Column: TrackingPoint under fire for being ‘too accurate’

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 The TrackingPoint Networked Tracking Scope includes a laser rangefinder, 6-35X magnification video camera, ballistic calculator, environmental sensors and built-in Wi-Fi. STAFF PHOTO / MIKE LANG


The TrackingPoint Networked Tracking Scope includes a laser rangefinder, 6-35X magnification video camera, ballistic calculator, environmental sensors and built-in Wi-Fi.
STAFF PHOTO / MIKE LANG

Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.

Is it possible to create a rifle that’s too good, too accurate, too easy to use, leaving only terrorists and other outlaw groups as potential buyers?

That is what Elliot Fineman, CEO of the National Gun Victims Action Council says about the Precision Guided Firearms made by TrackingPoint, a gun maker located in Austin, Texas.

The NGVAC wants to ban the rifles, which they say have “no legitimate civilian use.”

“There are three groups who will buy these rifles — insurrectionists, terrorists and hate groups,” Fineman said in a recent statement. “Given the sniper rifle’s deadly accuracy, no one is safe — this cannot be allowed.”

The group’s biggest objection is to the technology behind the heart of TrackingPoint’s Precision Guided Firearm system, its “network tracking scope,” a computer which calculates 20 ballistic variables 54 times per second.

All the shooter does to fire the $27,500 weapon is align the reticle onto the target, press the “tag” button, pull the trigger and hold it to the rear.

Once the scope determines the proper alignment is achieved, the rifle fires on its own.

“TrackingPoint’s sniper rifles are a classic example of technology outpacing legislation,” Fineman wrote. “The weapons unquestionably pose a significant danger to public safety, and this danger will only grow as additional companies develop similar technology.”

His group is seeking legislation to “banish the threat posed by these weapons.”

TrackingPoint, for the most part, has ignored the fury and declined to comment to the mainstream media — until now.

You can read the rest of my column here.

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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.

8 Comments

  1. Do you know how many AKs (with ammo) one could outfit for 28 grand? If you gotta buy just one weapon for that price, there are things that make bigger booms. I don’t see this as a huge interest from the terrorist underworld.

    Once NGVAC can provide substiantial evidence that terrorists use anything more sophisiticated than a variable power scope, then we can talk. Do they use laser range finders? Do they use night scopes? That would be money better spent. That technology has been out for years, but you don’t hear the NCGAC all in an uproar.

    Besides, aren’t several laws in place about buying things for internationl use, etc.? Oh wait…

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  3. Typical Progressive Rant.

    Let’s step back and take a look at why ‘The Left’, Communists/Socialists/Marxists will not stop in their efforts to disarm American citizens (but not it’s Militarized Police or Terrorists)
    #1 The core reason is r-Type vs K-Type reproduction strategy which is explained here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCRXJcE7dcw
    #2 More pressing is The Left’s control of the reigns of power in America and it’s once covert plan to destroy American’s ability to defend themselves against forced collectivization using a world wide jihad as both cover and military tool to wage the war that western collectivists are too cowardly to wage themselves. Case in point: Operation Zero Footprint shows The Left’s willingness to allow 1000’s to be murdered as a means of placing Al Qaeda in charge of Libya to arm Jihadists with modern weapons of war and further the World Caliphate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TICWxn2KC14&feature=player_detailpage
    #3 The anti-gun propaganda campaign, directed by the WH Dept. Of Propaganda, follows Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals to the letter, is waged against the Middle Class, the group targeted by The Left for physical destruction and as with all serial killers disarming the selected victim is of paramount importance.
    #4 Socialists love guns and love violence, when they are the ones using it and look upon Jihadist’s barbarian use of violence not with distain but with well concealed envy. Genocide, is after all, every socialist’s default position it was Hitler who said decades before the Holocaust that the first Christian genocide of the 20th century , carried out by Muslims was a mere statistic. The Persians were so impressed with Hitler’s Collectivist anti-Semitic vision that they changed their name and that of their entire culture to Aryan, or as they call it, Iran who is joined at the hip with the left perusing the destruction of America and Israel.
    Is it any wonder we are now witnessing the 1st Christian Genocide of the 21st century which is intended to engulf America as well?

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