Aimpoint building live-fire virtual range in the US

by Max Slowik ,  |  published on January 28, 2013

Aimpoint is working on a virtual range—a live-fire cinema—here in the U.S. They hope to open it this year, and the location has not yet been disclosed. That being said, we’re sure people will travel to spend a day or two at this particular theater.

When we arrived at SHOT Show’s Media Day at the Range, the first booth through the gate was Aimpoint. This was a bit unusual in that it was a virtual shooting range, surrounded by actual shooting ranges, making bullet noises.

Inside was a handful of laptops, a dummy shotgun and a projector. The shotgun was fit with an Aimpoint optic, naturally, and used some type of optical or laser tracking system… I honestly was a little distracted by the lure of shooting real guns just outside the projector room.

The system could be loaded with any number of shooting scenarios and they had scores, from basic shooting skills like virtual clays to more and more difficult hunting scenarios for small, medium and large game, beast and foul alike.

The system tracked your shooting from the instant the scenario started, allowing you to replay, in slow-motion, your shooting, complete with tracking speeds and a host of numerical data to help you perfect your skills in a way that shooting real guns simply would not be possible.

In truth, as a teaching tool, no matter what your level of skill or expertise, Aimpoint’s shooting sim can and will help you improve your abilities.

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