Gun Hub Forums banner
21 - 39 of 39 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,238 Posts
I can't tell, since so much of it is childish bs. Like "survival guns", that aint about combat. If it's not about combat, you don't need one.
Well, look at people in, say, the Alaska back country. Not so much an issue of two legged predators, but a bush plane rifle, etc.

Any gun can be used in combat with varying effectiveness.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
2 Posts
if your school doesn't teach and emphatically recommend the constant use of prone and/or cover, find another school. If they don't put a premium on FAST hitting, 2-3x as fast as the normal cop or soldier can manage, find another school. If they dont insist upon your being nearly as good from your weak side shoulder as from your strongside shoulder, find another school. You often dont get to choose around which side of cover you must fire. Firing right handed, around the left side of cover, forces you to expose your entire torso, instead of just your head and shoulder.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,807 Posts
Learning how to use and maintain a rifle, any rifle is only part of the drill and maybe the easy part. The part that many never face even in combat is actually taking the shot and a life. There's a book titled "On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society" by Dave Grossman exploring the psychology of the act of killing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,727 Posts
In five years, through recommendations for books and schools, arguments about military training and service, the merits of various battle rifles and shotguns, name calling, and the death and resurrection of the thread, no one has given the gentleman what I would consider the most basic advice for an aspiring rifleman:

Start with a rimfire.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,678 Posts
So no one has asked about your home, so I'm going to assume you know your situation enough to know that you need the skills of a rifleman and a rifle. An AR in the form of a carbine like the M4 is a pretty useful defensive tool and quite capable of getting most jobs done...there is a reason it's our issue weapon.

The Art of The Rifle will get you the basics. It's a decent book, not a fantastic book, but it has all the basics and the theory behind it. You can find it on Amazon for about $15.00 and it's worth the purchase price.

From there, now you're talking about employing the rifle as a weapon, but YOU are the weapon. So you need to learn the art of how to fight with a firearm. That is best done at one of the shooting schools. For urban defense 90% of what you need to know can be learned at a defensive handgun course. Since the handgun is so portable, it becomes often the first line of defense for a civilian, so I'd recommend taking the pistol course, then apply what you learned to the rifle.

In the mean time, Magpul Industries has a series of videos for sale to teach the art of defensive handgun, shotgun, and carbine. They are VERY good videos, worth the purchase price.

At home for both rifle and handgun, dry firing is essential; do it, do it often (safely of course). Just constantly handling a firearm goes a long way, you know automatically how it works when it's in your hands. Much of what you'll need to know is weapon handling, and much of that can be learned right in your home.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
3,882 Posts
To ALL,

There was a 90+ page DA Pam published by the Army's AMU called something like TEACHING BASIC SHOOTING, for military advisors, that sells for 5.oo or less per copy at the gun-shows, that I can recommend to teach YOURSELF or anyone else marksmanship with bolt-action, semi-auto & even light machine-rifles.

Compared to most "becoming a rifleman" publications, that DA Pam is GREAT.
(I've used it for training junior riflery instructors in Latin America AND it's available in Spanish.)

yours, sw
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,157 Posts
i'll second the scouting 4 boys manual and there are chapters on marksmanship and rifle maintaince in there- al albeit for the 03 Springfield and lee-Enfield - you should remember the boy scouts as formed by Baden- Powell was a para- military organisation to relieve the troops doing recon-not the sissified organisation it is today- and yes, I used his full name as some who read this might not be cognisant as to who that is- also people of that generation were far more used to" living off the land" than the troops of today
I find whatsits posts somewhat irritating and offensive, as i'm sure a lot of vets do
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,548 Posts
I revisited this necro thread out of curiousity. Reading one of the posts since my last visit caused me some snickers. Kevin mentioned the Mag-Pul "The Art of_____________" videos. I picked up the shotgun one some years back and got major jollies at one point. At one point, whoever the presenter was went on at length about how you have to be able to respond instantly, effectively, yada, yada like when he was a (spec ops type of some kind). Right after that he demonstrated a technique. BUT, the video showed him getting his stance just so, getting his mind right, doing his breathing thing, mounting the firearm carefully and then doing his demo.

Now, I fully understand the need to be able to demo mastery, but the editor made a major OOOPS when he put that demo right behind the fire breathing speech about instant response.

I did find a couple of minor things in there that justified the reduced price I paid. But, coulda done without the chest beating shtick.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,807 Posts
learning how to shoot is the least important lesson. Learning when NOT to shoot tops the list.

Originally Posted by WaltGraham View Post
I saw asquat's last post and it brought to mind a tactical wheelbarrow...
Shades of Gun Boy
 
21 - 39 of 39 Posts
Top