Novice shooter Taya Kyle defeated NRA champion Bruce Piatt on Saturday
She had a perfect score at the American Sniper Shootout in Mason, Texas
Kyle used rifles with precision-guiding technology made by TrackingPoint
Rifles automatically will acquire and track target while the trigger is pulled
Markswoman didn’t miss and raised $500,000 for her late husband’s charity
Kyle’s husband’s autobiography American Sniper inspired the 2014 film
The 38-year-old was shot dead by Eddie Ray Routh in Texas in 2013
The widow of Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle likely would have made her late husband proud by winning the ‘American Sniper Shootout’ charity event that was named after him on Saturday.
Novice shooter Taya Kyle defeated reigning NRA champion Bruce Piatt and raised $500,000 for her husband’s charity by notching a perfect score at the shootout competition in Mason, Texas.
But Kyle, who made 100 per cent of her shots for a total of 10,140 points, had a little bit of help…
Taya Kyle (above), the widow of Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle, won a shooting contest on Saturday
The novice shooter defeated reigning NRA champion Bruce Piatt and raised $500,000 for charity at the contest
The new champion raised $500,000 for her husband’s charity at the ‘American Sniper Shootout’
The inexperienced markswoman used the computer-equipped M600 and M800 rifles with precision-guiding technology that were made by TrackingPoint to defeat Piatt, Fox News reported.
The rifles, which were developed with input from Kyle’s husband, all feature ‘RapidLok Target Acquisition’ technology that automatically will acquire and track a target while the trigger is pulled.
The company was so confident she would defeat Piatt, who competed with the M4A1, M110, and M2010 military rifles, that they offered to pay him $1million if he was able to win the contest.
In addition to help her raise money for charity, Kyle also thinks the technology could help save lives.
She said: ‘Our first responders and military members regularly face situations most of us cannot imagine.
‘They need every advantage for precision and efficiency to protect and serve while minimizing collateral damage and risk to themselves.
‘[The technology] would have saved lives of friends we have lost and will save life and/or limb of those who put it all on the line for the 99% of us they choose to give their life for.’
Kyle’s husband was shot dead during a trip to a shooting range by Eddie Ray Routh in Texas in February 2013
On film: Kyle’s husband’s autobiography American Sniper inspired the Clint Eastwood film of the same title (pictured are lead stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in the movie)
To be fair to Piatt, he made 58.4 per cent of the shots he took at the 29 targets used in the contest.
Kyle’s husband’s autobiography American Sniper inspired the Clint Eastwood film of the same title.
The 38-year-old was shot dead during a trip to a shooting range by 27-year-old Eddie Ray Routh in Stephenville, Texas, in February 2013.
His friend Chad Littlefield, was also gunned down by Routh, a Marine with PTSD, at the range.