In spring of 2013, Texas-based start up TrackingPoint Solutions released the first ever precision-guided rifle that can automatically target and shoot. Using a laser guided sight combined with an integrated electronic trigger, the rifle is allows for guaranteed accuracy over extremely long distances.
The tracking point system is based off fighter jet lock and launch technology. But critics of the precision-guided firearm, say the gun and particularly the proprietary scope, marks the dawn of “skill-free killing”.
TrackingPoint announced this week (19 April, 2016) that its latest Precision-Guided Firearm, the squad-level M1400 338LM bolt-action rifle, can hit stationary and moving (up to 20mph) targets out to 1400 yards.
According to TrackingPoint, the M1400 gives every squad a precision shooting expertise at ranges beyond even the capabilities of skilled snipers.
“The M1400 provides a clear advantage against any adversary in our current and future conflicts, including our current war on radical Islamic terrorism. Coupled with the M600 and M800, our Army and Marine Corps squads now can bring withering dominance to the field of battle,” said John McHale, TrackingPoint CEO. “Extreme distance lethality is no longer the exclusive domain of trained snipers. With minimal training, any soldier can reliably deliver lethality well beyond what is possible for today’s expert marksmen,” said McHale.
The M1400 streams video to TrackingPoint’s ShotGlass wearable glasses. The Soldier or Marine can see the battlefield without putting his head behind the gun. He or she is completely unexposed and can see and eliminate targets exactly as if looking through the scope. Soldiers and Marines can shoot over berms and around corners with an extremely high hit rate on moving targets at extreme distances.