With computer components getting smaller and processing power increasing, it’s actually surprising that more companies haven’t tried to make a scope that does all the work for you. What we have here is something closer to being in the price range of a normal person rather than TrackingPoint’s Honda Civic-priced equipment, but still tries to compensate for bullet drop and windage. In short, taking all the math out of the shooting process. Make the jump for the email from Laxco. . .

Laxco is proud to introduce the world’s first fully automated auto targeting SmartScope (tm.) The design provides all the features of a standard rife scope with the eyepiece view plus incorporates an auto targeting system and a built in digital range finder. Using this automation feature within the scope, the user gets bullet drop compensation fully integrated with no manual inputting of correction data with a direct electronic display in the eyepiece. The layout is conventional to a shooter and does provide manual wind age compensation. All the features are housed in a slim line, durable case that is a fully integrated scope. The scope is durable, water proof, fog proof and incorporates a standard Picatinny / MIL-STD-1913 scope mounting base.

Apparently this thing will be on display at the range on Monday, so be sure that we’ll have a range report by then.

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10 Responses to New from Laxco: SmartScope Auto-Compensating Rifle Scope

  1. Can you manually enter cartridge data for hand loads? Is the display a LCD overlay, or is it a purely digital scope?

    I lol’ed when I saw their DigieScope and wondered who would buy it

    And I wonder why their website is hosted on Google groups?

    They say the scope is “USA Assembled” but their other page says “Our China affiliate companies and it’s sub-contractors allows us to leverage the unique economic advantage of overseas contract manufacturing and passing on these benefits to our clients.” So it is really a made in China optic.

  2. I knew that one day there’d be an auto targeting scope. The shooter still needs to understand how to dope the wind. I’m sure old-school shooters (older than me) thought that laser range finders were cheating, and that true long range shooters use mil-dot ranging for distance.

    I tend to think that one day Fish and Wildlife divisions might outlaw using auto targeting scopes for hunting. It just seems to take the sport out of it. Granted, any true long range distance still requires precision ammunition, which used to mean handloading your own ammo. But, now competition/precision ammo is even available at your local gun store.

    I wonder how much longer before scopes can automatically compensate for wind.

    • They have been outlawed in my state before they existed. No electronics on bow or rifles. It’s a sport not a war.

    • Wind can be done, it’s off-the-shelf laser tech, plus some science and some decent algos. Is anybody doing it for consumer firearms? Not that I’m aware of. But it’ll come.

      Sort of like that semi-automated trigger rifle from a few weeks back, they took some extant tech, some money, and a fair bit of time to glue it all together. Impressive? Hardly, the tech’s been available and cheap for years. They were just the first guys to bother to spend the time.

      The marriage of guns and tech is at it’s infancy. Many firearms are throwbacks, built with the cheapest materials and lowest labor techniques they can get away with. Most guns are 50 years behind the car in design and materials technology. Polymer pistols maybe only 30.

      I’m not saying primitive can’t be very useful, the AK-47 proves they are. But, there’s a range of treatments, techniques, materials, and coatings that are highly applicable to guns and get used by almost nobody.

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