The concerning crime rates across the country have inspired many women toward investing the time and money into becoming armed. Besides carrying a weapon for self-defense, many women enjoy the sports of hunting or target shooting. The latest technology may change these sports in the near future.
A company based in Austin, Texas, designed a rifle that comes equipped with a scope activated trigger only previously used by the military. Manufactured with an on-board computer and laser system, the rifle provides even the most amateur of shooters with the ability to nail targets at long distances. The Tracking Point is available as a traditional bolt-action, long-range hunting rifle or in various semi-automatic tactical models. Each features the technology to capably aim and hit a target at distances of up to 0.3 or 0.5 miles away. The weapon also has the ability to hit moving targets traveling at speeds of 10 to 20 miles per hour.
Known as “tag-and-shoot” technology, the scope offers a full-color, graphic display. By depressing a button near the trigger, a shooter engages a laser on a desired target. Though the shooter may pull the trigger, the rifle will not shoot until the scope finds the precise position. The computer in the scope of the “smart rifle” also calculates environmental variables that include trigger shake, target distance and wind resistance.
The TrackingPoint additionally features a Wi-Fi transmitter that enables hunters to stream audio/visual information to a nearby mobile device. The computer also records all the action to replay via a device or to upload to social media. The company reports that the weapon spent three years in development and represents a one-of-a-kind design. However, the rifle and its advanced technology are a bit of a luxury item, as depending on the model chosen, the starting price is $7,500.
Wise Choice for Civilians?
Though impressive, not all are thrilled at the prospect of the rifle being on the market. Hardcore hunters feel that the weapon’s capabilities take the skill and challenge out of hunting. For an animal to become eligible for Boone and Crockett recognition, the rifle used must meet the standards of Fair Chase. The TrackingPoint does not qualify. Hunters must decide individually whether ethics trump legality.
Others are more concerned about the possibility that the rifle might end up in the wrong hands. The many senseless shootings that continue making the headlines leaves some to express understandable concern that the TrackingPoint could pose a danger to the public if purchased by someone with mental health issues or other grudges to resolve. Especially in lieu of the long-range capability, the rifle might serve as a deadly sniper weapon.
Company representatives respond that consumers are only able to purchase the rifle directly from TrackingPoint. President Schauble also assures that the company takes the time to know individual customers and plans to implement a vettng process. Further, he shares, the lithium-ion powered scopes are password protected. The rifle continues to function independent of the scope. However, the precision tracking ability becomes disabled if the appropriate code is not entered by the owner.