Tag Archives: Scoped Carbine

Sucked Down the Tube: A Failure in Training

Much, if not all training and practice is conducted on flat ranges under calm conditions with no surprises. We shoot steel and paper that we purposely place and identify. We have lanes and all sorts of safety considerations that make a day at the range a pleasant experience.  This is fine for most of us but can lead to some critical failures if you are in a line of work that may not look the same as the flat range.  For those that form either the thin Blue or Green Lines targets will probably appear in from unknown positions and ranges. Many people preach situational awareness but fail to account for it in our training. COL Boyd gave us the OODA loop, which on the surface, is a rapidly trainable flow of Observe, Orient, Decide and Act. It is a loop because as soon as you act you start over. Observe. To hit a target, you must first observe it. You could possibly be an intergalactic grand sensei with Generation Next hardware and you will still miss a target you didn’t see. With the proliferation of magnified optics, the tendency of getting sucked down the tube is becoming more prolific

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The Do Everything Carbine

We see rifles set up for Close Quarte Battle (CQB), Designated Marksman (DM), Special Purpose Rifle (SPR), General Purpose (GP) and a myriad of other acronyms. While I fully support building of fine firearms, I just wanted to talk about a Do Everything carbine. First off, we must look at our application of the rifle. That’s the first thing we should determine prior to the build. Just like with cars, somethings are very specific and hinder other roles. The AR platform can literally be adapted to any role and is only limited by caliber. That limit is based on application as well. So here are some basic questions to ask when planning a build. What do I want it to do? What will I be doing the most? What is my skillset? What ranges will I be using it at the most? What type of shooting will I be doing? What is the budget?   Once you have some of these answers you can start planning the build. In days of old some things that were “facts” helped lead us in a direction. We thought that for accuracy at 600 yards we needed 18-20 inches of barrel hence the SPR.

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AAR: FOLLOW THROUGH CONSULTING – SCOPED CARBINE (Part Four: Day Three/Conclusion)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Continued from Part 3: Day Two. Training Day 3 - Sunday After a quick breakfast at the Lodge we met at the LaRue targets at 9:30am. Buck took us through more barricade drills focusing on the approach and setup. On my turn Buck had me knock down the four LaRue targets on the close cliff face, then we displace to another barricade to engage silhouette targets further out. Two of them were about 500 meters away. I had 4 MOA dialed onto my scope for the drill and held on the top of the LaRue target heads with good results. For the two at 500 meters I had to hold an additional 5 MOA over them to make the hits. After each of us went through the barricade drill we walked with Buck up the trail to the area we used for the low light scenario the night before. It was surprising to see how close the targets at the second camp fire looked compared to the way they looked the night before. Buck told us a story about one of his experiences getting

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AAR: FOLLOW THROUGH CONSULTING – SCOPED CARBINE (Part Three: Day Two)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Continued from Part 2: Day One. Training Day 2 - Saturday We met back at the lodge at noon and caravanned to Flat Range #1. I really wanted to get some experience with the Tremor2 reticle using it like it was designed to be used. Buck was kind enough to let me borrow his 16" AXTS carbine with Leupold 3-18x44 Tremor2 scope. Like the previous day we cycled through the 12" plates doing the milling drill. I noticed that the wind really pushed the 223 bullets around a lot more than the heavy 7.62 bullets I was using the day before. The wind wasn't as bad as TD1, but it was enough to need the wind dots on the Tremor 2 reticle. Like the previous day, we cycled through as a group with each shooter getting two shots to hit a plate, then moved on to the next plate as a group. Buck shows how to use the speed shooting formula on the Tremor2 reticle. AXTS carbine with Nightforce 4-16 scope with Tremon3 reticle. Magpul D60 drum fed over watch. After the 12" drill

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AAR: Follow Through Consulting – Scoped Carbine (Part Two: Day One)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Continued from Part One: Part One. Training Day 1 - Friday In the morning we met at the cozy Red River Ranch lodge. After a delicious breakfast we met downstairs in the classroom for initial instruction. Buck gave us a bit on his background and experience as a certified marine MCLMM. He laid out the intent of the class: marksmanship fundamentals (i.e. 'gunfighting') in a practical/operational environment. To do that Buck focuses on three areas:  Move, Shoot, and Communicate. I would really encourage everyone to take a class from Buck to get the in-depth explanation on those topics. Buck does a great job of conveying through his experience the "what, how, and why" of each of the points listed under the tree topics. Move, Shoot, and Communicate Next we talked about Buck's preferred way to quickly engage targets outside of CQB (further than 300m): Todd Hodnett's speed shooting formula. This is a method for quickly measuring a target using the reticle then going directly to a hold-over without calculating distance to target as an intermediate step. The H59, Tremor2, and Tremor3 reticles are set

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AAR: Follow Through Consulting – Scoped Carbine (Part One: Introduction)

Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine Class Teasdale, UT  March 18 - 20, 2016 By: Seth Young Introduction One of my favorite weekend activities is hiking up into the mountains and target shooting. In order to continue developing this hobby I've taken several DMR/SPR style classes by now. A few have been small local get-togethers down at the fabulous high-desert North Spring range in Price, UT. Another was the Magpul Dynamics DMR/SPR class at Sniper Country in Tremonton, UT. Off the top of my head I can think of several individuals I know that do much more hiking, shooting, and hunting in mountain / high-desert regions than I do, but here are my observations and experiences as an outdoors enthusiast at the Follow Through Consulting Scoped Carbine class in Teasdale, Utah. Instructor Buck Doyle is the owner and instructor of Follow Through Consulting. From his website: "Buck Doyle served over 21 years in the US Marine Corps, including 17 years and multiple combat tours with Special Operations units. As a Reconnaissance Marine attached to 1st Force Recon, 1st Recon BN, and MARSOC units, Doyle served as Team Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Chief Instructor at Special Missions Training Branch. He has current,

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