War Gadget : .338 Lapua Magnum – A Linux Powered Gun

.338 Lapua Magnum

Geeks are a very predictable bunch. If you ask them for their ideal lives, you would probably get a roughly even distribution between Matrix and James bond movie environments. Favorite games would probably throw up Quake, Call of Duty and the ilk. What if we told you that there are parts of above fictional worlds that are coming to like ? And they are powered by your favourite operating system Linux? Please wipe that drool off your face, you might drop some on the page. So here is a setup that has an iPad that would pair with your gun’s scope, and would allow you to actually ‘lock’ on your targets, take all-weather conditions into account, and fire a shot so jaw dropping

Please wipe that drool off your face, you might drop some on the page. So here is a setup that has an iPad that would pair with your gun’s scope, and would allow you to actually ‘lock’ on your targets, take all-weather conditions into account, and fire a shot so jaw dropping awesome that you absolutely cannot miss. As an added benefit there is always the good feeling of living like an open source soul, even if it will cost you $22,500, although that is not way off creating the same setup yourself.

The XS1 is the largest-caliber Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) available today. It offers the longest Tag Track Xact™ effective range of any PGF.

Its performance is driven by a bolt-action, .338 Lapua Magnum Surgeon™ XL action. The 27-inch, Krieger™ cut-barrel is fitted in an Accuracy International AX chassis with detachable Picatinny rail pieces.

The image displayed on the scope isn’t a direct visual, but rather a video image taken through the scope’s objective lens. The Linux-powered scope produces a display that looks something like the heads-up display you’d see sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet, showing the weapon’s compass orientation, can’t, and incline. To shoot at something, you first “mark” it using a button near the trigger. Marking a target illuminates it with the tracking scope’s built-in laser, and the target gains a pip in the scope’s display. When a target is marked, the tracking scope takes into account the range of the target, the ambient temperature and humidity, the age of the barrel, and a whole boatload of other parameters. It quickly reorient the display so the crosshairs in the center accurately show where the round will go.

Image recognition routines keep the pip stuck to the marked target in the scope’s field of view, and at that point, you squeeze the trigger. This doesn’t fire the weapon; rather, the reticle goes from blue to red, and while keeping the trigger held down, you position the reticle over the marked target’s pip. As soon as they coincide, the rifle fires.

The XS1 delivers our longest effective range: Tag Track Xact (TTX) to 1,200 yards. And it features our longest parallax-free zoom: 6 to 35X.

The scope streams video to Android and iOS smart phones and tablets. Wind speed is the only data you’ll manually input to the scope, using a toggle button.

The XS1 uses 300 gr. Sierra™ Open-Tipped Match XactShot™ ammunition by Barnes®, loaded to +/- 10 fps standard deviation muzzle velocity.

Included with your PGF System

  • Integrated Networked Tracking Scope, Guided Trigger, and Tag Button
  • Advanced Armament Corp.™ (AAC) Blackout™ 90T muzzle brake, installed
  • 200 rounds of 300 gr. Sierra™ Open-Tipped Match XactShot™ ammunition by Barnes® (+/- 10 fps standard deviation muzzle velocity)
  • Harris™ bipod with Larue quick-detach mount
  • Custom Pelican™ 3300 hard case with TrackingPoint logo
  • 3 batteries and chargers
  • Scope cover
  • Cleaning kit
  • Instructions

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So a good deal, all in all. If any of you would actually like to have one of these, you should be looking at www.tracking-point.com.

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