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Tools Used
Tips, Tricks and Gadgets

Having attended many firearm training courses, I've
learned that its not necessary or possible to try to retain
and apply everything you're taught. And in truth, everything doesn't work for every shooter. So, in addition to
the curriculum I always try to pick up tips, tricks and
techniques from the instructors I can put in my shooting
toolbox. With an instructor like Wojcik, it was easy to get
that toolbox almost full. Here are some examples.
If you plan to hunt with a bipod, it needs to be rugged
because to properly use a bipod you need to "load" it
by leaning into it with your body weight. That will better
stabilize the launch platform, and a cheap bipod will fail
under pressure (like mine did). So will bipods with rubber
feet. Bipod feet need to be sharp so they can dig into the
dirt or the log you're shooting across.
Wojcik customized the Harris bipod on his hunting
rifle with the pointy Fang Bipod Feet from High Speed
Shooting Systems, and he also showed us another neat
bipod trick. Deploying a bipod on a hunting rifle can
sometimes be difficult depending on what position
you're in. Wojcik's simple solution was to tie a section
of para-cord between the bipod legs. This allows him
to grab the cord and deploy both legs at once-from
about any position.
Wojcik is also a fan of using a camera tripod as a
rest. They're a bit heavy but make for a stable shooting platform. By combining a tripod with a unique tool
from Shadow Tech called the Hog Saddle-which, by
the way, was designed by a Marine sniper-you can
create a very sturdy supported shooting position. And,
since tripods are adjustable, they'll work from the
standing, kneeling or seated positions.
Some shooters like to tape a card with their DOPE
on their buttstock; however, if you hunt hard, rifles get
roughed up and you could lose this data. A solution:
the Sunrise Tactical Arm Board/Wrist Coach, which is
a Cordura band that will allow you to insert your DOPE
card behind a 20-gauge clear vinyl window. You wear
the band on your support arm, which can be more
accessible than having it on your rifle.
Using a sling to stabilize your shooting position is
commonly done but most hunters use it on their support
arm. It can also work on your shooting arm but in either
case it needs to be tight. With a quick-adjusting sling
like the Magpul Multi-Mission sling, you can pull it tight
behind your shooting elbow and high into the armpit to
Shooters are encouraged to keep a log book to record
information. A portion of that Data On Previous
Engagements, or DOPE, can then be worn on the wrist
or affixed to the rifle to help remind the shooter how
his particular combination of rifle, scope and ammunition perform (far l.) Here, the shooter checks one aspect
of his Natural Point of Aim by achieving a proper cheek
weld with eyes closed and then opening his eyes to see
if he is still on target (l.).

F

or the course I used a Weatherby Vanguard Series 2
Range Certified bolt-action (RC) in .270 Win. These rifles
are guaranteed to shoot sub-minute-of-angle, three-shot
groups. I ordered 200 rounds of Federal's excellent 130-gr.
Nosler Ballistic Tip load. The rifle, assisted by its great trigger,
would consistently put five shots into sub-inch clusters. The
reverse drop in the stock was a bit uncomfortable in the prone
position, but the rifle was very compatible while shooting from
the seated, kneeling or standing positions.
My riflescope was Nightforce's newest NXS Compact
2.5-10X 40 mm, and I mounted it in Weatherby one-piece, lightweight rings. The scope can be had with either a mil (milradian) reticle and adjustments or an m.o.a. reticle and adjustments. It also has a zero stop and a red or green illuminated
reticle built into the side parallax knob. I cranked the adjustments back and forth hundreds of times during the course and
they tracked to perfection.
For a hunting rifle, scope and ammuntion combination that
might be used for shooting at your outer limits, a rig like this is
perfect. I realized during the course that you not only need to
know your limits, you need to know the limits of your equipment-which is another great reason to attend.
-RICHARD MANN

The author put together a big-game rig consisting
of a Weatherby Series 2 Range Certified Vanguard, a
Nightforce NXS Compact scope and Federal ammunition.
The combination turned in excellent performance during
the Magpul Precision Hunter Course.

provide you with a more rigid shooting platform.
It's a fact that most rifles don't fit most hunters. We're
all built differently, and manufacturers design rifles to
fit the average shooter, whoever that is. Working with
your natural point of aim is critical when shooting, and
it's impossible if your rifle doesn't fit. Short of an adjustable cheekpiece, you can build up the stock's comb
with foam and tape until the proper fit is achieved.
The coolest trick I learned was how to use two adjustable trekking poles for shooting support. By looping the
wrist straps of each pole over the handle of the other
pole, and then crossing the poles, you create a cradle
for the rifle. The height can be adjusted for the kneeling
or seated position and looping up with the sling really
tightens everything up. This is an incredibly stable position and particularly applicable to mountain hunters or
anyone who uses walking sticks while hunting.
And finally, I learned the same thing I learn at every
good shooting school, and it's that the fundamentals
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