Jerry at the IRC


Sighting In with Shooting USA – Jerry at the IRC




The Open Class champ shows us how to blow through Stage 12 at the International Revolver Championship. It’s a complex challenge with three dozen targets, called Over the River and Through the Woods - 36 shots in 32 seconds.



We’ve got a 36 round field course. It has a very difficult start position. So, what you want to be aware of when you make these shots, you want to be able to call your hits and misses. As soon as I make my three shots on those three targets at 50 yards, I’m going into a reload.

SI29-06-6Now by here, I should have finished my reload. What I’m looking to do is get my gun loaded as fast as I can, so when I get to this position, I can be firing. One thing you want to do is you want to stay in your transition. You want to keep moving. Two, two and two. As soon as I get those hits that I need, I’m going into another reload. One of the key points here is to have your reload completed, before you got to this shooting position. And, of course, you can see this target first. I’m going to shoot this target on the move, come to this target and shoot the right one. Go into another reload right here and start your reload.



One thing you want to remember, here, is the 180. Keep your muzzle pointing downrange, do the reload, keep your feet in motion. You want to be able to shoot these targets on the move. Get your six hits and go into another reload. 



Now I’ve got four steel targets. I’m going to shoot it from the corner of the deck. In the walk through, I’ve noticed that I can see the targets, and I can engage them clearly from here. I don’t need to get on the higher steps. So, I’m going get on the corner. I’m going to make the four shots and start a reload.

SI29-06-9From this shooting position, there’s five steel targets. I want to enter this box with my gun loaded, closed and pointing at the first target. That’s where a lot of guys make a mistake. They wait till they get into the box, and then, they aim. I’m not going to do that. I’m going to come in with a hot gun loaded, and as soon as my feet enter the box, I’m ready to shoot. I’m going to start cranking them off. Get my five hits and go into a reload. 

SI29-06-10Now I’ve got three paper targets. They need two hits a piece. Again, you want to have your reload completed. As soon as I make that reload from that box to here, whenever that reload happens, I’m going to stop, get it to the center of the target, and really think about your trigger pull. You’re going to be winded, the gun’s going to be shaking a lot. Everybody has that same problem. What you want to do is be a little smarter, and just take your time, and make them happen. If you’re out of that center ring, it’s going to be a second. So, just make them break right in the center, take your time, ride the heart rate, make it happen. 



Always move. You have to get from point A to point B. So, it’s very important on a long course like this, to keep your feet in motion at all times. If you find yourself standing flat footed loading or shooting, you’re going to lose. You’ve got to stay fluid, you’ve got to stay in the game. 

SI29-06-12Another thing you want to do when you shoot a long field course like this, you want to know where every target is going to be. You should be able to walk this thing. And when you get back to the front, before you shoot, close your eyes, visualize every target, where they are, and what kind of trigger technique, what kind of reload technique, where your feet are going to be. You should have all that planned. So when the timer goes off , you’re going to be in the moment. You’re going to stay fluid, you’re going to stay focused, keep your trigger rolling, and it’s all going to happen. And you’re going to have a good run.

The Pistols Created for the Department of Defense

In August of 2005, the United States Special Operations Command issued a call for pistols that could become the new side arm for the Armed Forces to be the replacement for the Beretta M9. The effort became known as the Joint Combat Pistol program, and the guidelines were relatively simple. A semi automatic design in .45 ACP with a magazine that holds not less than ten rounds, a lanyard attachment point, a mil-spec rail forward of the trigger guard. The barrel must be less than nine and a half inches, but more than one and a half inches. The design had to have the option of an external safety, and be easily field stripped without the use of tools. 

The contract was never awarded, but the guns developed to compete for the contract have now made it to the civilian market. Here are four examples that fit the criteria and are now available to you.


Taurus 24/7 OSS
The 24/7 OSS produced in Brazil. The Taurus has a 12 plus one capacity, and weighs in at two pounds eight point six ounces loaded, eight and quarter inches long, five point two inches tall, and has a five and a quarter inch barrel. The Taurus 24/7 OSS is $625. There is a loaded chamber indicator that is both visually and physically identifiable, as well as a cocked striker indicator. The texturing on the Taurus is pronounced, but not overly so. This is a double single design, so if there should be a light primer strike, the operator can try another trigger pull before clearing the round and continuing in single action. The two dot Novak rear sight is adjustable. The receiver is available in Desert Tan or Black. 

