MASON, Texas, Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Billed as the shootout of the century, Taya Kyle will use TrackingPoint's Precision-Guided Firearms to take on reigning NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt in the inaugural American Sniper Shootout. If the champ wins against Taya and the TrackingPoint system, he will take home the $1 million prize.
The landmark event is set for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 in Mason, Texas, with proceeds benefiting the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. Sponsors are already planning to make the American Sniper Shootout an annual event.
The American Sniper Shootout is the first of its kind to pit a novice shooter armed with yet to be announced military-grade TrackingPoint systems against the best in the world in a head-to-head competition featuring the types of shots routinely encountered by soldiers in battle. TrackingPoint's new products will be announced on November 4th. World Champion Bruce Piatt will compete using current military squad-level and sniper firearms.
"I am a novice shooter," said Taya Kyle, wife of Chris Kyle, the most prolific sniper in American history. "When I shoot TrackingPoint guns, I feel Chris's spirit in my hands. Chris would be proud to know that every soldier now has the power to dominate any adversary, and it's even better that this event benefits military service men and women, veterans, first responders and their families through the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation."
TrackingPoint's Precision-Guided Firearms instantly transform inexperienced shooters into world-class marksmen, and the competition will validate the claim, staking $1 million on Taya out-shooting the champ. "This is all about helping our veterans and their families," said Bruce Piatt, "This may be the most exciting competition ever and if TrackingPoint guns perform as advertised our soldiers have a dominant overmatch capability."
Chris Kyle had an early influence on the development of TrackingPoint guns. In a chance encounter with the American Sniper in 2009, TrackingPoint Founder and CEO John McHale and Kyle explored the nuances of precision shooting and the possibility of building a gun that would change the face of war.
"Chris and I went back-and-forth on how to make everyone an extraordinary shooter," said McHale. "We were both excited, realizing it was entirely possible to give our troops insurmountable squad-overmatch capability. We knew we were on to a world-changing idea. That was the day TrackingPoint was born."
The American Sniper Shootout is comprised of a series of common shots encountered in war at unknown distances on static and moving targets. Shooting positions include prone, off-hand and blind shots in which the shooter is completely hidden and unable to directly see targets. Scoring is weighted based on degree of difficulty.
"We want people to know that TrackingPoint Precision-Guided Firearms can save our soldiers' lives and protect our nation," said McHale. "And, this event is designed to let our enemies know what's in store for them when they come up against American forces."
The day-long event in Mason is open to the public and includes a music festival featuring country superstar Easton Corbin, nine time Grammy winner Asleep At the Wheel, the Scooter Brown Band, and Donica Knight, a rising country star with pure southern style.
To purchase tickets, go to www.americansnipershootout.events.
About Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
The mission of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is to serve those who serve us by providing meaningful, interactive experiences that enrich family relationships. The CKFF achieves this through experiences that provide time and space to reconnect after deployment without the distractions of everyday life, power to return to the "family unit," and new common ground after military involvement. For more information, visit www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org
TrackingPoint, based in Austin, Texas, created the first Precision-Guided Firearm, a revolutionary new shooting system that puts fighter jet lock-and-launch technology in small arms, enabling shooters to make shots previously considered beyond human ability. To learn more, visit www.tracking-point.com.
About Bruce Piatt
Bruce Piatt is the reigning NRA World Champion Shooter. Bruce also recently won his first Heavy Metal Optics Division at the FNH-USA 3-Gun Championship in September 2015. Since 1989, Bruce has been a successful Professional Sponsored Shooter, a respected Police Firearms Instructor, and a determined competitor in NRA Action, Tactical 3-Gun, Sportsman Team Challenge, Masters, or whatever shooting game he sets his mind to. Piatt is the founder of Bruce Piatt Training Concepts, offering police, military and civilian shooting instruction and offers Custom 1911 build by hand gunsmith classes.