American Sniper Widow Outshoots World Champ

Taya Kyle says TrackingPoint guns should be supplied troops
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2015 9:41 AM CST
American Sniper Widow Outshoots World Champ
Taya Kyle, wife of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, attends a screening of "American Sniper," Dec. 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

American Sniper author Chris Kyle wasn't the only badass sharpshooter in the family. His widow, Taya Kyle, showed up NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt at a charity shootout in Pflugerville, Texas, over the weekend, hitting 100% of her shots on 29 targets using TrackingPoint precision-guided firearms. Piatt was apparently at a disadvantage using military-grade rifles carried by US troops in combat and hit just 59% of his shots amid explosions and simulated gunfire, per KHOU. Kyle tells Fox News her late husband spoke with the creators of TrackingPoint "about what goes into making a shot at such long distances with such precision" back in 2009. His insights helped shape the technology in TrackPoint's weapons that "does all the computations for you."

Kyle, who describes herself as "absolutely a novice marksman," says she trained for a week with a former Marine who taught her proper breathing techniques and how to take offhand, kneeling, and sitting shots. In one particularly impressive move, Kyle poked her weapon and hands through a hole in a wall and shot blindly. However, she was wearing glasses that showed the view out the gun's scope. "I could see what the scope was seeing, line up the shot, find the target, and take that shot without exposing any more of my body or face," she says. After the event—which raised $1 million for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, per the Washington Times—Kyle said she was "passionate about getting the TrackingPoint guns into our warriors' hands … They are willing to give their lives for us; the least we can do is give them our very best in that fight." (Read more Chris Kyle stories.)

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