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Mossberg MVP

Bolt-action rifle that can use AR-15 and AR-10 magazines depending on which model you pick. The MVP stands for Mossberg Varmint and Predator and is available in 6 different configurations. The Scout and Patrol models are the only ones with back up iron sights. The owner of this one added a Spec War QD Muzzle Brake and Omega suppressor. (GRH)

Rifle and pistol precision drill target using the target shown below, download and print out so it fits on a standard sheet of printer paper.  Drills are written out below.

Rifle drill is fired cold, with the weapon as is.  No resighting, the two + sections are for initial shots to establish a baseline (one round each target).  The shooter uses the initial shots as references, but since any weapon which has been already sighted in should be GTG, no mechanical adjustments are allowed.  If the weapon is off zero, the shooter may use what they feel is the appropriate “Kentucky windage” to engage the targets. Fire one round for each target number, and your score exists as number of hits out of 10.  Rounds must be totally in the numbered square, any round touching or breaking the line doesn’t count.  Rounds hitting outside of the target fired at do not count ( ie shooting for #1, and hitting #2 does not count for a hit on #2).

Distance to target is whatever distance the shooter can identify the numbers.  Magnified optics will be back farther, iron sight shooters will be up closer.  Vary the distance as needed. The purpose of the drill is to know how effective you are with a particular rifle.  While it can be used for drills when already warmed up, it is most effective and honest when shot cold and with a previously sighted in weapon. 

Pistol shooting is done from 15 feet away (5 yards).  If the score is 10/10, move back to 21 feet away (7 yards) and fire again. If at 21 feet a shooter is able to hit all targets, move back to 30 feet (10 yards).  Before and after each above drill is fired, used the + and fire 5 rounds (one 5 round drill each before, one after). Check and see if your group on the + tightens up after the drill is complete.  The purpose of this drill is to know your individual possible engagement distances for small targets.  By verifying you are able to hit all ten boxes before moving back, the shooter is able to establish fired rounds are not lucky shots. 

HK MR556

The civilian version of the HK 416, the MR556 is a gas-piston operated AR-15 variant. Note that it has the diopter sights similar to the G3 series of rifles. Due to its piston design, the factory sights sit just a bit higher than other AR-15 BUIS (Back-Up-Iron-Sights), so they are a little harder to co-witness with some optics. Centurion Arms made a copy of the HK sights but made them lower in height to be more compatible with optics. (GRH)