Army Testing Smart Scope on .300 Win Mag Sniper Rifle


Tracking Point officials sent me this beauty shot of their networked tracking scope mounted on the Army’s newest sniper rifle.
In January, we reported that the Army had purchased six Tracking Point systems for testing.

“While we don’t know the depth to which the system will be tested, we can showcase the platform it is on, including our working in-house version,” Tracking Point officials said. “Our networked tracking scope and guided trigger are integrated with the XM 2010 enhanced sniper rifle for military testing purposes.”

Tracking Point emerged a little over a year ago. Its performance at SHOT Show 2014 was impressive. You look through this very large optic. You put your red dot onto the target. You push a red button on the right side of the trigger guard to tag it.

Then the red dot drops below the target. You bring it back up just below the tag. You then squeeze the trigger, but the rifle doesn’t fire until you put the red dot over the tag. As soon as it’s lined up, the weapon fires.

The system includes a Linux-powered computer in the scope with sensors that collect imagery and ballistic data such as atmospheric conditions, cant, inclination, even the slight shift of the Earth’s rotation known as the Coriolis effect. Because the computer is wireless-enabled, information can be streamed to a laptop, smart phone or tablet computer for spotting or to share intelligence.

Tracking point officials maintain that the technology was never intended for snipers but more for the average shooter, who might need to engage a target at sniper range.

As you might have guessed, Tracking Point is expensive. These guns range in cost from about $10,000 for scope-and-trigger kits installed on semi-automatic Daniel Defense rifles accurate to about 750 yards, to between $22,000 and $27,000 for those installed on bolt-action Surgeon rifles accurate to about 1,250 yards. The kits can also be installed on other types of firearms.

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  • Lance

    If this is just a optional add-on its ok. BUT if they thinking of replacing rifle marksmanship with computer controls than this is a disastrous idea. You must learn how to shoot before you can let technology make it a easier job. What if your fancy computer dies on a mission.

    • BobbyHill

      It’s Linux dude, not Windows. Lol, jk :)

  • Mark Bigge

    Mark Wants One….. :-)

  • Joshua

    This will be $1000 in 4-5 years. Its a damn android phone, a kestrel and a camera with a button on the trigger guard and a solenoid attached to the trigger pack. Sure others are developing similar systems.

  • Slag

    Kind of reminds me of the 3 dot laser sight from “Predator!”

  • Stefan S.

    Cool till a GI drops it.


    Please keep them from getting into the hands of the general public–we have enough on the streets right now . We don’t need to see them at guns show –we need to learn from the past as history repeats it self

    • James Holcomb

      You obviously have not studied history. Here are the cold hard facts on the horrors directly resulting from gun control laws.

      • 11BC2

        You’re quoting from JPFO on this forum?!! You must be joking….

    • Guest2014

      Tom, thanks for your irrational and archaic comment. We do not need the likes of you placing unreal and unreasonable ideas in to the head of “the general public”. What is needed is for the general public to return to a sense of personal responsibility and internal ethical control. This is what will stop violence not your generalized view of fascist/socialist/dictatorial control!(since you don’t like others with the same right you afford yourself as it is obvious that you consider YOURSELF capable of and like owning a weapon)

  • Gruntvet
  • NeoConVet

    Note to self….save money…buy one….then buy more ammo.

  • OldFedVet1941

    I guess the Govt. is getting screwed again. Remington has a package for about $6,000 and it includes the Rifle and scope together. Go Figure!

    • Riceball

      The Trackingpoint system includes the rifle, in fact you can’t buy it separately since the scope is specifically calibrated to the rifle. The whole package includes the rifle with the scope/computer, a hard case, an iPad, and some of the ammo that the system is calibrated to. Given that it makes me wonder if the Army will have to buy the custom ammo that goes with the system or will they calibrate any models that they sell to the Army to the Army’s ammo.


    I’m sorry, why would I need to spend 10k to shoot 750 yds? I get out to 1000yds now with my $1000 set up. What a joke.

    • BobbyHill


    • Riceball

      It’s not so much that it allows you to shoot out to 750 yards but that it allows you to shoot that far out, or further depending on caliber, with a very high probability with a first round hit. Or at least that’s what it’s supposed to do and it’s the reason why the Army is evaluating this system, to improve the chances of a first round hit. For a civilian shooter that first round hit is not such a big deal and is definitely overkill. The only real application this might have for the civilian world is for hunting but using this system for hunting is not very sporting and takes a lot of the challenge out of hunting. Great if you’re in some kind of post apocalypse situation and you need to take down game in order to put food on the table but not so much if you’re just hunting for sport.

  • PhiDor

    I guess marksmanship has gone down the tube. A Marine with an M1 with open sights could regularly hit his targets at 500 yards. It was just part of the day. When they thought you needed a little more training, they put you at 600 yards. And an M1 didn’t cost 10 -20 grand!

  • simeon

    ha …US Gov’t show there go money of the people … :) P.S.-sorry from my bad language, i’m from Europe

  • cas.z

    the complete opposite of the “smart guns” …… what happens when a friendly takes out the bad guy from the rear & shows himself to indicate “threat neutralized” & gets to be an auto-target? Additionally, what are all these front line troops going house to house with scopes on their M-4’s? Give them a weapon suited to a MOUT environment, then limit field of vision on sight picture?

  • OSOK66

    Think its a great idea for olympic and competitive arena’s. On the battlefield there is absolutly no replacement or enhancement for a properly trained sniper. The system cannot factor in the human element.

  • Gas warfare veteran

    I have a rear-firing 30 calibre gas operated cannon that fires a brown round composed of a number of trace elements. Very accurate if fired vertically using “best guess” technology in aiming. The only downside is the lingering odour of the propellant which is rather cloying. The wapon is very reliable and works under any atmospheric conditions. Rhyming with “smart gun”, its mere name implies simple but effective technology and the firer does not have to worry about the battery going flat.

  • LT52

    Wait, makes no sense. 1. put laser on target and tag it. 2. eventually whey your rifle is lined up again on the original red dot, it will fire. Makes no sense to me. It shoots the original target! Duh.

  • docingram

    The .300 WM is being shot without the expensive sight out to ranges that exceed the testing of the rifle with the expensive sight and consistence is very high and the hits unbelievable. This is all possible with a rifle without the excess baggage that the test model has. The secret is what has been said before “more rounds downrange and less talk” just keep on doing the training. By the way I do not know how many have shot a rifle with a muzzle break but it kicks up a lot of dirt from everywhere possible and lets the recipient of the projectile know where the round comes from so the secret is “don’t miss and move out after firing the rifle” or some one will visit you.

    • 11b

      Not everyone has asi b4 training, so they don’t understand.