Tracking Point: Precision has a Lower Price

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

15 thoughts on “Tracking Point: Precision has a Lower Price

  1. Ray

    That may be the single most tac-‘tard thing I have ever seen. NO NO NO NO. NEVER NO. BUT, but ,but only $ 6000 USD for maximum Range Barbi! fantasy DE-Lux.

  2. Aesop

    Still a pretty pricey price point, but I applaud the sentiment.

    I suspect they’re still doomed to failure though.
    “Learn to shoot” is still much cheaper, if not easier, than some $5K worth of gee-whiz gadgetry for getting first-round hits, at least as long as ammo isn’t $2500/round.

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  4. Nynemillameetuh

    Early adopters are unsung heroes and I’m glad that Tracking Point offers an affordable model (relative to motorsport toys) for the masses. But how long until some market disruptor drops a Tracking Point lite for $2,500?

    1. Hognose Post author

      It’s essentially an embedded software integration problem. With Arduino, etc. becoming widely distributed among hobbyists, it’s only a matter of time. The managers of Tracking Point must know this and so they will expand their product line in both directions — downmarket towards the $3k sweet spot for a superior AR with a superior optic, and upmarket for professional customers.

      A capability like this will be integrated in the standard infantry rifle of 202x. If the USA doesn’t do it, China will.

      1. Brad

        I’m wondering what will happen to small arms design and handling once the fact sinks in that modern electronic sighting could allow the shooter to decouple the position of his head from the need to use the weapon sights. Add in electronic trigger function decoupling the hand from the trigger and things get even stranger. Aliens style Sentry-Guns? Predator style RWS shoulder guns? That’s a long way from just poking a handgun around a corner or raising a rifle over your head.

        https://i.ytimg.com/vi/WhNkIsP59pM/hqdefault.jpg

  5. Scott

    Typos?

    As they put it in their email, “Don’t becwait for

    It’s an extra-cost option ( [probably something goes here]

  6. DSM

    There’s value added in that ShotGlass gear. Not so much in your typical deer hunting situation.

      1. DSM

        The next leap there is going to be a contact lens style viewing device that if it doesn’t work stand-alone will work in conjunction with a monocle by registering eye movements to simplify the interface and scrolling through information. Realistically that could probably be done w/o the contact lens.
        Then the next step is the laser beam shooting bionic eyeball I always wanted.

  7. Nadnerbus

    I can easily see this as standard issue replacement for Aimpoints in 15 or more years, once the speed and interface of the system have been increased to be GI proof (along with reduction in size and weight).

    The advantages for an army of Joe Averages or conscripts is obvious. Armys have been looking for ways to increase rounds on target for decades, from burst fire, duplex rounds, flechette rounds, etc. Modern optics have turned out to be the best path forward in that goal, and this technology looks very promising to be the next step.

    1. DSM

      Indeed. And don’t forget DARPA’s work on bullets that correct their trajectory mid flight.

      The first thermal weapon sights we were issued were large, bulky MAG600 and 1200s. Big as a PVS4. They worked reasonably well at rifle distances but they also ate their huge, bulky batteries like crazy. That was almost 20yrs ago. Now they’re as small as an EOTech sight and being incorporated into conventional night vision devices.

      1. Hognose Post author

        The first laser designator I used was tripod-mounted and about as heavy as a GPMG in sustained-fire mode — not counting the batteries or ammo, respectively. It still seemed like magic.

  8. Liberty4Ever

    I’m not so put off by the custom ammo requirement because I can reload to match whatever ballistics the TrackingPoint requires. However, the loss of the laser range finder that limits the effectiveness to 0-300 yards (the fairly flat shooting range) and the use of .223 are big drawbacks for me. I guess I’ll wait for the .308 version with a range finder for under $5K.

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