Vintage Sniper Match & Bushnell GAP Grind | Shooting USA


>>JIM: THIS TIME, HISTORIC RIFLES ON THE FIRING LINE. IT’S THE VINTAGE SNIPER MATCH IN TALLADEGA. PLUS, JOHN WELCOMES A NEW RIFLE SHOOTER TO THE BUSHNELL GAP GRIND. AND THE REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK IS ONE OF HISTORY’S GUNS.>>ANNC: THIS IS “SHOOTING USA,” REPORTING THE STORIES OF AMERICA’S SHOOTING SPORTS.>>JIM: THE SPRINGFIELD 03-A4, THE PRIMARY SNIPER RIFLE OF WORLD WAR II. ORIGINALS ARE NOW SO COLLECTIBLE THAT YOU CAN BUY A REPRODUCTION, BUT UNTIL RECENTLY THERE WAS NO PLACE TO SHOOT ONE IN COMPETITION, UNTIL THE CMP, THE CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM, ORGANIZED THE VINTAGE SNIPER MATCH FOR MILITARY RIFLES IN SERVICE UP TO 1953. AND FOR THE COLLECTORS WHO OWN THEM, TO TEST THE LIMITS OF ANTIQUE OPTICS, SIGHTING HISTORIC BOLT ACTION RIFLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, IT’S TEAM COMPETITION ON THE CMP’S RANGES IN TALLADEGA, ALABAMA. THEY COME FROM WAR ZONES, NEUTRAL ZONES, AND THE US-OF-A. MILITARY SNIPER RIFLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, THESE WOOD-STOCKED GUNS ARE TODAY IN THE HANDS OF COMPETITORS WHO ARE TESTING THE LIMITS OF OLD TECHNOLOGY AT THE VINTAGE SNIPER MATCH.>>MARK: IT’S A MATCH THAT BRINGS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF COMPETITOR OUT. IT BRINGS A NOSTALGIC COMPETITOR OUT. YOU’LL SEE WORLD WAR II TIME-PERIOD RIFLES, SNIPER-TYPE RIFLES THAT WERE USED DURING WORLD WAR II, KOREAN WAR ERA. THE OPTICS ARE EITHER ORIGINAL OPTICS OR CURRENT PRODUCTION, REPRODUCTION OF OLD OPTICS. THE RIFLES ARE GETTING TO BE USED THAT HAVE NOT BEEN USED IN ANY COMPETITION TYPE MODE IN YEARS.>>JIM: BUT THEY’RE SHOOTING TODAY IN WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN BATTLEFIELD WEATHER. HERE AT THE TALLADEGA MARKSMANSHIP PARK IN ALABAMA THE DAY IS COLD: 38 DEGREES WITH A 10 DEGREE WINDCHILL.>>HERB: I HAVEN’T FELT MY TRIGGER FINGER IN THE LAST HALF AN HOUR. [CHUCKLES]>>JIM: DESPITE THE FRIGID WEATHER, THESE COMPETITORS ARE DETERMINED TO PUT HISTORY TO THE TEST. TWO-MAN TEAMS COMPETE SHOOTING AT 300 AND AT 600 YARDS. AND FOR THIS TEAM, IT’S A NEW CHALLENGE. THE ARMY MARKSMANSHIP UNIT’S SERGEANTS DANIEL CRODY AND ROBERT SHOUP ARE SHOOTING TOGETHER HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME. THEY ARE BOTH FAMILIAR WITH THE ARMY’S LATEST ADVANCEMENT IN FIREARMS TECHNOLOGY, BUT TODAY THEY’RE SHOOTING AN 03-A4, A REPRODUCTION CHAMBERED IN 30-06. AND THE PAIR IS QUICK TO RECOGNIZE THE CHALLENGE THEY ARE ABOUT TO FACE. THE 03-A4 IS TOPPED WITH AN M73 OPTIC, ALSO A REPRODUCTION, JUST TWO AND A HALF POWER FIXED MAGNIFICATION. COMPARE THAT TO A MODERN-DAY 20X VARIABLE OPTIC. WELL, THAT’S LIKE SITTING IN THE FRONT ROW OF AN IMAX MOVIE, THEN GOING TO WATCH A 20-INCH TV FROM ACROSS THE ROOM. AND THERE IS ALSO A MECHANICAL DISADVANTAGE, ANY ADJUSTMENT TO THIS OPTIC, AND THE GUYS LOSE THEIR ZERO. SO, THEY’RE FORCED TO IMPROVISE.>>CRODY: WHATEVER YOU SEE BASED OFF THE TRACE, JUST REMEMBER I’M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO CLICK FOR ELEVATION OR FOR WINDAGE, SO JUST TRY TO GIVE ME A GOOD HOLD.>>ROBERT: WHAT WE FOUND OUT WHEN WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAINING LIKE RIGHT BEFORE WE CAME HERE IS WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, LIKE WE WOULD WITH OUR GUNS, DIAL FOR ELEVATION AND WINDAGE CHANGES. SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET IN A NEUTRAL ZONE AND THEN FIGURE OUT HOW TO BASICALLY “KENTUCKY WINDAGE,” HOLD EITHER HIGH OR LOW AND LEFT OR RIGHT DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND THE CHANGES IN DISTANCES.>>JIM: THE DISADVANTAGE OF A WORLD WAR II OPTIC. BUT CRODY AND SHOUP ARE ADJUSTING FIRE BASED ON THEIR HITS ON STATE-OF-THE-ART ELECTRONIC TARGETS. SO, IT’S VINTAGE GUNS COMPETING IN A HIGH-TECH MATCH. SHOOTERS USE THE CMP REST, WHICH STABILIZES THE RIFLE IN THE PRONE POSITION, AND IT ALSO DEMONSTRATES A METHOD THAT SOLDIERS USED YEARS AGO.>>BRAD: BACK IN THAT ERA, THEY DIDN’T HAVE BIPODS, SO THEY WERE USING WHATEVER THEY COULD FIND IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THE RIFLE, WHETHER IT BE A BRANCH, OR A MOUND OF DIRT OR WHATEVER, SO THAT’S KIND OF USED TO REPLICATE THOSE CONDITIONS.>>JIM: THE ENTIRE MATCH MOVES QUICKLY. 40 SHOTS TOTAL FOR SCORE. 20 AT EACH DISTANCE, 300 AND 600 YARDS. BUT THE SHOOTER HAS ONLY 20 SECONDS TO TAKE EACH SHOT. THAT’S 20 SECONDS FOR THE SPOTTER TO READ THE CONDITIONS, AND FOR THE SHOOTER TO PULL THE TRIGGER.>>SHOUP: LOOKS LIKE IT’S CROSSING DOWN THERE.>>CRODY: JUST LOOK AT THE WIND FLAG RIGHT NOW, THE FAR RIGHT HAS ALMOST SOME LEFT GOING TO IT. THE FAR LEFT HAS SOME RIGHT ON IT.