DARPA – known widely as the mad science division of the Pentagon – is always at the leading edge of finding more creative and effective means of killing. This time they’ve chosen a name that conjures up precision slicing – the EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance). Perfect for snipers. The video ironically is not high quality, but DARPA’s program page more clearly describes their goals:
The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system seeks to improve sniper effectiveness and enhance troop safety by allowing greater shooter standoff range and reduction in target engagement timelines. The objective of the EXACTO program is to revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet. The EXACTO 50-caliber round and optical sighting technology expects to greatly extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems. The system combines a maneuverable bullet and a real-time guidance system to track and deliver the projectile to the target, allowing the bullet to change path during flight to compensate for any unexpected factors that may drive it off course. (Source)
While the average gun owner is likely to be constrained in the near future by biometric smart guns that make it easier to identify users and remotely shut off access, it appears that DARPA with its hoard of taxpayer dollars will not be subjected to such inconvenience.