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 your eye dominance as well like we discussed in Sinister Studies 7. This next installment isn’t going to address technique as much as it will be an equipment review.
My introduction to shooting was competitive riflery and despite my interest in other shooting disciplines, throughout the years I have always had a special connection with shooting at distance. Most of my competitive shooting was done with match-tuned M14’s and M1A’s, which can be excellent performers. When it comes to precision shooting however, there’s just no substitute for a scoped bolt gun. So in this installment, I would like to explore some options available for the left-handed rifle marksman.
A few years ago I signed up for some precision … Read More »
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 carry a variety of holsters, but for critical uses like concealed carry, the holster is an integral part of your overall weapons system.
Here is my criteria for a suitable concealed carry holster:
1. The holster must STAY OPEN when the firearm is drawn, this implies the material must be something durable like rigid leather or Kydex.
2. The MUZZLE must be protected or covered. Holsters that allow the muzzle to completely protrude, such as competition-style holsters, are not desirable for defensive use for a number of reasons.
3. It should ATTACH firmly to the belt. There are some minor exceptions that are very specific in nature but IN GENERAL, for a defensive carry holster, it should … Read More »
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 introduction is necessary. The 10/22 was basically a semi-auto .22 rimfire about as popular as any other until Ram-Line company introduced their polymer high-capacity (20, 30 and 50 rounds) magazines for it. Suddenly, the 10/22 was a lot more exciting than its tubular magazine-fed competitors. Enabled by this increase in capacity, a number of companies introduced polymer folding stocks, ventilated handguards and other “dress-up” accessories. Things were going along fine until September 13, 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act” into law. This act, which included an “assault weapons ban,” essentially ended the party for sexed-up 10/22’s by effectively put an end to the … Read More »
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 gear. Along the way a lot of people checked it out as it’s among the more comprehensive shooting mat/rifle carrying systems on the market. While its not my intent to examine all the possibilities out there, Iwas recently introduced to another option. Fellow instructor Rowland purchased a Deluxe Shooters Mat from Galati Gear. There is no mistaking the similarities between them so I decided to do a little comparison.
The similarities are endless but I’ll list a few things:
The shoulder straps and their placement are the same, as well as how they deploy and fold away. The zipper has a covering flap on both items and they have garnish ties located in … Read More »
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 and approximately 1/4″ in diameter. They are available at the local hardware store for about $2.00 each usually.
You also need some duct tape, preferably camouflage, and some cloth camouflage tape. I like the Allen Company cloth camo tape, available on Amazon. I use this type of cloth tape because the ligature will slide on it easily.
…and 36-inches of paracord.
Start by unrolling a 48″ length of the duct tape, lay it sticky side up next to one of the sticks…
…and roll it all the way around the stick keeping it as smooth and even as you can…
…until the stick is completely covered. This layer of tape helps to camouflage the sticks if … Read More »