No doubt about it, getting into competition shooting can be a big investment. The right gear for the job often comes at a price, but what I have found is if I go with equipment that can pull double duty for me, and work for more than just my competitive events, the expense is far more tolerable.
If you shoot competitively and you haven’t heard of Tucker Schmidt, you will soon. Besides taking a very unconventional path into the shooting sports, Schmidt has made the jump from 3-Gun to PRS competitions, and he’s already becoming a force at long-range. Check out his story for tips on improving, and to learn how one style of competitive shooting can get you ready for the next.
By now, we’ve convinced you the shooting sports are a phenomenal way to spend your free time and you’re chomping at the bit to get going, right? We’ve also probably got you looking online at the slew of potential products to choose from, watching the dollar signs go up and up in your mind’s eye!
Last week, we dove into the art and science of why you might choose to mount a red dot on your AR, and some of the “how-to.” But what if you think an LPVO is the way to go?
If you’ve spent so much as five minutes Googling “Optics for my AR-15,” chances are you’re already aware the internet wants you to top it off with either a red dot or an “LPVO.”
It’s an age-old question that has adamant advocates on both sides. As a competitor in the action shooting sports for over 10 years, I tend to fall on the side that is inclined to think the skills do translate.
Do competition skills translate into self defense skills? Over the years, this has been an often-debated topic and the consensus seems biased toward whether the individual(s) participate in and/or are successful competition shooters.
Here’s a short answer: Get the magnification that fits the application for the riflescope 80-90% of the time. If you primarily hunt in the Midwest, where you won't see deer farther than 200 yards—but, maybe you plan to take a trip out west one day where you may see deer at far greater distances—