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Using iron sights

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There is a better feeling of accomplishment shooting successfully with iron sights than using a scope for some shooters.. I'm one of those.

My shooting Instructor was Sgt. Doyle Gracy USMC, he insisted that a Score Book be kept {Dope Book for every practice. These books were orange in color an had a provision to plot each round fired, Calling the shot" it was called.. Followed by plotting the called shot in the Dope book. In a short while the impact was on call a high percentage of the time, unbelievable in some of the better Shooters..

Sgt. Gracy claimed there are two things that make a good shooter ,of course the are others. One: learn to call your shots after the let off "Break", and make certain the slack in the trigger is taken up during the final sight alignment, not after alignment, or too early, just a second or two before.. He said, the take-up in more important than the Call. but the two must work together..

Do dry 10 min. dry fire drills in each position in concert with the above. In Off hand and slow prone, look at some distant object, best is something green, like a tree . Miss sgt. Gracy everyday... Art
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This past fall I was at a regularly held precision rifle clinic and competition.
There are no ranges over 300m close to where I live so I travel with a buddy a few times a year to one of these clinics.

After the competition was completed on Sunday there was about 15 minutes available for free practice at 600M.

I went to the truck and grabbed my M1A National Match and got back on the mound with my spotter.
This rifle has never been shot past 100m with irons.
I dialed the elevation knob to the 6 and let the first round fly.
I was shooting at a figure 11/59 target (AKA Herman the German) which is 17"x44".
Scoring is V-Bull 100mm x 200mm, 5 200mm x 400mm, 4 remainder of the scoring surface
My spotter called a miss 12" to the right with good elevation.
I dial 2 MOA of windage and let another one fly.
The spotter calls a 4 with proper windage .
I dial the aperture for an additional 1/2 MOA up and let the next round fly.
The spotter calls a 5 so I hold slightly higher and the next round scores a V-Bull.
The final shot goes slightly high and scores a 5.

That 5 shot group meant more to me than winning the team competition that weekend.
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