The weekend began as a scope test—as well as a time to get better at long-range precision marksmanship—but ended up a test of multiple pieces of gear and people. As for the scope, it turned out to be a key element to unexpected long-range success, but not without challenging moments. The Bushnell Elite Tactical long range tactical scope (LRTS) series is just what the name implies. In this case, my optical partner was the LRTSi 3-12x44mm scope for a 3-day long-range shooting class requiring a milliradian reticle.
From Russia, with love is no longer just a James Bond film. Although Section 922(r) of U.S. statutes has restricted importation of entire firearms from certain enemy states since 2002, the FIME Group of Las Vegas, Nevada is keeping it legal and fun by importing parts for the AKM and other VEPR rifles and shotguns from the renowned Molot factory in Kirov, Russia, and adding FIME Group-made components to produce and sell complete firearms.
Not having the right holster is a problem often encountered by shooting enthusiasts and instructors. As an instructor, I often have students show up for defensive pistol classes wearing belt holsters that work fine as storage devices or for daily carry, but are insufficient and unsafe for serious training.
The folks at Henry Repeating Arms Company made another gun to be proud of with the Small Game Carbine, chambered in .22 Magnum. This lever-action rifle delivers on several levels.
A good long-range rifle is a wonderful tool, but its capabilities are only as good as the scope that sits on top of it. This fall, my shooting partner and I had the chance to test the Savage model 10 BA Stealth chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Bushnell loaned us its Elite Tactical LRS 6-24x 50mm scope, so we could see what we were shooting at—and actually make hits.