Rifle Skills (Pt 1.)

By DD

RIFLE SKILLS (PT 1.)

I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS SOME VERY IMPORTANT SKILLS THAT WILL BE REQUIRED IN THE NOT SO DISTANT FUTURE. IF THESE ARE SKILLS YOU OR SOMEONE IN YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY DOES NOT POSSESS, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU DISCOVER THEM NOW.

IT WAS OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DIRECT INTENTION THAT WE ALL MUST BECOME A RIFLEMAN IN TIMES SUCH AS THOSE AHEAD. I SEE AND TALK TO SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE GREAT TRAP SHOOTERS OR HANDGUN SHOOTERS THAT MAKING WELL PLACED AND CONSISTENT SHOTS WITH A RIFLE WILL BE EASY. NO…. THIS DOES NOT MEAN HOLD-OVER AND PRAY. IT MEANS… MAKING KNOWLEDEABLE SIGHT ADJUSTMENTS WHEN IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOUR FIRST ROUND BE A HIT. THIS DOES NOT MEAN BEING ABLE TO HIT A TARGET AT YOUR STANDARD 100YD RIFLE RANGE. IT REQUIRES THE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING THAT YOUR EQUIPMENT AND YOU BE ABLE TO PERFORM AT RANGES 0-500YD MINIMUM.

I AM A FORMER MARINE DESIGNATED MARKSMAN AND THESE THINGS ARE THE FIRST THING THE USMC TEACHES YOU ON THE RIFLE RANGE. EVERYONE FROM COOKS TO ADMIN PEOPLE MUST BE ABLE TO HIT A MAN SIZE TARGET AT 500YD WITH A RIFLE. THEY OBVIOUSLY KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF EVERYONE BEING ABLE TO DO THIS.

FIRST, LET ME TELL YOU….IT WILL NOT BE IN OUR BEST INTEREST TO GO TOE TO TOE WITH THE ENEMY BUT, IT WILL BE PROBABLE THAT AT SOME POINT YOU WILL FACE AN ENGAGEMENT THAT YOU MUST PREPARE YOURSELF FOR- MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY. THIS DOES NOT MEAN EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE A SNIPER. YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THOUGH, THERE WILL BE MANY OF THEM IN THE ENEMY'S ARSENAL. WHAT DO YOU THINK MOST OF THE SCOUT/SNIPERS AND DMR'S DO AFTER THEIR SERVICE? NOW THEY GO TO WORK FOR MERCENARY ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS BLACKWATER WORDWIDE. IT IS NO SECRET WHERE THEY WILL BE DEPLOYED IN THE FUTURE. I SUGGEST YOU RESEARCH IT IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE ME.

IT IS MY INTENTION TO PASS ALONG KNOWLEDGE THAT WILL HELP YOU COUNTER THEIR MEASURES. LETS GET STARTED!!!!!!!!!

WEAPONS CHOICE

THERE ARE MANY ARTICLES AND ARGUMENTS REGARDING THIS AND I AM NOT GOING TO DO THAT. WHAT I WILL DO IS TELL YOU MY CHOICES AND WHY.

