A $17,000 Linux-Powered, Auto-Aiming Hunting Rifle

January 11, 2013


This is a .338 Lapua Magnum rifle outfitted with a Linux-powered TrackingPoint XS1 system, an advanced computerized scope that takes all the guesswork out of shooting animals in the woods. Sport, LOL. Why not just send an unmanned drone to go kill all the deer for you?

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, cant, 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 reorients the display so the crosshairs in the center accurately show where the round will go.

That's pretty crazy. I remember back in the day when you had to tear off a couple blades of grass and give them a toss to judge wind direction. Now? Now the gun does all the work for you. Did I mention the system also has an iPad app so you can have a friend act as spotter? A friend, standing in the woods, with an iPad. Now just stop for a second and think about you're doing. Then admit failure as an outdoorsman and go to the bar to play Big Buck Hunter.

Hit the jump for several more shots, including a closeup of the display.




Thanks to bjorntobywylde, who heard David's takedown of Goliath was actually an inside job and there was another shooter. THE PLOT THICKENS.

  • Aish

    I also need this rifle for hunting

  • Yuri da Silva

    Cross post from


    Can we get "do not use for killing people" added to GPLv4?

  • Is this rifle really work good for hunting?

  • brian

    Why does linux have to be involved in this type of technology? Two things, I am a hunter. I am a vietnam veteran, I worked with special forces for 14 years. I see this remotely controlled rifle as nothing but an assassination weapon... which for the military could be a valuable tool in combat. But it has no place in the hands of civilians. Imagine someone desiring a political assassination using this. Mount it on a building and then operate it from a distance to kill.... poor judgement in publicizing this "cool". Its also certainly not what I'd call an "honorable" way to hunt animals... why not just poison their food or plant land mines near their water holes.... hunting is meant to be a "sport" with that definition including giving the animal and the hunter equal odds. Part of the joy of hunting is the "hunt" and the challenge of out-witting the animal's super-human senses in order to get close enough for a shot. With this type of technology its not hunting, its just slaughter.

  • Girgear

    Where's the fun in that?


    can it track and shoot zombies?

  • Sylvain Gagn√©

    Yeah! Linux Power! Windows Suck! lol! ;-)

  • Leo

    Where's the health bar and minimap?

  • Evangelos

    Really? Don't you think high powered rifles, camo gear, scent sprays, tree perches, and MANY other game changing accessories is making "hunting" a bit unfair to the deer? If our ancestors could do it with bows/arrows and spears and our grandfathers/fathers could do it with only a rifle, pair of antlers (to mimic rutting sounds), and a beat up truck then we should be able to manage without auto targeting devices... How is one to improve hunting skill if you CHEAT using modern targeting tech?!

  • Evangelos

    it's cute how others down vote a dissenting opinion rather than discuss alternatives or join the debate already in progress ;)

  • JJtoob

    I don't totally disagree with you, but I wonder who hunts deer with their bare hands, or improvised weapons? That might be your ideal hunter.

  • Idlethoughts

    That's actually a thing some people do. See, it turns out humans actually do have one physical advantage on most other animals, endurance. If you keep running at a gazelle (or similar animal), it will keep bolting off just short of the horizon and by the six or so time, a couple of hours latter, it will be too exhausted to get up, at which point you hit it over the head with a rock. Supposedly this is how our ancestors hunted on the plains of Africa.

  • Evangelos

    I guess I'm just partial to the concept of a "sporting chance". Now don't think I'm totally against upgrading primitive techs. Most of my family learned to hunt with compound bows and razortips and some today use bolt action rifles. I just think this doesn't really fall in line with the spirit and skill hunting usually embodies. Now if you're starving or your family is desperate by all means do what you can... But not many of us in the US & Canada can claim such motivation.

  • Have you ever gone hunting? You still have to find a deer or wait for one to wander past. A lot of times, you barely have any time to even realize there is a deer there before it runs away. All this scope does is help with aiming. YOu still have to hold the gun steady, you still have to actually find the deer and mark it first.

  • Evangelos

    Of course I've gone hunting. If your worth anything you can easily track game paths by brush, prints, and scat. Gadgets like this just give the false impression of skill to those lazy enough to not want to learn the real way.

  • JJtoob

    Agreed. Oh and when I said not many hunt with their bare hands or improvised weapons, I forgot to say, that'd be my ideal too. Our brain is already too much of an advantage, too bad many go largely unused.

  • Phillip Gockel

    I suppose you hate using calculators then too.

  • Evangelos

    Calculators don't hamper ones ability to learn as previously thought by our old math teachers. This might as well be a turret... hardly an apt comparison.

  • westmclarenmerc

    Thats also the big difference in modern day snipers compared to WWII snipers, nowadays it's all technology and calculating for that important HVT 1 shot 1 kill. Back in the day (when I wassn't born) it was actually an achievement to get a mile distance killshot. Hunting should be done by bow and arrow (not a crossbow or a modern composite bow) and the final kill should be made with a knife to end it quickly, not by shooting a .338 Lapua and blow the guts of the animal a mile away.

  • JJtoob

    For that much money, I was expecting some mechanical stabilization assistance so you could get, for example, just headshots (although probably on specific circumstances, like at long range where corrections would be minimal), you know, like a real-life aimbot. They already killed the "sport" part, so why not go the distance?

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