By David Crane
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July 17, 2013
DefenseReview has published a couple of articles on the TrackingPoint XactSystem smart scope/precision-guided rifle (PGR) technology, which you can read here and here. Well, not content to sit on their laurels, TrackingPoint is apparently teaming up with McMillan Rifles to create a .50 BMG PGR that can reach out and touch someone consistantly at approximately 3,100 yards.
"As an applied technology company at the forefront of the firearms industry, we at TrackingPoint need to consistently push ourselves to innovate above and beyond even our own expectations," said TrackingPoint CEO Jason Schauble. "Our 'Super Gun" project will push the boundaries of perception in the firearms and shooting communities. In the process we hope to find inspiration for a whole new generation of tech applications."
3,100 yards would set a new long-range-interdiction/sniping record. The current record for a confirmed hit is held by one Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison of the Blues and Royals RHG/D of the British Army. He successfully engaged his target at 2,707 yards ( 2,475 meters) in Afghanistan using an Accuracy International AWM/AWSM (Arctic Warfare Magnum/Arctic Warfare Super Magnum) / L115A3 Long Range Rifle .338 Lapua Magnum (8.59mm) in November 2009. The unofficial record was set in October 2012 by an unkown Australian soldier from Delta Company, 2nd Commando Regiment.
It's possible, and perhaps even likely, that the TrackingPoint .50 BMG PGR base gun will be a McMillan TAC-50/Mk-15 Tactical Rifle (NSN: 1005015257716) bolt-action .50 BMG rifle (or a modified version of it), but it's certainly conceivable that McMillan and TrackingPoint could have a new rifle in the works. It would be interesting to see if McMillan is capable of developing a 10-round semi-auto .50 BMG that's accurate enough to become the base gun for the project, but that's probably a stretch.
Regardless, the final product will no-doubt be pretty expensive, and run somewhere above $25,000 per unit, possibly even into the $30,000 to $40,000 range.
Defense Review has already deemd TrackingPoint's XactSystem tech a tactical game-changer, so a .50 BMG PGR should really change the game, particulary if it's combined with PNW Arms .50 BMG precision rifle ammo. PNW Arms is currently making some of the most interesting and impressive tactical ammunition DR's ever seen, including both their Super Sniper Ammunition (SSA) and Multi-Environment Ammunition (MEA). PNW's ammo looks to be every bit as game-changing as the TrackingPoint tech.
Company Contact Info:
McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, LLC.
1638 W. Knudsen Drive, Suite 101
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Hours: M-F 7:00 – 3:30 PM MST
Tactical Rifles Email: [email protected]
Website 1: http://www.mcmfamily.com
Website 2: http://www.mcmillanusa.com
McMillan Operator Development
Hours: M-F 7:00 – 3:30 PM MST
Email: [email protected]
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