used to reduce the dispersion of missiles in a salvo.
    1. Witold
      Witold 23 October 2013 10: 30
      +1
      Yes, of course, you can still compare with the bombing.
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 23 October 2013 10: 41
        +1
        Something like that. Automatic start-up when passing a packet of guides of an ideal throwing line oscillating during salvo
        1. Vladimirets
          Vladimirets 23 October 2013 12: 19
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          Quote: Spade
          Automatic start-up when passing a packet of guides of an ideal throwing line oscillating during salvo

          I may be completely dumb, but I did not understand one moment. Does the rifle shoot itself with optimal aiming? Those. sighting system connected in a single unit with the trigger and he gives the command to shoot?

          "To do this, by pressing and holding the trigger (it will work in the Guided Trigger mode), you need to wait until the crosshair, aligned with the tag point, also turns red. After that, a shot will sound."

          Then how is the scope connected with the trigger, because it is apparently not electronic at all, and there are no mechanical drives. request In addition, it would be interesting to know how long the power source lasts for continuous use, judging by the set of functions, energy consumption be healthy.
          1. Lopatov
            Lopatov 23 October 2013 12: 36
            +1
            Quote: Vladimirets
            I may be completely dumb, but I did not understand one moment. Does the rifle shoot itself with optimal aiming? Those. sighting system connected in a single unit with the trigger and he gives the command to shoot?

            Apparently, yes. When the trigger is pressed (button?), The rifle will fire only when the axis of the barrel passes through the virtual aiming point.

            As for energy consumption, now you can charge the battery even at the stake.
            1. Vladimirets
              Vladimirets 23 October 2013 12: 49
              +1
              Quote: Spade
              Apparently, yes. When the trigger is pressed (button?), The rifle will fire only when the axis of the barrel passes through the virtual aiming point.

              And then the wisest:
              Quote: Vladimirets
              Then how is the scope connected with the trigger, because it is apparently not electronic at all, and there are no mechanical drives.
              1. Lopatov
                Lopatov 23 October 2013 12: 54
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                Are you sure that the trigger is mechanically connected to the trigger?
                1. Vladimirets
                  Vladimirets 23 October 2013 13: 20
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                  Quote: Spade
                  Are you sure that the trigger is mechanically connected to the trigger?

                  Actually, I'm asking you about this, and how does the trigger contact with the "smart" sighting system? If the trigger is purely mechanical, then it is necessary to act on the delay of the shot or the moment of the shot mechanically. If not, then the hammer with the striker should be controlled by an electronic device with direct communication with the sight, and this is also a whole complex.
                  1. Lopatov
                    Lopatov 23 October 2013 13: 34
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                    Quote: Vladimirets
                    If not, the trigger with the striker must be controlled by the electronic stray

                    And in my opinion, a rather simple actuator - a banal coil. I do not think that it can be called "electronic stray"
                    1. Vladimirets
                      Vladimirets 23 October 2013 13: 44
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                      Quote: Spade
                      And in my opinion, a rather simple actuator - a banal coil. I do not think that it can be called "electronic stray"

                      Yeah, how dumb with the deaf, okay.
                      1. Lopatov
                        Lopatov 23 October 2013 13: 51
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                        Exactly, it is not clear what you are trying to prove. The fact that a bunch of mechanical rods and wires do not stick out on the rifle? Well, they, too, are not fools, they customized rifles for this sight, setting up the entire economy inside, so that the weapons had a presentation.
                2. vanaheym
                  vanaheym 24 October 2013 00: 00
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                  It is on this rifle - connected. On a cheaper sight Remington 2020, which is placed on conventional rifles - no.
          2. Svateev
            Svateev 23 October 2013 16: 18
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            Quote: Vladimirets
            Does the rifle shoot itself with optimal aiming?