>>SHOUP: YOU’RE BOTH LOOKING THROUGH SEPARATE OPTICS SEEING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS BUT TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING. SO YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE OTHER PERSON IS TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE SAYS, HEY, I’M GOING TO HOLD A CINDER BLOCK UNDERNEATH THE RETICLE, AND IT’S JUST WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD THOSE COMMUNICATION SKILLS.>>JIM: DEAD CENTER HITS EARN THEM 10 POINTS AND AN ‘X,’ AND THESE GUYS ARE MAKING IT LOOK EASY.>>CRODY: BEAUTIFUL, ROB. ALL RIGHT, WE’RE GOING TO TRY THAT AGAIN. IT DID SURPRISINGLY WELL TODAY, AND I THINK ACTUALLY WITH IT BEING COLDER TEMPERATURES, THAT BARREL WAS IN FACT COOLING DOWN FASTER THAN IT WOULD ON A HOT DAY, WHICH I THINK HELPED OUR OVERALL GROUP SIZE AND OUR SPREAD AND DEVIATION.>>JIM: AND FOR TWO MODERN-DAY SNIPERS THIS VINTAGE MATCH PUTS THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE.>>CRODY: COME ON, BABY, KEEP ON TRACKING! FOR ME IT HOLDS A LITTLE BIT OF SENTIMENTAL VALUE. I DID HAVE TWO GRANDFATHERS IN WORLD WAR II. IT IS DEFINITELY A PLEASURE HOLDING A PIECE OF HISTORY. NOW, I GOT IT. THIS IS A REPRODUCTION GUN, REPRODUCTION SIGHT, BUT TO GET DOWN BEHIND THE RIFLE AND TO BE ABLE TO SEE AND FEEL WHAT THESE GUYS HAD AS FAR AS TOOLS TO OPERATE WITH, THAT’S ALWAYS A JOY.>>JIM: AND THE TEAM CAN NOW APPRECIATE THIS RIFLE’S HISTORIC VALUE AND ITS ACCURACY MORE THAN 100 YEARS SINCE IT WENT INTO SERVICE.>>SHOUP: THIS IS MY FIRST TIME DOING IT, SO IT’S BEEN A REAL CRAZY EXPERIENCE. I’VE REALLY ENJOYED IT. IT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE, JUST LIKE I SAID, REALIZE WHAT WE GOT TODAY, GUYS LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT, AND THEN YOU TURN AROUND AND SHOOT SOME STUFF THAT OUR MILITARY USED TO SHOOT BACK IN THE DAY AND YOU REALIZE, OKAY, SO WE DON’T HAVE IT THAT BAD. WE GOT IT PRETTY GOOD.>>JIM: A STEP BACK 75 YEARS INTO MILITARY HISTORY FOR TWO OF TODAY’S ARMY’S BEST MARKSMEN. AND THEY DID WELL IN THE MATCH FINISHING 12TH AMONG 50 TEAMS WITH THEIR KENTUCKY WINDAGE. WELL, UP NEXT, THE UNERTL, THE MOSIN NAGANT, AND A SWEDISH MAUSER. MORE HISTORY ON THE LINE FROM WORLD WAR II.>>JIM: “SHOOTING USA” IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY…>>JIM: THE CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM’S VINTAGE SNIPER MATCH BRINGS OUT THE COLLECTORS WITH RIFLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. US MODELS ARE THE MOST COMMON, BUT YOU FIND OUT QUICKLY IN WORLD WAR II THE ARMY AND THE MARINES DIDN’T AGREE ON THE BEST CHOICE FOR THEIR SNIPERS. IT IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST OPTICS OF ITS TIME FOR ITS POWER AND ITS RARITY.>>ROBERT: TODAY I WAS SHOOTING A SNIPER RIFLE, THE 1903A1 WITH A LONG UNERTL SCOPE. EVERY TIME YOU SEE GUYS BRING THIS OUT, EVERYBODY JUST RUNS OVER LIKE KIDS IN A CANDY STORE LOOKING AT CANDY.>>JIM: IT IS THE US MARINE CORPS SNIPER SCOPE, THE UNERTL, AND IT REQUIRES AN UNUSUAL PROCESS AFTER EVERY SHOT.>>ROBERT: WITH THE 1903 UNERTL, IT’S AN 8X SCOPE. IT’S A VERY RELIABLE SCOPE. IT’S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER SCOPES ON THE OLDER TRADITIONAL RIFLES. WHEREAS IT GIVES YOU MORE POWER, YOU CAN SEE THE TARGET A LOT MORE CLEARLY. THE ONLY THING IS WITH THAT PARTICULAR SCOPE YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER TO PULL THE SCOPE BACK FOR EACH SHOT. IF YOU DON’T, YOU GET A LESSER VALUE SHOT. GENERALLY, RIGHT AFTER YOU MAKE THE SHOT, THIS RECOILS FORWARD, AND THEN YOU EJECT THE ROUND, PUT ANOTHER ROUND IN, CLOSE THE BOLT, PULL THE SCOPE BACK, AND THEN START WITH ANOTHER SHOT.>>JIM: US MARINE SNIPERS USED THE 03-A1 DURING WORLD WAR II, THROUGH KOREA, AND VIETNAM. AND NOW, IT IS THIS RETIRED LIEUTENANT COLONEL’S CHOICE OF RIFLE IN COMPETITION. ROBERT CAMARA SERVED IN BOTH THE ARMY AND THE MARINES FOR THREE DECADES AND HAS A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THIS SET-UP, CHAMBERED IN THE HEAVY 30-06 CARTRIDGE.>>ROBERT: WE CALL THEM WOOD RIFLES OF THE PAST. THE WOOD RIFLES HAVE A UNIQUE CHARACTERISTIC TO THEM. THEY’RE VERY AGGRESSIVE, YOU KNOW, VERY OLD SCHOOL, AND SO THERE’S A LONG STANDING HISTORY BEHIND THEM AND A LOVE FOR THEM.>>JIM: BUT IN NEUTRAL SWEDEN A LESS AGGRESSIVE WOOD-STOCKED RIFLE, THE M41, CHAMBERED IN A MORE COMFORTABLE CALIBER, THE 6.5X55.>>DON: THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGE OF THE RIFLE IS THE BULLET, THE 6.5. IT FLIES THROUGH THE AIR BETTER THAN PROBABLY ANY BULLET ON THE MARKET, ESPECIALLY IN THE VINTAGE CATEGORY.>>JIM: THE ORIGINAL 1909 SWEDISH MAUSER CAME WITH A GERMAN SCOPE, BUT DON RUTHERFORD PREFERS THIS K-4 WEAVER, STILL LEGAL FOR COMPETITION AT THIS VINTAGE SNIPER MATCH.