Clean lines, quality components and tight groups; what more could you want?
We love getting questions from our Facebook followers and one that keeps popping up is what kind of toys do we use to deliver the goods downrange. There are many who seem to think we are solely focused on tactical sniping and running sub-minute DMRs (is there really such a thing?) or .338 and .50 rifles with mega-buck glass. Yes, we like that stuff and working with public service agencies who have the budgets to outfit their teams with that type of gear keeps our lives interesting, but we’ll never give up on having a few good bolt guns in our personal gun locker chambered in an affordable calibre. This rifle was the result of a recent build commissioned by one of our team members who no longer wishes to carry a sniper-weight rifle on hunting trips. It's chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor and runs like a dream.
So what kind of gun(s) do we use on the range or for hunting? Well, the answer is that it depends. Car aficionados tend to own several vehicles, some of them are no doubt more powerful and less practical than others. Similarly, we have a variety of noisy tools; some of those might have sentimental value or aren't entirely practical but are still fun to shoot. Of course there are some guns we wouldn’t take out when we’re putting money down on the firing line (usually we bet lunch).
Tangent Theta scopes. We’re currently putting the Canadian-made mil-spec TT 5 x 25 56mm through its paces on a variety of platforms and will produce a long-term review at some point. Spoiler alert – it’s been flawless and a pleasure to shoot. Yes, it's as pricy as the other big name mil-spec scopes out there, but we're fans of the "one scope strategy." Buy one awesome scope and run it across multiple platforms. We're not sniping in 1987 anymore, you can easily swap your glass between guns without significant POI shifts. You can only shoot one gun at a time right? We’d happily take this scope to war or (preferably) to the range to get more free lunches.
Tangent Theta - proudly made in Halifax, NS
Calibre: 6.5mm Creedmoor
Gunsmith: John Marshall
All listed gun components supplied by www.hirschprecision.com and the Tangent Theta by https://armament.com/
Barrel: Krieger 22” 1-8 RHT, fluted by JC Barrels, threaded for muzzle break by John Marshall
Action: Borden Alpine action with Borden rail
Stock: A-3 MacMillan Sporter
Trigger guard/Magazine housing: PT&G Bottom Metal
A complete shooter can employ a variety of techniques to make their shot and make it count. Have you zeroed your periscope rifle?
One of my business partners and I had an interesting chat the other day. Somehow the topic of self-awareness arose with regards to determining where one's weakness lies in any given type of activity. I proposed that every activity can be broken down into several sub-activities and that working on the weakest of those will yield an overall net gain in performance. Conversely, the opposite of working on one's weakness is continuing to work on one's strengths, and people do so for a variety of reasons: familiarity, routine and perhaps a lack of honesty about their overall skill levels. It stands to reason that continuing to work on what is considered to be one's strengths results in only a very slight overall gain with the sub-activity skill levels are tallied.
In the right hands, the correct gear properly employed will always yield the best results.
During a recent conversation with a prominent North American equipment distributor, I was reminded of the difficulties faced by companies distributing high-quality equipment and ammunition to public service agencies. Chief among those difficulties are organizations spending money on equipment without a significant trial period to ensure the gear solves a known problem. While organizations spending money should be a good problem for distributors to have, there is always a danger down the road with buyer's remorse due to the expense and the equipment not living up to expectations. Not an ideal situation for a distributor seeking to maintain healthy long-term relationships with their clients.