            Exactly. Watch videos from their site, there are "cartoons" and real footage.
            I got the opinion that the pattern recognition system works: an object marked with an arrow (its image) is tracked by a rifle computer even when its angle is changed. The shooter, making sure that the system has captured and leads the desired object (his image is marked with a red dot in the center), presses the shutter and begins to aim again - to combine the formed (actual) aiming mark with the target. The rifle fires itself when the shooter combines the current aiming mark with a red dot in the center of the target.
            Of course, the sight is connected with the trigger. More precisely, the entire rifle is a single interconnected complex.
  3. makarov
    makarov 23 October 2013 11: 17
    +2
    for military use and in combat conditions, this unit is not suitable for several reasons. About 10 years ago, my colleagues and I discussed the prospect of developing similar technologies. My proposal was unanimously rejected, the main reason is positioning, because GPS can not always and everywhere can act. In a combat situation, this is unacceptable.
    For hunting (?), So it will not be hunting, but simply the destruction of animals.
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 23 October 2013 12: 30
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      GPS plays an auxiliary function here, you can enter approximate coordinates on the map. Coordinates are needed only for adjusting for the rotation of the earth.
    2. Svateev
      Svateev 23 October 2013 16: 38
      +1
      Quote: makarov
      for military purposes and in combat conditions, this unit is not suitable

      Against an adversary who does not have an irradiation detector, this rifle is still just as suitable! GPS is not in it, it is autonomous. It shoots amazingly accurately, not only at a motionless, but also at a moving target. In a video clip from a helicopter, a boar is beaten, which tries to dodge as soon as it can. This, indeed, is no longer hunting, but extermination.
      But if the target for which such a rifle is used has an irradiation warning device with a laser rangefinder or Doppler radar, then this rifle is not only ineffective - it is harmful: it (like any active guidance system) warns the target and gives it time to hide. Hearing the squeak of an irradiation warning device, the target has two to three seconds before the bullet arrives. There is time to hide, at least fall. And thus, this rifle will warn the target with every aim.
      Therefore, the combat effectiveness of this and other active sighting systems does not depend on them, but on whether their radiation detector has their goals.
      1. Abracadabra
        Abracadabra 24 October 2013 02: 51
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        And many infantrymen of the armies on the planet earth have an "irradiation signaling device"? :) Let's say such a rifle goes into service .. Then after all, this will force potential opponents to equip their armies with such signaling devices, and even in those dimensions so that they can be attached on the helmet .. I'm not talking about all the Taliban ... Considering how quickly modern wars unfold, amers will have an advantage in time. After all, they learn about the use of such rifles only when they are used, and even then not immediately .. In my opinion, this is the future of small arms, since the increase in efficiency is enormous. Provide only such sights for machine guns.
        1. papik09
          papik09 24 October 2013 08: 02
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          Yeah, "not right away." Have you canceled the reconnaissance? Or where? wassat
          1. Abracadabra
            Abracadabra 24 October 2013 14: 10
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            Is intelligence always a guarantee? If science is degrading in the country, scientists are fleeing, if the high-tech industry is not developed, then even if intelligence reports that the enemy has such rifles, what will it do? After all, they still don’t have time to adequately react. N.p. now without reconnaissance it is clear that the production of T72 / 90 is a dead end and cannot be an adequate response to tanks like Leo2, or M1A2. In my opinion, it is in Russia's best interests to cooperate with the West, and not seek confrontation. If anyone comes from a probable danger to Russia, it is from China. An anti-Western hysteria is needed in the Puten vertical to hold onto power and the ability to brazenly steal.
            1. Misantrop
              Misantrop 24 October 2013 14: 31
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              Quote: Abra Kadabra
              In my opinion, it is in Russia's best interests to cooperate with the West, and not seek confrontation. If anyone comes from a probable danger to Russia, it is from China. An anti-Western hysteria is needed in the Puten vertical to hold onto power and the ability to brazenly steal.

