What CAN’T Duct Tape Fix?

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After finishing a Rifles Only competition course, one of the attendees mentioned having a scoped and barreled action with the Teludyne sleeve on it with no stock. The set up would likely shoot well no matter what stock is sat in.

Accepting the challenge, Jacob Bynum bet he could bet he could put it on a 2×4 with duct tape and successfully zero then shoot it at 1000 yards. No action screws, no bedding, only inletted for trigger, bottom metal, and recoil lug. Just parts strapped to a 2×4 with duct tape.

Zeroing at 100 yards

Shooting at 1000 yards on steel (listen for steel hit)

Lesson learned: Marksmanship skill is more important than equipment.

Competition, Practice, Training, and Testing

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Competition, Practice, Training, and Testing.

US Army Reserve Marksman Competition TV interview

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US Army Reserve Marksman Competition.

Fixing Tactical Training

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We don’t need to spend more military resources, time or money, but make better use of what is already being spent. Most public sector training is so deficient that improvements can be made just by cleaning up current procedures.

In the military context, we have Drill Sergeant Nitwit, himself a novice level shooter, “teaching” raw recruits marksmanship. DS Nitwit is limited to regurgitating nonsense passed on to him by some other novice level shooter. We’re lucky if he’s even bothered to look up what the actual standards are.

Because qualification standards are set low enough that a complete new shooter instructed by a novice can pass them, and because DS Nitwit is completely unaware of what good shooting looks like, he believes he is “good.” If he has deployed overseas, he’s incorrigible.

He’ll probably never bother with any higher level shooting experience, such as organized competition. If he does, there are plenty of vocal tactical instructors online and elsewhere to console him into believe his loss was due to a flaw in the competition, not his lack of skill.

A competent marksmen can surpass military and police “expert” standards by 300%, possibly more. Many handgun standards can by surpassed by 600% or more. I even wrote a book about this outlining the particulars. But you’d have to attend events to interact with people capable of this.

Consider the cost of maintaining a RETS (Remote Engagement Target System) “pop up” range at 40 rounds per attempt and no feedback of where shots are going. Compare this with the cost of simple shooting exercises on a 25 meter range, shooting three round groups and getting feedback of every shot. Better yet, compare the cost of dry practice.

The Department of Defense spends plenty of time and money on shooting. What we lack is will.

Motivated teenagers involved in organized competition and motivated to dry practice at home are better marksmen than most school-trained snipers, to say nothing of the general military population. Uncle Sam greatly outspends them but the kids have greater motivation to improve and actually do it.

Until this sort of problem is addressed, no amount of money spent on public sector marksmanship training will ever yield significant improvement.

Gunfighters I Have Known

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Gunfighters I Have Known
And Why They Are Still Around To Tell Their Tales.
by Bob Kolesar

Read more: http://gunsmagazine.com/gunfighters-i-have-known/
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Ballistic Masturbation: Just Say NO!

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Good points made here. I’ve discussed this before:

http://firearmusernetwork.com/2013/01/04/we-dont-need-no-stinkin-standards-part-1/

http://firearmusernetwork.com/2013/01/05/we-dont-need-no-stinkin-standards-part-2/

Of course, the entertrainers genuinely believe they are offering skill building, real-wold training as do their paying students. Some novice-level shooter decides to be an instructor, puts together a curriculum along with a slick web site and marketing videos and he’s a trainer.

Of course such entertrainers eschew competition or any other organized means of skill measure because it would conclusively reveal their poor skill. Instead of improving personal and student ability, they concoct excuses as to why attempting to measure skill isn’t realistic or will getcha killed.

The core, paying sycophants students will gladly back up their sensei well beyond reality or common sense, even after said entertrainer’s credentials were shown to be questionable or possibly falsified.

