Photo courtesy of Tactical Life
You may be aware of the King of 2 Miles competition. You may also be aware that Derek Rodgers hit the 2-mile target (see the video below) using a new ballistic computer: The Garmin Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition.
For many years, the Garmin Foretrex 401 has been a preferred piece of kit for many special operations units due to its basic but powerful navigation capabilities and small size. Now the new Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition comes equipped with upgraded navigation features and the Applied Ballistics engine.
Small Size, Big Brain
This new device has all of the Garmin Foretrex features in a standalone, 2.8-ounce unit that fits on your wrist. The 2-inch, night-vision-compatible screen has a 200×128 resolution, and Garmin improved the battery life to give it up to 48 hours of full navigation capabilities, up to one week in UltraTrac mode and up to one month in watch mode—all using just two AAA batteries.
Also, as mentioned, Garmin has added a ballistics calculation capability to these existing navigation and tactical features. Now you can use the Applied Ballistics engine without connecting to a profile loader or app. The Foretrex 701 has the entire Applied Ballistics library built right into the device, and you can create your own profiles, adding loads and guns in the field. Furthermore, there is no limitation on the ballistic solution. This is an excellent tool for extreme long-range shooting, as it’s capable of running calculations beyond 10,000 meters.
With its own internal sensors, the Foretrex 701 is capable of taking environmental, locational and direction-of-fire measurements, allowing for accurate prediction of secondary effects. The processor and memory on this device can perform predictions at 2 to 3 miles in a matter of seconds, all while storing over 100 rifle profiles. This new Garmin is also a part of the Applied Ballistics Connect System, so its firmware will always contain the latest bullet library.