Smart-Rifle Manufacturer TrackingPoint Interviewed By National Public Radio on "All Tech Considered"

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NPR speaks with Jason Schauble about intelligent firearms and the future of the weapons industry.

Think of it like a smart rifle. You have a smart car; you got a smartphone; well, now we have a smart rifle.

Firearms and the technology behind them has been a major topic of discussion for media in 2013. As one of the most prolific voices in the debate, TrackingPoint™ has pioneered the idea that "smart" firearms doesn't mean just "safer". TrackingPoint CEO Jason Schauble entered the broader discussion of technology and firearms on air with NPR. "Think of it like a smart rifle. You have a smart car; you got a smartphone; well, now we have a smart rifle." The article inspired more than 450 comments on subjects ranging from video games to second amendment to long range hunting, and inspired a surge of responses, including from Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert.

TrackingPoint Smart-Rifle™ technology is the result of 3 years of work by a team of close to 40 engineers working to completely redefine how firearms function. On their journey to engineer the best rifle ever brought to market, they build a robust networked tracking scope that calculates a wide variety of factors that impact long range shooting. Temperature, pressure, cant, coreolis effect, spin-drift and many more all play into accuracy when shooting at extreme distances, and TrackingPoint's smart rifles dramatically increase accuracy out past 1000 yards. The systems are available in .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum calibers, and can be bought through an application process on TrackingPoint's website

Schauble also discussed the system's password protection:
"It has a password protection on the scope. When a user stores it, he can password protect the scope that takes the advanced functionality out. So the gun will still operate as a firearm itself, but you cannot do the tag/track/exact, the long range, the technology-driven precision-guided firearm piece without entering that pass code."

A full article and audio of the interview is available on NPR's "All Tech Considered" section of their website.

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