IT WOULD BE WISE TO CHOOSE MILITARY CALIBER WEAPONS SUCH AS 5.56X45MM/.223CAL AND .308CAL. IT IS FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. THIS IS WHAT OUR PARA-MILITARY POLICE FORCES USE ALONG WITH OUR MILITARY AND SO MANY OTHERS. THIS KEEPS YOU UP AND RUNNING SHOULD YOU WIN AN ENGAGEMENT (I.E. THEIR AMMO FITS YOUR STUFF ETC). WHILE THERE IS ALSO MANY ARGUMENTS BETWEEN .223CAL AND, 308CAL, I WILL MAKE A FEW POINTS. FIRST, KEEP IN MIND, THE WEIGHT AND WHAT YOU ARE ABLE TO CARRY TO KEEP YOUR WEAPON FED. ONE THING I DO LIKE ABOUT THE AR-15 PLATFORMS IS THIS. YOU CAN TRULY HAVE TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WEAPONS ON YOU AT THE SAME TIME. THE ACCURIZED HEAVY BARREL DMR TYPE UPPERS WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT THING TO CARRY IN A DRAG BAG WHILE HAVING A QUICK DISPATCHING M-4 TYPE VERSION IN USE. IT TAKES LITERALLY SECONDS TO CHANGE UPPERS AND NOW YOU HAVE A RIFLE CAPABLE OF MAKING PRECISION HITS OUT TO 600YDS WITH NO AMMO OR MAGAZINE CHANGES. THE OTHER GREAT THING ABOUT THESE TYPES OF PLATFORMS IS THAT THE “BATTLE SIGHT ZERO” OF YOUR WEAPON NEVER CHANGES WHEN YOU SWITCH UPPERS. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT! IF IT IS YOUR DESIRE TO CARRY A .308CAL WEAPON, BY ALL MEANS DO SO. JUST KEEP IT SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE. THE M1A OR M-14 OR MILITARY VERSION IS A GREAT WEAPON TO HAVE AS IT ALSO SERVES TWO FUNCTIONS. THE MILITARY HAS QUICKLY REMINDED THEMSELVES OF THIS IN IRAQ. A TARGET RICH ENVIRONMENT REQUIRES QUICK FOLLOW UP SHOTS THAT A BOLT-GUN STRUGGLES WITH.

NEXT, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT TOTALLY RELY ON THESE REFLEX OR HOLOGRAPHIC SIGHTS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE YOUR IRON SIGHTS AS THEY GENERALLY WILL NOT FAIL YOU. WHERE WILL YOU GET CR2032 BATTERIES WHEN YOU NEED THEM BECAUSE YOU FORGOT TO TURN YOUR SIGHT OFF ETC? IF IT IS YOUR DESIRE TO USE ONE OF THESE, KEEP SPARE BATTERIES IN THE WEAPON. I WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND THE ABILITY TO QUICKLY REMOVE THESE SIGHTS SHOULD THEY FAIL AND YOU NEED TO FALL BACK ON YOUR IRON SIGHTS. SAME GOES WITH RIFLE SCOPES. THIS IS ONE AREA WHERE THE ARMY'S M-24 SNIPER RIFLE HAS AN ADVANTAGE OVER THE USMC'S M-40. THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO EMPLOY IRON SIGHTS ON THEIR RIFLES. ENOUGH SAID.

TRAINING

WHILE I UNDERSTAND WE ALL HAVE JOBS AND BUSY LIVES, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU SPEND TIME SHOOTING YOUR RIFLE WHILE YOU STILL CAN. YOU MUST SHOOT IT AT 100YD INCREMENTS OUT TO 500YDS SO YOU CAN CHART THE BULLET DROP AND WINDAGE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ROUND YOU WILL BE USING. THIS MAKES IT VERY EASY TO ADJUST YOUR RIFLE WHEN YOU NEED TO MAKE A 425YD FIRST ROUND HIT. NO GUESSING! DO THIS WITH ALL THE RIFLES YOU INTEND TO EMPLOY AND DO IT AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN IN ALL TYPES OF WEATHER. BULLET DROP AT 300YDS IN SUNSHINE AND 78DEG WEATHER IS DIFFERENT FROM FREEZING RAIN AND 28DEG WEATHER. UNDERSTAND? ONCE YOU HAVE THE DESIRED ROUND THAT PERFORMS THE BEST IN YOUR WEAPON, STICK TO IT. DO NOT CHANGE AS THE IMPACT OF YOUR ROUND CHANGES DEPENDING UPON WEIGHT, BULLET TYPE, LOAD ETC. WHILE I KNOW IT IS GETTING EXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE AMMO. IT MUST BE DONE. IF YOU DO NOT RELOAD… IT IS SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. IT IS VERY EASY TO LEARN AND WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD TO KNOW HOW. WHILE MANY OF THESE THING I HAVE MENTIONED ARE NOT EASY AND REQUIRE YOU TO PUT FORTH EFFORT TO BE PROFICIENT AT, IT IS MY BELIEF IN THE NEAR FUTURE, YOU WILL BE SORRY IF YOU DO NOT TAKE THE TIME NOW TO DO IT. READ GW'S DEATH TO AMERICA. YOU DON'T WANT TO BE TIM WHEN THE TIME COMES.

-DD




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