How It Works
TrackingPoint has been in the news because of the $27,000 super high-tech rifle it makes, capable of 1,000-yard shots (see TrackingPoint page 20). That rifle system has a number of differences from this Remington system, but suffice it to say TrackingPoint’s technological expertise is what makes the Networked Tracking Scope work.
The optic contains a laser range finder, gyroscopes to judge the angle or cant of the rifle, and sensors to determine humidity, barometric pressure and even the Coriolis effect (bullet drift caused by the Earth’s spin). You also program the optic to the ammunition you are using, and the software adjusts for the degree of bullet drop. All the shooter has to plug in is the estimated wind speed and direction, which is accomplished via a handy directional lever atop the optic.
The optic has 3- to 21-power zoom capability. It also video records all your shots and, with the press of a button, will stream a live video feed of what you are seeing through the optic to a nearby iPad. Looking through the optic, you line up the center white dot on your target. Next, you press the TAG button atop the optic housing and the optic “tags” that target with a red dot. At the same time, a number pops up in your field of view. That is the range in yards to your target.
Once your target is tagged, the Networked Tracking Scope checks and rechecks all data factors at an astounding 54 times per second, to provide what TrackingPoint engineers call the “ballistic solution” for that shot. You aim dead on with the reticle, but the optic has already figured out the bullet drop at that range, the impact of the wind, etc.
Once the tag red dot is set, a reticle appears with a blue center circle and four blue aiming posts. Line up the blue circle with the red tag dot, and the whole reticle, circle and aiming posts also turn red. Squeeze the trigger at that point, and the bullet is heading right for the red dot.