>>DON: IT HAD A GERMAN AJACK SCOPE ON IT, AND I STILL HAVE THAT SCOPE. THE DISADVANTAGE OF THAT SCOPE IS IT DOES HAVE ELEVATION, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE WINDAGE. AND THE RETICLE IN THAT SCOPE IS NOT EXACTLY, TO ME, BUILT FOR ACCURACY. SO WITH THIS K-4 WEAVER, I HAVE THE WINDAGE, AND I HAVE THE ELEVATION, 4X, AND I HAVE THE FINE CROSSHAIRS VERSUS THE BIG VERTICAL POSTS THAT THE AJACK HAS.>>JIM: THE M-41 ALSO HAS TWO NOTICEABLE BADGES ON THE BUTTSTOCK. ONE IS INSCRIBED WITH THE SIGHT SETTINGS WITH RANGES AND ZEROS, AND THE BRONZE STAMP RANKS THE CONDITION OF THE BORE.>>DON: THIS ONE GAUGES A TWO, AND WHEN YOU START GETTING TO A THREE, MAYBE YOU MIGHT SEE A LITTLE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR ACCURACY.>>JIM: IT’S A SET UP ACCURATE ENOUGH FOR DON, A THREE-TIME CHAMPION IN THIS MATCH, EVEN THOUGH HE’S COMPETING WITH THE M-41 TODAY FOR HIS FIRST TIME.>>DON: ACTUALLY MY FIRST GO WITH THIS GUN, AND I DID PRETTY GOOD TODAY.>>JIM: EACH RIFLE HERE HAS A STORY AND A PLACE IN HISTORY, INCLUDING THE RUSSIAN MOSIN-NAGANT 91-30 WITH A PE TOP MOUNT SCOPE CHAMBERED IN THE 7.62X54 RIMMED ROUND.>>ANDREW: THIS RIFLE HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME. IT’S BEEN IN USE OVER 70 PLUS YEARS, AND IT’S FOUGHT MULTIPLE WARS AND MULTIPLE FIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD. AND IT’S PROBABLY STILL USED TODAY OVER IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN CERTAIN COUNTRIES.>>JIM: THE RUSSIANS FIRST INTRODUCED MOSIN-NAGANTS IN 1891, BUT IT WASN’T USED AS A SNIPER RIFLE UNTIL 1932 WITH THE 4X OPTIC.>>ANDREW: THESE WERE TOP RIFLES AT THE TIME. I MEAN THE OPTICS WERE FANTASTIC. THE TOP MOUNT, MEANING IT’S DIRECTLY OVER THE BORE WITH ITS OPTIC, MADE IT VERY ACCURATE.>>JIM: AND IT WAS DEADLY IN THE HANDS OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE SNIPER, LYUDMILA PAVLICHENKO, CREDITED WITH MORE THAN 300 KILLS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. ONE REASON THIS RUSSIAN RIFLE HAS BECOME A FAVORITE AMONG COLLECTORS, LIKE DR. ANDREW LUNDBERG. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE BEST IN THIS COMPETITION, THE DOC THINKS IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE SHOOTER.>>ANDREW: ALL OF THEM WERE GOOD, I DON’T THINK IT HAS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT TO DO WITH THE RIFLE. I THINK IT ALL HAS TO DO WITH THE PERSON SHOOTING THE RIFLE.>>JIM: IT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO THE SKILL OF THE SHOOTER, WHETHER ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF WORLD WAR II OR ON THE CMP RANGES RELIVING HISTORY WITH THE COLLECTORS OF HISTORIC GUNS. BUT MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE THE ERA OF WALNUT STOCKED SERVICE RIFLES. COMING NEXT, THE EVOLUTION OF THE US SNIPER RIFLES, INCLUDING THE ARMY’S NEW SYSTEM: THE M2010.>>JIM: “SHOOTING USA” IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY…>>JIM: IN THE 1970’S, THE ROLE OF THE SNIPER IN COMBAT BEGAN TO EVOLVE AND THE EQUIPMENT BECAME MORE SPECIALIZED WHEN IT WAS NO LONGER A CASE OF ATTACHING A SCOPE TO THE ISSUE SERVICE RIFLE. THE EVOLUTION WOULD RESULT IN SNIPER TEAMS OF SPOTTER AND SHOOTER WORKING WITH VERY SPECIALIZED BOLT GUNS CAPABLE OF HIGH ACCURACY AT LONG RANGES. MUCH OF THAT DEVELOPMENT HAS COME FROM THE ARMY MARKSMANSHIP UNIT CHARGED BOTH WITH WINNING IN COMPLETION AND WITH IMPROVING MARKSMANSHIP ARMY WIDE. IT IS THE EVOLUTION OF US SNIPER RIFLES, THE M21, THE M24, AND THE M2010, ALL DEVELOPED SPECIFICALLY FOR DESIGNATED MARKSMEN. BUT PRIOR TO WORLD WAR II, TRUE SNIPER RIFLES DID NOT EXIST.>>THOMAS: ORIGINALLY THE 03 PLATFORM AND M1 PLATFORM WAS A BASIC ISSUE INFANTRYMAN’S RIFLE THAT WAS MODIFIED BASICALLY WITH A SCOPE AND A FEW OTHER LITTLE THINGS AND PUT IN THE ROLE OF A SNIPER RIFLE. ALL OF THE MODERN SNIPER RIFLES ARE PURPOSE BUILT TO BE A SNIPER RIFLE.>>JIM: FIRST CAME THE M21, A MODIFIED M14. THOUGH IT WAS INITIALLY CALLED THE XM21 WHILE IN DEVELOPMENT. OPERATORS IN THE TROPICAL CLIMATE OF VIETNAM DISCOVERED A BIG PROBLEM.>>THOMAS: THE FIRST XM21’S WERE WOODEN STOCKS OVER GLASS BED, AND THEY PUT THEM IN A CHAMBER, VACUUMED, AND THEY IMPREGNATED IT WITH A RESIN EPOXY SO THE MOISTURE WOULD NOT AFFECT THE WOOD. IT STILL DID AFFECT THEM. BUT IN 75 WHEN IT BECAME THE M21, THEY WENT TO THE FIBERGLASS STOCK TO PREVENT THE ADVERSE AFFECTS OF HUMIDITY AND MOISTURE ON THE STOCK, BECAUSE IT WILL AFFECT ACCURACY AND CHANGE YOUR ZERO.>>JIM: SO THE ARMY NEVER RETURNED TO WOOD STOCKS, BUT IT DID MAINTAIN THE POTENT CARTRIDGE FOR YEARS TO COME, THE 7.62X51 NATO, OR THE CIVILIAN NAME, THE 308. BUT IT DID RETURN TO THE BOLT-ACTION IN 1988, THE ARMY ADOPTED THE M24, FEATURING NEW UPGRADES SPECIFICALLY TO BENEFIT THE SHOOTER.>>THOMAS: IT HAD A BIPOD ON IT. IT HAD A FREE-FLOATED BARREL, FIXED 9X SCOPE, THE BUTTSTOCK WAS ADJUSTABLE FOR LENGTH. IT DIDN’T HAVE AN ADJUSTABLE CHEEKPIECE.