Recently I have heard long-range shooters talking about powder temperature affecting external ballistic performance of their favorite cartridge. We all know that the temperature of the air, along with other atmospheric conditions, causes the trajectory to change because of increased or decreased friction in the atmosphere, but what about the burning of the powder at different temperatures?
Funny how new words for old technology appear when new technology is introduced. Maybe I’m a little slow, but who’d ever heard of direct gas impingement 15 years ago? I didn’t know the system had a name until the gas piston in AR rifles started appearing. At least we now have something to call the
Suppressors have become extremely popular, and more folks are reaping the benefits of suppressed shooting. They are so popular a push has begun to take them off the NFA list of regulated weapons. In my opinion, they never should have been put on that list to begin with. I know—they were put there to keep
Over the past 20 years, bedding rifles has developed much like everything else in the gun industry. Most of these bedding techniques have vastly improved the rifle/stock relationship and repeatability in a tactical or precision rifle. When I first had a sniper rifle placed in my hands, it was barely more than a hunting rifle—a
In firearms training and practice, a danger exists of doing all manipulations with the idea that the extremities are all working, because at the range they are. But in an actual defensive encounter, one limb might become inoperable before the fight is over. Although the chance of this is less likely than getting into a
Long before the measuring tools we now take for granted existed, shooters calculated things like distance and wind speed by the school of last experience. Two hundred yards last time looks like this and the bullet struck here. The wind speed on my face or vegetation caused my bullet to do this last time, so
Basically, snipers are snipers. The differences among them are the surroundings they are placed in and how they overcome the difficulties presented to them. Rules of engagement may differ between disciplines, but the sniper must adapt to the situation before him and be able to deliver precise fire at exact moments in order to preserve life. Sniping is a life saving tool.
Two of the things that cannot be foreseen in preparing for a lethal attack are where it is going to happen and what the threat is going to look like. Once the threat is perceived, we decide on the course of action, hope it is the correct action, and then proceed through the threat, calling on our training to guide us.