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Looking Back…

Over a year ago I posted the following standard: -4 MOA at any distance with a 90% hit rate less than 50 yards in less than 1 second standing. – 1.5 seconds out to 200 with a 90% hit rate, standing and kneeling. – 300-500 with a 75% hit rate and a time standard from…

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Memorial Day thoughts from SFC Ash Hess

Every year the Memorial Day weekend gets 2 kinds of attention. It is the beginning of the Summer season (for most places except Fort Drum, NY because summer requires more than 45 degree temps) and a weekend as tribute to our Nation’s fallen. As a Veteran, it is a bittersweet weekend. Many Vets and families…

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Shooting is like grilling meat…

We have all been there. The group decides to do a cook out. Everyone is excited until it is decided that Burn ‘em Bob will be grill master. Bob is notorious for poor quality over cooked meat with no flavor. Motivation quickly goes away because Bob ruins any meat he touches. If you ask anyone…

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Product Review: Macedon Defense KRAM

Over the years I have used the Trijicon TA31 on various rifles in various configurations. While being a magnificent combat optic but the eye relief is horrible at 1.5 inches and it sits low. These issues come into play as so as you being using positions other than prone and moving. The simple answer was…

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Fundamentals, Accuracy, and Why.

At times, it seems as if my life is consumed by shooting. Getting fast accurate hits on target is an art backed by science, mathematics, and psychology. There are theories, opinions, folklore and myths about every type of shooting and weapons. This article will become one of millions posted with the hope of enlightenment on…

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Avoiding the Trap

Avoiding the Traps I was recently introduced to an essay titled “Deadly Mind Traps” by Jeff Wise. The author brings to light some areas that are very familiar to those of us who spend time on the edge chasing life. The most elite trainers of all types understand that a proper mindset is the most…

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“Software Drives Hardware”: Part 1

My name is Ash Hess. I am a Senior NCO in the US Army currently serving as the NCOIC for the Marksmanship and Tactics courses at a Division level school.  Army Schools I’ve attended include Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course, Urban Combat Leaders Course, Air Assault, Senior Leaders Course, Army Basic Instructor course, High Angle Marksmanship…