Video Games Real? “Snap-To” Targeting with AIMLOCK

The various uber-popular first-person shooter franchises are a hoot to play. While yes, they certainly lack realism despite being based on reality, it’s enjoyable to spend an afternoon being lost in a story and being able to vicariously shoot many firearms that its not possible to own. To keep campaigns to an afternoon and avoid player frustration many of these games feature “auto aiming” in some form that as you look down the sights, the game moves the reticle to center mass ready for the digital trigger pull.

Unfortunately, that capability has been only available in video games… until recently. A new venture called AIMLOCK is touting as “…a stabilizing, lightweight, auto-targeting chassis designed for use with existing automatic/semi-auto (firearms). The AimLock MRR (Medium Range Rifle) provides a host of benefits, including automatic target detection and tracking, unprecedented probability of hit and reduced time to engagement in both stable and unstable firing positions”

In short, it’s a chassis that has a built-in imager, computer, and movement to increase the probability of one being able to engage a target. The chassis is capable of identifying, tagging, tracking, and engaging a target from supported (bipod / prone) and unsupported (standing) positions. To achieve this, the chassis has an internal apparatus to “stabilize” (aim) the weapon.

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Unlike TrackingPoint, the AimLock uses a mechanical trigger, using the chassis to guide the muzzle, not determine the timing of the shot release. This is beneficial, as the “guided” electronic firing guns may actually not take a shot, as it’s not perfect. The AimLock will at least put rounds down range.

For more information, check out AimLock’s website here. 





Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • mechamaster

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ca5156ac581b20f3cd4ee206c0364a17f942dfc17d918dbed851804f049dd2b3.jpg

    Soo, it’s like self-stabilized remote control turret ( Paradigm SRP Talon ) but in “rifle-chassis” form ?

  • LCON

    Fully automatic Morita Who wants to hold it? Me! Me! Me! Me! Me!

  • Major Tom

    So when do they upgrade this stuff to outright aimbot? Aiming a gun is so 20th century, it should do it for me.

    • LCON

      Where’s the fun in that?

  • GD Ajax

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Why bother with guns made to look like fake Bullpups when you can just get a Bullpup.

    • iksnilol

      cause a bullpup doesn’t aim itself. Geez, it’s right in the article for crying out loud.

      • GD Ajax

        If you need a system to aim a gun for you. Than you should stop being obese or find a new hobby to spend the welfare checks on.

        • iksnilol

          Or you should get on with the times and join the 21st century.

  • micmac80

    At the moment they look like this and on one is hiting anything with that optic pointing skyward
    http://pop.h-cdn.co/assets/16/42/980×490/landscape-1477085772-14715671-539231739616393-7246975073912170372-o.jpg

    • GD Ajax

      When you have billions of dollars to waste but still refuse to go with the cheaper option of buying a new gun instead.

      • Jeremy

        No new gun does anything extraordinarily better than the current issued weapons. Better develop new technologies into maturity, then deciding which path to take later.

        • GD Ajax

          Mall nijna/Stolen valor type BS.
          Even third world countries are moving away from DI systems. Those who aren’t don’t have to deal with an enemy who can fight back.

      • iksnilol

        I refuse to buy a new gun if it doesn’t have sci-fi features.

  • 11b

    Ugh, these kids and their aimbot. Back in my day…

  • micmac80

    Beta version printed shell , chinese optic and some more 3d printed stuff and some tape to hold it together . Wonder how much uncle sam had to fork over for this shody POS

    http://img01.militaryblog.jp/usr/n/e/w/news/US-Army-develops-AimLock-Stabilized-Weapon-Platform_002.jpg

    http://img01.militaryblog.jp/usr/n/e/w/news/US-Army-develops-AimLock-Stabilized-Weapon-Platform_003.jpg

  • Joshua

    Pretty sure the Army has been messing with something like this.

    Or a self stabilizing shell for the M4 that will remove felt recoil from the end user.

    • noob

      If you look up the “Third Offset Strategy” you will find that the official policy of the US Government is literally “Pay-To-Win”.

      oh and also to put TheLegend27 into the infantry.

  • Damn cheaters.

    • Cal S.

      It’s a game mechanic that anyone can use. Well, if you bought the limited-edition themed potato chip bag with the codes in it.

      • .45

        I just found out that the pistol I have been using in Call of Duty Advanced Warfare alledgely has a really small amount of auto aim. Didn’t even notice it wasn’t aiming for me and always thought it was the same for every weapon.

  • Auto-aiming seems to be a gentle correction to the course movements of analog sticks.

