Articles by tbotoh_sysop

Educational Zone #178 – Hunter Class Benchrest Rifle

My buddy Boyd came through town last week and was coming from the Gulf Coast Regional Hunter Class Benchrest Competition that was held in Louisiana. He tied in a three-way tie for First place, but won 2nd place due to Xs. He met me at the range and he let me shoot his rifle. It was a very interesting experience and I thought you guys might enjoy learning about the sport. The Hunter Class Benchrest game is just that…..a [...]

Educational Zone #177 – Mexican Match Ammunition

When I used to compete in military rifle matches, competitors were always looking for an “edge” against their competition. However, most of us were on a somewhat limited budget. The matches would supply us with military ball ammo in many cases. Someone once got a great idea about how to “improve” this cheap (free) ammunition. What they came up with was called “Mexican Match”. We are not sure where that name [...]

Educational Zone #176 – Trijicon ACOG Scope

My friend doc 540 recently bought a new ACOG scope and wanted to sight it in. I told him we could go together and I would help him with it. I have enjoyed having an ACOG for a number of years. Mine is mounted on my Colt HBAR AR-15. Here it is: Mine is a 3.5 X 35 scope, Model TA11. It has a “donut” reticle and hash marks below the donut for bullet drop compensation. The hash marks below the donut show bullet drop [...]

Educational Zone #175 – The Dragunov FPK Sniper Rifle

My buddy Liem called and asked me if I’d like to shoot his Dragunov sniper rifle. I said that sounded like a great idea. So today, we went to the range. His rifle is a Romanian FPK Dragunov rifle. This general model has been made by many countries since 1963 until the present. It is the “other side’s” sniper rifle and is well known and often seen in war photos. Here it is: It is a semi-auto rifle in 7.62 X 54R [...]

Educational Zone #174 – The .22 TCM Pistol

My friend Liem recently obtained a new pistol and he graciously invited me to test it with him. It is a Rock Island .22 TCM. TCM stands for Tuason Craig Micromagnum and it is a proprietary cartridge developed by Fred Craig and Rock Island Armory. Some folks have mistakenly said it is a 9mm necked down to .22, but that is not correct. It is actually a .223 case, shortened and necked down to .22 with ballistics similar to [...]

Educational Zone #173 – Product Evaluation – Ruger PC Carbines

Recently, my buddy Liem asked me if I would like to shoot a couple of his rifles. They are Ruger PC9 and PC4 Carbines. Of course, I said, “Sure!” These carbines were designed by Ruger in 1996 and were discontinued in 2006. But they are still available for sell and can be obtained fairly easily. The “PC” in the name stands for Police Carbine, and the carbine was developed for use by police officers so that they [...]

The Box O’ Truth #59 – This Rifle is a Tack Driver

When I was growing up, it was a common saying for my Dad and Uncles to have an accurate rifle and for them to say, “This rifle is a real tack driver!” I even use the term myself now and then. It occurred to me yesterday, “I wonder how difficult it would be to drive a thumb tack with a rifle?” So, today we went to the range to try just that. I imagine if you get close enough, just about anyone could hit a tack [...]

Educational Zone #172 – Product Evaluation – Falcon Bullet Company, FalCoated Bullets

My friend doc450 recently got some bullets from Falcon Bullet Company that he uses for 50 yard handgun competition. He has had very good luck with them, often winning his Class.  Here is their site: http://www.falconbullets.com/default.asp But he recently got some new lead bullets that had a new coating on them to allow higher velocity without leading or excessive smoke. I decided to try some to see how well they [...]

The Box O’ Truth #2 – The Box Speaks Again

Another fine day at the range. This is the continuation of our tests from last week. My friend Tman and I went to the range this morning to learn some more. Notice that I have spaced the drywall out at 3 1/2 inches, just like an interior wall. I have one wall, then as much space as I can with the BoT, then a second wall, then a gallon jug of water, then a wall of bricks. The bricks are enclosed inside some 3/4 inch pine [...]

The Box O’ Truth #9 – Magazines vs. Rifle Rounds

If you ship it, we shoot it! My friend C-4 sent me a note, “Hey O_P, I see guys with AK-47 mags carried in pouches on their chests. I wonder if that would really stop a bullet. I’ve got some old mags. You want to try them to see?” What could I say? Sure! This is a typical pic of a guy in the Sandbox wearing a chest pouch full of AK mags. This also happened in Viet Nam with the VC carrying mags in this [...]
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