The most inaccurate component of a rifle is the human behind the trigger, but starting Wednesday hunters can turn to drone-inspired vision for a little help. Provided they have $22,000 on hand for a new rifle, that is.
The rifle works by incorporating a ballistics computer, 14-megapixel camera, a Linux-powered scope, and a special heads-up display that lets the shooter tag a target in the system before firing. The augmented aiming system calculates how humidity, air temperature, and barrel incline will affect a shot, and then adjusts the crosshairs on the display accordingly.
This is great tec. for life or death situations such as war/defense/police. Heck, even for extreme target shooting. But in my opinion, using this for hunting takes the fair chase out of it. Might as well just tie the animal to a tree and shoot from 10 feet.
... or just go to a restaurant and order a steak.
Kinda hard to get deer in a restaurant or pheasant, woodcock, wild turkey, elk... I could go on and on. Harvesting an animal yourself and seeing it go from living to food on your plate really makes you appreciate where your food comes from.
... just like growing potatoes or milking a cow.
Why didn't they make the rifle self aiming as well? Or is that option already available?
The vast majority of shots fired from most guns are aimed at non living targets, so I don't really care about the possibility this gun might be used for hunting.
This brings to any novice shooter the ability to be an expert or better.
For professionals like SWAT teams or army snipers this is acceptable and the way to go. But definitely not for sports shooters. What sense of achievement do you get if somethings else does the hard work for you? As Chelle 12 says: might as well buy a steak in the restaurant. Next thing somebody is going to invent an automatic golf club. You just switch it on and go to the clubhouse for a G&T while it plays the course for you.
Imagine when this scope and weapon is common place and 5 times better and 5 times cheaper, operated by an smart phone around the world; it will become happy bizarre terrorist joy.
Just to let you know, I am always against terrorist. I am sadly just predicating a certain type of future.
(1) This is something already normally done by a ballistic computer and range finder - only this is all on the rifle's optics.
(2) How well does this work for an object on the move? As a stationary platform for long range sniping it has only a limited audience (swat still close range precision sniping does not require ballistic calculation). A rifle for hitting things on the wing at range would have GREAT impact (sniping as anti-air/anti-drone cover would greatly change the nature of air superiority).
(3) Aim, stance, trigger pull, etc are all still human controlled. At extreme ranges, personal error will continue to be a signifigant factor as well as minor adjustments on the fly for follow-up shots with factors beyond calculation.
(4) Why do all the cool toys always require a Batman-esque level of wealth to play with?
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