Long range shooting enjoyed a tremendous boost during the Industrial Revolution when the means to mass produce consistently-made rifled firearms became reality. Previously limited to select specialists, rifles were commonly issued by the mid-1800s. The problem then became how to exploit this new ballistic potential. A similar issue arose by the mid-1900s when militaries wanted to create formalized programs for sniping. The solution to both was found in organized competitive shooting.
There is a fascination in shooting at distance and the ability to place bullets in the same place at distance is a goal to which all shooters should aspire. In recent years the interest in tactical precision rifles has increased, with many factory and custom rifle makers producing readily-available rifles that can easily outperform the ability of many shooters. Performance that was once the province of expensive, custom-only or match-grade equipment has become more readily available.
Robert Sadowski provides a good overview on all aspects related to precision shooting in the Shooter’s Bible Guide to Tactical Firearms. Billed as a comprehensive guide to precision rifles and long-range shooting gear, Sadowski helps new and experienced shooters in making smart equipment purchases that range from rifles and optics to ammunition and gear. The shooting school section provides instructions for those with no formal training. For experienced shooters, having current information on hand in one place can be an invaluable resource. And no Shooter’s Bible guidebook is complete without a detailed products section showcasing rifles from all across the market.
Other topics covered include the author’s top ten long-range rifles, precision rifle maintenance, anatomy of a riflescope, a brief history of sniping and long range hunting, shooting technique, positions, and drills, and more.
Read more in the January 2016 issue.