Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.
TrackingPoint, maker of the revolutionary “Precision Guided Firearm,” has taken the science and the mystery out of long-range shooting.
They’ve made it easy.
In fact, their system is so operator-friendly, even someone with absolutely zero firearms experience can make long-distance hits — something we put to a test last week in Manatee County.
Here’s a brief primer on how the system operates:
Tracking Point’s XS1 is their flagship rifle, chambered for the venerable .338 Lapua Magnum.
The heart of the system is the “network tracking scope,” which can zoom from 6X-35X and calculates 20 ballistic variables 54 times per second.
It takes the guesswork out of long-distance shooting, but not the fun.
The only variable the shooter needs to input manually is wind speed, at distance.
To fire the weapon, all the shooter does is align the reticle onto the target and press the “tag” button located on the trigger guard.
This marks the target with a “tag” — a dot visible only in the scope to the shooter.
Moving targets can also be “tagged” and engaged, at distance.
Then, the shooter pulls the trigger and holds it to the rear, while aligning the reticle to the tag dot.
Once the proper alignment is achieved — a process that comes naturally to any long-distance shooter — the rifle fires.
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Here’s the video that Elaine shot of our day at the range. (Thanks, Elaine!)[brightcove 3550496941001]