Snipers are outdated because soon there might be a homing bullet. Larry Shipers, a mechanical engineer, claims that his prospective bullet can improve a shooter’s accuracy by as much as 90%!
Snipers are outdated because soon there might be a homing bullet. Larry Shipers, a mechanical engineer, claims that his prospective self-guided bullet can improve a shooter’s accuracy by as much as 90%!
Current bullets, when fired, spin at such a fast rate that it is theoretically not possible to alter its axis of revolution. Shipers’ simple solution to this—he calls it his “secret sauce”—is to make the bullet not spin. If the bullet doesn’t spin, then added technology can provide guidance like it does for a self-guided missile.
The 0.50-caliber bullet has an optical sensor in the nose, a battery powered 8-bit processor with included guidance algorithm, and four tiny motored fins in the tail to help it accomplish its mission. Wind and other environmental factors can throw a bullet off course by as much as 30 feet, but Shiper claims that his bullet’s trajectory is only altered by a few inches in his computer simulation.
A smooth-bored barrel is required for the bullet to function correctly, but the bullet can be loaded into a standard cartridge without any modifications. Shiper states that electronics mockup in demo bullets withstood the initial launch. The only problem now is finding funding for Shiper to build a complete prototype.