$17,000 Linux-powered rifle is the world’s first Precision Guided Firearm
With a mission to develop small arms tracking and fire control technology capable of making a 450-yard shot and hitting a target the size of a volleyball, the Austin-based applied technology firm TrackingPoint successfully built the world’s first Precision Guided Firearms ‘PGF’ that would revolutionize the shooting sports market. Offering fighter-jet precision, the company’s largest-caliber PGF named XS1 impressively offers the longest Tag Track Xact effective range of any Precision Guided Firearm, thus making long-range shot possible for any shooter, regardless of training or experience. Designed to offer fighter-jet style, lock-and-launch technology in a rifle system, the $22,500 XS1 makes you an elite, long-range marksman in just minutes. However, TrackingPoint offers Precision Guided Firearms in a series of 3 heavily customized hunting rifles in the form of XS1, XS2 and XS3 which is available with a starting price of $17,000. Besides, we have earlier seen the world’s most expensive rifle, the exclusive handmade hunting VO Falcon Edition which costs $820,000.
Speaking about the Precision Guided Firearm, it’s the world’s most accurate shooting system called the Xact System, which solves the multiple problems that long-range shooters face and also ensure repeatable performance and accuracy even at extended ranges.
The TrackingPoint XS1’s performance is actually driven by a bolt-action, .338 Lapua Magnum Surgeon XL action, and its 27-inch, Krieger cut-barrel which is fitted in an Accuracy International AX chassis with detachable Picatinny rail pieces. The XS1 uses 300 gr. Sierra Open-Tipped Match XactShot ammunition by Barnes, loaded to +/- 10 fps standard deviation muzzle velocity.
The XS1 which delivers the longest range Tag Track Xact to 1,200 yards also features TrackingPoint’s longest parallex-free zoom, and a small Wi-Fi server, an iOS app that connects to the Linux-powered scope via an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network and streams the scope’s display/video to the app, allowing someone with an iPad or iPhone to act as a spotter.
Notably, the video looks something like the heads-up display one would see in the cockpit of a fighter jet, showing the weapon’s compass, orientation, cant and incline.
Also, the integrated networked tracking scope’s video recording can also be uploaded to video sharing sites.