The Precision Guided Firearms (PGF) produced by Austin-based TrackingPoint have left a big mark on firearms industry for its “smart scope” technology, but now organizations outside of the gun crowd are taking notice, and they do not have good things to say. TrackingPoint was singled out by the National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) last week in a press release that likens the company’s products to “a depraved videogame come to life.” Along with its partners, NGVAC is now calling for a legislative ban of TrackingPoint firearms and any other guns that use smart scopes from the civilian market.

“A no-skill, can’t miss weapon that will kill from 1,200 yards away? Insurrectionists, terrorists and hate groups thank you, TrackingPoint,” NGVAC said on its website.

NGVAC states that because TrackingPoint rifles are generally designed to make accurate shots at long ranges, they serve no purpose for self-defense. TrackingPoint scopes include a tiny Linux computer that adjusts for factors such as bullet drop, wind, and a host of other environmental factors that can affect a shooter’s aim.

You can see a demonstration of a PGF below:

According to TrackingPoint, the drive to create a super-accurate gun came out of company founder John McHale’s big game hunts. McHale wanted a rifle that would make moderate to long-distance hunting in Tanzania more ethical, so he approached engineer John Lupher for the concept of rifle that could reliably hit targets at 1,000 yards or more. The idea of a smart scope is contentious among hunters and gun owners, but the concept of a ban on a firearm for being “too accurate” is even more controversial.

“If we start banning technology like this, what’s next? What scope is next? What firearm is next?” TrackingPoint spokesman Anson Gordon told the Herald-Tribune. “We have to stand together to prevent this kind of erosion of our constitutional rights.”

The gun control group’s attack on the gun maker began last month when NGVAC wrote to TrackingPoint CEO John Lupher, urging him to “immediately cease and desist” from marketing the firearms to civilians. NGVAC has also contacted Apple and Google—two companies who distribute mobile apps that can be used with TrackingPoint scopes.

You can see a demonstration of a TrackingPoint rifle being used with Google Glass below:

Gordon views the call for a ban as an attempt to suppress new firearms technology, which is currently being evaluated by the US Army for potential military use.

“We think about the great innovators in our industry, from Mr. Smith, Mr. Remington, Mr. Colt, Mr. Wesson, Mr. Browning—you know—I think that they would all probably be turning over in their graves and would never stand for this sort of attack in their time,” Gordon told

Image screenshot of video by trackingpoint on YouTube

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10 thoughts on “Gun Control Group: TrackingPoint Rifles Only for “Terrorists”

    1. I don’t want to see it used for sport hunting either. Hunting is *hunting*, not line-of-sight shopping.

      That said, it is incredibly stupid and dangerous to give the statists and/or hoplophobes aid and comfort, whether at the ballot box or in a public forum. If somebody wants it as a range toy, that is their privilege.

  1. Why do we have cars with parking assist and gps? If you can’t parallel park or read a map and plan a route maybe you should be leaving the driving to a professional chauffeur. The argument is the same tracking point is a tool to improve hits by reducing variables. The bullets do not guide themselves. This is also a prohibitively expensive system at this point. Additionally you need to buy not only the rifle but the ammunition from tracking point as well. So how do terrorists get their hands on the system.

  2. If you are going to ban this, then you better ban all sorts of automobiles with enhanced navigation, that are entirely over-powered and go way too fast. Better ban all alcohol because it isn’t necessary and makes people do stupid things. The government is not supposed to be my morality and my conscience. Stay the he11 out of my product-buying decisions.

  3. So by that “logic”, our law enforcement and military who rely on such weapons as tools of their profession are terrorists. .
    Really? ?
    Ask those folks if they will give up their radar detectors, or their cars GPS system.
    They wouldn’t consider it for a second.
    Yet they fail to see that they, just like the guns, are only tools to be used by the person in possession if it.
    Recommend reading if you want to see where this country is heading with all this stuff.
    “Atlas Shrugged”.

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