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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
I have upcoming hunts for whitetail deer as well as a Tactical Course at the Government Training Institute (a.k.a. GTI). For each of these outings I will need to know the range of targets. For the whitetail hunts I will be using two different Doug Turnbull rifles. These rifles are not only spectacularly beautiful, they are also very accurate. However, they are only equipped with iron sights. This means that, before taking any shots, I really must know the distance from my blind to my next series of venison meals.
For the GTI training, I will be required to hit targets out to 900 yards. Of course, I will NOT be using the Turnbull Restoration firearms for the Tactical Training. Instead, I have been provided a pair of Kerry and Carol O’Day’s MG Arms‘ incredibly-accurate rifles designed for longrange work; the two rifles are chambered to .300 Winchester Magnum and 7mm 08. Once again, I will need to possess the tools to measure yardage. In this case, the yardage will be extreme. I will thus need to know exact distances in order to make the necessary adjustments to the Swarovski riflescopes that Kerry and Carol are mounting on their two rifles.
With my upcoming hunts and GTI training in mind, and being as uninformed as possible concerning rangefinders, I started my research into various products. That research led me to Vortex Optics. Included in the Vortex lineup are riflescopes, Red Dots, spotting scopes, binoculars and, most importantly for my current needs, some of the highest-rated rangefinders available on today’s market.
I am always amazed at the generosity shown when a random freelancer calls and asks for a product to use for a review. Such generosity was forthcoming from Mark Boardman (Director of Marketing) and Sawyer Briel (Marketing Communications Manager) at Vortex. Through discussions with Mark and Sawyer, it was decided that I should be sent the Vortex Fury® HD 5000 model – a combination binocular-rangefinder with the capability to range deer-sized targets at distances of 5-1600 yards.
So, I am now well-equipped with the excellent Vortex Optics to head into the Northeast Georgia whitetail woods, and then on to GTI and targets out to 900 yards!
Keep checking back, because I’ll be providing links to a number of reviews and hunting articles that highlight the Vortex Fury® HD 5000.