Prone is the most stable of the firing positions. The closer we are to the ground, the more of our body is in contact with the ground. So far, so good—but there are problems.
While it can successfully be argued that bullseye shooting can teach a lot about marksmanship, it is also a fact that marksmanship is but one-third of the Combat Triad (the other two sides being Manipulation/Tactics and Mindset).
Piston-type M16s are not new, but they are being looked at differently now than in the past. That the system offers advantages is without question, though the extent and relevance are debatable. At EAG Tactical, we’ve seen some piston guns come through class in the past two or three years—primarily H&K 416s on the mil
As the years go rapidly by, I sometimes reflect on why people do the things they do. I don’t mean things like breathing, eating and procreating, but chores like loading magazines. Specifically M4-type magazines. Right now, commonly used M4 magazines are made of aluminum (issue magazines and their clones), steel (the HK mags) or polymer
As time marches inexorably on, we see more and more of the same problems cropping up in class. Or as the great Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The reasons may be many, but generally fall under the category of “You don’t know what you don’t know.” The equipment aspects have
The AR series is an extremely ergonomic platform, and provides the shooter with a weapon that is controllable in both semi- and full-auto fire. In order to achieve that, the stock is straight. Earlier military rifles made of linseed-soaked wood and ordnance steel had a sharp drop at the buttstock. The straight stock of the
The straight stock of the M16 family required that the sights be placed higher above the line of bore than with preceding U.S. service weapons, with some exceptions. The innovative Johnson M1941 LMG is a prime example, and the M60 GPMG the more common early example.
People attend training for a wide variety of reasons that may include a real world need or nothing more than an opportunity to have an Outward Bound-type trip. Regardless of the rationale for attending, the end state is to build new skill sets.
Many of us have a choice as to what type of weapon/support equipment we use. However, there are also a great many people who are stuck with guns, support gear and other essential equipment that is dictated by those who may not have a clue. One glaring example is a sling. That the sling is
No one is born being able to shoot, and those described as being naturally instinctive shooters are, in reality, just very talented people who pay attention to basics. Wild Bill Hickock did not exit the birth canal as a proficient killer. That he had the mean gene imbedded is without question. However, the mechanics necessary