Taurus Web Link



The Springfield XD 45
Springfield Armory’s design is built on the very popular XD line. The XD .45, five inch is made in Croatia. The capacity is 13 plus one, and the XD weighs in at two pounds eleven point two ounces loaded. The over all length is eight point three inches, height is five point seven five inches. The suggested retail is $620. Like the Taurus, the XD features loaded chamber and cocked striker indicators that can be both seen and felt. The XD trigger is smooth, and the longer sight radius lends itself to accuracy. But, the three dot dove tail mount sights are not field adjustable. There is the required thumb safety, in addition to the 1911 style grip safety, and a trigger safety seen on all XD designs.

Springfield Web Link



The Smith & Wesson M&P 45
Like all S&W handguns, the M&P 45 is made in the USA. The M&P meets the contract requirement for capacity with ten plus one, and the loaded weight is two pounds five point two ounces. The over all length is seven and three quarter inches, and the height is just over five and a half inches, the barrel is four and a half inches. Suggested retail price $760. The M&P features a chamber check window, but no cocked striker indicator. The high grip design helps get the bore inline with the hand, and this helps the shooter manage recoil. And this is a factor when dealing with the .45 caliber round. Also, the M&P is the only design with an interchangeable back strap, so the end user can custom fit the grip to his or her hand. The thumb safeties are large, and there is also a trigger safety. The receiver is available in black or desert tan.

Smith & Wesson Web Link



The STI Tactical 5.0 .45
The design is close to a traditional 1911 style is from STI and is made in Texas. The wide body frame makes room for an 11 plus one capacity, but the loaded weight is almost three pounds. eight and a half inches long, five point six inches high, and a five inch barrel make the STI comparable to the other guns in size. The suggested retail price of $2,000 is a big difference, but it is frequently selected by special ops units as their side arm. The weight and over all size of the STI makes it a pleasure to shoot, and the blacked out Heine sights are adjustable. 

STI Web Link


History’s Guns: The German MG 34

SI29-06-1At the end of World War I, the Germans were working to adapt an existing machine gun design to be an assault machine gun. But it didn’t take long to figure out that the Maxim would be too heavy for the Nazi blitzkrieg. The search began for a new design and the result would be the MG34, that’s now one of History’s Guns.



Blackhawk Scope Cover and Crown Protector 
SI29-06-18BlkhwkCoverThink of it as an alternative to a full coverage drag bag or rifle cover. This is for the operator who needs to get into position quickly, without excess baggage, but still with protection for his glass and muzzle. The Blackhawk Scope Protector is packed with closed cell foam for impact protection, and is adjustable with the Velcro closure on both ends. The padded Crown Protector is removable if you prefer. The Blackhawk Scope Protector is $36

Blackhawk Scope Cover Web Link


Tac-Mod Sniper Chassis System 
This is a fully modular system designed by, and for, the very operators who use it. The kind of guys with resumes they won’t talk about. The Chassis is designed to be a direct drop in for any Remington long or short action, with any barrel configuration, without the support of a gunsmith. The Chassis accepts Accuracy International magazines. The round, free float, forend tube is removable and offers the operator a number of positions for rails to mount mission critical accessories. The stock is a left-side folder, that locks in the folded position, but still allows use of the bolt and fire controls in a combat situation. The pistol grip is interchangeable with any AR or M4 style grip. The stock is fully adjustable for cheek weld and length of pull, and is interchangeable for any M16 stock on the market. The whole unit is built from T6 aluminum and hard coat anodized for durability. This is the chassis system used by the only two time winner of the Army’s International Sniper Competition, Sergeant Robbie Johnson of the AMU.The Tac-Mod Sniper Chassis System is $1400.

Tac-Mod Web Link

BSA Spectre Spotting Scope
The spectre scope has a 70 millimeter objective and variable zoom from 25 to 75 power. It’s weather and fog proof, and the coated optics and roof prism design give you a clear image. It comes with a micro adjustable tripod to help with fine adjustments when you have the power cranked up. The BSA Spectre Scope is about $150 suggested retail.

BSA Spectre Web Link



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