Sighting In with Shooting USA - Movie Guns
We're sighting in on Hollywood guns. You've seen the movies. Now meet the firearms and the owner working behind the scenes.
Every shooting fan has a favorite film. Likely one that did an excellent job portraying guns in historically and technically accurate ways. Then there are movies that are pretty much “shoot-‘em-ups”. Even those can be firearms accurate. And when they are realistic it’s because someone is working behind the scenes, providing Hollywood filmmakers with the firepower and the advice on being real.
Gary Harper likes to say he is in the entertainment business. We found Gary and his guns at End of Trail where he was helping some shooters’ dreams come true with a chance to shoot his Gatling Guns, or to fire his Krupp’s Howitzer.
But live events are just one of the ways Gary works in the entertainment business. Gary Harper is also an armorer, a consultant who rents firearms to Hollywood directors and then tells them how to use them properly. An armorer helps film makers create gunfights and battles that are historically and technically accurate. Gary also provides the movie makers the right guns for the job.
Gary Harper’s Website
History’s Guns – The Kentucky Long Rifle
From early flintlocks to modern rifles, firearms have fed us, protected us, and secured our freedoms.
And few guns have shaped American history more than the Kentucky Long rifle that’s now one of History’s Guns.
Tennessee Long Hunters
Pro Tip – The Math for Angle Shooting
The Army's USAMU Service Rifle Team explains the math involved in shooting up hill or down and how to calculate the effect of gravity on your bullet. See the new Pro Tips.
Angle Shooting Gear
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The Slope Doper
Gauge the angle and read the cosine by placing the Slope Doper on your barrel or receiver. $19.95 plus Shipping
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Angle Cosine Indicator
Mounts to your scope to provide instant cosine read out for your calculations.
From Sniper Tools $109.95
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Bushnell Scout 1000 Arc
Calculates range and automatically calculates for the angle of the shot. Works to 1,000 yards in Rifle Mode. Also calculates arrow flight in Bow Mode.
$250 from Bushnell
Wade Bourne’s Hunting Tips – Curing the Magnum Flinch
You know, when you’re deer hunting you usually get only one shot. And you have to be on target to take that animal efficiently. Now then, being on target that one important time involves two critical elements. The first thing obviously is your rifle has to be sighted in. You have to spend time at the range to get it where you line up the crosshair on the target and execute a good shot. The bullet is going to go where the crosshairs are.
Now, the second thing, to execute a good shot, you have to practice the fundamentals of proper shooting.
One problem a lot of hunters and a lot of shooters have when shooting a centerfire rifle is flinch. Flinch is what its name implies. You anticipate the recoil. You anticipate that punch in the shoulder. So at the point of squeezing or pressing the trigger, you flinch a little bit and this pulls your rifle off alignment.
Here’s how to recognize if you have flinch and how to control it. Take a friend to the range with you. Let him load your rifle. Sometimes he’s going to give you a rifle without a round in it. Other times he’s going to give you a rifle with a live round. You’re not going to know, don’t watch when he loads.
Then you go through the fundamentals of executing the shot. If he gives you a rifle without a live round and you squeeze and flinch a little bit then you know you’ve got it.
What do you do then? You have to start concentrating and make sure to stay down on your rifle, press that trigger. Learn to concentrate and execute that good shot, and you’ll be on target every time.
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