              And from the West comes the security that is incredible for Russia, right? wassat
              "Anti-Western hysteria" ... With 20 consecutive years pro-Western tantrums stole, of course, much less. And whole lawns of billionaires just sprouted lol
            2. kopleev
              kopleev 24 October 2013 20: 43
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              With all due respect, Mr. Abra-Kadabra, you are talking nonsense. Do not start a chat with your incompetence. T72 tanks have not been produced for a long time. And an excellent alternative to the German and American main tanks is the natural development, as you put it, of the "dead-end" T90 - T90MS Tagil and T90AM.
    3. Abracadabra
      Abracadabra 24 October 2013 02: 42
      -1
      Just GPS and created for military use ..
  4. Massik
    Massik 23 October 2013 11: 37
    -1
    you need to calculate the cost of the sight / the cost of a month of training with an instructor + rifle + ammo for a month + ordinary sight.
    In addition to their outstanding skills, each of the rifles can make a real show out of the shooting process, streaming video, voice, and various data to smartphones and tablets on Android and iOS.
    You can consider yourself in the sight.
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 23 October 2013 12: 33
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      But what if the sniper is hindered by knowing the speed of the target to introduce a lead, or the exact range? In addition, the Doppler sensor will be able to give a deviation of the initial velocity of the bullet from the table, which will also increase accuracy.
  5. Lesnik
    Lesnik 23 October 2013 14: 09
    +2
    But she does coffee and everything else ..... does not? I think they should optionally connect to the Internet, download Google maps, and a couple of news and weather sites, order cartridges and strong drinks for the position. And then everything! hoot adversaries
  6. Simonov
    Simonov 23 October 2013 15: 19
    -1
    Why is the figure not given in the article - how much does the author of the article receive from each sold sample?
  7. shasha
    shasha 23 October 2013 15: 43
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    and our developments are
    1. me
      me 23 October 2013 17: 39
      0
      hehe, our thermal imager themselves can not do
      1. kopleev
        kopleev 24 October 2013 20: 55
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        You are mistaken. In Russia, the DEDAL TM company produce thermal imaging sights which are one of the best in the world.
  8. Dezzed
    Dezzed 23 October 2013 19: 32
    +1
    the soul to such things as it doesn’t lie (Snoha himself sniped when he served) but probably this is the future.
  9. vanaheym
    vanaheym 24 October 2013 00: 32
    +1
    What kind of Doppler sights, etc., are talking here, is generally not clear.
    On off. The manufacturer’s website says in black and white that it measures the scope:
    - Distance to the target (laser range finder)
    - air temperature
    - Atmosphere pressure
    - Derivation
    - rifle angle
    - Lateral inclination of the rifle
    - Wind speed and direction entered manually
    At the same time, the maximum effective range of the complex is 1200 yards (1100 meters)
    Personally, I do not see anything worth paying $ 20000 for:
    Rifle Remington 700 Police .338LM - $ 2000
    AI AWM class rifle in 338LM in the USA - $ 6000
    Leica CRF-1600B Laser Rangefinder (1600 yards) - $ 700
    Kestrel 4500 weather station with built-in ballistic calculator Applied Ballistics - $ 700
    A sight with a range for long-range shooting like Horus H37 costs about $ 3000
    Total it all comes out at 6400-10400 maximum. And any person with such a set will be more flexible in the first place, and secondly, he will also successfully hit a moving target.
    1. Rex
      Rex 24 October 2013 11: 47
      +1
      For them, the price is normal - they would like to accept a shooting complex for $ 30 thousand.
      On the other hand, given the average Yankee salary, the amount spent on his training and maintenance for several years, the cost of delivery to the place of action and equipment, payments to the family for the deceased ... and for $ 100 you buy him a weapon, if only you would not be killed right away.
      The soldier must be protected, and the weapons pay off.
      1. vanaheym
        vanaheym 24 October 2013 12: 32
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        The .338 caliber rifle has a standard firing range of about 1500 meters.
        Trained users fall on long ranges from the first shot (like a Russian in the head of a groundhog from 1600 meters). Tracking Point has a maximum firing range of 1100 meters, and most likely even less, since the range of measuring the distance to a dark object is much less than to a light, like a paper target.
        1. Rex
          Rex 24 October 2013 13: 05
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          Quote: vanaheym
          The .338 caliber rifle has a standard firing range of about 1500 meters.
          Trained users fall on long ranges from the first shot (like a Russian in the head of a groundhog from 1600 meters).