>>JIM: IT WAS A MORE ADAPTABLE SNIPER WEAPON SYSTEM BASED ON THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BOLT-ACTION DESIGN, THE LONG-ACTION VERSION OF THE REMINGTON 700. AMERICAN SNIPERS WERE EQUIPPED WITH THE M24 THROUGH THE GULF WAR, THE INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ, AND IT IS STILL IN USE TODAY. BUT THE EFFECTIVE RANGE WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH. TROOPS NEEDED TO ACHIEVE GREATER DISTANCE ON THE MODERN BATTLEFIELDS. AND THE LONG-ACTION M24 WAS CAPABLE OF CHAMBERING MORE POWER.>>THOMAS: WELL, WHEN THEY HAD THE 24, THE REASON THEY HAD LONG ACTION, WAS THE SPECIAL OPS COMMUNITY WANTED TO HAVE A RIFLE, IF THEY CHOSE TO DOWN THE ROAD, THEY COULD GO AHEAD AND CHANGE IT TO A 300 WIN MAG. SO WHEN WE CAME UP WITH THE NEW SNIPER RIFLE, THAT INPUT FROM THE SPECIAL OPS COMMUNITY AND THE SHOOTING THEY DID WAS ADOPTED AND PUT INTO IT. SO, NOW ALL THE SOLDIERS HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF 300 WIN MAG.>>JIM: IN 2010, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AWARDED REMINGTON THE CONTRACT TO UPGRADE M24’S TO ACCEPT THE LARGER 300 WINCHESTER MANGUM CARTRIDGE. IT BECAME KNOWN AS THE M2010 AND INCLUDED A 10-INCH SUPPRESSOR, A 6.5 TO 20X SCOPE, AND A FULLY ADJUSTABLE CHASSIS. THE ENTIRE SYSTEM WEIGHING IN AT 19 POUNDS.>>THOMAS: IT’S CHAMBERED IN THE 300 WIN MAG. SO THEY CAN GO OUT AND REACH OUT TO LONGER TARGETS OVER IN AFGHANISTAN AND OUT IN THE DESERT. THEY CAN REACH OUT FURTHER. IT HAS A LITTLE BIT MORE POWER. THE MODULARITY, ESPECIALLY ON LIKE THE 2010, THE ACCESSORY RAILS, YOU CAN MOUNT PRETTY MUCH ANY NIGHT VISION OUT THERE ONTO YOUR SCOPE. IT HAS A PISTOL GRIP, I GUESS WHICH IS SIMILAR TO AN AR TYPE PLATFORM, HELP YOU WITH RECOIL, HOLDING THE RIFLE IN THE SHOULDER. KIND OF GOING AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL RIFLE STYLE, IT HAS A FOLDING BUTTSTOCK ON IT, WHICH SO FOR PARATROOPERS AND THAT IT’S A NICER PACKAGE. THE BIPOD GIVES YOU A BIG ADVANTAGE, ESPECIALLY ON A RIFLE AS HEAVY AS THE 2010.>>JIM: IT IS THE EVOLUTION OF THE M21 AND THE M24, MORE ACCURATE, MORE VERSATILE, AND MORE DEADLY FOR MODERN SNIPERS.>>THOMAS: IF YOU EVER LOOK AT OLD PICTURES OF THE M24’S OR EVEN THE OLD 21’S, PEOPLE TAKE FOAM AND DUCT TAPE OR OTHER PADDING AND THEY’D MAKE AN ADJUSTABLE CHEEK PIECE, SO THEY COULD GET A PROPER STOCK-WELD. IN THE 2010 THAT’S ALL CONFIGURED IN THERE. THE LENGTH OF PULL IS ALSO ADJUSTABLE; THE HEIGHT OF YOUR BUTTSTOCK AND YOUR SHOULDER IS ADJUSTABLE. ONE SHOT, ONE KILL, THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT.>>JIM: SO, A NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 7.62X51 NATO AND THE 300 WIN MAG. AND IN THE ARMY’S CASE, IT’S A LONGER REACH FOR ONE SHOT, ONE KILL. BOTH CARTRIDGES UTILIZE THE SAME 30 CALIBER BULLET. THE DIFFERENCE IS MUZZLE VELOCITY. THE 300 WIN MAG IS 3300 FEET PER SECOND, 600 FEET PER SECOND FASTER THAN THE 7.62. THE 300 WIN MAG SHOOTS FLATTER AND FARTHER, TAKING LETHALITY FOR TODAY’S SNIPERS WAY BEYOND A THOUSAND YARDS. WELL, COMING NEXT, AN EVEN EARLIER SERVICE RIFLE, BUT NOT FOR US, THE REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK IS ONE OF HISTORY’S GUNS. AND LATER, JOHN TAKES ON THE GAP GRIND THIS YEAR WITH A NEW PARTNER.>>JIM: “SHOOTING USA” IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY…>>JIM: THERE’S AN AMERICAN RIFLE THAT WAS SO WELL BUILT AND SO EFFECTIVE THAT 40 ARMIES FROM EUROPE TO ASIA TO SOUTH AMERICA CARRIED IT IN BATTLE FOR HALF A CENTURY. BUT THE UNITED STATES WASN’T ONE OF THE NATIONS THAT MADE THIS FIREARM STANDARD ISSUE. WELL, EVEN WITHOUT US GOVERNMENT SUPPORT THIS SMALL ARM HAS LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK IN THE WORLD AND AMERICAN HISTORY. THE REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK IS ONE OF HISTORY’S GUNS. IN THE WOODS, AT THE RANGE, ON THE BATTLEFIELD, IT IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS AND IMPORTANT AMERICAN FIREARMS, INTRODUCED NEAR THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR AND IN SERVICE FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY, THIS IS THE REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK.>>GARRY: THE REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FIREARMS, IF NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT FIREARM IN REMINGTON’S HISTORY. AT THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR, REMINGTON HAD NO PLACE TO GO, AND WHEN THEY BROUGHT OUT THIS ROLLING BLOCK, THEY WERE ABLE TO SELL THESE THINGS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IT KEPT THE COMPANY AFLOAT. BIG TIME!>>JIM: THE ROLLING BLOCK IS A SINGLE-SHOT BREECH-LOADING FIREARM. GARRY IS SHOOTING A CARBINE VERSION. BUT REMINGTON BUILT IT AS A RIFLE, TOO, IN CALIBERS FROM .22 ALL THE WAY UP TO .58. THAT’S BECAUSE THE ROLLING BLOCK WAS MILITARY ISSUE IN DOZENS OF NATIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD.