TrackingPoint, Inc. is stirring up quite the buzz over its “Precision Guided Firearm” (PGF) systems, especially with a recent announcement of a partnership with venerable gun maker Remington in the “Venture X” project. In a nutshell, PGF optics will allow shooters to tag a target, track it, and make first-round hits with the technology adjusting for factors such as bullet drop, wind, and other environmental variables that could affect a shooter’s aim.
“You don’t have to be an experienced shooter,” says TrackingPoint President Jason Strauble. “You don’t have to be someone who’s put thousands of rounds downrange. You can come and pick this up and within minutes master the tag, track, and exact technology that allow you to get on target.”
Like military aircraft, the PGF system provides shooters with a shooting solution for the intended target, and when the depressing the guided trigger, the firearm will fire when it is optimally aligned with the tagged item. This “lock-and-launch” technology is ruffling some feathers among more traditional shooters, but others are optimistic that the system will allow for more ethical, well-placed shots.
On paper it is an astounding achievement but TrackingPoint means for their product to hit the field, especially paired with .338 Lapua magnum or .300 Winchester in the pursuit of game. Earlier this year the company released a video geared for safari hunters boasting on-target shots at incredible ranges. Although available, PGF systems can be difficult to obtain. How does it actually fare in action? Better yet, how does it handle while rocking on a helicopter pursuing wild hogs?
TrackingPoint puts their word to the test in the video below.