“As usual, I was anxiously waiting for my SKB double-rifle guncase to appear after my flight from Johannesburg into Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport. I breathed a sigh of relief as the agent brought it into the check-in room on the other side of the glass partition.
“If my brother had not grabbed my arm, I would have been pounding on the glass a few seconds later. Instead of placing the guncase onto the empty spaces on the shelf, or setting it down on the floor, she raised it up to chest height and dropped the case onto the concrete. I guess she was making it crystal clear that she was anti-hunting…
“That episode made me start wondering if there was another option available that might act to camouflage my firearms a bit better than my beloved SKB carrier…”
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 Protection ‘STEALTH‘ 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!
(Please excuse the plastic. There aren’t corpses, we’re just having some painting done in my trophy room/office.)
Frances and I are in Dallas for the Dallas Safari Club’s annual Convention. We are here to compile video interviews with many of the top names in the hunting and shooting sports. From custom firearm producers like Kerry and Carol O’Day of MG Arms, to Outfitters such as Mark Haldane of Zambeze Delta Safaris to Hornady’s Neal Emery, we will be finding out about some of the newest trends and opportunities for shooters and hunters. We will be posting our videos at TheTruthAboutGuns.com. Stay tuned for what should be a great set of interesting interviews.
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)