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Posted: 8/10/2014 9:31:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/10/2014 10:00:38 PM EDT by Josh]
Tracking Point has done it again... this time with an AR-15. As some of you may remember, this company produced a bolt action rifle (which subsequently made a 2.1 mile shot with a .338 Lapua), that integrates a laser rangefinder, scope, and computerized trigger that all work together to significantly enhance its precision. Now they're making the same thing in 5.56 and 7.62 in the AR form factor.

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Link Posted: 8/10/2014 9:59:01 PM EDT
Pretty neat. With computing power becoming so cheap I think we will start to see a lot of stripped, purpose built Linux applications.

With accurate sensors I would assume the code to be very straightforward.

Just my opinion, it's worth what you payed for it.
Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:02:09 PM EDT
We can see where the technology is going. But I don't think it is a realistic choice for a weapon intended to be used in combat.
Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:03:11 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 0331LiboRisk:
Pretty neat. With computing power becoming so cheap I think we will start to see a lot of stripped, purpose built Linux applications.

With accurate sensors I would assume the code to be very straightforward.

Just my opinion, it's worth what you payed for it.
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There's a GNU library that does ballistic computation (and does it fairly well) -- the rest is integration.
Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:05:15 PM EDT
Cool but at what point is the person no longer doing the shooting?
Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:12:43 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By c7aea15:
Cool but at what point is the person no longer doing the shooting?
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ATF says if a computer pulls the trigger its an unregistered MG.
Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:22:30 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By salmonid:
We can see where the technology is going. But I don't think it is a realistic choice for a weapon intended to be used in combat.
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All the hardware involved is relatively cheap and readily available. It is a very simple, straightforward system. In the near future the size and cost of this will be comparable to current optics. Other than for redundancy, manual scope adjustments will be a thing of the past in the coming years.
Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:43:26 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By packingXDs:

ATF says if a computer pulls the trigger its an unregistered MG.
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Originally Posted By packingXDs:
Originally Posted By c7aea15:
Cool but at what point is the person no longer doing the shooting?

ATF says if a computer pulls the trigger its an unregistered MG.


No, they don't.
Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:44:16 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By salmonid:
We can see where the technology is going. But I don't think it is a realistic choice for a weapon intended to be used in combat.
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Not this model, not this year. I wouldn't count it out for the next generation a year down the road. Look at how far this one company has come in less than a year since they introduced their first model.

Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:44:42 PM EDT
The coolest thing about this?

In '09 I posted a thread about one of my potential BSEE capstone project ideas. By "idea" I mean I already did the circuit design and ballistics calculations for half a dozen loads and the I/O for integrating it with a laser rangefinder, inclinometer, barometer, and temp sensor; for an automatic adjusting RIS mounted targeting computer. What engineer worth a shit doesnt delve into a project to see if it's feasible or not?

One day my thread just got disappeared. Thought it was odd, but chalked it up to a site problem.

A month later a site sponsor introduced a much more limited, less capable, and more expensive version of what I was doing at SHOT show.

I cant remember if it was these guys or not. Not saying it is or isnt. All I remember is browsing the SHOT thread and the folks introducing the ghetto version of my project being a sponsor at the time. Just sharing my interesting, at least to me, arfcom conspiracy theory.

I ended up doing a project on tactile pattern recognition as "project demonstration" would have been an issue in a classroom environment.


Long story short, I'm glad someone is taking this further.





Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:49:38 PM EDT
Fire control systems have made warships, tanks, etc. progressively more lethal. It's about time the same evolution occurs in the infantryman.
Link Posted: 8/10/2014 10:59:20 PM EDT
Someone needs to get some Oculus integration going for this.
Link Posted: 8/11/2014 5:42:21 AM EDT
We plan on putting an ar15 on an industrial robot. When the atf was in for my ffl interview he leaned toward it not being considered a MG (computer fired trigger). I went ahead and got the class 2 mfg stamp anyway.
Link Posted: 8/11/2014 6:02:23 AM EDT
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We plan on putting an ar15 on an industrial robot. When the atf was in for my ffl interview he leaned toward it not being considered a MG (computer fired trigger). I went ahead and got the class 2 mfg stamp anyway.
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I've never been able to find anything, anywhere, that says a "computer fired trigger" is a machine gun. It's an urban legend.
Link Posted: 8/11/2014 6:17:48 AM EDT
How long does it take your scope to boot up after it locks up and has to be powered off?
Link Posted: 8/11/2014 6:32:31 AM EDT
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How long does it take your scope to boot up after it locks up and has to be powered off?
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If they're smart, it doesn't do that. I'd have definitely picked something more like QNX or one of the BSDs for it though -- Linux is not well known for its great performance as an RTOS.

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