Taya Kyle, the widow of legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, shocked onlookers at the American Sniper Shootout when she beat champion marksman Bruce Piatt, one of the top professional shooters in the world, with a perfect score. The competition not only marked Kyle’s first foray into professional shooting, but also pitted TrackingPoint’s Precision-guided Firearm (PGF) technology against the skill and experience of an expert shooter. The result was noticeably one-sided.

“Congratulations to Taya Kyle—American Wife on winning the American Sniper Shootout on Saturday!” TrackingPoint wrote on Facebook. “Armed with TrackingPoint precision-guided firearms, she nailed the competition and made 100% of her shots for a total of 10,140 points! We also raised $500,000 for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation! Special shoutout to Bruce Piatt for being such a gracious competitor. This would not have been possible without you!”

You can watch CarbonTV’s exclusive profile of Taya Kyle below:






Fox News reported that Kyle used TrackingPoint’s new M600 and M800 firearms during the competition, along with the TrackingPoint XS1. Piatt used current military rifles such as the M4A1, M110, and M2010. The firearms were chambered in the same calibers—5.56x45mm, 7.62x51mm, and .338 Lapua Magnum—but TrackingPoint says its firearms had a huge advantage over traditional rifles due to its targeting system. TrackingPoint firearms allow their user to designate a target and let computers inside the weapon to calculate the best firing solution based on factors such as wind, temperature, and bullet drop.

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This has led some to view the competition as a match between machine and human. Comparisons were drawn to the 1997 chess match between world champion Garry Kasparov and the computer Deep Blue, which marked the first instance when a computer was able to defeat a chess Grandmaster. Likewise, with the aid of TrackingPoint rifles Kyle was able to score significantly higher than Piatt, who netted only 3,040 points by the competition’s end. Piatt made 58.4 percent of his shots.

The American Sniper Shootout was unlike most other competitions. The environment was built to imitate the layout of Sadr City, the location where Chris Kyle made his famous 2,100-yard shot on an enemy insurgent. The competition itself reflected war-like conditions instead of traditional shooting competitions and both shooters were tasked with making difficult shots. The most difficult part of the shootout was when Kyle and her opponent had to make blind shots from cover, simulating a scenario in which soldiers had to shoot while under enemy fire. Kyle shot all her targets with the TrackingPoint rifle but Piatt was unable to score any. Toward the end of the day, the amateur shooter also replicated her husband’s 2,100-yard shot on a target.

Kyle did not receive any monetary rewards for her victory. The $500,000 raised by the competition was donated to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. The organization was founded by Taya Kyle to aid military families and promote healthy relationships between soldiers and their loved ones at home.

You can see our previous interview with Taya Kyle here.

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40 thoughts on “Taya Kyle, Widow of Chris Kyle, Defeats Champion Marksman in Shootout

  1. Did the other contestants also use a tracking point?

    If yes, then Tracking Point rifles aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
    If no, then this is just a publicity grab.

    Would’ve loved to see her compete on the same playing field.

    1. wtf is a level playing field between a veteran shooter and an amateur?! One of the main points of this experiment was to show what a difference the tracking point weapon could make and it demonstrated that clearly. If you’re upset that an amateur with the right equipment could shoot better than you, well then sucks to be you. An admirable response would be to learn to outdo any equipment, not complain that the equipment is too good.

      1. yep, he should be able to outrun Oscar Pistorius, even though his ‘legs’ bounce while the rest of our legs absorb the impact of running and slowly wear out our knee joints. He should be able to beat a supercomputer at floating point math. He should be able to draw a straighter line than a 3600dpi laser printer too.

      2. you seriously had to bring an amputee into this? really? his hips absorb impact. be grateful you have legs. that was real low.

      3. A better analogy would be the bicyclists, the sledders, and the skiers. They pay for better equipment and it can make or break the competition. But then, some of you just have to bash a woman that beats a man. At anything.

      4. If you play by different rules, how can one person say they beat another? The gun she was firing beat him, she had little to do with it, unfortunately Jesse Ventura will get whatever she was paid for this commercial endorsement.

      1. Thank you for the only decent reply thus far.

        I have no issues with any of this. I’m just annoyed by the way they’re spinning it.

  2. This sounds like a very dangerous weapon. If a relative amateur can score so high what can a trained sniper do with it. A deadly weapon to fall into the wrong hands.

    1. pretty sure the trained sniper would do the same because they’re both 100% accuracy? I do agree that it is very dangerous and deadly though.

    2. A trained sniper will not shoot any better than an amateur with it. Both will be able to hit their target a much longer distance than they could without the technology. However, a trained sniper knows a lot more than just the mechanics of making that tough shot. Think about that Marine sniper who nailed a high value target in Afghanistan by crawling up a mountain road less than 2 feet from Mujaheddin troops over the course of 2 days, made his shot, then crawled back down the same road for 2 more days. A fancy toy gun does not a sniper make.