>>GARRY: THIS PARTICULAR ONE IS IN 7MM, 7X57 MAUSER. THEY WERE VERY, VERY POPULAR IN SOUTH AMERICA. URUGUAY HAD THEM. THEY WERE USED DURING THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION.>>JIM: WHICH IS WHY THIS MODEL 1897 IS DISPLAYED WITH A MEXICAN FLAG.>>GARRY: THIS IS THE GUN THAT INTRODUCED A LOT OF NATIONS TO THE CONCEPT OF THE SELF-CONTAINED CARTRIDGE, AND THEY WERE USING ROLLING BLOCKS. HECK, THE FRENCH WERE EVEN USING THEM AS SECONDARY STANDARD UP UNTIL WORLD WAR I. LOTS OF SPORTING VERSIONS OF THEM, I MEAN, IT’S A HECK-OF-A-GOOD ACTION.>>JIM: AND THAT’S WHY THE ROLLING BLOCK STAYED IN FAVOR DECADE AFTER DECADE. AN ACTION THAT’S STRONG, EXTREMELY RELIABLE AND VERY SIMPLE.>>GARRY: THIS THING’S SO EASY TO LOAD, EVEN I CAN FIGURE IT OUT. YOU COCK THE HAMMER, ROLL DOWN THE BREECH BLOCK, PUT IN A CARTRIDGE, RAISE IT, AND FIRE. OUT COMES THE CASE. PIECE OF CAKE.>>JIM: THAT SIMPLICITY WAS A BIG SELLING POINT. EVEN SOLDIERS WITH NO REAL TRAINING COULD LEARN TO SHOOT THE GUN IN MINUTES. REMINGTON KNEW IT HAD A WINNER SELLING ROLLING BLOCKS BY THE THOUSANDS IN EUROPE, ASIA, AND SOUTH AMERICA.>>RICHARD: THIS CASED SET WAS FOUND IN SOUTH AMERICA. IT IS THE ONLY KNOWN SALESMAN’S SAMPLE THAT WAS USED TO ACTUALLY MARKET THE ROLLING BLOCK RIFLE ANYWHERE.>>JIM: NOT ONLY IS IT A SALESMAN’S SAMPLE, IT’S A FACTORY CUTAWAY COMPLETE WITH DUMMY ROUNDS TO DEMONSTRATE THE ROLLING BLOCK’S ACTION TO ARMY ORDNANCE OFFICERS, A ONE-OF-A KIND PIECE OF HISTORY.>>RICHARD: THIS ACTION DOES WORK. AS ALWAYS TO LOAD IT, YOU’LL PULL BACK THE HAMMER, ROTATE THE BLOCK BACK. WE’LL PUT OUR DUMMY CARTRIDGE IN. CLOSE THE BLOCK. THE CARTRIDGE IS NOW IN THE GUN. THE GUN IS READY TO SHOOT.>>JIM: REMINGTON REALIZED ITS ACTION WAS HIGHLY ADAPTABLE, TOO. NOT JUST A RIFLE OR A CARBINE, IT ALSO MADE A FINE SHOTGUN.>>RICHARD: IN FACT, IT IS A ROLLING BLOCK SHOTGUN, INDICATING HOW ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MADE THEM SUCCESSFUL WAS FIGURING OUT HOW TO USE THE SAME PARTS FOR DIFFERENT THINGS. IT CANNOT NOT ONLY BE A RIFLE, IT CAN BE A SHOTGUN.>>JIM: AND NOT JUST A SHOTGUN, BUT ALSO A SIDEARM. REMINGTON EVEN BUILT ROLLING BLOCK PISTOLS.>>RICHARD: STRONG, RELIABLE, EASY TO MAKE, AND RELATIVELY IMPERVIOUS TO MISUSE AND DIRT AND THINGS.>>JIM: THE PISTOL ALSO HAS PLENTY OF KNOCK-DOWN, IN .44 CALIBER SMITH & WESSON RUSSIAN. BUT IN SPITE OF ALL ITS BENEFITS AND SUCCESSES AROUND THE WORLD, REMINGTON COULDN’T SELL THE ROLLING BLOCK TO THE US MILITARY. INSTEAD, WHEN THE CIVIL WAR CAME TO AN END, THE ARMY CHOSE TO CONVERT ITS SPRINGFIELD RIFLE MUSKETS TO BREECH LOADING CARTRIDGE GUNS.>>GARRY: THE MILITARY TESTED THE GUN, BUT DECIDED IT WAS CHEAPER AND EASIER TO MODIFY A LOT OF THEIR OLD SINGLE-SHOT SPRINGFIELD’S INTO THE TRAPDOOR SYSTEM. CONSEQUENTLY, THE ROLLING BLOCK WAS NOT ADOPTED.>>JIM: STILL, SOME STATE MILITIAS AND NATIONAL GUARD UNITS DID ADOPT THE ROLLING BLOCK, AND IT WAS A FAVORITE WITH FRONTIERSMEN LIKE BUFFALO BILL. AND WITH ARMY CONTRACTS AROUND THE WORLD, REMINGTON SOLD MILLIONS.>>GARRY: IT’S A WONDERFUL LITTLE GUN WITH A WHOLE HECK-OF-A-LOT OF HISTORY!>>JIM: REMINGTON JUST MARKED THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF MANUFACTURING FIREARMS IN AMERICA, MAKING IT THE OLDEST CONTINUING OPERATING GUNMAKER IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY. HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT WITHOUT THE ROLLING BLOCK, REMINGTON MIGHT WELL HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS 150 YEARS AGO. WELL, UP NEXT, A MODERN RIFLE SPORT. JOHN RETURNS TO THE BUSHNELL GAP GRIND, BUT WITH A NEW PARTNER! THAT’S NEXT.>>JIM: “SHOOTING USA” IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY…>>JOHN: PRECISION RIFLE COMPETITION IS ARGUABLY THE MOST INTIMIDATING OF THE SHOOTING SPORTS FOR THE NEW SHOOTER. EXPENSIVE GEAR, LONG SHOTS ON SMALL TARGETS, DATA, POSITIONS, THERE IS A LOT TO TAKE ON. BUT THERE IS A MATCH THAT AIMS TO EASE THE NEW SHOOTERS INTO THE GAME, AND IT WORKS: THE BUSHNELL GAP GRIND. IT’S THE UNIVERSAL PROBLEM FACED BY ALL SHOOTING SPORTS: HOW TO ATTRACT NEW PEOPLE. THE PRECISION RIFLE SERIES HAS AN ANSWER THAT IN TWO SHORT YEARS IS WORKING. WE’RE AT K&M PRECISION FOR THE BUSHNELL GAP GRIND, THE PRO AM FORMAT IN PRECISION RIFLE SERIES COMPETITION. THE FORMAT IS SIMPLE, PAIR EXPERIENCED SHOOTERS WITH NEW SHOOTERS TO HELP THIS MATCH EXPERIENCE BE A GOOD ONE. LIKE IT WAS FOR ME WHEN I GOT STARTED, TOM FULLER WAS MY PARTNER,>>TOM: WELL, IN 2014, THE FIRST PRO AM, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE JOHN SCOUTTEN AS MY AMATEUR. WE HAD A GREAT TIME. WE ACTUALLY SHOT VERY WELL AS I REMEMBER.