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Development Of ‘Super Gun’ Under Way To Accurately Shoot Target More Than 3,000 Yards Away

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TrackingPoint Technology announced it is building a “super gun” that can shoot accurately for more than 3,100 yards, according to a release. The distance is “farther than the longest confirmed long-range small arms shot of all time.”

The gunmaker’s expectation is that the super gun will be able to accurately shoot farther than both the longest confirmed and unconfirmed kills at 2,707 and 3,079 yards, respectively. Craig Harrison, a British sniper, set the 2,707 yard Guinness World Record when he killed two Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in 2009.

 “What we have tried to do is allow technology to take what usually takes many years to get good at, the skill sets of long-range marksmanship, and to make the experience a better one,” TrackingPoint CEO Jason Schauble told the Daily Caller.

 “Initially, we are doing the development project partly to see if it can be done, and I want to challenge the engineering staff to continue to develop things that are challenging,” Schauble, a retired combat-decorated marine, said.

Just months ago, TrackingPoint, creators of Xact precision-guided firearm technology, debuted the first “Precision Guided Firearm” that can shoot accurately for more than 1,000 yards. The Xact PGF technology allows shooters to make accurate first shots and then share those shots via social media.

The new super gun will incorporate parts of the Xact technology.

TrackingPoint’s PGF technology has been in development for three years, but Schauble said he expects to be able to demonstrate the super gun early next year. However, as of now, the project will not result in a commercially-available gun.

The PGF system now sells for over $20,000, and Schauble expects that the super gun could cost as much as $50,000.

Sources: The Daily Caller, TrackingPoint