Archive for October, 2010

Oct
27

New Holster and Belt

New holster and belt on the way for the P220 Carry SAS from Overland Gunleather. Should be here in a couple days. I’m stoked.

Gun belt and holster in cordovan and shark from Overland Gunleather

Gun belt and holster in horsehide and shark from Overland Gunleather

Oct
7

Let’s see… where was I?

I think this was the easy part…

P220 SAS DAK Detail Strip

P220 SAS DAK Detail Strip

I really must learn not to start such things at 9pm…

Oct
7

The Spot Drill: Revisited

You may remember my post about trying a spot drill.

In that exercise, I shot one round each at twenty 1″ targets, with the object being to hit each target. I hit 18 out of 20 with the Varmint AR in that exercise.

I wanted to try this drill with the Savage Model 10 Tactical, but I feared shooting 1″ spots from a bag on the bench would be too easy. So, to make the challenge a little more realistic (and a lot more challenging!), I decided to shoot at 1/2″ targets from a prone position using only a front bag.

Shooting a prone spot drill with the Savage Model 10

Shooting a prone spot drill with the Savage Model 10 Tactical

As it turns out, this was more challenging than I thought it would be, mainly because I was in the prone position. Lying flat on the ground, every beat of my heart made the crosshairs jump off target.

Needless to say, I did not do as well as I did previously. I ended up hitting only 8 out of the 20 targets, with a few more being very close.

I was only able to hit 8 out of the 10 spots

I was only able to hit 8 of the 20 spots

I tried the same setup with the WOA Varmint AR-15, and scored another 8.

I know it sounds easy – we can shoot 5-shot groups in 1/4″ all day long, how can it be so tough to put a bunch of shots in spots twice as big as our groups?

All I can tell you is, give it a try.

If you’re new to this game, here’s a few pics to help you understand what we’re trying to achieve…

Target is 100 yards away - no magnification

Target is 100 yards away - no magnification

View of the target through the scope at 4x magnification

View of the target through the scope at 4x magnification

View through the Nikon Monarch X at 16x magnification - the maximum

View through the Nikon Monarch X at 16x magnification - the maximum

In that last picture, you’re looking at exactly what I’m seeing when I’m shooting this drill. As you can imagine, the slightest bit of movement, even that from the shooter’s own beating heart, will move the crosshairs off target.

Of course, I can’t blame my low score on the rifle or the ammunition, because it’s a demonstrated shooter. The only thing I can do is keep practicing. We’ll revisit this again soon.

Oct
5

WOA Varmint AR-15 Accuracy

So you saw the initial 10-shot groups from this White Oak Armament varmint AR-15 build, you saw the spot drill. What I haven’t posted, which many have asked to see, is what the 5-shot groups look like.

Well, they look like this:

Five shot group at 100 yards with WOA AR-15

Five shot group at 100 yards with WOA AR-15 shooting Black Hills 40 grain VMAX

Just a RCH over 1/4″.

So, yeah, if you do your part, it’ll shoot a dime at 100.

Yes, I shot some dimes at 100 yards with this rifle.

Yes, I shot some dimes at 100 yards with this rifle.

Now quit dilly-dallying and go get one.

Oct
4

American Bison Bag Rest

I recently had the opportunity to try out a new rifle rest bag for a few weeks from American Bison.

American Bison Large Front Bag Rest

American Bison Large Front Bag Rest

American Bison bags are made in the USA from top grain bison leather in a handsome two-tone configuration, and come in small, medium and large sizes. We’ll be looking at the large size bag today.

Did I say large? I meant HUGE.
The bottom of the bag measures 10″ x 6.5″, and when filled, the “ears” come up to about 8″ in height.

The American Bison Large bag measures 10x6.5x8

The American Bison Large bag measures 10x6.5x8

I filled this with fine sand, and it weighs at least 20 pounds. The bag was very easy to fill with the handy “EZ Pour” spout.

EZ-Pour spout makes for simple filling and emptying

EZ-Pour spout makes for simple filling and emptying

The suede top is very soft, and instills confidence when resting a high-dollar stock on it – there’s not a chance this soft suede is going to mar a thing.

Super-soft suede tops the American Bison bag

Super-soft suede tops the American Bison bag

The stitching on this bag is also exceptional. It’s nice and tight throughout, and you can tell that with a minimal amount of care, this bag is built tough, and is sure to last a lifetime.

Tight, even stitching throughout

Tight, even stitching throughout

The size, and subsequent weight, make shooting from this bag a dream. The anti-skid bottom helps create a very stable platform – between that and the weight, this rest didn’t budge on the table, even after several hundred rounds from an assortment of rifles.

Anti-skid bottom and lots of weight make this a VERY stable platform

Anti-skid bottom and lots of weight make this a VERY stable platform

Shooting prone with the Savage Model 10 Tactical on the American Bison bag

Shooting prone with the Savage Model 10 Tactical on the American Bison bag

Shooting an AR-15 from the bench

Shooting an AR-15 from the bench

If you need a good front rest bag, definitely consider this line of shooting rest bags from American Bison. They’re tough as nails, good-looking, made here in the states, and very reasonably priced.