      1. sure it does. Its a brave new world. Besides, Snipers traditionally have been thought of as cowards and criminals in the history of warfare. Its only recent times that the cult of shooting someone from so far away that they don’t even know they are engaged has arisen.

      2. You’re a fool. They’ve been traditionally thought of as cowards only in the last few years. By a bunch of libs too, by the way. The fad has started since the publicity around the American hero Chris Kyle. They made a movie about him and the left all over the place has started the BS you call traditional. War is not boxing, where it is seen as gutsy and admirable to go toe to toe with the opponent. They are not the opponent. They are the enemy. You want to talk about cowards? How about those radical Muslim jihadists that hide munitions in schools, hospitals, and mosques. They don’t where a uniform so we don’t know who’s who. They hide behind their women and children. They force their women and children into committing acts of war. They have planted somewhere around a million IEDs that take out many of their own, besides killing and maiming thousands of our boys that were not in combat. They were in peacekeeping duty and charitable aid.

        People like you are the cowards. Turd.

  3. I’m sure her heart is in the right place, but come on – its like using a point and shoot camera. Try it again with iron sights, and then I will be impressed! BTW, where is the magazine?

    1. I think you missed the point. it’s not about her being a great shooter. It’s about showing the capability of the equipment and raising money for the foundation. I am impressed!

  4. You’re missing the point it’s for the charity & to showcase a new weapon system. But for good cause not measuring whose Di** is bigger!!

  5. Tracking point is literally cheating. It is placing all of the calculations in the rifle itself. It is also VERY god damn expensive. I wouldn’t take it with me in the woods, that’s for sure. What if your battery dies, or the electronics mess up? Sure, traditional rifles can fail, but they don’t have nearly as much that could go wrong with them as one of these rifles.

    1. The same could be said about cruise missiles but you wouldn’t want to fight a modern destroyer with an old battleship, would you?

    2. Not a hunting expo. The point was to show the capability of the equipment. They used an amateur in order to illustrate the point that the equipment can raise anyone’s capability to shoot with this kind of accuracy. It wasn’t to cast a shadow on the accomplishments of great shooters like the one in the article. It wasn’t true competition, but more of an exhibition.

  6. Looks like it was a good time for all that attended. It was done for a good cause, too many people complaining that she used a computerized rifle, its for charity people, geeze, get a friggin grip..

  7. I wonder why so many people think that she was an amateur. I don’t care how good a weapon is, it still takes a trained shooter to score a perfect round. It’s not a laser guided projectile, the gun isn’t in a vice. Get over yourselves, and give her the credit she deserves.

  8. What Taya Kyle did was amazing and I love the fact that a lot of money was raised for the Chris Kyle Frog foundation. From a technology standpoint TrackingPoint has created an amazing system. However, given the well documented problems at the TrackingPoint company and the rudderless management directed by the hapless owner I doubt that they will ever be able to successfully sell, license, and market their product. Now that the technology genie has left the bottle it’s just a matter of time until the engineers at one of the other large firearms and optics companies cheaply duplicates this technology in a non-infringing way and it’s game over for TrackingPoint.

  9. Wow! so many snide remarks…Tough guys, Not! Just lipping off to maybe make themselves look Manly by denigrating a cause for deserving families and a remarkable new product..

  10. Oh brother. I’m not sure whether to calling this silly, sad, disgusting, or a shameless marketing ploy. Perhaps it’s all of them.

  11. Heck, in my league, that bipod is cheating and so is anything more sophisticated than aperture sights. Get back to me when you can shoot 33 – 40 X in 4-position at 100, 300 and 500 meters.

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  12. I’m glad to see Taya out and about. This is good for her and the community of the Seals and for the families of our service men and women. She was using a weapon to show what it will do, on the battle field and not by a professional. Mr. Piatt would have done well if he had that weapon,but this was to show what it would do, and all for charity. Tracking Point is surely to improve on this weapon and then in battle, it will be awesome. Point and shoot and not miss, wow. Well, back to the slingshot and wish i had one.

  13. Who gives a rat f***? This was a demonstration with a fund raising objective. Both shooters went in knowing what they were doing. That Taya had the best result is a headline grabber for the sighting technology and charity. All sh*t disturbers can crawl back under their rocks.

  14. I shot the Tracking Point in Las Vegas a few years ago and with hardly any long distance shooting skill I hit 1,000 yards twice in a row. The system is great for sniper work but takes fair chase out of hunting. Not to mention the very high cost per rifle system. Really no match at all.

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