Following is a new article from Brain from TheNewRifleman.com. Read more from him at www.thenewrifleman.com
Technology and the Rifleman: The Remington 2020
We constantly have thresholds being crossed by technology.
What determines whether we accept it or not is simply… time and comfort. The latest issue of American Rifleman introduces the Remington 2020 system.
The crux of the system is this: the 2020 allows a shooter to hit distant targets with a system that calculates trajectory, windage, temperature, pressure, rifle cant, and a few other variables to 500 yards. This system uses visual cues to aid the shooter: when the dot and cross-hairs are aligned correctly they turn red. Pull the trigger. The system retails just past $5000. The introductory model will range and adjust to targets out to 500 yards with specific non-user adjustable loads.
Right now I don’t believe the system offers much for a practical rifle shooter inside of 500 yards. A bit of experience doping wind and a ACOG could give a shooter fast and accurate hits at that distance. Right now I would bet time to acquire and fire on a man-sized target would easily go to a well versed rifleman. The 2020 system requires you to tag the target with a button on top of the optic before it calculates a shooting solution. The optic isn’t really made to compete with an ACOG though… it is made to deliver a calculated solution for a specific load that will be accurate enough to nail an apple at 500 yards with minimal experience from the shooter. So how does a system like this effect shooters now and in the future?
What an item like this does is, to a certain extent, take away the education needed to make difficult precision shots.
Eventually, a product will be released with calculations out to 1000 yards and the costs will decrease. Suddenly, anyone with the money for the system can then pull off shots at 1000 yards that would have taken years of shooting and experience to accomplish. You know what? I am OK with this. What was once a full plate of learning many ballistic calculations has been reduced to a tag button and a red flashing reticule.
There is no escaping the progress of technology. Our rifles are evidence of that. The Marines know that it is easier to teach marksmanship through the lens of a Trijicon Acog than it is Irons. My wife never shot past 25 yards in her life before last month, but I dropped her behind my rifle with the ACOG and she was hitting head shot sized steel at 200. The visual aid the ACOG gave her reduced the education needed to make that shot. She didn’t have to worry about breath control or a front sight post… she put the shiny red arrow on the target pull the trigger. She was able to get those hits over and over again. What a fantastic tool.
As items like the Remington 2020 reduce in size, increase in durability, and improve on battery life… I would consider one a fantastic tool for a rifleman. Imagine a future optic that could switch between an ACOG style fast BDC reticule and then could be switched to the computer calculator to pull off a precision shot at 800 yards.
We get so antsy when politicians talk about our AR15 being “weapons of war.” We know what a great tool of self-defense the AR15 is. We have seen it adapt to technology that didn’t exist when Eugene Stoner and Armalite created it in the 1950’s. It remains popular because it has evolved and adapted to the technology of today. The founding fathers would no doubt see it as the essential modern rifle of a free and independent people.
The 2020 is yet another chapter in rifle technology. It can simplify what was once complex, and that only empowers the shooter. I applaud Remington and tracking point for giving us the first civilian iteration of this tool.
To not accept and embrace this technology as it matures would be, simply, shooting ourselves in the foot.