          The effectiveness of destruction (at least with the first shot) of targets with a size of 20x20, or even 10x10 at ranges over 1000 m raise questions, since often the standard deviations of the ammunition used are what is called "on the verge" on a static target in polygon conditions.
          1. vanaheym
            vanaheym 24 October 2013 15: 27
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            A certain refinement of the rifle, as well as the use of long VLD bullets with a high ballistic coefficient, makes it possible to hit a similar target from the first shot. If you can believe or not believe in Harrison's shooting at 2400+ meters, the productive shot of a Russian ground shooter in the head of a groundhog from Sako TRG-42 at 1600 meters was documented in detail by a large number of competitors.
            1. Rex
              Rex 25 October 2013 12: 19
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              Yes, I do not argue that this could be - the arrows are different, weather conditions, even an element of luck.
              I meant that there would be no guaranteed defeat.
              Once, clicking through the channels, I heard the announcement of "Weapons of the Future" - they promised to show shooting in a circle of 6 cm from 900 m from another super rifle. A portable barometer was attached to it, even the rotation of the planet was taken into account.
              Intrigued - I waited 20-30 minutes. The host (sort of like a former sniper) worked out so-so - a spread on the chest target of 10-20 cm.
              At 2 km he also hit - in the growth target, where in the "leg", where in the "shoulder" ...
  10. makarov
    makarov 24 October 2013 12: 20
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    Quote: Svateev
    Against an adversary who does not have an irradiation detector, this rifle is still just as suitable! GPS is not in it, it is autonomous.

    Read ATTENTIVELY the material. It has a clear copyright link to the use of GPS.
    I’m not making my comments as a user of various shooting devices .....
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    2. vanaheym
      vanaheym 24 October 2013 12: 28
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      For example, I carefully read the manufacturer’s website. There are no GPS, nor any Doppler target speed meters.
      Microphone
      Compass
      Wifi server
      Inertial measurement unit
      Batteries
      Ballistic calculator
      Tracking engine
      Integrated laser rangefinder
      Objective lenses
      Environmental sensors for pressure and temperature
      Low-light cut filter for dawn and dusk shooting
  11. kopleev
    kopleev 24 October 2013 21: 00
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    Toy for girls. The sniper must be able to shoot at the grid. More than one military sniper will not take into the battle the sight, which can completely fail due to an exhausted battery charge. It is not reliable like that.
  12. Dimka off
    Dimka off 26 October 2013 12: 04
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    I am interested in the survivability of such optics. How it transfers water, dirt, dust, heat, cold, shock and more. Such things are very vulnerable.
  13. twister
    twister 31 October 2013 13: 53
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    The main thing is that in extreme conditions this miracle device does not start to blunt, because you know the cooler the device, the more failure options in the system! And so cool thing, well done!
  14. makarov
    makarov 2 November 2013 04: 43
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    Quote: vanaheym
    For example, I carefully read the manufacturer’s website. There are no GPS, nor any Doppler target speed meters.

    The discussion of the unit is based on material set out on the site IN. where it is clearly written ".. The decision to shoot is taken by the rifle based on the following factors: data from the laser rangefinder; information previously entered by the user about the direction and speed of the wind; pointing angle and GPS coordinates; ..
    You refer in your findings to the manufacturer’s website. In my opinion, it would be enough to quote that the info discussed does not correspond to the information provided by the manufacturer. And for many, everything became clear and understandable. You act differently ....
  15. kilgor
    kilgor 3 November 2013 11: 44
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    Norm sniper optics zbs !!!!! jps class