Tracking Point: “The Real Deal”, Says WeaponsMan

    WeaponsMan, a must read blog for those interested in military small arms, blogs about an early long-range consumer test of the TrackingPoint rifle and optic system:

    Quick take-aways:

    • Best packaged gun any of them had ever seen. In the gunsmith’s experience, that’s out of thousands of new guns.
    • Favorably impressed with the quality of the gun and the optic. It “feels” robust.
    • It’s premium priced, but with premium quality. Rifle resembles a Surgeon rifle. “The whole thing is top quality all the way, no corners cut, no expense spared.” They throw in an iPad. The scope itself serves its images up as wifi.
    • First shot, cold bore, no attempt to zero, 350 meters, IPSC sized metal silhouette: “ding!” They all laughed like maniacs. It does what the ads say.
    • Here’s how the zero-zero capability works:  they zero at the factory, no $#!+, and use a laser barrel reference system to make automatic, no-man-in-the-loop, corrections. Slick.
    • The gun did a much better job of absorbing .300WM recoil than any 300WM any of them have shot. With painful memories of developmental .300WM M24 variants, that was interesting. “Seriously, it’s like shooting my .308.”
    • By the day’s end, the least experienced long-range shooter, who’d never fired a round at over 200 meters, was hitting moving silhouettes at 850 yards. In the world of fiction where all snipers take head shots at 2000m with a .308, that’s nothing, but in the world of real lead on target, it’s huge. 
    • It requires you to unlearn some processes and learn some new ones, particularly with respect to trigger control. But that’s not impossible, or even very hard.
    • They didn’t put wind speed into the system, and used Kentucky windage while placing the “tag.” This worked perfectly well.
    • An experienced sniper or long range match shooter, once he gets over the muscle memory differences, will get even more out of the TrackingPoint system than a novice, but
    • A novice can be made very effective, very fast, at ranges outside of the engagement norm, with this system.

    As Porky Pig says, for now, “Ib-a-dee-ib-a-dee-ib-a-dee-That’s all, folks!” But we’re promised more, soon.

    In this author’s opinion, it’s only a matter of time before this technology begins to make waves in the small arms world. Absolutely do click through the link and read the whole thing.

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]


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