Fort Knox Range Report

A range report from SFC Charles Parker, USAR Marksmanship Program.

I shot at the 1000 yard line recently with SSG Anderson on Scott Mountain at Fort Knox from top of the Connex Building.

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I tried a new upper built with a 20-inch White Oak DMR Barrel fluted under the handguards with a 1:8″ twist, a Daniel Defense Free Float Tube/Rail, and 4X ACOG.

With this upper, Anderson was able to hold 6 of 10 shot on a steel man-sized silhouette and I was able to hold 5 of 10 on the steel. That’s about 1.7 MOA wide at that distance. We needed just a “tiny bit” of hold over at 1000 and, of course, there is no freaking wind on Scott Mountain (lol :)

This pic of the SR target (normally shot at 200 yards) was shot at 600 yards. While it’s not a “Norman Anderson group” the bullseye (9 ring) is just over 12 inches and the 15 rounds on target were fired at a rapid fire pace of two to three seconds per shot. That 4X scope on a two MOA bull is a challenge at 600 yards for sure but the WO Barrel is the shizzzznuts!

PS. Don’t make fun of my fat head!

Victory In Europe: A Report to Riflemen

Bill Shadel, returned after World War II after nearly two years in Europe as American Rifleman’s War Correspondent and CBS radio news reporter, submitted his personal, “Report to Riflemen” article that appeared in the July 1945 issue of American Rifleman.

My last ten days with the Navy aboard a Destroyer bring vividly to mind another trip on the high seas, a year ago. On the night of June fifth, aboard the Cruiser Tuscaloosa, when we started to move across the cold dark waters of the channel, the task of destroying the German Army looked tremendous. That Army included some 347 enemy divisions in all; sixty-odd of them in France, waiting behind the much-vaunted West Wall. A large proportion of the remainder was lined up against the Russians. The Russians were over a thousand miles to the east. There was little thought, in those days, of a junction between the two armies. The entire German Army was between us and our allies. Every thought was focused on those Normandy beaches and the hell of fire our men would soon be facing.

That’s why we need a National Rifle Association … to promote small-arms marksmanship, whether on the range or in the hunting field. I was never more convinced of the need of such skill; never more completely persuaded that it provides that essential something needed in addition to the American fighting man’s heart and ability; a something which cannot be left to a few final, hurried months.

Space does not permit the recital here of untold instances where a hunter or a practiced target shooter, alone and single-handed, created havoc in the ranks of a determined enemy counterattack. I have tried to report some of those instances to you … The great tragedy is that there were not more of them. There could have been more, multiplied thousands more, if we had had more hunters, more expert riflemen, to call up from civilian ranks.

Next time, if there ever has to be a next time, it must be different! America must have those riflemen. American fighting men generally, not just in individual instances, must have that edge that skill with shoulder weapons gives.

I am convinced that we can and will have it; that the shooters of America, with evangelistic fervor, in the bonds of patriotism and good fellowship, will spread the gospel of shooting fun and shooting skill—for recreation and for national defense.

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Competition Breeds Excellence

“Competition Breeds Excellence”
– USMC Combat Shooting Team motto

Marines assigned to the Combat Shooting Team, Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico participate in multiple weapons based events while competing in the Australian Army Skill At Arms Meeting 2014 in April at Packapanyal, Australia. The Australian Army Skill At Arms Meeting is an annual weapons based competition where Armed Forces from around the globe gather together to compete against one another. (U.S. Marine Corps Motion Media by Cpl. Michael C. O’Donnell/Released)

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Why bullseye is the most popular pistol shooting sport

If I asked you, dear reader, what you thought the most popular pistol-based shooting sport in America was based on participation, what would you say? IDPA? USPSA? GSSF? Well, if you picked any of those, you’d be dead wrong, because the answer is bullseye.

Yep, good old fashioned boring bullseye. Why is that? Is just because of tradition? Or is there something more to the fact that the Camp Perry Nationals had over 600 shooters last year?

There are actually two directions I kind of want to go with this post, the first thought I had for it would be a mild rebuke to action pistol shooters who seem to think that USPSA/IDPA is the center of the universe, when in reality no one really cares. The second, and what I’m going to focus on though is why bullseye continues to be successful, because when you look at their “secret” it’s actually quite ingenious.


Norman Anderson wins Investment Prize

Master Sergeant Norman Anderson’s final pitch at the Tennessee Veterans Business Association’s annual business expo earned a $5,000 grant for his company, Clear Image Solutions, from The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto. Anderson has designed and produced a rifle sight for the AR 15 rifle that is easy to use, easy to maintain, and affordable.

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