On the [Review] Road again…

On Sunday, March 1st, Frances and I head to the Government Training Institute‘s facilities in Barnwell, South Carolina. (No, we are NOT going there for the Presidential Primary!) Chris Lux and the other folks at GTI have given us permission to bring a ton-of-stuff out to review on their ranges.

“What ‘ton-of-stuff’ is being lugged to GTI for reviews?”

Well we are bringing three rifles (1 each from Daniel Defense, H-S Precision and MG Arms), a pistol (also from Daniel Defense), a Tuffpak in which to transport all the firearms, a shooting bench from Royal Stukey, the brand new 4StableSticks fieldrest (for shooting from a sitting/kneeling position) and a set of Electronic Shooters ProtectionSTEALTH‘ ear plugs.

Of course, we also have the LabRadar chronograph, Kestrel 5700X Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics, Vortex Razor Spotting Scope and Vortex Fury Rangefinder/Binoculars that we have reviewed before. Oh, and we have been sent over 450 rounds of ammunition; most of the ammo was sent from Neal Emery of Hornady, but we also have reloads for the MG Arms rifle and some Federal cartridges for the pistol.

Our design is to ‘walk’ the rifles out to target distances of up to 700 yards. Cannot wait to shoot all of the firearms, and watch Frances do the same. I am also pumped to see how the firearms, Tuffpak, bench, fieldrest and ear protection perform.

Yes, you are correct. A magical weekend of shooting sh** is about to happen for the Arnolds!

Stay tuned for a ‘ton’ of review articles at TheTruthAboutGuns.com, complete with photographs and videos of each of the products being reviewed!

Gear for GTI reviews

(Please excuse the plastic. There aren’t corpses, we’re just having some painting done in my trophy room/office.)

GTI Precision Rifle Shooting Course, Part 1 – Re-Learning How to Shoot

Hey, All. If you’re the least bit interested in long-range shooting, please check out my latest article at TheTruthAboutGuns.com. You can find it here.

As an important side note, the ‘good friend’ in the article is Ron Differ. Ron and I have shared hunting trips and times at the range. He is one of my best friends and his name was in the pre-Editor version of this article! Thanks again Ron for introducing me to GTI!

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Precision Rifle With Elevated Shooting – The Definition of Fun

My good friend, Ron Differ, had been encouraging me to accompany him to the Government Training Institute Legion‘s Precision Rifle With Elevated Shooting Course. His urging finally produced a result and I signed up for the latest iteration of this training, held at the GTI Legion training facility just outside of the Savannah River Site.

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Ron Differ and I firing on Day 1 – Targets Located at ranges of 100-700 yards

The Precision Rifle With Elevated Shooting Course was, to say-the-least, incredibly thorough. In fact, I can do no better than to quote from the GTI Legion course description to illustrate the course complexity:

The Precision Rifle training class covers topics needed to effectively shoot mid to long ranges. The class will cover equipment, ballistics, range estimation, environmental conditions, and angular units of measure. If you are looking to make ethical shots on game at extended ranges, or just enjoy shooting targets at long range, this class will cover all the information necessary. The second day of the Precision Rifle With Elevated Shooting course is spent in our 135 foot / 10 floor elevated shooting tower that gives our students the opportunity to learn to shoot from high angles.

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Joe Marler of Daniel Defense prepares for a 500-yard shot (using a Daniel Defense Delta 5 rifle, of course!) from a barrier. GTI Instructor, Chris Walker, sets up to call Joe’s shots.

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There would have been no success for me without each of these fantastic components – Federal Premium Sierra MatchKing ammunition, Vortex Fury HD 5000-combination binocular/laser rangefinder and the Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter With Applied Ballistics. The Vortex range-finding, Kestrel ballistic calculations and the Federal ammunition made 700+-yard accuracy achievable, if not easy!

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MG Arms Banshee in .300 Winchester Magnum and Armageddon Gear’s  Ultralight Shooting Pad and Waxed Canvas Optimized Game Changer Support Bag ready for longrange elevated firing.

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Using the GTI protocol for bracing the MG Arms Banshee while firing at a 300-yard target.

Here is what I wrote in my notebook after one of my stages. Chris Walker acted as my spotter and witness(!): “450-yard target, two shots fired, two impacts; moved to 600-yard target, two shots, two impacts; moved to 700-yard target, two shots, two impacts, last dead-center!”

Stay tuned for two full-length articles to appear in TheTruthAboutGuns.com. The first should appear later this week!

(All photos courtesy of David Young)

 

 

Armageddon™ Gear for the GTI Tactical Course

I have been given the opportunity to attend a Government Training Institute Tactical Course on December 7th and 8th. Invited by my good friend, Ron Differ, I am very excited – and a bit nervous! – to try out shooting at targets positioned at distances up to 900 yards.

As part of my preparation, I needed to find a source for a shooting mat when shooting from a prone position and a rest for the butt of the rifle during the prone phase and the forend on other portions of the course. Finally, I needed a wrist board on which to record the necessary sight adjustments for the widely-varying distances. With this in mind, I approached the premier suppliers of all things related to Tactical shooting: Armageddon™ Gear.

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One phone call and email later resulted in Tom Fuller‘s very generous offer to send this freelancer a set of Armageddon™ Gear’s Tactical-shooting products. The items sent included their Game Changer™ Support Bag, Ultralight Shooting Mat and Competition Data Armband.

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With the MG Arms Banshee (their Long-Range Tactical Rifle) and the Gold Medal Federal ammunition, I am as prepared as possible. Now, I just have to be able to hit the targets…no pressure there!!