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Thunder Ranch Countersniper With Fieldcraft AAR

 

Ask almost any supposedly reputable source for training on the obscure body of knowledge that includes fieldcraft, stalking, hides, camouflage, in short: “sniper skills,” and the answer is almost... Read More »


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 Optics Workshop and the great... Read More »


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 explain them. This is surprising,... Read More »


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 or spear that was easier... Read More »


Scoped Rifle Diagnostics

The generally accepted measure of the mechanical precision of a firearm/ammo/optic combination along with the skill or consistency of the rifleman is the ability to shoot tight groups. Too... Read More »


AAR – Thunder Ranch Urban Precision Rifle

August 2016: back on the long road from Northwest Ohio to Southern Oregon for another pilgrimage to Thunder Ranch, this time for their Urban Precision Rifle class. This is... Read More »


Friends,

We don’t need any more posts, videos, articles, memes, epistles, or other complaints about the state of the industry. They were interesting at first, but we have had... Read More »


Surviving restrictive firearms legislation

For those of you who don’t remember the Clinton-era “assault weapons ban” or weren’t part of the shooting community at that time, this article is for your benefit.  Let’s... Read More »


Workplace Standards for “Active Shooter” Prevention and Response

Recently, ASIS International (an international organization for security professionals) and NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) teamed up to talk about writing a standard for “active shooter” prevention and response... Read More »


“Huh..?” How hearing protection works (or doesn’t).

One day in the late 90’s I went shooting with some friends from work out on a piece of rural property one of them owned a little east of... Read More »


AAR for ADC’s Close Quarters/Vehicles Class

By: Kyle Crippen

On the weekend of 29-30 August, 2015, I attended the Defensive Pistol Applications – Close Quarters/Vehicles class instructed by Adaptive Defense Concepts (ADC).  I have been an NRA... Read More »


By Defensive Carbine Elements Student Robert K.

July 25-26, 2015 Training Location: Sandusky County Sportsman’s Club Training day 1: Bright and sunny, high of 86° Training day 2. Cloudy, high of 90°

Equipment... Read More »


To chest rig or not? …for the “citizen carbine operator.”

So I’m going to try really hard to stay in my lane in this article, as the saying goes. The question at hand: to chest rig or not as... Read More »


Prioritizing Your Defensive Dollar

Prioritizing Your Defensive Dollar – By ADC Instructor Michael Lake

We all know that time and money are finite resources and most of us normal folks have to make careful... Read More »


Rear Bag Basics

By: Instructor Jeremy Decker

Precision rifle shots can be taken from a variety of field positions, however, it is widely accepted that shooting from prone offers the most stability, it’s... Read More »


Assembling Your Survival Kit.

By: Instructor Michael Lake

There are a number of different names for them: “bug out” bags, “72-hour” bags, “get home” bags, etc…  They all refer to a duffle-bag full of... Read More »


Scoping the Precision Rifle

By: Instructor Michael Lake

So you need a scope for your precision rifle and there are just too many confusing options…  let me take a few minutes to help you... Read More »


“Just the Tip…” Why You Should Be Concerned About BATFE’s Attack on M855

It’s Valentines day and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is up to their old tricks with a proposal to ban the Green Tip Penetrator, commonly available M855 (steel core)... Read More »


Sinister Studies: Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part VIII)

Hey boys and girls, you’ve had a few months to practice all of those techniques we talked about in Sinister Studies 1 through 6, and hopefully you’ve squared away... Read More »


It’s the gift-giving time of year,  people will be getting and giving firearms, which is a fine tradition and a very exciting thing, particularly for a new... Read More »


Writing a Worthwhile AAR

AAR is an acronym for “After Action Report or Review.” These are typically completed by both military and law enforcement agencies as well as private organizations to evaluate what... Read More »


Rifle Recoil Management

When the Clinton-Era crime bill banned “assault rifle” characteristics on “sporting arms,” it meant no more flash hiders on our semi-autos.  Before that time, the idea of putting a muzzle brake on an AR-15... Read More »


Sinister Studies: Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part VII)

So far, we have focused on weapon specific techniques, and there’s more of that to come, but let’s take a moment to look at some of the other challenges... Read More »


Sinister Studies Part 6 – серьезному анализу в стрельбе юго перебирали

After practicing the various malfunction drills on AR’s, some of you are probably thinking about changing weapons to something that has a reputation for more reliability.   In most shooters,... Read More »


