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US military Begins Purchasing and Testing Smart Rifles

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Reports coming out of the Las Vegas SHOT gun show this week indicate the U.S. military has purchased and is testing smart rifles for use in the field.

According to a Military.com interview with TrackingPoint, Inc., the Army bought six different smart rifles from the company for a price of $10,000 to $27,000, each of which includes a built-in Linux-based computer that uses sensors and scopes to maximize accuracy amidst a variety of conditions like terrain, weather and even the Earth’s rotation.

“The military has purchased several units for testing and evaluation purposes,” TrackingPoint marketing official Oren Schauble told Military.com Tuesday at the country’s largest annual gun show, where the startup company announced the technology in 2013.

According to Schauble, one of the rifles demonstrated at the show boasts a 70 percent first-shot success rate at 1,000 yards out — significantly better than the average for professional military snipers, with a high of 30 percent. The military plans to compare the success rate of average soldiers with smart rifles against that of traditional sharpshooters…

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2 Comments on “US military Begins Purchasing and Testing Smart Rifles”

  1. What is the cost of all this technology?
    Take the brainwork out of shooting and sure everyone will pip the bull at 1000 yards.
    Yet if that technology breaks down, is EMP’d to hell, or run over by a vehicle, what happens if the average grunt has to revert to iron sights.
    This scramble to go high-tech will degrade basic shooting skills and it’s no good saying everyone learns those in basic training. They, unlike this video age gizmo, needs constant practice.


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