posted on Apr, 2 2013 @ 11:22 PM
Originally posted by Aliensun
Is there such a thing for shoulder-fired rifles as a full-auto scope? by that I mean that a scope that is self-contained, self-adjusting. It would
judge the wind speed, the angle of elevation, distance, the characteristics of the bullet and the gun, and dial them automatically into the gun
without the typical elevation and windage knobs, etc.?
As far as I know as a retired SF Officer - no, these things are done by the individual sniper/spotter team by using a combination of field craft,
training and devices (ranger finders, anemometers, and a good ole calculator).
I am no expert sniper BTW (I went to regular Army Sniper School in 1988 and the last time I fired at a legitimate sniper target was early in Operation
Just Cause) and things have changed a lot since then. I was later an SF Team Leader and Company Commander so employment of teams is more my thing
rather than the actual shooting.
A lot of time and money goes into selecting, training and employing snipers for obvious reasons.
In the opinion of my SOTIC trained Weapon's Sergeants you don't want a sniper to be too reliant on any single device (be that a weapon type, scope,
or all the neat calculators out there) as the failure of that one device would be mission failure in and of itself. Snipers are a rare breed and most
take pride in doing the necessary math in their heads or at least on paper...
I can see where a device as you describe could be of use by enabling someone untrained to make complex sniper snots; I don't; however, see it taking
the place of actual sniper field craft and training. It cannot make all the decisions a trained operator needs to make prior to the engagement and
then ultimately at trigger time.
There are some neat things in the works with guided munitions similar to but smaller in caliber than conventional laser guided bombs, missiles and
artillery. Placing a 20mm "grenade" round behind/above/around or into a covered position with precision and assisted targeting is far from being
conventional hardware - but it’s in the testing phases. I see this capability being too expensive for fielding on a large scale at the Soldier
level. At least at this point...