March2017


Range Estimation Brain Teaser

Posted on March 16th, by Michael in Advice, Precision Rifle, Tactical. No Comments

I suppose it is in my nature to try and resolve certain observed phenomena down to the mathematical formulae that can reliably and logically explain them. This is surprising, given that I flunked Calculus 2 three times consecutively in college and eventually had to change majors because that dog just wasn’t going to hunt.

f(x)dx notwithstanding, I did eventually graduate and go on to work as a research and development chemist for one of the world’s largest producers of consumer products.

No one was more surprised than I when a sudden impulse arose in me at lunchtime today to calculate and chart the potential error in range estimates induced by the limits of visual acuity of both the reticle and the target. Let me restate that in simpler terms: I wanted to figure out just how screwed up reticle range estimates could get for someone with … Read More »



HOW TO USE ALL THE ADJUSTMENTS

Posted on March 2nd, by Michael in Advice, Gear, Precision Rifle. No Comments

Some of mankind’s first applications of the principles of ergonomics were with weapons. It probably started with the smoother rock,and evolved into the club or spear that was easier to grip, to the more balanced sword, down through the ages until eventually we arrived at the blocky polymer grips of today’s popular autopistols. Rifle stocks also, through this process of evolution and engineering continuous improvements, have come to be a good general fit for the average shooter. “Good general fit,” however, has never appealed to the “precision” rifleman. Now, this peculiarity isn’t just about looking cool and basic comfort. The shooter’s physical control over the rifle is dependent on their interface with the action, barrel, optics, and stock or chassis.

When everyone was still having gunsmiths carve wooden stocks, the answer to optics was the Monte Carlo style raised comb, which … Read More »






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Range Estimation Brain Teaser – Part II

Well, a few months ago when I wrote the last article, I had a few tests I decided to run at our spring Precision...

Range Estimation Brain Teaser

I suppose it is in my nature to try and resolve certain observed phenomena down to the mathematical formulae that can reliably and logically...

HOW TO USE ALL THE ADJUSTMENTS

Some of mankind’s first applications of the principles of ergonomics were with weapons. It probably started with the smoother rock,and evolved into the club...