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“When paired with wearable technology, PGFs [Precision Guided Firearms] can provide unprecedented benefits to shooters, such as the ability to shoot around corners, from behind low walls, and from other positions that provide exceptional cover,” TrackingPoint’s presser asserts. That’s because shooters can stream TrackingPoint’s ShotView system to their Google glass. “The shooter can easily see such important variables as range to target, shot angle, rifle cant, compass direction, battery life, and zoom setting.” What the TrackingPoint video doesn’t mention: remote firing. I wonder why that is. Too much for the antis?

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  1. All they’re missing is a remote kill-switch, like the one that Armatix will eventually implementing into their “smart” gun.

    • In which case, I’ll pass on this in favor of my inherently more reliable “dumb” guns.

  2. “What the TrackingPoint video doesn’t mention: remote firing.”

    And that would be because our beloved Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives have deemed remotely fired firearms as illegal for peasants to own/possess.

    • Buddy, I’m NOT at all worried about the peasants. Sometimes the paranoids really are out to get you.

    • This is true, remote firing is illegal. But as I recall, the law is not particularly detailed, to the point that a piece of string or a bullpup conversion stock for a 10/22 might actually be included in it.

  3. I would imagine that remote firing wasn’t brought up because it wouldn’t be particularly useful without being able to adjust the aim of the gun.

    • A remote control, a microcontroller, and some servos and that problem is solved easy enough.

  4. While the kill switch idea is scary, I must admit that the idea of a handgun sight tied to Google Glass seems pretty damned cool to me, I’m thinking not integrated to the firearms fire control system, but rather just an aiming device – and the mechanical trigger still does all the work.

    Technology ain’t all bad….

    • Technology is neutral. It’s the use to which it’s put that makes the difference.

  5. Give me the stuff for free and I would try it out. No way am I going to spend the money though! Hah cool idea though

  6. Chris:

    The biggest problem I would have with this is its being used in place of, rather than an augmentation to, training in the fundamentals of marksmanship.

    Did you know the US Navy no longer teaches navigation with a sextant? It’s all based on the GPS systems now. Which is fine – more efficient, more accurate, works with autopilot, etc. – right up until the time an adversary disables the GPS satellite constellation, or a critical part thereof, through any of several means.

    I’m by no means a Luddite, but I definitely trend towards maintaining failsafes in hardware, software and wetware.

    • I’ve got news for you – the constellation has been degrading constantly for some 20 years, and the Feds have been quietly and desperately lobbing more satellites into orbit to replace the broken/missing ones. Trouble is, we’re all running out of room up there, what with the broken and dead birds, the commo birds, the spy birds, the manned orbiters, and the plain old junk and trash in orbit. From us, the Russians, the Chinese, and lately the French, Koreans and Japanese.

  7. Remote triggers are classified as machine guns.

    Unless it’s a really long string on a trigger (And not an m1 carbine or mini 14….) it won’t pass atf muster.

  8. I’d like to get my hands shot off only *very* slightly more than I’d like to get my face shot off.

  9. It sort of already exists. Cobras and Apaches have the gun slaved to the gunner’s helmet and aimed with the targeting recticle.

  10. O Brave New World, that has such gizmos in it.

    M’self, I don’t even own a scope.

  11. Trackingpoint is sure doing their best to keep the gun control machine coming, I’d guess they just keep coming anyway. But if we do have to give up something to the gungrabbers this tech will be first to go. Remote? lol One word, ILLEGAL.

  12. There are at least 2 other companies that have been working on this same concept, except they won’t sell to us lowly civilians.

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