Deal Coming from TrackingPoint: 700-yard 5.56 AR

The TrackingPoint "Tag" button , here on one of their early bolt guns, locks the gun on target.

The TrackingPoint “Tag” button , here on one of their early bolt guns from three years ago, locks the gun on target.

If you’re already following the company by email (or perhaps other social media?) you are eligible for this. If not, maybe you can get to their site and get registered. (Tell ’em Hognose sent you). Here’s what Tracking Point founder and CEO John McHale sent us last week (emphases ours):

One year ago, TrackingPoint held the American Sniper Shootout pitting Taya Kyle against NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt. The shootout marked the re-launch of our business and I am pleased to report that thanks to you, TrackingPoint is resurgent and strong. On Monday, in celebration of this success and in celebration of the one year anniversary of the American Shootout, TrackingPoint is offering only to our current followers an Anniversary Edition M700 Sniper Kit. The M700 is a custom TrackingPoint gun built specifically for Taya to use during the American Sniper Shootout. The M700 is a unique semi-automatic 5.56 that has extended range out to 700 yards. 

Next week our newsletter will include the seven minute American Sniper Shootout Documentary and each day we will send you a unique out-take of specific shots taken during the competition. You will see extraordinarily challenging shots made under battle stress conditions including moving targets, off-hand shots, blind shots, and more.

If you guys would like, and we can pull it off technically, we’ll post these clips here. We’ll also notify you with all information about the M700 Sniper Kit that McHale lets us release. We have been strong supporters of TrackingPoint from the very beginning, through its near-death brush with bankruptcy organization, and we’re starting to see the emergence of some of the incredible capabilities that we always saw lurking in the future development of Tracking Point’s Precision Guided Munition technology.

We hope you enjoy the American Sniper Shootout videos and keep your eye-out for the Anniversary Edition M700 Sniper Kit. Once again thank you for your business and incredible support in bringing tremendous success to TrackingPoint.

If 700 yards won’t do it for you, or you’re a fan of the NATO cartridge, Tracking Point still has a few of the incredible M900 Limited Edition Kits available — $14k if you don’t add the Torrid thermal option. The kit includes the rifle, integrated scope, and has a 900-yard lock range and 20-mph target track velocity.

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One downside to the TrackingPoint systems is that they are tuned to their proprietary ammo, and the ammo is very expensive — the 7.62 lists at nearly $3.50 a shot, in case (200-round) volume.

14 thoughts on “Deal Coming from TrackingPoint: 700-yard 5.56 AR

  1. DSM

    I see their intent (700yds, ergo M700) but I would’ve chose another name other than “M700”. Remington probably has some lawyers with eyes twitching.

  2. Tom Stone

    A good handloader should be able to duplicate those loads unless a proprietary bullet is used with a unique BC.
    Not cheaply, that’s clearly match grade ammo but a lot cheaper than $3.50 a round.
    And it is a hell of a deal where legal to buy and possess.

    1. Hognose Post author

      DMW, it’s not a front-sight post, as the weapon has integrated optics and no irons. It’s a position sensor, like the one used on the M1 tank.

  3. GQ

    Very nice, all dressed in black. But I’m missing something. An M16A2 shooter, with a little training, can hit at 500m over iron sights, calling their own wind and shots. An M4, with an ACOG, out to 800m. Granted, at 800m you need a spotter and reasonable conditions to do it consistently. But even at that, over snow you can often see your own trace. So is this gear over man? Or am I unappreciative of technology?

  4. Ray

    Well GQ what your missing is that hitting a target at anything above 400 yards with a 5.56X45 from an M16A2 in no way translates to KILLING said target. From an M4 that range is cut in half. The bullet will get there, But hitting paper and killing are two VERY different things. The 7.62 NATO WILL KILL at 800 yards and more. All day ,every day. 99% of all shooters can’t hit a house door at 500 yards with any consistency (even SF) with a scope sighted target rifle. Hence the Idea behind this product. To give “Joe” the average shooter the tools to shoot like Carlos Hathcock with none of his skill or training. It’s really a very clever way to part “Joe” from his money. Then KEEP parting him from his hard earned until the next “gee wiz” fad grabs his shot hair and wallet. This thing would have gotten a major defense contract 10 years ago, and under Trump it still might. Its a very clever cheat.

