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“Having this kind of technology available for civilian sale — and imagining its potential role in violence — should give us all the creeps. It should be an outrage. But, in light of the culture of guns and our do-nothing political climate, I doubt anyone will keep TrackingPoint out of the retail sniper market. On the other hand, when it comes to the latest in gun safety, watch out. Gun activists see a real threat.” – Dan Rodricks in As technology advances, guns become deadlier, ‘smarter’ [at]


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  1. Oh God, not this garbage again. Anybody want to explain to him why we object to the release of “smart guns” on an unwitting public as a form of backdoor gun control? Anybody also want to explain to him that criminals don’t use $15,000 guns?

    • Yes, I tried. Actually called this twit and left a well organized, thoughtful and polite message; needless to say he didn’t call back. A typical mindless twit with no knowledge or balls for that matter.

        • Well, it was apparently thoughtful, well-organized, and polite “bile”, so I don’t think your comment holds much water. Leaving aside the hysterical irony of someone who regularly uses crude sexual terms to identify his political opponents saying that calling someone a “twit” is “an outburst of bile”.

    • I’d support a subsidized government program to mount tracking point or other targeting systems on gang members’ guns.
      The TP would prevent the gun from firing, while pointed at innocent bystanders, so the gang members would only kill each other, not the 10-year old kids playing basketball.

      • I would really like a response to that idea from MAIG, MDA, shit, Barack Obama. Try to answer that! It would solve all our problems, wouldn’t it? Almost as worthwhile as passing a law against murder and forgetting anything further.

  2. What is this morons salary that he feels a $7,000 item would be clamped to every gangsters gat?
    Or is he just fantasizing about some dystopic world where poor marksmen rich people use tracking point to hunt humans for sport?

  3. More strawmen on the smart gun issue. If you don’t support mandating glitch first generation unproven technology that has increased points of failure that could cost you your life, then you want people, kids, and puppies to die.

  4. “Retail sniper market.” Funny, I look for the “assassins corner” everywhere I shop, and I can never find it. THAT’s how advanced the gear is./sarc

    Seriously, though, this guy will have a heart attack when he realizes power tools are legal, and anyone can make their own gun (or anything else for that matter) in the privacy of their own homes, even without government permission.

    • Hey, your Cabela’s doesn’t have that section? At ours it’s kinda small- shoehorned in between safes and hunting dog training equipment, but I talked to the department manager and he’s expecting big things in the next few months…

    • Yep you sure can. And, the machine to build a really awsom rifle is cheeper than the gun its sefl. Carbine Williams built the first short stroke gas operated rifle out of a tractor axel while working as an inmate in a prision machine shop. Most of the parts he hand filed. This dude needs to look at the Gun manafactors who operate out of the Philippines,

      These people are making some pretty advanced weapons with very low tech equipment.

  5. Tracking point will never be a major player in the civilian market. Most gun owners will never see one in use. They will be sold at a severely inflated price to our military and payed for by our tax dollars. Tracking point is only making it worse and sound more scary by their advertising. This is not a precision guided weapon, there is little to no guiding going on here. It is a scope with a fancy app.

    • One word that will decrees prices Competition..It will happen, and yes they will sell their app to the masses, if this does not happen soon I will be forced to do it myself…

  6. Where has he been. People have been shooting at 1000 yards to one Mile accuratly with low tech for years. We have military snipers retiring every day, who are more than capable of shooting a 1000 yards all day long. I like accuracy shooting but I doubt I’ll ever be buying anything like that. Why? Becasue it is cheating. The whole ideal of accuracy shooting is to reach out with the bare minimum. Glass bedding, and floating a barrel, hand loaded rounds, and even a high powered scope is okay, but when you are just the monkey at the end of the stock then it is no longer a challange.

    • That’s the point he wants to make. Shooting in his opinion should always be challenging to the point of failure, even when it comes to your carry gun when you need it most. Hence the $7000 windage app is bad but the untested smart gun locks are good.

      • I kind of like the idea of a smart gun that only shoots for me. However, until it is 100% fool proof I don’t want a gun that may or may not go bang because if forgot who I was. Okay I know that no gun is 100 % anything, but all a misfire calls for is me pulling the slide back. What’s the procedure for convincing your pistol you really are its owner if it happens to have a software moment? I find the story of the gun store owner being threatened for offering a smart gun some what questionable. Gun Stores sell guns, that is their business, people buy what they want. I don’t happen to like Rossi guns but I don’t threaten the store owner because he sells them, I just look over the Rossi’s and go to the S&W, Glocks, Rugers and Colts. Kind of like S&W line up of M&P pistols.

        • It is not the gun that people object to, it is the fact that NJ passed legislation that once a single smart gun was available in the commercial market anywhere in the US, all new handguns sold in NJ have to have such technology incorporated into them. I understand why NJ gun owners would be upset that the only new handgun they could buy was a massively expensive, glitchy, and essentially ineffective .22 pistol. The mere existence of the Armatix threatens a virtual handgun ban in NJ.

    • Having actually hit a few targets at 1000 yards (the high point of my shooting life), I have to say the calculations for wind at anything over 800 yards far outweigh the calculations this system is supposed to take care of. The computer which tells you the solution to that is between your ears, and needs to be calibrated repeatedly and continuously if it is to be worthwhile. What I am saying is, you cannot buy magic business which will give you a shortcut to accuracy at those distances. I don’t care how much you pay, unless you are talking guided munitions, as in guided after firing, which this system is not.

  7. I still don’t get it. They don’t trust the citizen with a common conventional small arm, but they trust politicians with nukes.

  8. I bet this…person…is in favor of driverless cars though. Yes, let’s put an automobile on the streets where our kids are that is being driven by a computer, that’s a smart idea!

  9. Well, one of those things is being provided as an option, the other is being advocated for as a mandate.

    I think it would be safe to say that if a gun-control advocate thinks I need it, I probably don’t want it, and if a gun-control advocates thinks I do not need it, then I most likely want it.

  10. Total crap. He references the “culture of guns” in the third sentence and we all have learned right here at TTAG that there is no gun culture. He wears the liberal “I’m smarter than you” smirk and writes to put fear in the hearts of the sheep.

  11. Another solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. It’s a dirty propaganda campaign these citizen control cultists wage. “Military style”, “more deadly and dangerous”. It would be laughable if they didn’t have such a stranglehold on media coverage. It sensible counterpoints to this nonsense got equal airtime these clowns would dry up and blow away very very quickly.

  12. If technology that allows for more accurate shooting is inherently a bad thing, then I suppose he would propose the outlaw of
    Optical scopes
    Red dot sights
    Iron sights
    Barrel rifling
    Minie balls
    Pre-measured powder charges
    Percussion caps
    Flint …

  13. I think this guy is sweating the possibility of another Beltway Sniper. Personally, I think someone driven to do that would probably use standard optics or iron sights and the Mk 1 eyeball.
    I also think he needs to pull up his big girl panties and concern himself with larger matters, such as learning how firearms really work.

  14. At least the phrasing is more accurate this time. Ie it’s the technology he wants to control rather than the gun. It’s only a small step in that same direction to admit that it’s not gun control not technology control he wants but information control. He is the type that centuries ago would have railed against the printing press and republican government.


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