It all goes back to “Top Gun.” In the heads-up display on Maverick’s Tomcat, you can see a computer compensate for human aim with precision laser guidance and careful calculations. How long before that technology makes its way to to a conventional hunting rifle? It’s here now, with a price tag of $17,000 to $21,000.
How does it work? A laser rangefinder identifies the target, and tells the gun where to aim to hit it, given conditions such as humidity, wind, and the typical ballistic drop you’d expect from a bullet shot from a gun at such a distance.
You pick your target by dropping a pin on it using the camcorder-like zoom lens. When you want to shoot that target, you line up crosshairs inside the scope with the pin you dropped. But when you squeeze the trigger, it doesn’t fire. You have to squeeze the trigger and line up the crosshairs with your mark. When you do, the gun goes boom, and the target takes a bullet.
The rifle will be available soon from TrackingPoint. Watch the video below for the whole story.