S.M.A.R.T. Holsters

There are plenty of holster options out there, unfortunately, most of the good ones aren’t typically what you find at the local gun and sporting goods stores.   They certainly... Read More »


All kinds of stuff about 10/22’s

It’s been over 50 years since Bill Ruger introduced his semi-automatic, rotary box magazine-fed rimfire: the 10/22.   For those of you new to the 10/22, I suppose a little... Read More »


Sinister Studies: Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part V.2)

We left off on part IV with basic left-handed AR manipulations, but it doesn’t end there, like any semi-automatic firearm, AR’s can sputter, cough or puke occasionally.  The military... Read More »


Arms and Social Stratification

In Ancient Greece, the Helots, who were Sparta’s serfs, or state-owned slaves, would receive a stipulated number of beatings every year regardless of any wrongdoing, so that they would... Read More »


AAR: Sigma 3 Survival School Basic Standard Class

In early March, 2014, I attended the 5-day “basic standard” survival class put on my Sigma 3 Survival School near Fort Smith, Arkansas.   Sigma 3 seems to be a relatively new... Read More »


Sinister Studies: Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part IV)

In 1954 Eugene Stoner and ArmaLite brought forth on this continent a new rifle, conceived in aluminum alloy, but not totally dedicated to the proposition that all were created... Read More »


Sinister Studies: Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part III)

By now, you’re probably thinking “boy, it seems like there’s an awful lot of difficult manipulations involved with semi-autos that aren’t very easy for lefties,” and maybe you’re considering... Read More »


Sinister Studies, Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part 2)

In the previous article, we addressed basic 2-handed manipulations of common semi-automatic handguns for left-hand dominant shooters.  Now let’s talk about one-handed manipulations specific to the left hand.  As... Read More »


Sinister Studies: Serious Scrutiny into Southpaw Shooting (Part 1)

For the left-handed shooter, aligning the sights and pressing the trigger may look like a mirror-image activity of a right-handed shooter, and physically it may be, but psychologically… well,... Read More »


Keep Calm and Other Bad Advice

“No enemy is worse than bad advice.” ~Sophocles

Today was one of those interesting days when I got to watch several people under the guise of authority give a bunch... Read More »


Precision Rifle Cases (By Instructor Jeremy Decker)

A few years ago I picked up an Eagle HSRC (Hybrid Sniper Rifle Carrier) and have used it as the primary way to carry my precision rifle and accompanying... Read More »


Some recommendations on cleaning equipment…

Firearms cleaning is a subject that tends to get overcomplicated.  There are a lot of good products out there and a lot of opinions on the best ways to... Read More »


DIY Shooting Sticks

Here’s a quick and cheap way to make yourself some really good shooting sticks.  Start with 3 fiberglass driveway markers from the local hardware store.  These sticks are 4-foot long... Read More »


AAR: Thunder Ranch High Angle Rifle II

This post is meant to be a review of the High Angle Rifle 2 class I attended at Thunder Ranch in November of 2013, but the journey itself, as... Read More »


“Competent” Firearms Instruction

Once people pass that difficult mental threshold of “possession-equates-to-competence,” and realize that they would benefit from some formal, professional firearms training, the difficult task of selecting good instruction begins.  Being... Read More »


Why “Smart” Guns are Dumb

http://modernarms.net/blog/california-approves-sale-of-smart-gun/

So California just approved a new “Smart Gun” for use in their state. I am reminded of the classic line from Jurrasic Park: Dr. Ian Malcolm: “… your... Read More »


AAR: Tactical Response Fighting Pistol and Fighting Rifle

This AAR is probably more tailored towards an audience that is already somewhat more “experienced” in defensive use of firearms or at least in some “advanced” firearms training.   If... Read More »


Only the “LEOnely”

“Violent crimes, shootings, are not ever prevented by the presence of a police officer, no matter how many thousands of police officers you have,”

~Carty Finkbeiner, Mayor – Toledo, Ohio.... Read More »


Speed, Timing and Firearms Manipulations

“I’ve never seen a stop watch in a gunfight” ~ Clint Smith

I think the jist of this statement is that in a real life-or-death situation, victory is not decided... Read More »


“The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing.” ~Socrates

 

I think anyone who has studied anything with any dedication or depth has probably stumbled across the feeling... Read More »





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Thunder Ranch Countersniper With Fieldcraft AAR

 

Ask almost any supposedly reputable source for training on the obscure body of knowledge that includes fieldcraft, stalking, hides, camouflage, in short: “sniper skills,”...

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...