It all started with an off hand comment.  A friend and I had been shooting to 1,000 yards and a little beyond for years and while talking to a 3rd friend one day and telling him about the D&L sports ITRC and a recent article in The Accurate Rifle magazine about it, I mentioned a section at the end about participants of the match having a choice to “join the One Mile Club”.   The best I can recall, the idea was the shooter got as many rounds as he wanted at the target 1 mile away but, after having made the hit, had to zero back down and make a 100 yard  shot.  The person got only one chance at the 100 yard target after scoring the 1 mile hit or else they would not be counted as one of the OMC according to whatever rules  they had decided on locally.   This had stirred up some talk among the us local long range shooters and got the gears turning.

From there, the friend I was talking to about decided he would build a gun just for the attempt and at a local gun show, a Model 70 long action with trigger was purchased as a base  to build the intended  1 mile rifle. Being a machinist, my friend had intended to barrel the action in some appropriate cartridge yet to be determined and build the action into a chassis  system.  The gun would be huge. heavy and not good for much else.

A few weeks of talk on this line among a few other friends really spread the fire and we started to get serious. We started to look at our options for ways to pull it off.  My friend continued to cling to the idea of building a gun just for the shot, but this had very little appeal to me.  Then as now, I  only wanted to make the hit with something a man could carry by himself and was portable and practical. Another friend who owns the local gun shop got involved and we all determined to decide on appropriate cartridges for the undertaking,  The idea was to use something standard. No wildcats and no full custom rifles.  That was to be out starting attempt. To work with something factory made and if it was not adequate to the task we would move on from there.  Without an unlimited budget we thought it best to use something within our means, and if we found it too lacking or impractical we would then have to decide how much money we were willing to spend to make it happen.


A look at the Elcan M145 Machine Gun Optic


M145 MGO

The Canadian company Elcan made a couple of odd scopes in the C79/M145 family of optics.  These are fixed 3.4X scopes with external adjustments.

The C79 scope are mainly for rifles, and are tritium powered like ACOGs.  Usually when you see a used C79 for sale, the tritium is old and dim enough that it is unusable.  C79 scopes are mainly seen in use by the Canadian military.

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8mm Mauser vs AR500 Level III Steel Armor

By Andrew Betts

If you haven’t read our previous articles on AR500 armor, please go back and take a look at them. There is some ground work laid in those articles that will help to put this test in better perspective. This article analyzes our test results for Turkish 7.92x57mm vs.’s Level III plate. Let’s start with the test video:

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Getting ready for a shooting class.

A few tips for getting ready for a shooting class.

First look at the required equipment list, the items listed there are probably good to bring.

Water/Electrolyte drinks. Many instructors will provide water but it is good to bring your own. Better to have too much in your vehicle, than not enough.

Lunch/snacks. I made the mistake of buying some chocolate power bars at a gas station, they all melted in the Florida heat. Your snacks or lunch need to be able to keep well during the class.

Ammo and mags. Often a pistol class will require 3 pistol magazines. If you have more than that, it can be rather helpful. It is also good to bring more ammo than recommended just in case you get to do more drills or practice then expected.

Slings for rifles, holsters for pistols. It is good to have a place to put your firearm when your not actively shooting.

If you need any supplies, order it early. I wanted to replace my old holster for the last class I took, so I ordered a holster about a month before the class. Unfortunately I did not receive the holster in time for the class.

Protection from the elements. Be ready for rain, mud, sun, etc. Last class I took I skipped the sunscreen and got badly sunburned because of that. Don’t make my mistake.

Show up early, and ready to learn.

Is Level III Armor Worthless?

By Andrew Betts

We recently ran an article demonstrating that .223 Rem varmint ammunition could poke holes right through an AR500 Level III plate. This prompted some people in the forums to pronounce that Level III armor is worthless. Are they right? Are you wasting your money to buy a Level III plate?

If one had unlimited funds and expected a strong possibility of getting into a firefight at close range with rifles, it would be smart to buy the best, lightest Level IV plate that exists. Often, internet commandos opine that anything that isn’t “the best” is automatically worthless and this is far from the truth. The truth is that Level III plates protect from a huge range of threats, including many threats for which they are not even rated.

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