- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2016

A U.S. precision-guided firearm maker has released a rifle that can automatically acquire and track targets moving up to 15 miles per hour — at night. The price tag: $12,995.

Texas-based TrackingPoint Inc. regularly produces innovative weapons for predator eradication or self-defense. The NightDragon semi-automatic 7.62 NATO, which tracks targets as the trigger is pulled, was released Tuesday.

“NightDragon incorporates an infrared-sensitive CMOS sensor that detects light not visible to the human eye. Depending on the strength of the IR illuminator, targets can be engaged and tracked out to 200 yards at night,” the company says on its website. “As a shooter pulls the trigger, the target is automatically acquired and tracked. When trigger pull completes, the target is instantly eliminated. Total Time-To-Kill (TTK) is approximately 2.5 seconds.”

Gun enthusiasts have the option of financing the weapon at $329 per month for 48 months.

TrackingPoint bills itself as a team of technologists, veterans, shooters and hunters “with a mission to change the way we defend our country, our cities, our homes, and our property.”

The gun maker’s website says it also seeks to “strengthen our country in the face of extremism.”

In June 2014, the company created a rifle that worked with Google Glass technology and could hit targets behind corners. One year later, it unveiled its “Mile Maker” Linux-powered rifle, which can hit targets at roughly 1,800 yards away.

“Being able to shoot around corners and over hills is a little mind-blowing when you actually do it. Things keep on rolling,” TrackingPoint’s Oren Schauble told Vice News’ technology blog on June 4, 2014.

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