>>JOHN: HERE IS A BREAK DOWN OF JUST HOW EFFECTIVE THIS FORMAT IS. TOM IS JUST ONE PRO, MY PRO IN 2014. IN 2015 TOM HAS ANOTHER AM, ERIC GRAVES. AND HAVING SHOT SOME OTHER MAJOR MATCHES, I WAS LISTED AS A PRO. JASON STANFORD WAS MY AM. THIS YEAR TOM IS BACK AS PRO, PAIRED UP WITH PHILIP BAKER. JASON IS BACK AS A PRO. JOEL RODRIGUEZ IS PAIRED WITH HIM, AND I’M BACK WITH JEN HODSON AS MY PARTNER. THAT ADDS UP TO A TOTAL OF SIX NEW SHOOTERS IN THE SPORT SPLITTING OFF FROM TOM TWO YEARS AGO.>>TOM: AND THAT’S THE GREATEST THING ABOUT THIS, THE SHOOTING IS AWESOME, BUT WHEN YOU CAN BRING PEOPLE IN AND CREATE A COMMUNITY OF FRIENDS THAT SHARE A COMMON PASSION, IT’S THE GREATEST THING ABOUT IT. AND IT’S JUST GOING TO CONTINUE TO GROW.>>JOHN: THIS MATCH FORMAT IS GROWING THE SPORT OF PRECISION RIFLE SHOOTING AT AN AMAZING RATE, AND GEORGE GARDNER OF GA PRECISION IS THE MAN BEHIND THE IDEA.>>GEORGE: THIS IS THE BIGGEST MATCH EVER PUT ON TO DATE IN THE PRECISION RIFLE SERIES AND ANY PRECISION SHOOTING SPORT THAT I KNOW OF. THE OFFICIAL NUMBER IS 236 SHOOTERS, 25 STAGES, IN TWO DAYS. THE WHOLE THING IS ABOUT GROWING THE SPORT. IT’S DEFINITELY WORKING, AND WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO IT.>>JOHN: THE LARGEST PRS MATCH TO DATE ISN’T POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE RIGHT FACILITY: K&M PRECISION.>>SHANNON: WE DO TACTICAL TRAINING, FOR MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, CIVILIANS AS WELL. MATCHES ARE A PART OF IT. BUT THESE ARE BIG, THE THOUGHT PROCESS INTO THIS FACILITY DESIGN IS NOT JUST TRAINING, IT’S NOT JUST FOR MEMBERS, BUT LIKE, HEY, WE ARE GOING TO HOLD THE LARGEST PRECISION RIFLE MATCHES IN THE WORLD. IF THE SHOOTERS WANT IT, WE’RE GOING TO GIVE IT TO THEM, AND IT’S BEEN A RESOUNDING SUCCESS. THE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN SO POSITIVE, AND WE’RE JUST HAPPY TO SUPPORT THE SHOOTERS IN THE COMMUNITY.>>JOHN: THE RIGHT FORMAT AND FACILITY ARE CRITICAL, BUT THE FINAL PIECE OF THE PUZZLE IS THE MATCH STAFF.>>SHANNON: IT TAKES 30 RO’S. IT TAKES A STAFF OF ABOUT 40 TO 50 TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. WITHOUT THAT, THIS SPORT DOESN’T EXIST, SO ALL THE CREDIT GOES TO THOSE GUYS FOR MAKING THE MATCH HAPPEN.>>JOHN: WITH ALL OF THAT IN PLACE, THE ICING ON THE CAKE IS INDUSTRY SPONSORSHIP.>>SHERRYL: ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT IN SUPPORTING THE GAP GRIND IS THAT WE DO GET NEW SHOOTERS, SO HELP OUT THOSE GUYS AND GALS THAT ARE OUT THERE AND JUST KEEP BRINGING NEW PEOPLE TO THE SPORT.>>JOHN: AND THERE ARE 118 NEW PEOPLE HERE THIS YEAR OF ALL DESCRIPTIONS, INCLUDING JUNIORS, AND SUB JUNIORS. MISSY GILLILAND IS WORKING WITH NINE YEAR OLD MARY BETH OLSON.>>MISSY: IT’S GOING WELL; I’VE GOT MARY BETH HERE WITH ME THIS YEAR, SO IT’S A LOT OF FUN.>>MARY BETH: I’VE SHOT IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT COMPETITIONS, BUT THIS IS MY FIRST PRS MATCH.>>RO: IMPACT, THERE YOU GO!>>JOHN: I MENTIONED I HAVE BEEN PAIRED WITH JEN HODSON. THIS IS A VERY NEW EXPERIENCE FOR HER.>>JEN: I’VE NEVER WATCHED A MATCH; I’VE NEVER BEEN TO A MATCH PRIOR TO SHOOTING A MATCH. I HAVE ONLY SHOT MY RIFLE FOUR TIMES PRIOR.>>JOHN: BUT SHE HAS SEEN OUR COVERAGE OF LAST YEAR’S PRO-AM.>>JEN: YOUR AM LAST YEAR WAS ON CAMERA A LOT. I HAVEN’T SHOT A MATCH BEFORE, SO BEING ON CAMERA SHOOTING YOUR FIRST MATCH, IT’S NOT REAL COMFORTING.>>JOHN: JEN AND HER HUSBAND AUSTIN WORK FOR GEORGE GARDNER AT GA PRECISION, AUSTIN IS SHOOTING IN THE MATCH ALSO, BUT HE’S SHOOTING WITH SOMEONE ELSE. SO WHY NOT JEN?>>JEN: THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TERRIBLE.>>AUSTIN: WE MADE THE DECISION THAT WE WOULDN’T DO WELL TOGETHER. I THINK SHE’LL SHOOT GREAT. SHE’S GOOD AT IT. SHE’LL PICK UP ON IT FAST.>>JOHN: ANYTHING I SHOULDN’T SAY, ANYTHING I SHOULDN’T BRING UP, ANYTHING I SHOULDN’T TRY TO CORRECT?>>AUSTIN: NO, EVERYTHING IS FAIR GAME. SHE WILL TAKE WHAT YOU SAY, BECAUSE IT’S NOT ME.>>JOHN: WELL, IT’S ON ME THEN, AND WE’LL FIND OUT SOON AS THE MATCH STARTS, NEXT.>>JIM: “SHOOTING USA” IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY…>>JOHN: THE MATCH FORMAT AT THE GAP GRIND IS A TWO-DAY EVENT. ON THE FIRST DAY, TEAMS ARE SCORED TOGETHER WORKING THE COURSES OF FIRE ON THE SAME CLOCK. ON THE SECOND DAY, TEAMS MOVE FROM EVENT TO EVENT TOGETHER, BUT ARE SCORED AND TIMED AS INDIVIDUALS. IN EITHER CASE IT IS THE JOB OF THE PRO TO MAKE SURE THE AMATEUR HAS SUCCESS, AND A BIG PART OF THAT IS CORRECTIONS ON SHOTS THAT MISS THE MARK. EVEN THOUGH THIS MATCH IS DESIGNED FOR THE NEW SHOOTER, THERE ARE SOME REAL CHALLENGES FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS. JEN AND I GET RIGHT TO WORK ON THE COPPER CREEK STAGE, A TOTAL OF SIX SHOTS EACH FROM INSIDE AND ON THE CAR. THE TARGET IS A FULL IPSC AT 600 YARDS. SHOOTERS MUST ALTERNATE SHOTS. THIS GIVES ME A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT THE CONDITIONS ARE DOING AND LET JEN KNOW.