Blind U.S. Marine can still hunt thanks to TrackingPoint

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Lee’s note: This is pretty special. TrackingPoint just released this video, which shows a combat-wounded U.S. Marine  — who was blinded in both eyes by an IED — hunting with a spotter thanks to TrackingPoint technology.

Here’s the release:

Michael Jernigan, a 3rd generation marine, did his part to serve our country, tp2but his service didn’t come without a price. In a six month period he was hit by 3 roadside bombs.  Michael was blinded, losing the use of both his eyes, he needed to have his left knee reconstructed, his right hand reconstructed, and 2 fingers reattached.

Jernigan underwent 30 major surgeries over 12 months, spending 16 months in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Since recovering, Jernigan has been working with a veterans nonprofit group, and continued to pursue a lifelong passion for hunting.

In this video, Jernigan first takes a few experimental shots at a firing range using a TrackingPoint Precision Guided Firearm. Assisted only by a spotter providing directions from a tablet that shows the video streaming from his PGF’s scope, Jernigan precisely hits the target from several hundred yards away.

Later, Jernigan uses the PGF to hunt for Blackbuck on the Broken Spur Ranch in Texas.  The hunt finishes with a dramatic, ethical one-shot harvest of a trophy animal from over 300 yards, again assisted only with verbal commands, from a spotter viewing streaming video from the PGF on the tablet.  “It enables me to do something I essentially wouldn’t be able to do on my own,” Jernigan says of the experience, “it brings a lot of peace and well-being into my life.”


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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

1 Comment

  1. One would think that a person who has experienced such pain as a result of weapons, would have more compassion for the animals he murders.

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