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Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App 461

An anonymous Coward writes "Knights Armament Corp. who supply sniper rifles to the US military have developed a iPod Touch mounting system and software for the US Army M110 sniper rifle system. The use of off the shelf hardware no doubt cut costs and allowed rapid development of this system." If it automatically played a theme song after every head shot, this would be the coolest rifle accessory ever.


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Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App

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  • by jcr ( 53032 ) <jcr.mac@com> on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @04:53PM (#26535903) Journal

    Seems like it would be a problem w/r/t revealing the sniper's position.


  • by HTH NE1 ( 675604 ) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @05:29PM (#26536713)

    But I thought Apple was more protective of its branding to an extent of not allowing its computers to be depicted in movies as killing people for example. This application is available from the iTunes store for $11.99; I would have thought Apple would refuse to carry it and they'd have to use hacked devices to run it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @06:57PM (#26538155)

    For main line troops a BORS [barrettrifles.com] is a much simpler and rugged solution.

  • Re:More gear! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by themacks ( 1197889 ) <markmccarthy@@@gatech...edu> on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @07:00PM (#26538201) Homepage
    There is no reason for these to be on the internet, so apple can't do anything to them. It looks like they just found a cheap system capable of crunching some numbers with a good interface.
  • Re:Out of line (Score:3, Interesting)

    by NonSequor ( 230139 ) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @07:37PM (#26538689) Journal

    There's something to be said for the idea that everyone should be given the chance to redeem themselves. In support of this argument I present Bertrand Russell's short story, "Josef Stalin's Nightmare", which describes what can probably be said to be the ideal punishment for Stalin, or any dictator.

    http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/stalin/stalin-nightmare.html [rjgeib.com]

  • Re:More gear! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Hal_Porter ( 817932 ) on Tuesday January 20, 2009 @11:18PM (#26541183)

    And a nice bright backlight to illuminate your face to the enemy snipers.

    Yup, totally practical.

  • by rts008 ( 812749 ) on Wednesday January 21, 2009 @02:28AM (#26542651) Journal

    Thanks for the update.
    When I was in (US Army 1977-1980), we were restricted to either standard ball(used mostly for practice), and Lake City Match ammo(recommended). We could not use the Sierra Match King bullet(my personal favorite for the .308/.30-06) since it fell in the 'dum-dum' expanding projectile category.
    Also at that time there were no 5.56 NATO (.223) cartridge/rifle packages that could stay supersonic to 1000 yards.

    With the .223, the MEKR (Maximum Effective Killing Range) was 400 meters paired with the M-16.(the only weapon issued for this round at that time)

    The MEKR for the .308 was 800 meters in the M-24 and M-14, but extended to 1000 meters used in the M-60 SAW.

    The way it broke down for us:
    0-700 yards= .308 Win.
    600-1500 yards= .300 Win. Magnum (IIRC, a 180gr.BTSP-can't recall the MV)
    1400+ yards= clamp the Unertl to a M2 HB BMG

    Note: I was deliberately sticking to Mil-Spec/issue ammo/rifle combo's, but was aware of the possibility to handload non-Mil-Spec bullets to velocities to acheive 1000+ yard supersonic flight.

    I shot competitively in the 1970-early 1990's, also shot on the US Army rifle team, and handloaded my own civilian rounds for competition, fun, and sport.

    "...the AR15 platform in .223 has taken the Farr Trophy..."
    What rate of twist is used in this barrel?

    Again, thanks for the update. I had no idea I was this far out of date! Gotta go now, interesting research on this subject needs done ASAP! And yes, yes, lots of field trials. :-)

    *I think I hear my bank account sobbing*

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position. -- Christopher Marlowe