>>JOHN: THE CAR IS A CRAMPED AND WE BOTH MUST BE ABSOLUTELY STILL OR RISK DISTURBING THE OTHER’S SIGHT PICTURE. THE CAR’S A CHALLENGE, MAN. NEXT, THE ROCKS, FIVE POSITIONS, FIVE SHOTS EACH. WE HAVE TO MOVE TOGETHER, AND BOTH SHOOTERS MUST BE IN POSITION BEFORE EITHER SHOOTS. THE TARGET IS A 66 PERCENT IPSC AT 450 YARDS. WE MOVE FIVE TIMES, SO OUR SUPPORT BAGS ARE CRITICAL TO REBUILDING STABLE SHOOTING POSITIONS INSIDE THE TWO-MINUTE TIME LIMIT. JEN AND I FIND A GOOD FLOW ON THIS STAGE. THAT WAS A GOOD RUN. THE MAJORITY OF STEEL TARGETS IN THIS MATCH ARE BASED ON THE HUMANOID IPSC TARGET SHAPE. THE FULL SIZE IS ROUGHLY 18 X 30 INCHES, BUT THEY GET SMALLER. THE 66 PERCENT IS A LITTLE LESS THAT 12 X 18. AND THE 45 PERCENT IS A LITTLE LESS THAN 8 X 11 INCHES. WE WILL BE SEEING ONE OF THE 66 PERCENT TARGETS IN OUR NEXT EVENT SET AT 300 YARDS, BUT IT WILL BE MOVING,>>RO: LOAD AND MAKE READY.>>JOHN: ALL RIGHT, WE ARE GOING TO BE STARTING OUT, RIGHT TO LEFT.>>RO; STAND BY, ENGAGE, IMPACT, IMPACT.>>JOHN: THE MOVER IS DESIGNED TO TEST OUR TEAMWORK. YOUR SHOT. WAIT FOR IT! YOU’RE SHOOTING AS SOON AS YOU SEE IT. BEHIND IT. YOU’RE BEHIND IT. INCREASE YOUR LEAD. YOU’RE STILL BEHIND IT. I’VE GOT THIS SHOT.>>RO: IMPACT.>>JOHN: GOOD SHOT. COMMUNICATION IS CRITICAL, NOT ONLY FOR CORRECTIONS BUT ALSO FOR KEEPING TRACK OF THE TARGET’S LOCATION. A MALFUNCTION FORCES ME TO FOCUS ON GETTING MY GUN BACK ON LINE, AND I RELY ON JEN TO HELP ME RE-FIND THE TARGET. WHERE IS IT?>>JOHN: ALL RIGHT, SETTLE DOWN, LET’S MAKE THESE COUNT. YOUR SHOT.>>RO: IMPACT.>>JOHN: GOOD SHOT. THE LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY FOR EACH STAGE IS BALANCED BY TARGET SIZE, DISTANCE, AND REQUIRED SHOOTING POSITION. EASIER POSITIONS FOR SMALLER TARGETS, MORE CHALLENGING POSITIONS GET LARGER TARGETS, BUT IT’S ALWAYS ON THE CLOCK. THE TIME LIMIT REALLY TAKES A BITE WHEN MULTIPLE POSITIONS ARE REQUIRED, LIKE ON THE STAGE TRUNK TO PIPE HUSTLE, SEVEN SHOTS, FROM THREE POSITIONS AT 500 YARDS ON A 66 PERCENT TARGET. THE FINAL POSITION IS THE MOST DIFFICULT. THE PIPE IS NEVER A GOOD SPOT THOUGH. THE PIPE IS TERRIBLE. OUR FINAL TWO STAGES WILL BE MOVERS. FIRST THE 500 YARD URBAN MOVER. THE TARGET MUST BE ENGAGED AT LEAST ONCE PER PASS THROUGH ONE OF THE WIDOWS, TEN SHOTS TOTAL ON A 12 INCH SQUARE.>>RO: IMPACT.>>JOHN: NOW IT’S JEN’S TURN. DECREASE YOUR LEAD. KNOWING YOUR LEAD AND TIMING ARE CRITICAL HERE. AND JEN JUST LOCKED IT IN.>>RO: IMPACT.>>JOHN: PERFECT, DEAD CENTER, THAT’S YOUR LEAD. THAT STAGE IS A GOOD CONFIDENCE BUILDER FOR JEN GOING INTO OUR FINAL EVENT, THE 300 YARD PIPE MOVER. NINE SHOTS ON A 66 PERCENT IPSC, BUT THE POSITION MUST BE ON THE STACK OF DRAINAGE PIPES. SHE’S USING A SMALLER BAG AS A FORWARD REST INSTEAD OF HER BI-POD. ONCE IT’S SET, IT’S A SOLID REST. THIS IS ANOTHER GREAT STAGE FOR JEN, JUST WHAT WE NEED TO SINK THE HOOK FOR GOOD.>>JEN: I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK.>>RO: IMPACT!>>JOHN: THERE YOU GO. SHE SAID SHE’D BE BACK. SPECIAL THANKS TO JEN FOR PUTTING UP WITH THE CAMERAS AS THEY FOLLOWED US THROUGH HER FIRST BIG MATCH AND THANKS TO EVERYONE AT K&M FOR HELPING THE CREW GET THE SHOTS TO TELL THE STORY. SO ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GETTING STARTED IN PRECISION RIFLE SERIES COMPETITION? WELL, COMING NEXT, ARMAGEDDON GEAR HAS A NEW STARTER KIT TO HELP YOU GET OUTFITTED. PLUS, WHAT’S IN A NAME? THE OMNIVORE IS THE NEWEST HOLSTER FROM BLACKHAWK. WE’LL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK, NEXT.>>JIM: “SHOOTING USA” IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY…>>JOHN: TODAY I’VE GOT SOME GEAR TO HELP YOU GET STARTED IN PRECISION RIFLE SERIES COMPETITION. FIRST IS THE ARMAGEDDON GEAR BUCKET-O-GEAR. THIS IS ESSENTIALLY A STARTER KIT TO OUTFIT YOU WITH ALL OF THE SUPPORT STUFF YOU’RE GOING TO NEED FOR YOUR FIRST MATCH. IT INCLUDES THE DATA ARMBAND. THIS IS ESSENTIALLY A PIECE OF DRY ERASE BOARD YOU WEAR ON YOUR ARM. IT INCLUDES THEIR PRECISION RIFLE SLING, ALL OF THE ADJUSTABILITY AND FUNCTIONALITY YOU’RE GOING TO NEED TO MAKE THOSE SLUNG SUPPORTED SHOTS. THE KIT INCLUDES THE ARMAGEDDON GEAR FAT BAG. THIS IS EASILY THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF GEAR WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING THOSE FAST, SUPPORTED SHOTS. YOU SAW JEN AND I USING IT IN THE MATCH COVERAGE EARLIER. THERE’S A MAGAZINE POUCH. IT’S A SNUG FIT FOR THE AI10 OR FIVE ROUND PATTERN. THE SAND-FILLED REAR BAG, EASILY THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF GEAR WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING A STABLE SUPPORTED SHOT. AND FINALLY, THE WORLD FAMOUS ARMAGEDDON GEAR BEER BIVY, KEEP YOUR BEVERAGES COLD AFTER A LONG DAY ON THE RANGE. IN THIS CONFIGURATION THE BUCKET-O-GEAR IS RIGHT AT 250 DOLLARS. IF YOU WERE TO ORDER ALL OF THIS STUFF SEPARATELY, YOU’D BE RIGHT AT 300 AND YOU WOULDN’T HAVE THE MODULAR CONTAINMENT SYSTEM. HERE’S A CLOSER