Monday, September 30, 2013

Unboxing the TrackingPoint XS2 Smart Rifle and Freedom Group Involvement?

The TrackingPoint system has seen a lot of interest since it's debut at SHOT 2013. In this video we finally see what $20,000 plus gets you. Jason Schauble, CEO walks us through the unboxing of what has been dubbed the XS2 Smart Rifle.

Back in April of this year Remington released a teaser for their 'Venture X' project which appeared to be a collaboration between Remington and TrackingPoint. I tweeted @TrackingPoint with my congratulations and was informed that they could "neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence of said collaboration."

I understand how business works (or at least I pretend to) but I found it strange that they would appear so apprehensive to admit a collaboration when it was so apparent. Well less than a month later they would hire a new CEO. Jason Schauble joined TrackingPoint in May and was formally Vice President of Remington Defense from 2008-2012 and had supervisory responsibility for Advanced Armament Corp.; both companies owned by the Freedom Group. So the question begs asking: Is TrackingPoint a future portfolio acquisition for the Freedom Group (Cerberus Capital)?

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Monday, September 2, 2013

EAA Baikal Double Rifle

I'm not sure why but I've always wanted a double rifle. The only problem is that you don't see too many in the States where we've embraced the bolt, lever, pump and auto for hunting. The other reason is that they are often very expensive due to the amount of work that goes into a high quality one.

A few months ago I as able to handle an EAA Baikal Double Rifle in 30-06 SPRG that brought back my desire for one. Baikal chambers this particular rifle in 308 Winchester, 30-06 SPRG and 45-70 GOVT. Incidentally, if you asked me to make a list of my three favorite cartridges; those would be them.

Here are a couple videos from Mike Beliveau featuring the 30-06 and 45-70. Mike explains how Baikal is able to price a double rifle at hundreds of dollars instead of thousands.

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