Walt (at BMC Tactical) occasionally breaks out the shop’s .416 so people can shoot $7 of freedom (on New Year’s Day and 4th of July). The problem is that it is not zero’ed for distance shooting. Mainly because he’d rather have people just fire it rather than burn the ammo (and money) on dialing it in. Personally I’ve never had good luck with bore sighting (I find it easier to just put rounds on paper and start moving out and adjusting; or the two shot method).
Enter CI Systems “a leader in the development and production of sophisticated Electro-Optical Test Equipment and Measurement Systems for defense, homeland security, industrial, scientific and commercial applications worldwide” who is bringing a bore sight system to market which is orders of magnitude more sophisticated than a $30 Sightmark. The Advanced Weapon Boresight System (AWBS) has a wide range of barrel adapters suitable for all barrels – from a diameter of 7.62mm, to 40mm, 125mm, and 155mm (using interchangeable rods). Meaning it will fit multiple platforms from assault rifles through grenade launchers, heavy weaponry, (and even tanks and artillery for those of you that need such things). It aligns the barrel with the weapon sight using the fire control systems to “dramatically increase first hit probability”.
The AWBS consists of a control unit, power unit, optical unit, gun interface, a camera, and an optional ruggedized monitor. Utilizing a high-resolution CCD video camera to allow alignment from a safe distance from the gunner’s post, the AWBS provides an easy to use, fast, accurate and reliable tool for boresighting. Its rugged design retains the accuracy of the system over a wide range of environmental conditions.
According to Moshe Blau, Head of Engineering Department at CI Systems:
“The issue of inaccurate shooting of artillery is a significant problem with serious implications, both in terms of collateral damage and in terms of the costs that accompany inaccurate shooting. The solution we developed is designed to solve this problem, bringing a level of accuracy that has not been seen before. The system has already been deployed by a number of customers, and receives high praises for dramatically increasing shooting accuracy.”
Features include an electronically-produced and adjustable crosshair along with a programmable crosshair pattern. It can be interfaced with existing displays in the vehicle, and provides optional automatic calibration.
This is obviously meant for a more “military” application rather than the casual shooter. I couldn’t find a listed price anywhere but I would assume a tad bit more than $30… 🙂