LOOK AT THE RIFLE I USED IN THE MATCH. IT’S THE SAME REMINGTON 700 SHORT ACTION THAT GEORGE GARDNER BARRELED UP FOR ME, BUT I HAVE IT IN A NEW CHASSIS. THIS IS THE GEN 4 FROM PDC CUSTOM, BUILT FROM 6061 ALUMINUM, AND FINISHED IN COYOTE TAN FOR NOW. SOME OF THE THINGS I REALLY LIKE, IT’S A SIDE FOLDER, ADJUSTABLE CHEEK WELD, FULLY ADJUSTABLE LENGTH OF PULL, AN ADJUSTABLE THUMB REST, AND REMOVABLE BARRICADE STOP. YOU CAN LOOK AT THIS SYSTEM AND TELL IT ISN’T GOING TO BE CHEAP, STARTING POINT ON THE CHASSIS IS 675, OPTIONED OUT LIKE THIS, JUST OVER 1300. NOW, THE NEWEST RETENTION HOLSTER FROM BLACKHAWK. THIS IS THE OMNIVORE. AND THEY CALL IT THAT, BECAUSE IT WILL EAT ANYTHING, PROVIDED IT HAS AN UNDER BARREL RAIL TO MOUNT THE RAD, THAT’S RAIL ATTACHMENT DEVICE, AND IT’S THE KEY TO THE SYSTEM. THIS ONE HOLSTER WILL ACCEPT OVER 150 DIFFERENT PATTERNS OF PISTOLS. SO LET’S HEAD TO THE RANGE AND GET SOME REPS IN LIVE-FIRE. A COUPLE OF IMPRESSIONS WITH THIS NEW HOLSTER AFTER GETTING SOME LIVE FIRE REPS, FIRST, THE DESIGNERS AT BLACKHAWK SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME CREATING THIS OPEN AREA HERE THAT GUIDES THE RAD INTO THE RETENTION CHANNEL. THIS SPEEDS UP YOUR RE-HOLSTER, AND AFTER USING IT A LITTLE, I’M REALLY STARTING TO LIKE IT. ALSO, THEY’VE GONE AWAY FROM THE SERPA-STYLE FINGER RELEASE FOR THE RETENTION DEVICE AND GONE TO A THUMB BREAK. AND WHEN WORKING WITH THE 1911, THE THUMB BREAK POSITIONS YOUR THUMB RIGHT ON TOP OF THE THUMB SAFETY. IT’S A REALLY NICE FEATURE. THERE ARE TWO OMNIVORE DESIGNS THAT WORK WITH UNDER BARREL FLASHLIGHTS, OR LIKE THIS ONE, FOR NON-LIGHT BARRING GUNS. RIGHT HAND OR LEFT HAND, PRICES ARE JUST UNDER 60 BUCKS. COMING NEXT TODAY, SMITH & WESSON PRO JULIE GOLOB SHOWS US THE SECRET TO SUCCESS WHEN PREPARING FOR THE RANGE.>>JIM: “SHOOTING USA” IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY…>>JIM: WHEN IT’S TIME TO GO TO THE RANGE, IT’S BEST NOT TO FORGET ANYTHING AND TAKE A FEW PRECAUTIONS BEFORE HEADING OUT. WELL, SMITH & WESSON PRO JULIE GOLOB KNOWS THAT ALL TOO WELL. SHE’S A CHAMPION SHOOTER, A HUNTER, A VETERAN, AN AUTHOR, A SHOOTING SPORTS AMBASSADOR, AND A FULL-TIME MOM! AND SHE KNOWS HOW TO PLAN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL RANGE DAY TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIME.>>JULIE: EVEN THOUGH I SHOOT FOR A LIVING, AS A BUSY MOM, I NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT MY RANGE TIME IS PRODUCTIVE. HERE ARE MY TIPS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THE RANGE. THE FIRST THING YOU NEED TO DO IS MAKE A PLAN, AND I LIKE TO LAY EVERYTHING OUT THAT I’LL NEED AND MAKE SURE THAT I ALSO WRITE IT DOWN ON A LIST TO ENSURE THAT I DON’T FORGET ANYTHING THAT I’LL NEED ON THE RANGE. NEXT, I’M GOING TO CHECK THE WEATHER AND MAKE SURE IT’S GOING TO BE A SUITABLE DAY TO PRACTICE. AFTER THAT, I’M ALSO GOING TO DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE’S NOTHING IN THE AREA THAT COULD DELAY MY PRACTICE SESSION. AND I’LL MAKE SURE THE RANGE IS OPEN AS WELL. ONCE I’VE SETTLED ON A DATE AND TIME, I MAKE SURE I LET A FAMILY MEMBER KNOW WHEN I’M GOING TO BE AT THE RANGE. OFTENTIMES I’M THE ONLY ONE THERE OR VERY FEW PEOPLE THERE, AND IT’S AN ADDED SAFETY MEASURE. I ALSO SET A REMINDER UP IN MY PHONE SO THAT THAT PERSON KNOWS WHEN I MAKE IT HOME. NOW WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE RANGE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER I’M SHOOTING INDOORS OR OUTDOORS, I ALWAYS LIKE TO BACK INTO MY PARKING SPOT. THAT MAKES IT EASIER FOR ME TO LEAVE, ESPECIALLY IF I HAVE TO IN A HURRY. I ALSO KEEP MY KEYS WITH ME, ACCESSIBLE AND ON MY PERSON. ANOTHER THING I ALWAYS KEEP WITH ME, MY PHONE. NOT ONLY IS IT A FUN TOOL FOR CAPTURING THOSE MOMENTS ON THE RANGE, IT’S ALSO A SAFETY TOOL FOR EMERGENCY PHONE CALLS. NOW, RANGE TIME IS SACRED, SO I DO MAKE SURE THAT I PUT MY PHONE ON DO NOT DISTURB, SO I DON’T GET ANY UNWANTED CALLS OR MESSAGES WHILE I’M SHOOTING. ONCE I’VE FINISHED SHOOTING, NOW IT’S TIME TO CLEAN UP THE RANGE. I MAKE SURE I PICK UP MY TARGETS, BRASS, AND ANY TRASH. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RANGE IS A PLACE THAT EVERYONE CAN ENJOY. MAXIMIZE YOUR RANGE TIME SESSION BY BEING PREPARED AND ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN. IT’S THE BEST WAY TO TRAIN TO ALWAYS BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN.>>JIM: THANKS JULIE! AND YOU CAN FIND HER RANGE TIPS POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE, PLUS, WHERE TO SHOOT THE NEXT VINTAGE SNIPER MATCH, AND HOW TO SIGN UP FOR NEXT YEAR’S GAP GRIND IF YOU WANT TO BE JOHN’S NEXT AMATEUR PARTNER. FIND ALL THE INFO AT SHOOTINGUSA.COM. FOR ALL OF US, I’M JIM SCOUTTEN, SHOOT SAFELY, SHOOT OFTEN, AND KEEP ‘EM IN THE TEN RING.

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