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Introduction to Practical Long-Range Rifle Shooting - Resources

Discussion in 'GATE Long-Range Shooting' started by Zak Smith, Mar 2, 2010.

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  1. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith 3Gunner Millennium Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Fort Collins, CO, USA
    I first got interested in what is now called practical long-range rifle shooting by hearing stories from a friend from 3-Gun about the International Tactical Riflemans Championship. This was a match that combined extreme physical exertion with long-range rifle and carbine engagements spread throughout the natural terrain. The challenge, adventure, and pragmatic utility of the skills appealed to me immediately.

    Other than the ITRC, some of this same 3-Gun crowd had been shooting the Blue Steel Ranch Steel Safari in Logan NM for several years. The the idea to find a venue to shoot long-range targets in the field on a regular basis, several Colorado shooters put together some money to buy targets and establish a field long-range match at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton NM. This match initially served as a location to practice for other matches like the Steel Safari and ITRC, but has since grown into a very competitive venue on its own.

    I first competed in a major long-range match as the "carbine shooter" at the 2004 ITRC. My partner was the designated bolt-gun shooter. The next year, we returned with roles reversed. The first year we came in 13th place; the next year we came in 7th place. Since then, I've shot a lot of other practical long-range and multi-gun events, and been involved in running a bunch of local and major matches.

    In 2005, I noticed that a lot of my fellow shooters were going through the same decisions that I had had to make while setting up my gear, so I wrote the article on long-range optics. Since then I've written and published about three dozen articles on long-range, 3-Gun, and practical shooting equipment. These have a lot of good information and many - I hope most - questions can be answered by them.

    For reference and background, here are some of the most relevant articles on practical long-range shooting:

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