By David Crane
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February 7, 2013
If you're mounting a gun on a ground vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft/boat, you want to go gyro-stabilized, regardless of whether it's full-auto or semi-auto. However, a company called Paradigm SRP introduced a marksman/sniper-specific gyroscopic weapons mount called the Talon Gyro-Stabilized Marksman Platform/Universal Weapons Mount (GSMP/UWM), which will allow a marksman or sniper to engage the enemy with precise shots on the move, even at high speed. DefenseReview got to see the Talon GSMP up close and personal at the Legion Firearms booth at SHOT Show 2013, and the system looked impressive.
Capabilities-wise, it immediately reminded us of the Perfect Horizon Vehicle Weapon Stabilization System/Platform made and marketed by Motion Picture Marine (MPM). A Perfect Horizon demonstation video was shown privately to U.S. military personnel at NDIA Infantry Small Arms Systems Symposium 2007, and DR sneaked a peek of it. However, the Perfect Horizon gun mount system was designed for firing machine guns, not precision semi-auto marksman/sniper rifles, from a moving vehicle.
Anyway, Paradigm's operations director, Todd DeGidio, was kind enought to take DR through the Talon GSMP's features, which include:
– Quick-detach (QD) mounting system
– HD wide-angle camera with
– HD reticle camera that mounts to the scope
– Proprietary remote trigger activation device
– Hand Controller with HD monitor providing scope view, wide-angle view and picture-in-picture capability
– Fire control system (viewable on handheld monitor)
– Weapon control system (on monitor)
– 2000-meter (2000M) laser range finder gives true range
– Adjusted ranging provides shooting solutions for angular shooting
– Brass catcher for airborne applications
– 54 lbs weight
The user/marksman can obviously take the shot using the hand controller and utilize its picture-in-picture aspect to switch back and forth between scope view and wide-angle view, and track and engage targets at up to 60 degrees per second. Defense Review is particularly intrigued by the adjusted-range aspect that enables angular shooting while moving.
At SHOT Show, the system was outfitted with an FN SCAR 17S semi-auto-only tactical rifle/carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle). However, the new Legion Firearms 7.62mm NATO (7.62x51mm NATO)/.308 Win. tactical AR rifle/carbines, including the Legion LF-10D .308 AR rifle/carbine, would appear to be excellent weapons components for the system (perhaps outfitted with a SureFire MAG5-60 HCM 60-shot AR mag or some other high-capacity 4179 STANAG AR mag). We're also interested to know whether or not the system could be integrated with the TrackingPoint XactSystem Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) sniper rifle package with integrated networked tracking scope.
Company Contact Info:
Paradigm SRP LLC
11811 Brantly Ave 206a
Houston, TX 77034-5599
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paradigm-SRP/191688274231445
Linkedin Page: http://www.linkedin.com/company/2319847
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