Just back from RX17 Live Fire Class 001

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  1. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Just returned from our first live fire class in Dallas (rexreviews.org if you're confused already). Epic weekend. We had 30 shooters who'd mostly not ever shot beyond 100yrds in their lives. By the end of day 3 they were all able to pass the various tests including a final exam that had them working in teams of 2 to prone out, set up, range a target using their reticle, generate a firing solution and fire on a 3-2-1-fire command such that both shooters fired simultaneously and at least 1 round landed in the vital zone of a torso silhouette target at 763 yards (they didn't know the distance beforehand) as wel as being able to do the same command fire kind of shot at a known (long) range and then follow it up with another in under 5 seconds from the time of the first shot. Everyone was able to hit to 1100 and everyone knows now how to use a data card properly. Some even teared up here and there from the sheer sense of accomplishment over the weekend.

    Lots of IOR Valdada Crusader scopes, some Recons, some Schmidt & Bender, SWFA, Steiner M's and T's. A good showing of good stuff. TONS of Savage rifles and MidwayUSA bags and Magnetospeeds. Only 2 rifles had issues and we had loaners for those. Don't use AR's for long range precision where the use case is high intensity and has no tolerance for equipment failure. Bad magic.
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  2. Keith Moderator

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    While some ARs might give a bolt rifle a run for their money, a bolt rifle is still pretty much king for long range for many reasons.
  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    One guy had his barrel literally almost fall out. He'd gone through it with a fine toothed comb cleaning it the night before class and somehow didn't get the barrel rentention tight enough. It'd fire 2 shots stacked with me behind the gun, then someone else would fire and it'd be way off. Took like 40 rounds to figure that all out. In the end someone grabbed the rifle by the barrel and it wiggled and we all went, "Duh." That was all ok though since it was an AR10 and the 16" barrel + brake was simply abusive to everyone else on the line. Replaced with a 26" barreled bolt action 6Creedmore.
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    I had that happen with an AR chambered in .22LR. Groups weren't a problem yet but we were getting feeding issues and the bolt not going into battery. When I got it home and started tearing it down, the barrel had almost worked it's way out of the key way that keeps the barrel extension timed. It looked like the threads on the polymer upper were partially stripped. Since it was out of warranty and I "only" paid about $200 for the rifle, it is now parts and I bought an M&P15-22 with a real warranty to replace it.

    Now to get back on topic, I try to have a companion piece to my semiautomatic rifles because of the precision aspect. One for general shooting and the companion for when better accuracy matters. Thus why I have the two Patrol rifles.

    A longer barrel would be better but with the woods around here, anything longer than a 20" barrel is a real pain to brush bust with and the shorter the rifle is, the better!


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  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Don't I know it! I use 26" barrels for maximum velocity but when I'm stabbing them into and out of barricades it's kinda funny looking. Looks like someone trying to jab a fishing pole into a mail slot. I always lose huge amounts of time on stages because of the barrel length. I just won't go to short barrels yet, especially doing stuff like shooting .223's to 1000m. I still have an 18" barreled AR-15 and a 16" barreled .45Cinderblock mauser just for those tight situations where a barrel the length of a boa constrictor isn't helpful.
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