    1. GQ

      Yes, well said. As a reflex, I don’t think of commercial products as instruments of death for civilians. A real blind spot there. And I love training and mistrust technology. It beats weather and batteries every time. A lot of water over the dam that has us using the 5.56mm round. To me it is the skill that is acquired that makes one lethal. Pick up an M14 with iron sights or an SVD with a scope, find the point of aim v/s impact and get it done. Once upon a time, we ran a seminar for over 1200 soldiers, that had 1 in 30 hitting steel consistently at 650m after 30 rounds with either 5.56 or 7.62, though an ACOG or MilDot scope, shooting at steel in field conditions. It seems to be an issue of confidence and understanding as much as experience. And the instructor eliminating every extraneous factor, but hitting the target.

  5. Gary Johannsen

    they wanted to extend the range of an M16-type weapon out to 700 yards with a computer. compare to the russian AN-94, whose two-shot-burst capability, probably unintentionally by the engineers, extends the hit probability out to almost 1200 yards with iron sights. does that sound impossible? here we go with the explanation:

    the AN-94 fires in three modes: semiauto, two shot burst, and full auto.

    the two shot mode fires at a cyclic rate of 1800 rpm, causing two subsequent bullets to penetrate a barrier far more effectively than any single shot from a conventional 5.45 or 5.56 system. the shots are so close together that they sound and feel like one larger shot, and because muzzle climb is virtually nil, they will be less than 2 cm (.75 MOA) from each other at 100 yards even from an offhand standing position. for point targets hundreds of yards away it can serve to increase hit potential, automatically putting into effect the bracket shooting that snipers use.

    since the designers of the AN-94 put the effective range of a point target (semiauto) with iron sights at 600 yards, and a man-sized target is typically 18″, this would infer that the accuracy of the rifle plus the shooter is about 3 MOA with iron sights.

    in that case, with such accuracy to be 3 MOA, and double shot bullets 0.75 MOA apart from each other at most, that’s a total elliptical coverage of 3.75 MOA. as long as you aim correctly, you will put both bullets into 18″ out to 480 yards with one pull of the trigger. not just probable, it will happen.

    or you can consider your single bullet 3 MOA hit probability almost doubled; that would almost double the range you can score a single hit with one out of the two bullets. a 3 MOA rifle can hit an 18″ target out to 600 yards. almost doubling that gives you almost 1200 yards range in this mode with iron sights.

    1. John M.

      Probably the same was true for the earliest optical sights. How much do you think something like this will cost in 20 years?

      -John M.

  6. Bert

    Torn.

    I would want to try such a thing in an overbore 6.5 or 7.62 mm, would absolutely love to wring such an outfit out- I would also like to drive a 12 cylinder road racer, but can no more afford THAT.

    My gut says: If you can’t do it when the batteries wear out or the software crashes? You can’t do it.

    Throwing money at reducing the time to develop skills and hours of rifle practice needed is very understandable, lots of people have more money than time, and/or lack the access to 800 yard range facilities for practice. Maybe this is the future, with economy of scale bringing down costs and constantly improving technology.

    But a cool piece of hardware with clever software running it is not a personal skill, and the ability to make those hits is not following you when that snazzy outfit is lost, broken down or confiscated.

    1. Hillbilly

      I’m with Bert, the tech is cool, but if you can do it to a high level with a M24 with 118LR then you are just going to be more lethal with the new tech.
      A 7mm pushing a 195 grain Berger at about 2900 is pretty dang effective in a moderate weight rifle without kicking you out from under your hat. Compared to 118LR it’s almost like cheating.

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