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Self-Aiming Rifle

Postby mapandcompass » Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:16 pm

"A sniper crouches near an open window and zooms in on his target, who sits a half-mile away. He peers through a scope and holds his breath, preparing to squeeze the trigger. But it’s windy outside, and he can't afford a miss. What to do?

A new DARPA-funded electro-optical system will calculate the ballistics for him, telling him where to aim and ensuring a perfect shot, no matter the weather conditions..."

http://www.popsci.com/technology/articl ... t-solution
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Re: Self-Aiming Rifle

Postby phasmoid » Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:16 pm

Seems cool, but it raises a question: How far do augment ourselves with technology before we lose the basic skill sets necessary to be effective without our fancy shit? I was not B4; i wonder how actual snipers feel about this stuff.

There is alot of cool stuff that assists a sniper now (range finders, auto rifle dope calculators, comm gear, etc) but do they need to stay just a little Davy Crockett to retain core skills?
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Re: Self-Aiming Rifle

Postby JamesInTheWorld » Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:29 pm

Cool, just like Sniper and that other movie I cant remember the name of


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Re: Self-Aiming Rifle

Postby Atrax » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:21 pm

JamesInTheWorld wrote: and that other movie I cant remember the name of


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Re: Self-Aiming Rifle

Postby mapandcompass » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:11 am

phasmoid wrote:Seems cool, but it raises a question: How far do augment ourselves with technology before we lose the basic skill sets necessary to be effective without our fancy shit? I was not B4; i wonder how actual snipers feel about this stuff.

There is alot of cool stuff that assists a sniper now (range finders, auto rifle dope calculators, comm gear, etc) but do they need to stay just a little Davy Crockett to retain core skills?


You have an excellent point. It stands to reason that the training programs are still, and probably always will be, founded on the gadget-free principles of wind doping, ballistics tables, and lots of practice. It's simply another tool in the warchest.
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Re: Self-Aiming Rifle

Postby JamesInTheWorld » Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:47 pm

Atrax wrote:
JamesInTheWorld wrote: and that other movie I cant remember the name of


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Bingo!



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Re: Self-Aiming Rifle

Postby Eichenlaub » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:03 am

How long will it take this tech to make it into squirrel hunting weapons?
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Re: Self-Aiming Rifle

Postby JamesInTheWorld » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:03 pm

Eichenlaub wrote:How long will it take this tech to make it into squirrel hunting weapons?


I use poisoned peanut butter for hunting squirrels


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