Example 1: http://pistol-forum.com/showthread.php?9535-Instructor-Zero&p=241718&viewfull=1#post241718
Example 2: http://forum.snipershide.com/training-classes/263930-corey-alan-jackson-range-time-terre-haute-indiana-stolen-valor.html

Ballistic Masturbation: Just Say NO!
by Chris, Salt and Pepper Samurai
http://spsamurai.com/2014/08/27/ballistic-masturbation-just-say-no/

Ken Hackathorn, one of my firearms training mentors, has spoken on multiple occasions about the rise of people who bill themselves as firearms instructors that engage in nothing more than “entertrainment” (full credit to Ken for the term). Instead of teaching their students what they need to know for the realistic use of firearms in real world situations; these entertrainers run their students through fantasy warrior camps where the weekend is spent in their favorite color of camouflage while sending lots of rounds downrange with little, to no, accountability of where the rounds are impacting. Basically, people in these “classes”, and I use that term loosely, are not held to any real accuracy standard and are simply partaking in some feel good ballistic masturbation. Sadly these students don’t realize that they aren’t doing anything expect wasting money, creating training scars, and giving themselves a false sense of what they can accomplish with a firearm.

When you go to firearms training class, or engage in firearms training on your own, you need to held yourself accountable for every round you send downrange. This is accomplished by having a demanding accuracy standard for yourself. Instead of settling for rounds impacting anywhere in the head of an IDPA target, only accept rounds hits to the small rectangle inside the head box. By forcing yourself to perform at a higher level on the square range (or other training environments) you are setting yourself up for success when things go sideways for real.

When you decide to take a firearms training class (and everyone should); make sure you aren’t engaging in masturbation at the hands of an entertrainer. You can do this by checking out the background of the instructor(s) for the course and the number of rounds to be fired (though this isn’t always a good measure). If the instructor’s resume’ seems like that of Ray Mysterio then walk away. If you are supposed to shoot almost 1,000 rounds per day for each weapon you have on you; you likely need to run away as well. Following these steps should help to make sure you are actually learning something.

Pistol Prone

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I’ve been looking at some of the videos you linked for the USAMU Small Arms Championships. I noticed in particular that the prone pistol shooters did not have a uniform position. Some appeared to be “roll over prone,” some used flat-on-chest and two elbows, what I will call the prone isosceles .

Why no uniformity? The “roll over prone” allows the shooter to use the ground as a rest, thereby greatly stabilizing the pistol for more precise aiming … nice for longer ranges. This position also moves the pistol’s sights farther away from the face, allowing more refined sight picture. Finally, this position puts the head lower, and therefore less vulnerable to incoming hits.

I’ve worked with a lot of folks “who cannot be retrained” and they will not change from the prone isosceles. But the other position is, to my way of thinking, far superior.

Your thoughts?

- John Tate

The rules for this particular event require certain shots fired prone, even if it doesn’t make sense to go prone in the first place. At Parks range where this was held, the firing line is lower than the target line and the targets are posted in frames five feet off the ground. At 25 yards, many people (me included) can’t get into roll over prone and elevate the muzzle high enough to get on target while having an aiming eye still behind the sights. Other ranges where these sorts of events are held have similar issues.

The targets we use (AMU E-type EIC target as used in this event or a Commonwealth Figure 11) typically have a four-inch five ring and anyone in a position to win these events can typically shoot groups that size standing unsupported at 25 yards. In these events, prone is being used because the rules require it, not to increase stability and hit potential.

Roll over prone is better and I’d use it at these events if the terrain/target set up made it possible, but I’ve found that usually isn’t the case.

Yes, I wish these matches didn’t have odd issues like this. For whatever reason, the AMU (and other military match course of fire designers) sometimes manage to create some courses of fire I don’t always agree with. Until various competitor suggestions to change this are implemented, rather than complain about why it isn’t realistic/tactical/practical/whatever, I just accept the challenge as presented and train to meet it. It doesn’t hurt my feelings too much because the USAR Marksmanship Program often has me on orders to compete and teach things like this. Not a bad gig if you can get it!

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