A Long, Cold, Range

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Just returned from a long range training event with Sniper Country in Utah. It consisted of several firsts for me:

1st hit at 500 yards from an unsupported position.

1st hit at 1800 yards.

1st time I spent so much time in the cold to shoot things that I could not eat.

We were using Desert Tactical Arms SRS rifles in .338 Lapua with Surefire Supressors. One of my 100 yard five shot groups was less than a 1/2 inch and THE ONLY way to shoot a .338 Lapua is with a suppressor. These rifles are very unique with their bull-pup design that allows for a shorter overall length and for easy cartridge conversion.

Sniper Country is a great training facility that will be offering courses for law enforcement, military and police and even hunters. For more information on Sniper Country contact Nick Young with Desert Tactical Arms.

Cody Carroll, one of the instructors, was a sniper in Afghanistan. He is one of the best firearms trainers I’ve received instruction from. You’ll be hearing more about Cody for sure…And not just from me.

I’d tell you more but I’m still not warm and my knees ache from all the hiking up steep, snow covered mountains.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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