High Desert Hunter 2024: Competition Loadout

High Desert Hunter 2024: Competition Loadout

In this episode, Ivan provides a overview of the gear used in the High Desert Hunter Match. He discusses gear transportation, NRL Hunter, and gun requirements, and takes a in-depth look at the Mini Fix gun and Leupold VX-5 HD scope. He also talks about using ballistic apps, precision shooting techniques, and the 6 ARC cartridge, ending with reflections on…

Over Open Sights

Over Open Sights

A German field gun in direct-fire mode (Spring 1918) On 10 July 1918, the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in France published a pamphlet that contained descriptions, told from the point of view of British participants, of three recent engagements. The following is a verbatim copy of the third of these three reports. The third incident was given…

Harmonizing Heavy Weapons

Harmonizing Heavy Weapons

German machine gun crew in France (Summer 1918) On 10 July 1918, the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in France published a pamphlet that, after describing three recent engagements, tried to identify the common features of the tactics employed. This post, the last in a series of four, provides a verbatim copy of this analysis, which comes close…

Attack upon a Rifle Platoon

Attack upon a Rifle Platoon

A British Lewis gun team in France (Spring 1918) On 10 July 1918, the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in France published a pamphlet that contained descriptions, told from the point of view of British participants, of three recent engagements. The following is a verbatim copy of the second of these three reports.1 A platoon commander gave me…

Tightening Your Accuracy and Performance Standards

Tightening Your Accuracy and Performance Standards

My latest Shooting Illustrated article is up. The New Mexico Competency Demonstration was the final exercise in my Revolver Operator Course. Those who had snubs were encouraged to shoot it with their little guns. Shooters can put variations in it to make it even more relevant for Personal Protection practice. In ROC, I made it simple; five shots with two…

Attack upon a Machine Gun Platoon

Attack upon a Machine Gun Platoon

German infantry working forward near the Chemin des Dames (May 1918) On 10 July 1918, the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in France published a pamphlet that contained descriptions, told from the point of view of British participants, of recent engagements. The following is a verbatim copy of one of these reports.1 A 2nd Lieutenant of the [British]…

Kahles K18i 1-8x LPVO

Kahles K18i 1-8x LPVO

Kahles is known for making high-performance long range optics so they’re not top of mind for MilSpec tactical scopes like LPVOs. But for competition 3gun shooters who are looking eek out every last fraction of a second in their run times, having clear sharp glass is a necessity. Kahles showed off their K181 LPVO at Shot Show 2024 which offers…

Russian Anti-Drone GP25 Adaptor

Russian Anti-Drone GP25 Adaptor

Drones have come to define the war in Ukraine with both sides making prolific use of the them for observation and ordnance delivery. Both sides have struggled to find adequate countermeasures for the drone threat with everything from fishing nets to anti-drone guns and from cope cages to complex electronic warfare jammers to disrupt UAV frequencies over larger areas. The…

Trench Mortars of the Republic

Trench Mortars of the Republic

A medium (17 cm) Minenwerfer on maneuvers (1927) When, in June of 1919, the government of the new German republic signed the Treaty of Versailles, it promised to divest itself of the two thousand or so heavy trench mortars it had inherited from the armies of Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg. At the same time, it received permission from the…