TrackingPoint — the company that makes scopes so smart they compensate for bullet drop, air density, windage and rifle cant, making long-range shooting possible with the push of a button — is expanding their Austin, Texas facilities and looking for experts in all fields to come work for them, including rifle testers.
We were amazed when we saw them working in-person. The way it works is you put your crosshairs over your target, and tag it with a button next to the trigger. The scope, pre-programmed with ballistics data specific to your rifle and cartridge, then projects a dot at the corrected point of aim. Pulling the trigger doesn’t fire the gun, it’s more of a safety selector. With the trigger depressed, when you move the reticle to the adjusted point of aim, the gun fires automatically.
TrackingPoint’s smart scope is simultaneously terrific and terrifying. It completely changes the shooting experience, making even the most novice shooters experts — out to 1,200 yards, anyway. Past that and you’re working outside the operating range of their longest-range “Intelligent Digital Tracking Scope,” or IDTS for short.
Now they’re giving us a glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes making these advanced shooting platforms with a short video on their ballistic data-mining and reliability testing:
The demand for their custom PGRs will be high, even priced around $15,000 for the base model. We’re not surprised they’re looking to hire new people. SHOT Show was cold and windy, with the 1,000-yard range practically deserted for the first time in, well, ever. Except for the TrackingPoint section. Even with a cutting, icy wind, they drew a large crowd all day.
If you’re interested in getting in on the TrackingPoint action, they’re looking for people across the board to come work for them at their facility in Austin.
In an open letter, company president Jason Schauble wrote, “Due to overwhelming demand, TrackingPoint is looking for very smart, dedicated individuals who have a passion for firearms at all levels and across all areas of expertise to grow our business. If you’re one of those people, and you like Texas, send us an email and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.”
TrackingPoint is on-track to deliver their first three models by spring of this year. They are based on custom-made bolt-action Surgeon rifles:
- The XS1 is chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum with a 27-inch barrel, and is configured for up to 1,200 yards
- The XS2 is chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum with a 22-inch barrel, and is configured for up to 1,000 yards
- The XS3 is chambered in .300 Win Mag with a 22-inch barrel and McMillan A5 stock with adjustable cheek pad, and is configured for up to 750 yards
The XS3 is the entry-level $15,000 model. The XS2 will be priced around $17,500 and the XS3 $20,000. The sticker isn’t carved in stone, but it’s not likely to drop much at this point in the company’s timeline.
Getting a job with them might be the easiest way for a lot of people to check out a PGR in-person.