Pop culture has made the sniper out to be the lone wolf of warfare. The truth is that long-distance shooting is a two man-job. The sniper may hold, aim and fire the rifle, but it’s the other half of the team – the spotter – who does the ballistics calculations of distance, drop, the slant of the earth, along with wind and other atmospheric factors. They’re typically equipped with a scope and a notepad, sometimes even a laptop. So, what if there was a weapon that could do all the arithmetic for you, transforming even amateur fire-arm users into deadly sharp-shooters? Well…now there is.
Derek Mead is host of the short film called “Long Shot” – covering his investigation and field test of the so-called “smart-rifle”, created by the Texas-based company Tracking Point Solutions. “Long Shot” was produced by Vice magazine’s tech-based video channel Motherboard, and Derek is also editor-in-chief of Motherboard.