We’ve been big boosters of Tracking Point throughout all its business and technical drama, and why not? The company leverages technology to make a rifleman (or -woman, or gelding, even) more effective at that first, cold-bore shot, night or day.
That’s a big thing.
There’s a big real-world gap between potential and performance, and it’s very apparent on that cold-bore shot.
The thing that’s limited (to put it mildly) take-up of the technology has been the sting of early-adopter prices: $20-30k for a Tracking Point Precision Guided Firearm.
Now the company has an offer that brings Tracking Point ballistic potential closer to the average AR-toting schlub’s financial potential. For a limited time, their M300FE 5.56 mm Precision Guided Firearm is for sale with the most popular options, night vision, included for under $6k.
We didn’t get around to blogging this the first time they sent it to us this week, so they enlisted a new spokesman: St. Nicholas.
They point out:
Santa is a conservative. He wears red and never wishes anyone “Happy Holidays!” He’s bringing you Christmas early because he is concerned about what will happen after November 8th. It’s time to get ready – for Christmas and whatever else might be coming our way.
The lower price is temporary, officially, and the best deal is only available to the first hundred buyers. That includes a grab bag of extras and further deals:
First 100 Orders
- FREE Gen-2 Night Vision $2495 value!
- Immediate Delivery – Order Today, Ships Today!
- $200 off ShotGlassTM!
- Special Financing 90 days same as cash!*
*Extended Financing available with payments as low as $137 per month
As they put it in their email, “Don’t becwait for the tree to go up! Santa will be backlogged.”
The capabilities of the M300FE are a combination of the full-house Tracking Point technology and some simplification to reduce costs. For example, special low-trajectory high-velocity ammunition is required (which is sold by Tracking Point, naturally). Because of the ammo’s point-blank to 300 m capability, they can dispense with integrating a laser ranger into the 22 calculations used in setting up every shot.
Some of the capabilities are software-limited, like target speed and lock range. You can track a target at a target velocity of up to 10 MPH — sufficient for foot-borne humans, certainly, but likely to fall short when taking shots on running hogs.
Utilizing TrackingPoint’s new high-velocity UltraFlatTM ammunition the M300-FE shoots point-blank range out to 300 yards so there is no need for an internal laser range finder.
The operation of the system sounds like it’s a little simplified from the earlier tag, track, exact system:
As a shooter pulls the trigger the target is acquired, tracked, and measured for velocity. By the time the shooter completes his squeeze the target is inescapably captured and instantly eliminated.
It does, however, include the four modes of all current TP firearms: Suppressive Fire, Precision Fire, Auto-Acquire and Night.
Suppressive Fire mode video:
Precision Fire video:
Auto-Acquire Mode (useful for multiple shots on single targets):
Night Mode with Gen2 NV (as included with the first 100 M300FEs, free of charge):
This mode does not seem to be included in the M300FE: Precision Movers.
The ShotGlass system is an unusual extension of the rifle’s capability. Essentially, there’s no need to be behind the rifle to shoot it (although you do have to have access to the controls, especially the trigger). There’s no need for the shooter to expose himself, just the rifle. He sees in the ShotGlass glasses exactly what he’d see looking through the rifle’s digital “scope.” It’s an extra-cost option (
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And no, this doesn’t make snipers obsolete. Actually, technology like this should increase the advantage of the trained sniper, both in his shooting and scouting