  • therealgreenplease

    This brings up an interesting point: if the probability of hitting a target were increased dramatically under combat circumstances, how would that affect weapon design and the corresponding squad-level logistics? Recent articles on TFB have talked about the Army’s investigation into intermediate caliber weapons with the goal being to achieve overmatch at long-range. In these articles, a common downfall has been the additional training infantry needs to be effective at range. Perhaps technology could mitigate that and increased hit probability would decrease the amount of ammunition needed.

    • CommonSense23

      Not going to happen anytime soon. The moment you increase the tech to increase the chance of hits. We start using better camo designed to defeat said tech.

      • DudeForDuke

        “We start using better camo designed to defeat said tech.”

        That’s going to be a bit difficult. Because thermals are becoming cheaper and more capable, many are now looking to them as being the optics of choice in the future. MAC recently did a video showcasing FLIR and demonstrating why this is.

        …And even if your wearing mylar blankets or doing something as absurd as encasing yourself in glass (fun fact: some IR wavelengths can see through glass just fine – it’s not a silver anti-IR bullet) isn’t going to stop you from radiating your waste body heat around.

        • CommonSense23

          The US military particularly Socom is already prepped for this. And already has equipment that defeats this. Its not going to be hard for Russia and China to follow suit once it makes sense to.

          • DudeForDuke

            “And already has equipment that defeats this.”

            No, let’s avoid hyperbole. The U.S. military, no matter how advanced, doesn’t get to violate the laws of thermal dynamics. They have equipment that MINIMIZES detection. However, your body radiates waste heat. IR sees this. My guess is you’re equivocating or confusion NV reduction technology (which exists and works if done correct) with IR reduction technology (which also exists, but is even less effective than polishing a turd – which coincidentally is also possible). Think about it: even if you somehow invent a camouflage that prevents the wearer’s waste body heat from showing through… your body still heats up the material itself. Not to mention ANY exposed sliver of skin on the body gives you away – face, hands, ect. all radiate heat (especially the head). Anything you put would have to radiate away heat to match the background environment – all without changing temperature to stand out. Not going to happen. You can even see footprints in dirt and snow show up through thermal optics – how much heat transference do you think occurs in that short amount of time? In fact, the only way to circumvent this entirely (which is kinda the point) is meta-materials… Which probably isn’t going to happen in either of our lifetimes. And, if it does, it will be going on aircraft – not uniforms.

            It’s made even worse in favor of IR signal reduction technology by the issue that thermals are getting cheaper and better every single year. It’s now to the point that your average consumer can go out and buy thermal equipment that is better in every way than what the military was using 15 years ago. What’s going to happen in the next 5? 10? 20 years? I’d bet the entire house on “IR signal reduction losing in a landslide.”

  • LazyReader
  • User

    How does it lock onto someone? …… expecally with high end camo, AND usually people show at max like 15cm of theyr head over cover. How should that even detect it expecally trough foliage and with diffrent envoirments. PLUS thermal shielding camo.

    People dont stand like papertargets on a range.

    • M40

      Well the enemy sure doesn’t, but when your own guys go running past you, I bet it has no problem picking them off…

  • MrBrassporkchop

    INB4 fuds start saying people shouldn’t have this because it’s too cool.

  • brian

    Great…now any caveman can kill our troops…even without training

    • int19h

      The caveman won’t have the logistics to keep this thing running in the field for long.

    • Ryfyle

      Well yeah, ‘cept they did it with Car bombs and other IED’s

  • Leigh Rich

    Computer games for kids. Men have real guns.

    • Ryfyle

      Or they have guns and play STALKER.

      • L. Roger Rich

        Maybe muslim kids play stalker with real guns?

        • Ryfyle

          They’re wouldn’t be many kids left if that was the case. Real life lacks the Quick save and Quick load feature. Also Mutants and anomalies.

          • L. Roger Rich

            Got zombies top contend with too..

          • Ryfyle

            Zombies that were way to good at aiming from the hip.

  • Nergyl

    I suggest they roll out a model called the “M56” and chamber it for caseless explosive 10mm rounds.

  • Ranger Rick

    “The AimLock will at least put rounds down range.”

    Anybody can put rounds down range, only rounds on target count.

  • Ranger Rick

    Perhaps a Plasma Rifle in the 40 watt range?

  • Richard C. Johnson

    It doesn’t cost Millions. It’s trickle-down Tech from the security industry. It’s human recognition software with autotrack capability. They use it on ip based 360 degree cameras so that they can track multiple targets without the need for human control. I do CCTV for a living. This has been around for a decade. It’s just now getting cost effective and miniaturised enough to fit on a weapon.